The U.S.C.A. Stock Aluminum Nationals Returns to Texas in 2022
On October 1st & 2nd the USCA Stock Aluminum Nationals will again be held in Texas. After a two year hiatus, due to the covid virus, the race will be held on the 2019 Aluminum Nationals course that begins at the FM 969 Bridge crossing of the Colorado River and ends at Fisherman’s Park in downtown Bastrop, Texas. The Saturday, October 1st race schedule includes: the Men’s Open (18-49), Men’s Masters (50 +), Women’s Open (18-49) and Women’s Masters (50+). There will also be Junior men and women classes which may be a shorten version of the adult course. Junior men and women must not have reached age 18 before January 1, 2022. A youth race is also planned on a shortened version of the national’s course.
Sunday race schedule includes a Mixed Open (18-49) and Mixed Masters (50+). A non-championship Solo Race is also planned for both men and women. All solo hull types are legal, there are no age brackets and either single and/or double bladed paddles are allowed. Awards will be 5 deep. All races will start promptly at 9:00 a.m., except the Junior and Youth races which will be announced later. Adult races will be $35 for the racers first race, $15 for any second race and Juniors will pay $15. Youth will paddle for free.
Mail in registration must be postmarked by September 16th. You may download the registration form or register online at www.tckra.org. Day of race registration will be available Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 – 8:00 a.m., at the race start, cash or checks only on race day. All racers must check in the morning of their race and sign the waiver. Mandatory race meeting will be held at 8:45 a.m., both days. The races will start promptly at 9:00 on Saturday and Sunday.
Current USCA membership is required to race in the USCA Aluminum Nationals Races (not the Solo Race). To join electronically, go to www.uscanoe.com, click the JOIN USCA button and chose the type of membership. You may also join USCA on day of race. (Cash or check only). Governing membership is $20 for individual, $25 for family.If a junior’s family is not a family member, the junior can join for $7.50.
National Aluminum Canoe Criteria: While the class was created for stock manufactured aluminum canoes, other stock recreational manufactured canoes are legal (wood, Rolex [ABS], plastic, etc.), but no Kevlar, carbon fiber or racing hulls are allowed. No modifications to the external hull are permissible, although seats, foot braces, bulkheads and decks may be modified or removed. However, any flotation removed from bulkheads, etc. must be replaced to provide 25 lbs. of buoyancy. No beaver canoes are legal.
Because many Alumacraft aluminum canoes have been modified to race the Texas Water Safari and other southern races, contestants must ensure that the external hull of their canoe has not been modified or pulled-in. The Race Chairman and the Technical Director of Inspection will be observing canoes and make the final determination as to the legality of any “stock” canoes. Any question concerning the legality of any canoe can be directed to Bob Spain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paddle with Style– Arrangements for rental canoes can be made by contacting Holly Orr at 512-749-2350 or email@example.com. Holly has recreational canoes and a few Alumacraft aluminum canoes for rent.
Rising Phoenixcanoe rental– Rental canoes are also availablein Bastrop, Texas. The canoe livery has recreational canoes and several Epic solo surf skis for those that choose to race the solo class. Contact Jamie at 512-677-2305, risingphoenixadventures.com.
Awards and meals: Following each day’s races, the awards will be presented at a small pavilion adjacent to the takeout at the finish line in Fisherman’s Park. Food is also planned for participants.
Hotels and Camping: Bastrop is located 23 miles from Austin – Bergstrom International Airport and there are many hotels in Austin. However, hotels in Bastrop are only 6-11 miles from the start and 2-3 from the finish. A list of Bastrop hotels is shown below:
Hampton Inn and Suites 512-321-0900 Best Western 512-321-0900
Days Inn 512-321-1157 Holiday Inn Express 512-321-1900
Super 8 512-321-6000
Campgrounds in the area are –
Bastrop State Park, 512-321-2101, 35 sites Buescher State Park, 512-237-2241
KOA Campground, 1-800-562-1620, 64 sites