Race information – general

Slalom workshop and Danish Championship

Intro and workshop in slalom paddling will take place at Radisson Blu Hotel “Papirfabrikken” in Silkeborg as warm-up to the Danish Championship in canoe slalom. Everyone can participate during Saturday. It will be possible to try out wild water paddling, learn basic techniques and safety measurements. If you are a skilled paddler, then we take it to the next level and work on slalom paddling and gate techniques.

This year, the Danish Championship in canoe slalom will be held on Sunday after Tour de Gudenaa and it will take up the whole day.

 

Medals for the three distances

You can participate in open class, SUP, canoe and sea kayak. Winner medals (gold, silver and bronze) will be awarded in K1, K2, K4 and all sea kayak classes with participants up to seniors, except masterclasses. Everyone who finishes the race gets a medal of participation.

 

Tour de Gudenaa 23 K (14.3mi)

Tour de Gudenaa 23 K begins 11:30am at Dannebrogspladsen in Ulstrup. More than one starting group may be set up, depending on the number of participants. The current is somewhat strong so you must paddle a little upstream to stay BEHIND the starting line until the start sounds. The average current at this spot in Gudenaa is 7km/t / 3,8kt / 4.35mph

The race continues for 9km (5.6mi) to Langå, where it will be possible to take a voluntary break and have some refreshments. From Langå it is 14km (8.7mi) to Randers and the finish line at Randers Bro. The race finishes 08:00pm at the latest. That means all participants have 8.5hours to finish the race.

At the finish line you will be awarded a medal for finishing the race.

 

Tour de Gudenaa 42 K (26.1mi)

Tour de Gudenaa 42 KM begins in Ans. The put-in is at Ans Sejlklub – the yacht club – by the bridge at the middle section of Tange Lake.

From the starting point in Ans, it is about 5km (3.11mi) to the portage at Tangeværket, the museum of electricity, the stretch between Ulstrup and Randers is as described above.

At the finish line you will be awarded a medal for finishing the race.

 

Tour de Gudenaa 70 K (43.5mi)

Tour de Gudenaa 70KM begins in Silkeborg, continues via Silkeborg Langsø and passes under the new freeway overpass. After that you continue along Gudenaa towards Randers. After about 20km (12.43mi) you will pass by Kongens Bro and from here you will enter Tange Lake and pass by Ans. From here you continue to the only portage in the race at Tangeværket.

The portage is a brisk 200m (218.72yd) walk or run with the kayak from the lake to a small creek on the east side of the museum. To get here, the paddlers have paddled 36km (22.37mi) and they still have to go on for another 37km (23mi). Luckily, the paddlers will enjoy a strong co-current during the last stretch.

There will be refreshments (beverages and food/fruit) and first-aid stations at Tange. Here, participants may take a voluntary break and get help from a buddy. The participants who do not take a break, but go straight to the portage cannot, as in similar marathons, receive any other help than drinks handed out by their helpers.

After Tange, the race passes by Bjerringbro and Ulstrup on the way to Langå. In Langå it is possible to take a voluntary break and have some refreshments just like in Tange. After Langå, it is 14km (8.7mi) to Randers and the finish line at Randers Bro. The 70K race begins at 10:00am in Silkeborg and finishes at 08:00pm at the latest in Randers. This means all participants have 10 hours to finish the race.

At the finish line you will be awarded a medal for finishing the race.