Friday, September 23, 2016

Two or three things I know about it...



1. Davide Machado got the Long Distance gold of the Portuguese MTBO Championships 2016 in the Men Elite class. Finishing his course nearly five minutes after the winner, Luis Barreiro was the second placed, while the third place went to João Ferreira. Crowning a successful season, Ana Filipa Silva was the winner in the Women Elite class with an advantage of more than thirteen minutes over Tânia Covas Costa, the second placed. The Portuguese Champion in 2015, Susana Pontes, finished third. Casa do Povo da Abrunheira and Clube de Orientação do Centrob got the Relay titles in the Men and Women respectively. Organized by the COC – Clube de Orientação do centro, the event took place last weekend in Penela, in the centre of Portugal, with the presence of 97 athletes representing 22 clubs. More information at http://www.coc.pt/as-nossas-provas/vi-ori-btt/.

2. Earlier than usual, the Austrian MTBO season came to an end last weekend in Faak am See, in the Carinthia region. With two stages scoring for the Austrian league in MTB Orienteering, the event caught the attention of 153 participants, having in the National Championships of Sprint one of its highest moments. In the Women Elite, Marina Reiner reached the gold for the first time ever in her career, ahead of the “eternal” Michaela Gigon. Recovering a title that eluded him for the last four years, Tobias Breitschädel was the winner in the Men Elite, ahead of Bernhard Schachinger, second placed. Birgit Eisl and Andreas Waldmann took the third place in the Women and Men Elite, respectively. The complete results can be found at http://www.oefol.at/anne/files/uploaded/event_1778_ergebnissesa.pdf.

3. The upcoming Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup Final 2016, in Kaunas (Lithuania), it's not only the Elite athletes. There are two hundred Masters competitors entered in the World Masters Series' races 13, 14 and 15 and we can expect a couple of exciting duels. According to Keith Dawson's post on MTBO Public Group on Facebook [HERE] “some interesting head to heads to look out for are the two threesomes Stockmayer vs Conn vs Kilberg in M50 and Lalavee vs Gustavsson vs Kolberg in M55. In the women's races Andersen vs Somers-Cocks in W55 and‎ Bonafini vs Barlet in W60 catch the eye!” Dawson remembers that “one mechanical, one mispunch or even one error or poor route choice could decide who goes home with Gold. The pressure and fun is on!” Latest results going into Lithuania can be seen at http://www.astrois.hu/mtbo/2016/WorldMaster2016Scores.htm.

Joaquim Margarido
  

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