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Kiwis in Europe

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 5 July 2019, 3:54 AM  
There was an "Antwerp Sprint Orienteering Meeting" last weekend and in a knockout competition Tim beat local star Yannick Michiels in the final by 3sec. There was also a stand-alone race in which Michiels did Tim by 3sec but Laura won the women. There were also quite a few kiwi juniors there on their way to JWOC.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 8 July 2019, 3:07 PM  
Solid start in the JWOC sprint with most impressive result from the youngest member Kaia being the fastest kiwi woman. Did I see an unintended wobble at one point - a pause - and carry on and the route wasn't all that bad after all. Top guy Kurtis 39= just over 1min off. But excitement in Australia with Aston Key winning gold!

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 8 July 2019, 3:16 PM  
In Plzen Marquita is lying 2nd W40 (by only 15sec) after 4 days MTBO with one to go. Today's race is called "semi-free order, pursuit start". Rob 2nd in M60 but he is 5min behind, he needs to watch the Brit on his tail. Jim Sutherland (OHV) is 21st in M60.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 9 July 2019, 2:51 PM  
The good news the bad news and the worse news.

The worst news is that at the World Masters in Latvia, pretty much all the sprint final results were voided. There was a passageway (same as used in WOC last year I understand) which had a supposedly open gate but it was locked. Attackpoint has discussion. There are 10 kiwis there but Alister Metherell has been laid low with sickness.

Better news from the JWOC long with Katie C-W and Joe Lynch being the best at 54th and 41st respectively. 12% behind the leaders which is excellent. You oughta see some of Joe's bold route choices:-)) Aston Key again in the medals - third.

Not so good from Plzen with Rob being overtaken by the Brit in the chasing start and Jim dsq. Finally the good news - Marquita took 3min out of the day 4 leader and won W40 comfortably.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 11 July 2019, 2:24 AM  
The masters has had a middle distance qualifier and final in Latvia. NZ's best hope Carey Martin made the A-Final but mp'd. Ted van Geldermalsen won his final but it was the B.

Meanwhile the juniors have had their middle qualifier, with Katie Cory-Wright, Joe Lynch and Will Tidswell getting thru. Daniel Monckton missed by seconds. With two Australians, two Canadians and two USAians this might be the highest number of non-European qualifiers since 2007.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 13 July 2019, 6:30 PM  
Katie 43rd in the Middle final, Joe 49th and Will 57th.

Boys relay 21st by country but some problems saw the #2 boys team swapping places with the #1. (After a brilliant first leg by Joe, just over 1min down). In the end NZ#1 was one of 10 teams shown today as DISQ without any indication during the live coverage. Both girls teams had an MP on the first leg - so not the best of finishes to the championship. Most exciting moment was Britain overhauling Russia on the last leg for the gold.

However NZ looks respectable in the country score - based on total placings - with 16th. In the English-speaking world GB was 9th, Australia 13th, USA 20th and Canada 26th. There were 41 countries.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 13 July 2019, 6:48 PM  
In the masters the qualification system for the long is beyond my ken; but it partly involves the middle results. Ted van G, Alistair Stewart, Carey Martin and Lyn Stanton qualified for the A final; finishing 32, 52, 57 and 75th. There were up to 400 in some classes, with 4000 in total.

Now for the cricket:-)) After that the World MTBO Champs at the end of July and the Foot-O in mid August.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 14 July 2019, 10:17 PM  
Gillian has noted that she gets another year of holding the WMOC W60 Sprint title:-)) Post 9 July refers.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 29 July 2019, 12:59 AM  
Tim Farrant and Tane Cambridge world rogaine champions, open men, coming out top in a close tussle with Italian, Spanish, Estonian and 2xLatvian teams in the southern Spanish Pyrenees. Ted van G and Australian partner were 2nd in their category (super vets?). A few other NZ names, some familiar, others I guess better known in rogaining circles, but it's too late at night to try to match team members to team names on the result list

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 29 July 2019, 2:16 AM  
Ted and partner Derek Morris are ultravet now (65). Other results (from a HV perspective) Keri Devine and Rob Smith 6th Mixed Vet. Meanwhile in Denmark Georgia Skelton has sprinted to another podium finish in the junior MTBO worlds. But Tim Robertson after posting winning split times is "felst". Top man Devon Beckman was 28th.

Show Profile  HidingControls Posted: 29 July 2019, 9:03 AM  
Sadly Tim and Tane got pipped by the Estonians. The GPS was great but not perfect.
Was gutting to have to hand the trophy and smile.

Show Profile  Jymbo Posted: 30 July 2019, 2:36 AM  
Tim missed control 7. Rode within 100 m of it, but didn't see it on the map, otherwise, he would have had a win

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 30 July 2019, 6:03 PM  
Probably staring me in the face, HC, but where are the final results from the rogaine? back to Denmark tonight for more MTBO. And there are kiwis at the Scottish 6-day incl Lizzie Ingham. Were there any/many at O-Ringen?

Show Profile  Jymbo Posted: 30 July 2019, 8:49 PM  
On there website 2nd last tab from the end

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 31 July 2019, 12:08 AM  
Tim moving slowly back to the start. Mechanical? Conal some sort of felst. Georgia going well.

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