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2018 ICF World Ranking Race - Prague

Dear Sport Friends,

Czech Canoe Union, University Sports Club of Prague together with Organizers are please to invite your National Federation to participate in the 2018 ICF World Ranking Race, to be held in Prague-Troja, Czech Republic on 11th and 12th August 2018.
In past we have successfully delivered number of top level canoe slalom events and now we are excited to contribute also to the development of other levels of canoe slalom series such as ICF Ranking Races for wider range of athletes.

The artificial slalom course in Prague-Troja provides ideal conditions and facilities for the athletes as well as for the spectators. Your National Federations’ participation is essential. We are ready to welcome all national teams for the training and competitions and we are looking forward to see you in Prague.

On following pages we have summarized the most important information regarding the event.

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General and competition information:

ORGANIZERS: International Canoe Federation, Czech Canoe Union, USK Praha

VENUE ADDRESS: Loděnice UK FTVS, Vodácká 789/8, 171 00 Prague 7 – Troja

DATE: 11th – 12th August 2018

Ludvík Medřický, Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript., +420 721 281 933
Lukáš Přinda, Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript., +420 737 057 901

WEBSITE: http://www.praguewhitewater.cz/FACEBOOK PAGE: Canoe Slalom Prague



CATEGORIES: K1 men, K1 women, C1 men, C1 women, C2 men, C2 mix

ICF World Ranking: Online on through ICF SDP (Sport Data Platform) – unlimited number of entries per category

Deadline: 27th July 2018

Participation fees: 25 euro – per boat (as we support C2 men and C2 mix, they are free of charge)


Race program:

Monday to Friday: Official trainings (book your sessions on Tato e-mailová adresa je chráněna před spamboty. Pro její zobrazení musíte mít povolen Javascript.)

Friday afternoon: Course construction, Demo runs, Team leaders meeting

Saturday: Heats of all categories

Sunday: Semifinal & Final, Award Ceremony

Organizers reserve the possibility to change time schedule and events sequence in relation to the number of registered athletes.

Further details will be available in Bulletin #2 on 1st of July.

Nabídka stálého umístění reklamy

Pro potřeby prezentace Vaší společnosti Vám oddíl USK Praha - vodní slalom nabízí unikátní možnost. Oslovte stovky až tisíce chodců, běžců, bruslařů a cyklistů každý den. Trojský vodácký areál se slalomovou dráhou je vyhledávaným místem všech aktivních lidí, kteří tráví volný čas běháním, jízdou na vodě, kole či kolečkových bruslích. Tisíce lidí navštíví areál pěšky, odpočinout si při sledování dění na trojské slalomové dráze. Vaše reklama tak bude v přímém výhledu všech návštěvníků areálu od jara až do zimy. V areálu nabízíme následující možnosti reklamy.

Abbreviated rules of the Whitewater slalom

Speed ​​, strength and resilience are important characteristics of the Whitewater slalom. The aim is to navigate a decked canoe or kayak through the course of hanging gates on a wild river or artificial channel. The gates are positioned to best test the competitor's skills. However, these are not the only obstacles - rocks, force and velocity of the water can play a decisive role.

Race against time

The final race is against the clock. Time measured from the time the competitor starts until the time he crosses the finish line gives his time. But this is not the final time of the competitor; two seconds are added for touching gates and 50 seconds are added for missing gates. During the ride, the competitor must deal with a number of unexpected pitfalls and that's what makes water slalom competition and exciting sport.

What are the gates ?

The gates consist of two six feet tall pols that are from 1.2 m to 3.5 m apart and are hanging above the water. The task of competitor is to navigate through them. The number of the gates ranging from 18 to 25.  If the gates are green and white (downstream), they must be passed in the direction of the water. If the gates are red and white, it is necessary to pass them in the opposite direction to the water.

What does going through the gate without penalty mean?

Competitors must go through all the gates in sequence and without contact. If a competitor touches the gate ( boats , paddles, body ), he gets a 2 seconds penalty. If the competitor misses the gate, he gets 50 seconds penalty . All penalties are added to the based time of the competitor.

What's the slalom race?

The race includes two qualifying, semi-final and final sessions. Total time, including penalties, made ​​in the qualifying sessions determines which competitors make their way to the semifinal. Consequently, the total time in the semi-final determines competitors advancing to the final. The competitor who achieves the lowest combined time in the semi-final and the final sessions wins the race.


K = Kayak (competitor sits in the boat and uses a double bladed paddle)

C = canoe (competitor kneels and uses a single-bladed paddle).

Individual disciplines: men : K1 , C1 and C2; Women:K1

Team events : The team consists of three boats of the same category ( 3xK1 men, 3xK1 women , 3xC1 men, 3xC2 men). All boats start at the same time. The time is measured from the time the first boat crosses the starting line until the third boat crosses the finish line.

The history of races in Prague Troja

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An artificial slalom track in Troja arose from the original raft gate, which were used since the fifties of the 19th century.  This raft gate should be filled in the seventies of the 20th century, but during only one decade was rebuilt into the slalom track because of the instigation of Professor Jaroslav Pollert. The artificial slalom served and is still used as the main training track for representatives of the Czech Republic in canoe slalom, but because of the background with different levels of difficulty is also popular place for the training of youth, teaching university students, rafting, rodeo, the training of firefighters, police and the other activities on the wild river.

The first ride on the new artificial slalom track in Troy experienced canoeists in autumn 1980. The next year the first national race took place there follow, in 1982, by the next race called ´´Trojan Horse Prize´´, this time with international participation. Thus was born the tradition of the Trojan Horse Prize race, which is held annually, either as an individual international race or as an international race one of a series of the World Cup. It was organized 11 races in Prague yet, specifically in years 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2010 – 2012.

Also the first historic Academic World Cup in Prague ´s Troja took place in 1994 with great participation of Mr. Kvetoslav Jech, whose effort raised the race into the international scale perception.

The Czech Cup in Troja is organized regularly (with small pauses), specifically in the years 1993-6, 1999, 2000, 2004-8, 2010 and 2011. The Czech Championship was carried out in Troja in 2003, 2012 and the last time this year in August.

After 39 years of break from the World Championship, canoe slalom race return again to Czech birthplace – Troja in 2006.  It was already the fourth international event in our area. In 1967, Lipno organized the World championship in canoe slalom, while Spindleruv Mlyn organized the World Cup of the wild river. In 1996, under the Lipno dam the Junior World Championship took place and in 1998 the European Championship was organized in Roudnice nad Labem.

In 2013 Prague's Troja hosted the World Championship in canoe slalom after short seven years,  which was by coincidence the year of Czech canoeing centenary anniversary. World Championships were one of the most sucesfull sport event organised in Czech Republic. Best results are world champion title for Vavrinec Hradilek, second for Jiri Prskavec and Volf/Stepank. Another two gold medals add czech in team races. If Prague will be a candidate for the Olympic Games, this resort could be selected as the Olympic area just for water slalom.

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