Mountain bike elite gather in Portugal

Posted on | October 10, 2013 | Category: News

The third and final round of the MTB Orienteering World Cup takes place this weekend in the Alentejana Region in the south-west of Portugal. Riders from 19 nations will compete in Middle and Long distance individual races and a mixed relay. The World Masters Championships will also be held here.

The town of Grândola is the Event centre for these competitions. The Middle and Long races will be held in typical Mediterranean forest, whereas urban terrain in and around Santiago do Cacém will be used for the World Cup mixed relay (teams of 3 riders, including at least one woman and one man) and the World Masters Sprint.

The first World Cup race on Friday morning 11th October is over Middle distance with the arena in Grândola. The men have 10.5 km (16.0 by optimal route) with 475 m climbing and an estimated winning time of 55 minutes. Figures for the women’s race are 7.3 km (12.5), 300 m, 45 minutes.

Current leaders in the individual World Cup standings are Cecilia Thomasson (Sweden), ahead of Marika Hara (Finland) by 13 points, and Tõnis Erm (Estonia) who leads Jussi Laurila (Finland) by 16 points. Almost all of the top names in the World Cup this year are taking part in the finals; one well-known name missing from the start lists is Emily Benham (Great Britain), silver medallist at Middle distance in this year’s World Championships in Estonia. The point scores of the top six are quite close, especially amongst the men, so there will be a strenuous fight for the top six placings in the challenging terrain on offer.

Full details of the races and terrain are in the organisers’ Bulletin 4; link to the event website from the logo on the right hand side of the IOF home page.

World Cup programme

Friday 11th October      Middle distance, Grândola

Saturday 12th October     Long distance, Casoto

Sunday 13th October     Mixed relay, Santiago do Cacém

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