Friday, April 01, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...

1. Determined to recover its credibility, asserting itself closer to its members and searching for new participants, the Brazilian Orienteering Confederation has launched a new website. Appealing visual, new features and more easily in searching information are, for now, the offers of the new face of the CBO, that can be seen at Another novelty that comes from Brazil has to do with the PrisMagazine's 7th issue, highlighting the first stages of several Federal Championships that took place in the beginning of the year and making the preview of the 49th World Military Orienteering Championships CISM 2016, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro between 10th and 16th November. But because the PrisMagazine is a project “made for you and to you”, the editor's goal is, now, to finance the edition of 1000 units of the PrisMagazine April/2016 on paper, to be distributed among the supporters and in the Brazilian Orienteering Championships' first stage, to be held in Rio Negrinho. There are five basic support values at your choice. Know everything at

2. The Austrians Kevin Haselberger and Michaela Gigon were the big stars of Cappadocia Cup, an MTBO event carried out in Turkey, which also included two stages scoring for the IOF World MTB Orienteering Ranking and another two stages counted for the MTBO World Masters Series. Close to breathtaking rock formations, in valleys with names like Rosental or Love Valley, with temperatures around the 20 degrees and quad biking and balloon ride included on the program, this was a great experience for one hundred competitors present in Göreme. The Mixed Sprint Relay, in the picturesque town of Mustafapasa, saw the Swiss Simon Braendli, Maja Rothweiler and Beat Oklé took a tasty victory against the strong Austrian team with Michaela Gigon, Florian Exler and Andreas Waldmann. Michaela Gigon won the three individual races in the Women Elite class, the last one – Sprint – with the same time as Christine Schaffner, from Switzerland. Overall, Schaffner was second, while the Austrian Sonja Zinkl took the third place. Emine Sezgünsay (Istanbul Orienteering), was the best Turkish athlete, in the 6th position. In the Men Elite class, Kevin Haselsberger was the fastest in the Long Distance and in the Sprint, while the Swiss Beat Schaffner won the Middle Distance race. Overall, Haselsberger was the winner, Schaffner took the second place and another Swiss, Beat Oklé, was third. In the 6th position, Cansel Saraç (Kastamonu GSM) was the best Turkish athlete. Everything to read at

3. The MTBO was also in action in the South of France, near the St. Michel de Frigolet's Abbey, with the French Championships of Relay and Long Distance 2016. The organizers offered new maps for two interesting races, but unfortunately the Long Distance had to be voided because the wrong position of one control. Very affected by the organizers' mistake were Cédric Beill and Gaëlle Barlet, the eventual winners by comfortable margins. The Relay took place on a very technical map and the fight for the victory was really tight. In the Men Elite class, Orient'Express Pélussin (Yoann Garde and JB Bourrin) was the winner, with AS Samois (Florian Pinsard and Nicolas Pinsard) in the second position. In the Women Elite, the sisters and Lou and Maylis Denaix gave to COC Sinelles a five minutes victory, against ADOC. In the meanwhile, the Technical Direction selected the following athletes to the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016 Round 1, in Guebwiller, France, from 13th to 16th May: Gaëlle Barlet, Lou Denaix, Madeleine Tirbois, Jean-Baptiste Bourrin, Baptiste Fuchs, Yoann Garde, Thibaud Guelennoc, Loïc Lonchampt, Nicolas Pinsard and Clément Souvray [HERE].

4. During the last days, the subscribers of the IOF Newsletter will have received a fresh newsletter straight to their inbox. A summary of the 2015-2016 SkiO World Cup neatly closes the SkiO season and sights are set on the upcoming MTBO and FootO seasons. The development of TrailO in Brazil is also featured in the newsletter. Under the motto “Trail Orienteering is the sport where different are equal”, the 1st MB/ADAAN TrailO Cup, which brought together a total of 75 competitors, took place recently in Rio de Janeiro. The report from the event is an important read. The newsletter also highlights the opening of the World Orienteering Day website. The opening of the website comes with just under 50 days left until the event, and people all over the world are busy planning their activities for May 11th. To the MTBO lovers in general, and particularly to the Portuguese ones, there's also a nice article based on a Interview with Davide Machado, who bears the Portuguese hope in the achievement of medal in the next World MTBO Championships. Don’t miss out on current and future newsletters! Read more and subscribe HERE.

Joaquim Margarido

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