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Show Profile  mick finn Posted: 18 August 2009, 2:18 AM  
Thanks for the pics and comments guys-we're enjoying watching from afar immensely!

Show Profile  horace Posted: 18 August 2009, 2:25 AM  
Hi Chris, Ross, Bryn & Greg. Good efforts all round and great results so far, Chris - Greg & Maja's spongejob must have done the business. Kiwis shall fly tomorrow in the Sprint.

Show Profile  Paul I Posted: 18 August 2009, 4:38 AM  
During the finals we can pay a small fee and watch live gps tracking, well those of you who are lucky enough to get to a screen. I think the organisers forgot to consult all the fans out there when they schedualed race times.
GG's blog has a great account of his impressive long heat win.

What was with all those individual distinct tree symbols, it looks cool.

Show Profile  addison Posted: 18 August 2009, 5:36 AM  
As Chris points out, judging by GG's blog... doesn't look like a heap of route choice...

Those trees do look a bit funny!

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 19 August 2009, 1:04 AM  
"I think the organisers forgot to consult all the fans out there when they scheduled race times"

Worst thing is I think my body clock still knows it's WOC week, based on how little sleep I've had the last few days...

Show Profile  mick finn Posted: 19 August 2009, 1:24 AM  
yeah, I've run out blood sugar and can only stare blankly at the screen while Per keeps the updates coming; no energy to even post. And I know all three of the team will qualify for the Sprint so we'll be up at 4am or some similarly mindnumbing hour.
But it is worth it! Gonna be a great week still..

Show Profile  robbie Posted: 19 August 2009, 12:40 PM  
Your correct Paul those trees look out of place. They must be groups of trees. If they are that close how would you map them?

Show Profile  The Clem Posted: 19 August 2009, 2:21 PM  
This is terrain that'll suit Chris. He'll either go hard and hit it good, or we'll hear the giggling from here. Either way, he'll be having fun.
(For anyone that hasn't been around Chris when he's playing 'I like hills, I like green or messy stuff, Ohh that looks interesting...' he'll be humming/thinking, Dum de dum dum dum. giggle, giggle.)

p.s. Karl was kicking Francois in training in Denmark

Show Profile  SJ Posted: 19 August 2009, 3:43 PM  
Karl Dravitzki: NZ's most under-exhibited talent on the world stage?

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 20 August 2009, 12:26 AM  
Sprint Qual start times

9:00 Bryn
9:13 Chris
9:27 Ross

So Bryn is the very first starter, from 7pm NZT

There will also be an update on the Blog tomorrow morning, promise

Show Profile  robbie Posted: 20 August 2009, 12:55 AM  
1 Thierry 37.14
2 Hubman 37.43
3 Matthias 38.10
Chris 36th 44.09
1 Brozkova
2 Anderson
3 Niggli

Show Profile  robbie Posted: 20 August 2009, 1:04 AM  
Chris 34th

Show Profile  Paul I Posted: 20 August 2009, 5:05 AM  
Re the trees Robbie, Guessing they must be some big specimen tree or something in like a park setting perhaps, I think it looks good, more often seen on Sprint maps. Some of our maps probably have areas we could do the same but you'd have to be good at maths. On flattish terrain it sure offers more control sites.

Can you believe Thierry has risen to the top once more, and it sounds to me that he is focussing more on trying to achieve a gold in the Long this year. You would think it impossible for almost anyone to beat a few of the long specialists, but clearly nothing is impossible for the fabulously fast flying friendly frenchman.

Looking at event info and all that I get the impression there is some nice terrain coming up for the relays and some pretty tough stuff for the long final, so according to the Clem, Chris should really love that!

But first the sprint to get through, and in a mainly forested setting. Can any of the dudes have a blinder?
Hubmann of Khramov to win???? My pick is for a Russian in this type of terrain... 'I got a feel'in it's gonna be a good good night'

Anyone else notice no scandis in the top of mens middle, will the nightmare trend for them continue in in Hungary?

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 20 August 2009, 6:26 AM  
Damn, I will be able to hook up to the net tonight. But damn, I also really need a good night's sleep!

We all seem to be a bit curious about those trees, so here's the results of a tiny bit of research and a lot of dragging up memories from what now feels a long-ago visit to europe... they're running mostly in beech forest (that's Fagus not Nothofagus so a little bit different from beech forest here, but still a thick canopy so less undergrowth than other forest types - which I'd guess is why the k-rates have been looking quite good). You'd generally expect scattered oaks in a European beech forest, I think especially around flatter areas. Oaks can get pretty massive if they're allowed to - not Tane Mahuta massive but easily big enough to justify a green circle in the middle of a forest. What would surprise me, even in unmodified forest (which there's not a hell of a lot of even in that part of Europe), is if there were oaks big enough to be distinctive growing at the density indicated....

Show Profile  Dave Posted: 20 August 2009, 6:47 AM  
JWOC 2001 was based in the same town - therefore simialr terrain?
Khramov won ... if thats anything to go by 8 years later...
He was good value at the after party too...

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