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GoreFest 2017

When: August 25th-27th (Friday-Sunday)

Where: Rancho del Rio on the Colorado River near Bond, Colorado (click for map)

About: American Whitewater announces the 2017 Gore Canyon Race and Festival August 25th-27th at Rancho del Rio, CO.  GoreFest now has an event for everyone. In addition to the famous Class V downriver race through Gore Canyon, the festival also includes a family fun float through Little Gore Canyon (class II/III), and a freestyle rodeo at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park. You can also battle it out in the SUP Cross, SUP sprint through little Gore Canyon, or go the extra mile in the Marathon downriver SUP from Pumphouse to Rancho del Rio. There will be an Anything but…Boats race at Rancho Saturday after the Gore Race followed by great local live music, photo slideshows, beer, food, and fun. Don’t miss it! All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Check out the weekend schedule below. 

This years Festival is sponsored by Down River Equipment and includes camping, food, and entertainment.  It will be held at Rancho del Rio, 10 miles downstream of the BLM’s Pumphouse Recreation Site. Limited camping is still available at Pumphouse on a first-come, first-serve basis.  We encourage competitors and attendees to join the festival at Rancho, where we will be coordinating event logistics and registration, shuttles, and hosting movies, live music, food and drinks, and all things fun!

Event Info: The Gore Canyon Festival is the premiere whitewater event in Colorado. Focused around the Class V downriver race through its namesake Gore Canyon on the upper Colorado River, GoreFest has brought the worlds elite whitewater athletes, families, anglers and river enthusiasts together for an awesome end of season event that celebrates the upper Colorado River.

In addition to the famous Class V downriver race through Gore Canyon, the event also includes a family fun float through class II/III Hartman Canyon (aka Little Gore Canyon), a freestyle rodeo at the Gore Canyon Whitewater Park, and SUP downriver and cross races.

Camping: Festival amenities, including camping, food, and entertainment, are located at Rancho del Rio, 10 miles downstream of the BLM’s Pumphouse Recreation Site. Limited camping is available at the BLM’s Pumphouse Recreation Site on a first-come, first-serve basis. We encourage competitors and attendees to join the festival at Rancho del Rio, where we will be coordinating event logistics and registration, shuttles, and hosting movies, live music, food and drinks, and all things fun!

The Gore Canyon Whitewater Park was built in 2015 as an effort by Grand County and its stakeholders (including AW) to protect up to 2500 cfs in the Colorado River for boating. This project was a huge success, especially for all of us who love to play on the Upper Colorado. The park is located between launch 1 and 2 at the BLM’s Pumphouse Recreation Area. It creates a perfect transition from the Class V canyon to the family float to Radium or Rancho del Rio.

 

Events: GoreFest now has an event for everyone. With the Gore Race as the main event, we now offer freestyle rodeo events, a SUP cross and downriver race, and a family float make up this festival weekend. Here are a few of the competitions being offered:

Long Boat K-1 (longer than 10’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:  The starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of Fisherman’s Nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:00am at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, long boats first. The long boat race will start with 1 minute intervals.

 

Short Boat K-1 (shorter or equal 10’) Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon:  Starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of fisherman’s nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, short boats after long. The short boat race will start with 1 minute intervals.

 

Raft Team Downriver Sprint through Gore Canyon: Starting line is standard, at the gear up rock at the top of fisherman’s nightmare.  The finish line is at the bottom of Kirschbaum. Mandatory pre-race meeting at 8:00am Saturday at Rancho del Rio (4199 Trough Road Bond, CO  80423), shuttles to the put-in leave at 8:30am sharp. Please load your gear onto the shuttle prior to the race meeting. The race will begin at noon, rafts will start after all kayaks.

 

Stand Up Paddle Cross at Pumphouse: This is a Stand Up Paddle Battle Royal on the Colorado River From Launch 1-2. Multiple heats through the new whitewater feature with multiple obstacles to navigate. SUP cross will start at 1pm on Saturday at Pumphouse. Shuttles will bring competitors from Rancho del Rio to Pumphouse and back.

 

 

Downriver Stand Up Paddle Sprint (11’ board maximum) from Pumphouse: Starting line is located at Launch 3 at the BLM Pumphouse Recreation Area. Downriver and Marathon SUP races will start simultaneously. Racers will sprint through Little Gore Canyon and finish at the CO Hwy 11 Bridge at Radium. Shuttles will transport racers to Pumphouse and return racers to Rancho del Rio from the finish at Radium. It will be a mass start race with photographers capturing the action at Eye of the Needle rapid (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com). There will be a pre-race meeting at Launch 3 at 11:30am with the race starting at 12pm sharp.

 

Marathon Stand Up Paddle Race from Pumphouse: Starting line is located at Launch 3 at the BLM Pumphouse Recreation Area. Downriver and Marathon SUP races will start simultaneously. Racers will sprint through Little Gore Canyon and finish at the boat ramp at Rancho del Rio. It will be a mass start race with photographers capturing the action at Eye of the Needle rapid (available after GoreFest at rapidimagephoto.com). There will be a pre-race meeting at Launch 3 at 11:30am with the race starting at 12pm sharp.

 

Freestyle Rodeo – Kayak at Pumphouse: Round one will take place at 11am Sunday. The final round will be held at 2pm after the SUP downriver races.

 

 

Freestyle Rodeo – Other at Pumphouse: Anything but kayaks goes! Rafts, duckies, SUP, floaties…Round one will take place at 11am Sunday after the kayaks. The final round will be held at 2pm after the final round for the kayak rodeo.

 

 

To register in advance, and get a discount on your competitor fees, please visit https://store.americanwhitewater.org/collections/2017-gore-festival