World Cup #1 Sprint through Calamity Rapid on the Cheat Narrows Length 60-75 seconds, depending on natural flow level Class II/III, deep water, irregular waves, boils and one large hole Not much chance of boat damage Teams must launch at Classic start and take out below Classic Finish, but support will be available at sprint course
Classic race on the Cheat Narrows. Length 11-15 minutes, depending on natural flow level. Calamity rapid is the most difficult, but large pools interspersed with 3-400 m rapids with irregular waves and boils. Not much chance of boat damage Teams must launch at Classic start and take out below Classic Finish, but support will be available at sprint course
Bigger and rockier than the Narrows sprint or classic – very big if water is high Length 60-75 seconds, depending on natural flow level. Some chance of boat damage Teams can launch at Classic start and walk back up between runs. Dept of Natural Resources Area – no vehicular traffic in the immediate area. Videos at https://www.wv-art.com/Archive/Videos/2019-Cheat-River-Race/i-sFhtHFH/A and https://www.wv-art.com/Archive/Videos/2019-Cheat-River-Race/i-pwn3Mjw/A
Classic race on the Cheat Canyon. This is a wilderness course. River is 400m wide at start – readily accommodates a mass start. 2 major start times in the day to allow multiple classes to be raced. Length 45-55 minutes, depending on natural flow level. Class 3-4.
Significant chance of boat damage during training and the race. Road access to finish is “not great”. Once past Decision rapid there is only an ATV/Mountain bike trail until the finish and no cell phone service. Videos at https://www.wv-art.com/Archive/Videos/2019-Cheat-River-Race/i-dNdtJn5/A https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHGZAR5RXYA&t=5s (please ignore the line
Con3ngency Plan The Cheat River is undammed, so a high or low water event is possible. However, the proximity of so many other potenFal race sites, many of which have been used for mulFple internaFonal or naFonal level races, allow massive flexibility. In addiFon, the length of the Cheat rivershed allows use of excellent courses at very high water that are suitable for wildwater racing e.g. the Dry Fork of the Cheat.