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NZ MTBO Champs 2009

Show Profile  marcusd Posted: 20 September 2009, 4:46 AM  
After a recess of a few years the New Zealand Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) Champs are back on in Rotorua on 14 and 15 November 2009. The event, to be held in Whakarewarewa Forest, will take in the best mountain biking in New Zealand over courses that will take participants into areas of the forest they may never have visited before.

The event will be broken over two days. The first day on Saturday, 14 November will see two events with the middle distance (winning time 35 minutes) in the morning and for the first time at a New Zealand MTBO Champs, a sprint distance which will have a winning time of about 15-20 minutes in the afternoon. The next day, Sunday 15 November, will see the traditional long distance event starting in the morning. Race starts and finishes will be kept under wraps until the week preceding the event but all participants can be assured there will be heaps of variety.

The Rotorua Orienteering Club, the event organizers, have done some substantial work updating the Whaka Forest map specifically for this event. Although MTBO events have been held in the forest for a number of years, the map had been brought up to international standards and new 5m and 10m contours have been added to provide more detail and accurate positions of the massive trial network that now exists in the forest.

MTBO has been undergoing a popularity surge in the last few years with regular events throughout the country and a strong presence at overseas events in Europe and Australia. It is an integral discipline for adventure racing and it is no surprise that some of the best MTBO competitors in New Zealand are also the best adventure racers.

There are a number of classes to cater for the competitive side of the weekend. Juniors (Under 18), Open as well as a Mens/Womens 40+ and 50+ class will see the best New Zealand MTBO proponents battle it out for the right to be called New Zealand Champ.

Even if you just want to give it a go a recreational class will be run for both male and females. This class will be run over courses that will be slightly easier than those for the more competitive classes and the emphasis will be on getting out there and having fun.

All event information can be found at:

This includes an event flyer and entry form downloadable as pdf's as well as online entries.

It will be great to see you there giving this event a go and challenging yourself on a mountain bike.

Show Profile  marcusd Posted: 4 November 2009, 8:56 AM  
Hi all

Just a reminder that the 2009 NZ MTBO Champs are next weekend in Rotorua, home of the best mountain biking in New Zealand. Entries have been rolling in and the late fee for entries starts from tomorrow.

Some great courses have been planned for you over the three events, taking into account some of the best riding in Rotorua. And for the first time we are running a sprint event - can't wait to see competitors tackle that.

All details, including online entries, can be found at:

If you need any gear then visit Mapsport. Michael Wood has a great range of equipment for MTBO, including some good deals on map boards. The mobile Mapsport shop will be present in Rotorua next weekend as well. Visit the website at:

Provisional start lists and the event programme will be available early next week. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Marcus Diprose

Show Profile  marcusd Posted: 11 November 2009, 3:07 AM  
Hi all

The event programme is now available on the CD Orienteering website under each of the three races. Start lists will be available tomorrow (Thursday).

Entries close tonight at 5pm online so if you are thinking of entering please do so today as it will be your last chance to do so. We might have some open slots available for on the day entries but we cannot guarantee this.

Enter online here:



Show Profile  Greig Posted: 11 November 2009, 3:28 AM  
The rules are unclear if the sport ident must be attached to the bike at all times.
Because of this it is also unclear if one can run to controls without the bike.
Finally it only states that tracks must be ridden in the direction marked. Does this mean you can still push your bike the wrong way along a track?

Show Profile  rob.g Posted: 11 November 2009, 3:37 AM  
Hey Greig,

Those tracks are made for riding.

I mentioned attaching the SI to the bike, and it was considered there were no places it would be an advantage to leave the bike.

Show Profile  marcusd Posted: 11 November 2009, 3:50 AM  
Greig - yep, no reason to have to have SI card attached to bike as controls will be easily accessible.

If any tracks have any directional arrows on them you must go that way regardless of whether you are riding or pushing your bike. Expect to be paid out if you are spotted pushing your bike!

Show Profile  Jamie Posted: 11 November 2009, 4:22 AM  
good to have that clarified

I'm thinking: Sportident, finger, run

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 11 November 2009, 4:23 AM  
You shouldn't think Jamie

Show Profile  darren Posted: 11 November 2009, 4:46 AM  
Jamie you could buy a lightweight plastic kids bike from the Warehouse, strap it to your back and then run the courses if you want. If you cheated and went cross country you might go quite well

Show Profile  Greig Posted: 11 November 2009, 5:41 AM  
Jamie you'd have to carry the bike for the whole course this time though.

Show Profile  Greig Posted: 11 November 2009, 5:41 AM  
Thanks for clearing that up Marcus.

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 11 November 2009, 1:53 PM  
There is a reason to have the SI card attached to the bike. It is so that there is no possibility that the bike does not go to the control. This is the internationally accepted standard and I fail to see why NZ's premier event should not apply it. There are no negative consequences of doing so, only the positive result that the chance of someone visiting a control without their bike is drastically reduced.

Show Profile  marcusd Posted: 11 November 2009, 2:14 PM  
Marquita - can you please email me directly on this. Thanks, Marcus

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 11 November 2009, 2:14 PM  
Marcus are you able to tell us how large the maps are, in paper size? Cheers

Marquita can it be attached with a 10m rope?

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 11 November 2009, 2:29 PM  
Sure Greg, just as long as it's attached. Better wear your full-face helmet for when your rope gets caught in your wheel though

Show Profile  darren Posted: 11 November 2009, 2:30 PM  
The sprint will be A4size, middle A3size and long somewhere inbetween A4 and A3.

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