Big success for Finland in Sweden’s first MTBO World Cup

Posted on | June 19, 2011 | Category: News

Radek Lagica (2nd), Jussi Laurila (1st) and Juho Saarinen (3rd) enjoying their success.
Photo: Per Frost

The arena of Saturday’s middle distance race in MTB Orienteering World Cup was situated next to the club house of Leksands OK, the successful club from Dalarna in Sweden. For the first time ever a main IOF MTBO event was organised on the Scandinavian peninsula. The terrain can be described as typical Scandinavian pine-forest with a ground made out of sand which helped some of the heavy rain that started only minutes before first start and kept on falling during the competition to not make too much trouble for the competitors. There was a dense network of paths, which caused some troubles for many of the bikers.

The most successful nation of the day was without a doubt Finland, which took the victories in both classes. Marika Hara, who took the first place in the women’s class said right after the race that the terrain was alike what she is used to train in at home and that she made a good race, except of some few mistakes. Second was Christine Schaffner, Switzerland. Michaela Gigon, Austria, finished third in the women’s class.

Christine Schaffner (2nd), Marika Hara (1st) and Michaela Gigon (3rd)
Photo: Per Frost

Also the men’s class turned into a Finnish triumph were Jussi Laurila took the first place ahead of Radek Laciga, Czech Republic, and Juho Saarinen, Finland. As mentioned earlier, many of the runners had some problem with navigating in the dense network of fast-ridable paths and trails which invited the runners to bike in a faster speed than they were able to read their map which caused troubles for many of the riders. The MTBO World cup continues on Sunday with long distance mass start in Rättvik.

For full results, please visit the IOF’s MTBO World Cup portal.

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