The Tour De Goulburn Classic: Sat 9th November 2019
Well the Tour de Goulburn certainly lived up to its challenging reputation, the river was low (1.09, with 1200 Meg) exposing much more whitewater and the weather was cold and chilly (15 d).
EVERYBODY who raced paddled or helped need to be commended and thanked.
The Goulburn Classic is Australia’s oldest canoe race. It was originally 100 miles non-stop with heroic stories of paddlers negotiating the fast flowing river at night. In the 90s the race morphed into the Tour De bloody Goulburn, a tour that used 3 stages to highlight the beauty of the Goulburn River.
46 hardy paddlers ( up from last year), in k2s, tk2s, skis, canoes, k1s, WW boats, and sea kayaks took on the challenge on the mighty Goulburn river for 3 races over the day was to find the overall Goulburn Classic winners.
The safety guys were kept busy with plenty of swimmers and reports of some doing 360s down the gravel races.
The chance of winning a ZRE paddle (Paddle & Portage Canoes) and spot prizes plus the awesome free morning tea kept the paddlers going.
Stage 1 was from Keresdale to Trawool Bridge (10km) followed by morning tea
Stage 2 was from Trawool Bridge to Goulburn Park Seymour (17km)
Stage 3 was a 6km from Goulburn Park to Lyons Park Seymour
The yellow jersey was awarded at the end of each stage.
The times were generally slower than last year (up to 1 hour) apart from John Young and Dominic Scarfe in a K2,( similar time to2018) getting fastest time on each stage and also winning the yellow Jersey.
Congratulations. They have just returned from racing worlds in China.
Hamish Young was fastest single (by 7 sec), fast female was Kate Dyachuk and the fast canoe was James Miller/ Paul Brown.
The winner of the ZRE paddle was Emma Flowers.
Special thanks go to Paddle & Portage Canoes, Canoes Plus, Wes Hurray (E2A) and the all the Bendigo crew who put on the free morning tea and assisted in running the event.
A few years ago, our goal was to bring back some great river races to make up an informal south eastern series with other events and the next event we will be running is the Mitta festival of Paddling in mid December .
|2019 Goulburn Classic||craft||Stage1||Stage2||Stage3||Final||Places|
|Kate Dyachuk||Wtk1||52.40||139.41||31.31||3.03.52||1st Female|
|Matt Skinner||V40 Sea||1.04.10||2.27.17||36.57||4.08.54|
|Karen Merlo||Vet50 Tk1||54.20||1.42.52||30.4.7||3.07.24|
|Chris Alger||V50tk1||47.02||1.32.06||28.11||2.47.19||Ist Tk1|
|James Miller/ Paul Brown||V40tc2||52.08||1.39.04||30.02||3.01.14||1st Canoe|
|Brett Sutton/ Andrew Miles||Otc2||53.30||1.43.08||32.18||3.08.56|
|Tony Bond /Susan Williams||C2mix V50||1.03.45||1.49.07||34.13||3.26.05|
|Tom Ladson||Jww||46.04||1.43.32||28.14||2.57.50||Ist Wildwater|
|Neil White/Marie Taylor||V50mixtk2||59.02||1.40.38|
|Deborah Bennett /Sally Miller||Lvet50tk2||1.00.58||1.37.51||29.56||3.08.45|
|James Humphry||Ww U18||42.53||1.27.39|
|Charlie Wardrop||K1u18||44.31||1.28.47||26.08||2.39.26||1st Junior|
|Dan Lansell-Kenny/Pat Maclean||Ok2||42.14||1.24.40||24.59||2.31.53|
|Matt Beale/Emma Flower||Mixk2||39.58||1.17. 07||23.47||2.20.48|
|John Young Dom Scarfe||K2vet50||37.57||1.13.23||21.53||2.13.i3||Fastest, Handicap Winner|
|Hamish Young||Ok1||39.31||1.16..14||22.57||2.18.42||Fist Single|
|Mike/ Pam Erny||sea||l||35.03|