Sunday 28 October 2012

Preparing for Australian MTBO Champs

I am in Victoria, Australia with a team of 15 other New Zealanders preparing for the Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships being held this weekend in NSW.

We arrived on Friday in Melbourne and stopped for a forest training ride on our way by car to Daylesford. We reassembled our bikes after the plane flight at the forest. We had four nights at Tasma House in Daylesford.

Saturday we participated in a 75min rogaine event. It took us from Jubilee Lake and depending on choice, through eucalypt forest and off-road urban areas, to find as many controls as possible in 75min.

On Sunday we rode in the Cyclic Navigator event. It was a 4hr or 6hr rogaine in pairs or solo. I did the 4 hour solo. With 35min to spare I was enticed by the nearby 100 pointer and ended up miscalculating the time to ride from there to the finish and had some points deducted finishing late! Still I manage first solo woman and I think 7th overall.

Great terrain and location. Would have been good to have done it as a pair with husband, Phil.

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