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Marquita's road to Glory

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 19 June 2006, 10:06 AM  
Marquita is on fire in her build up to the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs. Her european campaign has started in Poland where she demolished the polish team in 4 races.

You can read about the Australasian successes on the Oz teams blog

This message was edited by Neil K on 19 June 2006, 6:07 PM

Show Profile  Kathy Farquhar Posted: 23 June 2006, 12:13 PM  
Thanks for the update Neil. Ralph King was delighted to hear the good news and wishes the team well. So do I, Regards, Kathy Farquhar

Show Profile  olde codger Posted: 30 June 2006, 11:06 AM  
Neil, whats the latest with Marquita in her lead up to the WMBO

Show Profile  Neil K Posted: 1 July 2006, 1:44 PM  
The latest is she had her 38th birthday on friday.
The old lady is in Poland relaxing before they hit Finland for the training next week.

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 1 July 2006, 10:54 PM  
If she won WMOC in 2002 how can she be 38? You still doing her dishes?

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 3 July 2006, 1:34 PM  
It's not polite to ask ladies their age! And any smart comments about ladies get a black mark in the book!!

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 3 July 2006, 1:44 PM  
The team is nearly all assembled in Joensuu with Fiona arriving today. Greg is running WMOC in Austria this week while Stu is doing some quiet training in USA before they both arrive on Friday. Model event Saturday, long qual Sunday, middle final Monday. Some really nice riding, quite technical on the single track. You are allowed to ride through the forest which can be quicker for short distances but risky for the derailleur. Mosquitos are very large but seem to have a preference for male perspiration thank goodness.

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 8 July 2006, 7:16 PM  
Model event today - very tricky driving as the Finns would say. Small tracks are either loose rocky stuff or loose sandy stuff, with a few logs and roots thrown in for good measure. Nice and toasty warm too with 30C at least. Long qualification tomorrow which should be interesting. The Brits have a new weapon in the women's team in the form of Heather Monro.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 9 July 2006, 3:57 PM  
Assuming 60 in the long distance finals 5 kiwis are in: Marquita Gelderman, Fiona McBride, Stu Lynch, Darryl Taylor, and Michal Glowacki. Greg Barbour missed the cut and Di Michels is given as DSQ which could mean a wrong control or not finishing for a variety of reasons. No qualifications for the middle distance so all will ride this tomorrow; the long final is Wed and relay Thu. The Ozzie team blog has news and links thru to the startlists and results, but there are no sign of live updates a la JWOC...

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 10 July 2006, 6:17 AM  
Is it just me or do the organisers of world championships hide away the number of qualifiers in each heat who will run the final? The question everyone has is, "has xxx qualified or not?" Can't find it on the MTBO website, had the same trouble with JWOC.

Show Profile  darren Posted: 10 July 2006, 11:08 AM  
Looks like results for the middle final are live, through the results link on the website.

This message was edited by darren on 10 July 2006, 7:40 PM

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 10 July 2006, 11:58 AM  
Marquita through radio in 4th 1:33 down on leader

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 10 July 2006, 12:18 PM  
Just finished in 4th 2:28 behind the current leading Fin, still the same top 4 at radio with about a dozen yet to come through

This message was edited by Greg on 10 July 2006, 8:19 PM

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 10 July 2006, 2:20 PM  
Good one Marquita for 8th. And Michal's 27th (+17%) is also outstanding I reckon. You don't hear anything about MTBO in Norway, it would be interesting to know just how much practice he's been able to get.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 11 July 2006, 4:41 AM  
Beating Heather Monro in any form of orienteering sounds like a real achievement to me! Great stuff Marquita, and Michal and the rest of the team.

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 11 July 2006, 7:22 AM  
Bit of discussion on Nopesport about some DSQs in the long qualification for riding thru an OOB. The event website has lost the results now (the link points to the Fin5 foot-o) so any news from someone there?

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