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ANZ MTBO Challenge 2009

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 3 June 2009, 5:27 PM  
The NZ team has assembled in Victoria ahead of the weekend's challenge which will be held just over the border in South Australia. We suspect the Australians are trying to win back the trophy by using maps which are dead flat. However they have reckoned without kiwi ingenuity - the team has managed to bring some rain in with them while border control was preoccupied with swine flu.

The other underarm tricks they have tried include delaying Queens Birthday weekend by a week in the hope that NZ wouldn't notice, and raising the price of bananas to nearly NZD4 a kilo. They can do this because they don't allow imports.

The Australian team is on the event website
The NZ team is on the MTBO website

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 6 June 2009, 12:24 PM  
Test (I think the Aussies hve bugged this internet connection...)

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 6 June 2009, 12:26 PM  
NZ has creamed the opposition in the Aust-NZ MTBO Challenge at Mt Gambier South Australia today Saturday. It won the sprint distance 5 classes to 2, taking Womens open, Mens 40, Womens 40, Mens 50, Womens 50.

INdividual winners were:
Marquita Gelderman W OPen by 5min
Pete Swanson M40 by near,y 3min
Dave King M50 by 2min
Di Michels W40 by 7min
Viv Prince W50
Michael Wood M60

Other notables:
Stu Lynch 2nd M Open
Newcomer Claire McLennan 4th W OPen

The very short courses were won in times between 20 and 30 minutes. They involved very intense navigation in bush tracks adjacent to the town of Nelson at the mouth of the Glenelg River, plus a maze in a deserted caravan park.

Tomorrow there's a long distance contest and on Monday a middle distance. The challenge which NZ is defending depoends on total number of classes won over the three races.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 7 June 2009, 9:32 AM  
NZ has an almost unassailable lead in the MTBO Challenge with a 3-4 win in the long distance today Sunday. It took the same classes as yesterday except for womens open which was notable for 50+ Carolyn Jackson riding only 3min slower than Marquita.

Individual winners:
Marquita Gelderman
Bruce Meder M50
Di Michels W40 (by 8min I think)
Jacqui Sinclair W50

The winning times were between 60 and 120min in mostly pine plantation - Carter Holt Harvey has a big operation based on Mt Gambier. Many of the courses made use of tricky clearings and open paddocks (which are allowed riding over here).

Australia (who would have to win 6 out of 7 in tomorrrow's middle distance to win) is talking about changing the rules to permit different teams for the different disciplines. Should we let them???

Show Profile  jeffg Posted: 9 June 2009, 1:50 AM  
There was a great short newsclip in the NZ Herald yesterday on the MTBO, including mention of excellent performances by Di Michels and former world no. 1 Marquita Gelderman. Well done team.

How did the middle go? Or should I check this morning's paper?

Show Profile  jeffg Posted: 9 June 2009, 1:52 AM  
Whoops, guess I should read the Maptalk news before the forum! Well done everyone. Hope this one gets into the paper too.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 9 June 2009, 3:02 AM  
We won the middle 4-3 making 13-8 overallk

Show Profile  Paul I Posted: 9 June 2009, 6:27 AM  
Congratulations to you all on a job very well done and a awesome reward for a gritty effort with your commitment and many tough, sweaty training sessions.
It would be cool to see some maps with routes, any chance of the organisers putting it up on routegadget??? Probably not considering how hard it was to find results, so I hope to see something in a future edition of our very own increadible Amazing NZ Orienteering Tales.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 9 June 2009, 10:03 AM  
...hard to find results, all part of cunning Aussie tactics Paul, start times and final info including driving instructions to the events were similarly hard to find! Actually the South Australians even hid the areas over the border in Victoria.

They have promised to put the maps onto Routegadget, and we've revved up the team to post their routes when this happens, but you'll need to be a superb navigator to find them:-))

PS Results are not on the event website, but there's a link on the association website

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 27 June 2009, 1:22 PM  
If you're flying across the Tasman with a bike, the experiences of the MTBO team have been summarised on the MTBO website There are big official differences between airlines, and of course a variety of informal differences.




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