1. Across Europe, the weekend opens full of events promising lots of fun and excitement. A little more than two months to the World MTB Orienteering Championships, Portugal organizes the Iberian Championships in this discipline, being in contest the Middle Distance and Long Distance titles in M17, M20, M Elite, M40, M50 and M60 classes. In the Men Elite class it's expected tight fight in both races, with Davide Machado and João Ferreira leading the Portuguese “army” against Angel Garcia and David Toll Clos ahead of the Spanish collective. The races will take place in the West region, in the municipalities of Torres Vedras and Cadaval, with organization of the Clube Português de orientação e Corrida and Académico de Torres Vedras, and may be followed at http://www.atv.pt/actividades/evento/5/886. In the Moscow region is going to take place the Russian MTB Orienteering Championships, with the presence of the country's best athletes. Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, Tatiana Repina, Svetlana Poverina, in the Women and Dmitiy Kuzmin, Grigory Medvedev and Anton Foliforov, in the Men, are just a few of the 84 Elite athletes who will fight for the Sprint (on Saturday) and Middle Distance (on Sunday) titles. Both races score for the IOF World MTBO Ranking. Everything to follow at http://rufso.ru/.
2. Looking now on Trail Orienteering, it's going to take place in Finland another edition of FinTrailO. To meet intense challenges, 61 athletes from four countries will be present in Muurame and Jyväskylä, in the center of the country, for three stages - a TempO and two PreO - set by Lauri Kontkanen, Lauri Mäkinen and Esko Junttila. On the eve of the European Trail Orienteering Championships, Jari Turto, Marit Wiksell, Erik Stålnacke, Martin Jullum, Ola Jansson, Martin Fredholm or Anna Jacobson are just some of the big names entered for the event with the thought of winning. For more information, see the event page at http://www.muuramenrasti.fi/fintrailo-2016/. Finally, we head to Italy where the Italian Foot Orienteering Championships of Sprint and Middle Distance will take place. Scoring for the World Rankings, the races attract to Canal San Bovo and Calaita, in the Trentino region, 113 athletes in the Elite classes. Giacomo Zagonel and Lia Patscheider defend their sprint titles achieved in 2015, while Riccardo Scalet and Christine Kirchlechner are seeking to keep their Middle Distance titles. The event is organized by GS Pavione. All information at http://www.gspavione.it/it/pagina/italian-orienteering-championships.
3. Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland are heading the World Cup standings after Round 1, just completed in Poland. Alexandersson was the overall women’s winner last year whilst Kyburz was number two in the men’s list. Alexandersson was second in last weekend’s Middle Distance race, after her compatriot Helena Jansson, and third equal in the Sprint. She leads the standings by 20 points with Maja Alm, Denmark in second place. Third and fourth places in the standings are occupied by athletes who appear to have made a good recovery from injuries that hampered their performances last year. Judith Wyder, Switzerland won the Sprint in Poland and seems stronger than ever after having bad back strain in 2015. Helena Jansson in fourth place has got over many of the foot problems she has been suffering. The two Swiss stars who dominated the World Cup last year, Daniel Hubmann and Matthias Kyburz, have set out where they left off. Although neither featured amongst the top six in the Middle race on Saturday, they were separated by just one second at the top of the Sprint leader board. Olav Lundanes, Norway is in third place in the current standings. The full rankings can be seen at http://ranking.orienteering.org/WorldCup.
4. One week before the MTB Orienteering World Cup first round in Guebwiller, Alsace, France, the Team Elite MTBO, that brings together the best French specialists in this discipline, has just published the 2016 Newsletter's first issue. Especially dedicated to their many fans, the Newsletter begins to offer a certainty on its editorial: “We have in our hearts the will to shine at home.” Getting to know all the athletes who are part of the group and reliving the early months of the year, from training in Fontainebleau and Guebwiller to “home” competitions or abroad, in Portugal, are also tips for interesting reading in this publication which can be seen at http://team-elite-mtbo.e-monsite.com/medias/files/newsletter-1-copie.pdf.