Friday, February 12, 2016

Norte Alentejano O' Meeting 2016: Step by step

With the IOF stamp, Portugal receives next weekend the last of three events scoring for the World Orienteering Ranking this season. After the Lisbon International Orienteering Meeting and the Portugal O' Meeting, it's now time for the Norte Alentejo O' Meeting, in Castelo de Vide, with more than one thousand participants taking part.



For the fourth time in ten editions, Castelo de Vide is once again the World Orienteering's epicenter, welcoming the Norte Alentejano O' Meeting 2016. After two years in a row holding one Sprint stage scoring for the Sprint Ranking, this year the queen stage will be the Middle Distance on the first day, counting for the IOF World Orienteering Ranking. Organized by Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos, in partnership with the municipality of Castelo de Vide, the Portuguese Orienteering Federation and the International Orienteering Federation, the event has already began to shake the whole region, with names like Thierry Gueorgiou, Tove Alexandersson or Olav Lundanes sounding familiar to the local people.

The party will start in a couple of hours with two Model Events in two different maps. But tomorrow onwards everything will be different... and for real! Two Middle Distance stages will occupy the competition during the weekend and there will be also room for a Urban Night Sprint, on Saturday, in Castelo de Vide centre. 



NAOM 2016 detailed program

12th February 2016 (day 0 – Friday)
10:00 – Event center opening
10:00 – Model Events
18:00 – Event center closing

13th February 2016 (day 1 – Saturday)
08:30 – Event center opening at the Arena
10:00 – Middle Distance WRE – Amieira / Barregão
13:30 - Middle Distance WRE - Prize Giving Ceremony
19:00 – Start Night Sprint "Salgueiro Maia" – Castelo de Vide

14th February 2016 (day 2 – Sunday)
08:30 – Event center opening at the Arena
10:00 – Middle Distance – Amieira / Barregão.
13:30 – Award Ceremony

Note: All timings are in local time (GMT timezone).



Participants

1.018 athletes, 238 clubs, 21 different countries. These are the numbers of NAOM 2016 at the date of closing entries. Number two in the IOF World Orienteering Ranking, Thierry Gueorgiou is the big favorite for the victory overall. After winning the Portugal O' Meeting, last tuesday, the best orienteer of all times will want to perform well again and reach his second NAOM, after the victory in this same place in 2014. Like in Penamacor, Gueorgiou will have to count with the fight of his team mates of Kalevan Rasti, Fabian Hertner, Baptiste Rollier and Jan Prochazka, but also with Olav Lundanes, Frederic Tranchand, Magne Daehli, Lucas Basset and many others. In this set we have to include Øystein Kvall Østerbo and Tiago Romão, winners of NAOM in 2010 and NAOM 2012, respectively. 

As for the Elite Women, Tove Alexandersson is back to this part of the country, but this time to compete! Big star in the recent two first rounds of the World Cup in Ski-Orienteering, the Swedish change the northern white icy fields for the green flourish terrains in Alentejo and she is, of course, the big favorite to the final victory. Winner of NAOM 2010, Eva Jurenikova, and NAOM 2014, Amelie Chataing, both will challenge Alexandersson. Furthermore, they did, along with Anastasia Rudnaya, a great Portugal O' Meeting and everything can happen. And we can't forget the young Swiss girls, Sabine Hauswirth, Julia Gross and Rahel Friederich, and the "kiwi" Lizzie Ingham. It's going to be a great NAOM, that's for sure!


Terrain and useful information

12th February 2016 - MODEL EVENT - QUINTA DAS LAVANDAS

The model event maps can be picked up in the registration office at Centro Cultural de Castelo de Vide.
On the terrain the control points are marked with wooden stakes with respective control number.
The access to the Model Event is by a rural road relatively narrow and the parking space is small. It is advised to who chose the two trainings to start first by Póvoa e Meadas.

