To participate in ÅEC you need to familiarize yourself with the following safety aspects.

The main risk factors when competing in ÅEC are:

  • Cold water
  • High altitudes
  • Weather conditions that can change quickly
  • Fatigue
  • Traffic
  • A challenging course

 

Responsibility - Competitor:

Preparations:

  • Find out which requirements/recommendations apply specifically to you (see ÅEC Rules + ÅEC Paddling Rules).
  • Train in all disciplines with the same kind of equipment that you plan to use in ÅEC (especially a similar kayak and mountain bike).
  • Train in your kayak in challenging weather conditions (wind and waves!).
  • Practice navigation (map and compass).
  • Familiarize yourself with the Race Course ahead of Race Day.
  • Participate in the mandatory Race Meeting Friday evening at Copperhill Mountain Lodge.

Race Day:

  • Use wet- or drysuit if you are an inexperienced paddler.
  • Use the mandatory equipment during the competition - see ÅEC Rules.
  • Choose clothes that are suitable for the weather conditions.
  • Paddle closer to land (under 50 m) if you are inexperienced or unsure.
  • Use your whistle if you are in need of help.
  • Inform the Race Organization immediately if you drop out of the race.

 

Responsibility - Race Organization:

  • To create an overall safety plan in accordance with Åre Municipality template. 
  • To plan alternative sections for the most weather-exposed parts of the Race Course.
  • To monitor water temperature and water level in the river up until Race. 
  • To distribute safety boats and safety kayaks along the paddle Race Course.
  • To set requirements for mandatory equipment to be carried by the competitors.
  • To clearly mark the Race Course.
  • To conduct a mandatory Race Meeting with emphasis on important safety issues.
  • To establish and staff a number of checkpoints along with the Race Course to keep track of the participants.
  • To have a mobile emergency care team to stand by along the Race Course.
  • To disperse officials educated in basic first aid along the Race Course.

 

Mandatory equipment

Mandatory equipment för each discipline is laid down in ÅEC Race Rules. On Race Day participants must be able to show the correct mandatory equipment at the request of the Race Organization. 

 

ÅEC Race Rules

All participants must read and become familiar with the ÅEC Race Rules. These rules contain important information about safety.

By registering you confirm that you have understood and intend to follow the Race Rules.

 

Safety aspects to consider för each discipline:

Kayaking:

The paddling on Lake Åre can in a few minutes be transformed from a calm trip on the lake to what feels like a large sea with huge waves. All participants must be able to perform a self-rescue ie. after a capsize be able to get back into the kayak without external help.

 

Kayaking - River Class:

River Class includes paddling in the Indalsriver and on the Lake Åre and all participants must present a paddling certificate to be allowed to compete.

  • You must read the ÅEC Paddlingsregler which summarize information about paddling certificate, preparations, clothing and requirements to be able to conduct a self-rescue on the water.
  • River-tips. We recommend River Class participants testing the paddling course in the river during Race Week. Several local companies offer guided tours.
  • Choose the right kayak for you! Choose a kayak that is not too rank given your capacity. Being able to paddle comfortably in all conditions is MUCH more important than maintaining high speed.

Kayaking - Lake Class

Lake Class includes only paddling on Lake Åre. No paddling certificate required. However, all participants should have previous paddling experience.

  • You must read the ÅEC Paddlingsregler which summarize information about paddling certificate, preparations, clothing and requirements to be able to conduct a self-rescue on the water.
  • Choose the right kayak for you! Choose a kayak that is not too rank given your capacity. Being able to paddle comfortably in all conditions is MUCH more important than maintaining high speed.

 

Running

Running the ÅEC Running Course is a fantastically beautiful and wonderful challenge. What is important in the preparations is, besides being a strong all-around runner, to train specifically to run downhill in relatively difficult terrain. 

You must be able to read a map and use your compass in case of low visibility on the mountain.

 

Mountain biking

The mountain bike section runs through very varied terrain and nature. A small part of the course is on tarmac with normal traffic occurs and the general traffic rules apply.

We recommend that all participants familiarize themselves with all or special parts of the biking course during Race Week.

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