Over the weekend Australian wildwater paddler Rob McIntyre competed at the German national team wildwater sprint selection races in Augsburg, Germany, as a warm up race for the upcoming international season.
In the final on Sunday McIntyre finished his weekend on a high in 3rd place, despite competing in windy, rainy conditions. With an air temperature of only 6 degrees and even colder water in the aptly named ‘Eiskanal’ McIntyre performed well despite being accustomed to the warm climate of his central coast home.
The event over the weekend was part of the German national team selection, so the Germans were paddling in top form.
The Eiskanal was the venue of the 2011 Wildwater World Championships, where McIntyre also competed. The Augsburg course is extremely technical, with difficult surging water caused by the vertical walls of the channel.
‘I rated extremely fast in the flat before dropping in to the whitewater, I was solid through the top section before the main rapids and had a great run through the ‘washing machine’ rapid before setting up the final section after the bridge.’
McIntyre described his race as ‘a great confidence booster knowing these guys are more than likely finalists at worlds.’
‘I will have to prepare well though because Solkan is relatively flat and I can’t imagine anyone making mistakes there.’
McIntyre was beaten only by Germany’s Soeren Falkenhain and Peter Schumacher. Falkenhain finished first in a time of 98.59, just 2.91 seconds ahead of McIntyre.
McIntyre built on his performance from Saturday, when he finished in 5th place.
As McIntyre himself said; ‘a great way to finish the day.’