French Broad Classique on April 29, 2017, now features a shorter course!!
FB Paddle Racing, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose purpose is to foster competition in all types of paddlesports racing, particularly on the French Broad River in western North Carolina.
The primary event is the French Broad Classique held annually on the fourth Saturday of April near Asheville, North Carolina (except in 2017, when it will be held on the fifth Saturday, April 29). The French Broad Classique currently consists of two events: the FB 50, a fifty mile challenge, and the BR 12, a twelve mile race (the new kinder, gentler version of the old eighteen mile race!).
FB Paddle Racing has hosted two National Championships on the French Broad River: the 2014 USCA Aluminum Canoe/Downriver Kayak Nationals in Henderson County (upstream of Asheville), and the 2008 ACA Whitewater Open Canoe Downriver Nationals in Madison County (downstream of Asheville).
FB Paddle Racing also helps to promote paddle sports races in North Carolina and neighboring states. Click here to access information on other races generally. Also, if you are from down toward Texas and can’t make it all the way to North Carolina for the French Broad Classique this year, the USACK Marathon Team Trials is the same weekend. More information about that event can be found by clicking here.