Event Specific Information
Picnic at Asheville Outdoor Center on Saturday; ADVANCE NOTICE REQUIRED
The Saturday evening picnic will be held at the Asheville Outdoor Center at 5:00 p.m. and is designed for competitors, sponsors, volunteers and their guests. The cost is $10 per person and while you can pay when you arrive, we have to know AT LEAST A WEEK AHEAD of time how many folks are coming. Consequently, please e-mail us at email@example.com to reserve your spot(s) at the picnic. Thanks.
Check-in and Shuttles
Friday evening registration and check-in is at the
Asheville Outdoor Center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Last minute registration for the BR 12
will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the FINISH line at Westfeldt River Park. There is no last minute registration for the FB 50;
advance registration is required.
We will provide a shuttle for the BR 12 for those that need it. Come to the new Horse Shoe River Access (the new starting line) on Saturday morning and unload your gear.
For the FB50, we will not provide shuttles, but if you have a need and let us know ahead of time, we can usually work something out.
The following directions are provided using the Asheville Regional Airport as a starting point.
The airport is located just off of Interstate 26 at Exit 40. These directions should be used in conjunction
with a map or a GPS.
From the airport, go south on Route 280. Go approximately 19.0 miles. Turn left unto Route 276 South. Go 1.5 miles. Shortly after you first see the river, turn right into the Hap Simpson River Park.
From the airport, go south on Route 280. Cross the river and go approximately another 3.0 miles. At a major traffic light, turn left onto Route 191. Go 2.8 miles, crossing the river along the way. At the first stop light after crossing the river, turn right onto South Rugby Road and go 2.6 miles to the stop sign. Turn right onto Route 64 and go 1.8 miles. Just before crossing the river a third time, turn right into the Horse Shoe Bend River Access. PLEASE NOTE: 15 minute parking only in the area designed for cars with trailers. You can park there to unload, then please move your car up the hill and, eventually, to the finish line parking lot at Westfeldt River Park. Thanks.
From the airport, go south on Route 280. Proceed about 1.25 miles around the airport and past the fairgrounds. Just before crossing the river, at a traffic light, turn right onto Ferncliff Park Drive, then immediately left into Westfeldt River Park.
There is camping available on the river immediately next door to Asheville Outdoor Center (site of Saturday picnic) at Wilson's RV Park; see http://www.wilsonsrvpark.com/ or call 828-254-4676. There are National Forest Service campgrounds and other private campgrounds in the vicinity as well. There are lots of motels in Hendersonville and Asheville. Any of the hotels near the Asheville Regional Airport (town of Fletcher, NC) will be convenient because they are within a mile or so of Westfeldt River Park, the finish line for the BR 12 and the second checkpoint for the FB 50. The airport (Fletcher) exit is Exit 40 off of Interstate 26.
The average high temperature in the area for the end of April is 70 degrees and the average low is 45 degrees
but, as always, be prepared for extremes and for rain.
Click here for Asheville weather from National Weather Service
The French Broad River, surrounded by Pisgah National Forest, is a terrific venue for paddle racing.
The water level is not dam-controlled and, therefore, can vary dramatically. The median flow for late April
is around 1,000 CFS, which is plenty of water; the run can be made at considerably lower flows. If conditions
warrant, it may be necessary to adjust the start and finish points of the race. Real time flow information for
this section of the French Broad can be found at
http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?03443000. The expected river level for the next few days can
be found at
To view some photos and videos of the race and/or the river from previous years, click here or on the link above.
The Horse Shoe Access at river mile 40 and the Westfeldt River Park at river mile 52 are maintained by the Henderson County Parks and Recreation Department. These access points and more are shown con a terrific map published by RiverLink, an advocacy organization for the French Broad. For an on-line version (1.3 MB), see: www.riverlink.org/riverguide.pdf
More information about the river can be found on the French Broad River Paddling and Recreation blog.
The French Broad Classique is hosted by FB Paddle Racing, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation
whose purpose is to promote paddle sports races, especially on the French Broad River in North Carolina.
Net proceeds from the French Broad Classique, if any, will be donated to the Taylor Hunt Fund for Rivers
and Outdoor Learning at the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. For more information about the
Taylor Hunt Fund, click here.
Event Contact: Tom Blue; 1540 Fountain Ridge Road, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517; (919) 428-4302 (mobile); firstname.lastname@example.org (E-mail is preferred method of contact for questions and will generally be returned within 24 hours unless we are off on an extended river trip somewhere; thanks). Click here to access the entry forms when they are available (generally January of each year).