Posted on | September 28, 2016 | Category: News
The last round of the MTBO World Cup is coming up in Lithuania. Emily Benham and Anton Foliforov have not left much suspense about the overall World Cup victory. A strong field is entered though, taking advantage of the event as a perfect rehearsal before the World Championships in Lithuania next year.
The forests around Kaunas in Lithuania will be the arena for the finish of the MTBO season 2016. Sprint, Middle and Long are scheduled, all counting in the MTBO World Cup. Emily Benham from Great Britain and Anton Foliforov from Russia did exceptionally well at the World MTBO Championships (WMTBOC) and reclaimed the World Cup leader jerseys.
With victories in all three individual events at WMTBOC, Anton Foliforov has already secured the overall MTBO World Cup 2016 victory. In the women’s, Gaëlle Barlet is the only one who can possibly challenge Emily Benham in the top; and only by winning all three races in the final round in Lithuania.
The struggle for the following positions in both the men’s and women’s classes are much more exciting and will probably be decided first at the Sprint distance on Sunday 2 October in the area of Lampėdžiai. Read more about the battle for the following positions in the MTBO World Cup standings here.
Invites for high speed
The MTBO World Cup consist of three rounds. This year the first round took place in France in May and the second was the WMTBOC in Portugal in late July. The last round will be in forests around Kaunas, the second biggest city in Lithuania.
On Friday 30 September, the Long distance will take place in Kleboniškis, a mostly flat area with quite steep river slopes inviting for high speed. The women can look forward to a 35.2km course and the men 41.3km, both with an estimated winning time of a little less than two hours.
On Saturday 1 October, the Middle distance will take place in Panemunė, a mostly gently sloping area in a mixture of park terrain, urban areas and forested areas.
On Sunday 2 October, the Sprint will take place in Lampėdžiai, and it will be the decisive race in the World Cup. Again, the area will be gently sloping with some steeper hills in varied terrain.
Simultaneously with the World Cup, the World Masters MTBO Championships are held around Kaunas. Sprint, Middle and Long are on the programme, taking place in the same areas as for the elite racing the World Cup. Further information about the World Cup and WMMTBOC can be found on the organizers’ webpage.
Looking one year forth
The three World Cup events are important in their own right, but looking one year ahead, they are also a good preparation for WMTBOC 2017. 100km east of Kaunas, the Lithuanian capital Vilnius will be host of next year’s World MTBO Championships. The preparations for the event are going smoothly and Bulletin 1 is online. The competition program is defined and one day is set aside for the new competition format, mass start. A change in the MTBO program has been approved by the IOF General Assembly, including the addition of a mass start competition to the World MTBO Championships latest from 2019. It is not decided yet if the event in Lithuania in 2017 will be an unofficial race like at WMTBOC in Portugal or an official world championship.|| Print page ||