Calgary kayaker aiming for title defence

Posted: June 8, 2013 by kirisyko in Kayaking, Water
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The Capilano River.

The Capilano River. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Toby Roessingh is in North Vancouver to kayak in defence of his team’s 2012 Red Bull Divide and Conquer title. Toby has been busy!

If you’d asked about last weekend, he was flying around at a Vedder series mountain bike race in Chilliwack followed by skiing on nearby Mt. Cheam.

The weekend before, he raced the Calgary Marathon (his time of 3: 14: 01 placed him 12th in the men’s 30-34 division).

“I’m 33 and I should probably grow up,” Roessingh said.

Kayaking is Roessingh’s first love, though, a sport that led him to become a carded athlete on the Canadian national development team and later, work as a coach on the national squad.

And those are the skills he’ll be putting to use on the Capilano River on Saturday, where he will again be a part of the Full Dude-men team – with former nation-al team mountain biker Ricky Federau of Abbotsford and Whistler runner Joren Titus, who is replacing Edmonton’s Mike Vine on the defending champs.

Titus will kick things off on foot a 12.37-km course, which features a climb up and down Grouse Mountain. He’ll then hand off to Federau, who will ride the 30.99-km bike leg, including technical climbing on the Baden Powell Trail and several thrilling descents. Then Roessingh will take over for the final leg, waged on the Capilano River, which will wind through deep gorge walls 6.64 km to the finish line on the ocean at Ambleside Park.

“How tough it is depends on the water level at this time of the year,” said Roessingh, who was expecting a Class 4 run. “It’s not crazy … but it’s pretty steep.

“If you are an experienced paddler, you’re not going to have any trouble, but those who aren’t – and there are some – will.”

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