Terrain: Open land with scattered olive trees with several details of rocks and vegetation.
Cartographer: Raquel Costa
Map: Field Work - December 2014
Scale: 1/10.000

GPS: 39°26'54.9"N / 7°26'43.1"W


12th February - MODEL EVENT - PÓVOA E MEADAS

Terrain: Open land with scattered olive trees with several details of rocks and vegetation.
Cartographer: Raquel Costa
Map: Field Work - January 2014
Scale: 1/10.000

GPS: 39°30' 34.03'' N / 7° 31' 31.45'' W


13th February – MIDDLE DISTANCE WRE – AMIEIRA / BARREGÃO (new map)

Map (New): Amieira / Barregão at Scale 1/10.000
Terrain: Open land with scattered olive trees with several details of rocks and vegetation.
Cartographer: Tiago Aires e Raquel Costa (March 2015)
Course Planner: Tiago Leal
IOF Adviser: Joaquim Patricio

Warnings:
- Arena - Includes: Secretariat, IT, speaker, pre-start, finish, babysitting and bar.
- The Parking area will be along the M524 road, which will have one direction of circulation only.
- Due to the high number of rocky areas that might be slippery, it is recommended to use running shoes with spikes.
- During the event, most of the courses will cross the M524 road. We inform that traffic will not be interrupted during the event and therefore request the utmost care while crossing the road.

Distances:
- Parking - 500 m from the arena.
- Start - 1800 m from the arena.

GPS: 39°26'46.2"N / 7°25'40.9"W

13th February - NIGHT SPRINT “SALGUEIRO MAIA” – CASTELO DE VIDE

Map: Castelo de Vide at scale 1/4.000
Terrain: Urban sprint.
Cartographer: Raquel Costa (Dec 2014)
Course Planner: Hugo Borda D'Água
Adviser: Joaquim Patricio

Warning:
- Arena - Praça D. Pedro V in Castelo de Vide. It includes: Secretariat, IT, speaker, Start and Finish.
- There won't be a quarantine.
- There won't be a specific area for parking.
- There is no babysitting service in this stage.
- In Men Elite class the start times have 30 seconds interval and will use base Start system.

GPS: 39°24'54.96'' N / 7°27'20.12'' W


14th February - MIDDLE DISTANCE – AMIEIRA / BARREGÃO

Map (new): Amieira/ Barregão at scale 1/10.000
Terrain: Open land with scattered olive trees with several details of rocks and vegetation.
Cartographer: Raquel Costa & Tiago Aires (March 2015)
Course Planner: Victor Delgado
Adviser: Joaquim Patricio

Warnings:
- Arena - includes: Secretariat, IT, speaker, finish, babysitting, bar;
- The Parking area will be along the M524 road, which will have one direction of circulation only;
- Due to the high number of rocky areas that might be slippery, it is recommended to use running shoes with spikes;
- During the event most of the courses will cross the M524 road. We inform that traffic will not be interrupted during the event and therefore request the utmost care while crossing the road.

Distances:
- Parking - 500m from the arena.
- Start - 100m from the arena.

GPS: 39°24'46.2" N / 7°25'40.9" W


Other information

Tribute to Salgueiro Maia
  • On the 13th of February the organization of Norte Alentejano O'Meeting will realize a small tribute to Salgueiro Maia (1944-1992), natural from Castelo de Vide, one of the "Capitães de Abril" (Captains of April), responsible for the revolution that took place in Portugal on the 25th of April 1974. The ceremony will consist in the Night Sprint (2nd stage of Norte Alentejano O' Meeting) that will be named "Salgueiro Maia".
World Ranking Event
  • The Middle Distance on February 13th (day 1) will be a World Ranking Event;
  • During that race, GPS watches won’t be allowed in Elite classes.
Elite classes
  • The Male Elite class will be splitted in two. The best 75 athletes in the IOF World Orienteering Raking, according to the standings in the end of 2015 (31st December), will run in Men Super Elite class and the remaining athletes in Men Elite class;
  • In the Middle Distance WRE stage, both classes will count to the World Ranking, following the IOF suggestions.
Results
  • The winner of NAOM 2016 will be found through the sum of the times of the two Middle Distance races;
  • The Night Sprint won’t count to NAOM 2016 final results.
For further information, please visit the Event's website, at http://www.gd4caminhos.com/en/naom2016.

Joaquim Margarido

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