MTBO World Cup: Hungary hosts first round

Posted on | April 13, 2011 | Category: News

Riding and navigation skills will be tested to the full when the world’s mountain bike orienteering elite gather this weekend for the first round of the World Cup. Tapolca, a town 12 km north of Lake Balaton in western Hungary, is the venue for 3 races: a sprint, a middle distance and a mass start long distance.

The programme kicks off on Friday with an urban and park sprint in and around Tapolca. The men’s course length is 6.3 km and the women’s  5.3 km.  The scene shifts on Saturday and Sunday to typical Hungarian karst forest with some tricky steep slopes – and plenty of stony tracks and paths and thorny vegetation. Here the middle distance race is over 13.5 km (men) and 11.8 km (women), with the distance actually ridden expected to be 30-40% more than this. Sunday’s course lengths are 27.5 km (men) and 24.3 km (women) over 3 loops; competitors will pass through the arena twice in mid-race.

GPS tracking will be used for the top 30 men and 20 women in the races. In the mass start long distance race all competitors will carry a DAG chip tied to a cycling shoe strap to record the time as they cross the finish line.

The World Cup this year has four rounds; round 2 is in Sweden in late June, round 3 is the World Championships in Italy in late August and round 4 is the European Championships in the Leningrad region of Russia in late September.

Live arena commentary, results and GPS tracking this weekend along with full programme details can be found on the website The sprint race on Friday starts at noon Hungarian time. Leading results and brief reports will appear on this website after each race.

Winners of MTB Orienteering World Cup 2010: Michaela Gigon (AUT) and Erik Skovgaard Knudsen (DEN).

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