Aveiro was the venue of the last Trail Orienteering event of the season in Portugal. Stronger in both stages, Inês Domingues was the winner of the Infante's TempO.
Aveiro, the “Venice of Portugal”, hosted the last event of the Portuguese Trail Orienteering Cup Invacare 2016. Spread by two stages, the Infante's TempO had the participation of 23 competitors and the organizational signature of the Clube de Orientação de Estarreja, with Nuno Pires as the course setter. The event included a spectator station – the last one - and the information was provided “live” by an app developed by Libor Forst and translated into Portuguese. Also deserves to be highlighted the fact that four out of five elements of the organizing crew were students from a school of Aveiro that, for this purpose, had been training in the Physical Education classes along the last month.
With six stations and a set of five tasks each, the first stage took place on the Campus of the University of Aveiro and soon Inês Domingues (COC) started to reveal herself as a major contender for the overall winning. Even missing a large number of tasks, Domingues could compensate the damages with excellent runtimes around 5.5 seconds per answer, which, at the end of the first stage, worth an advantage of 5.5 seconds over Luís Gonçalves (CPOC) and 68.5 seconds over Edgar Domingues (COC). The afternoon stage promised a hard fight for the victory between the top two competitors, but the truth is that Inês Domingues was practically faultless. Her running time increased slightly, standing now close to 7 seconds per answer, but this corresponded to a decrease in the number of wrong answers, which made of her not only the fastest but the most accurate. Luís Gonçalves spent in this stage more 160 seconds (!) than the winner, eventually falling to the third place in the final standings, 3.5 seconds after Edgar Domingues. Cláudio Tereso (ATV) and the Spanish Santiago Pérez (COMA) closed the podium, in the fourth and fifth positions, respectively.
Further information and detailed results can be found at http://aveirocityrace2016.ori-estarreja.pt/.
[Photos: Nuno Pires]