The 2nd World MTB Orienteering Championships: Long distance gold to Alain Berger and Anke Dannowski

Posted on | October 20, 2004 | Category: News

Competitors and spectators alike were treated to another perfect day for the long distance finals of the 2004 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships at Daylesford in Victoria. The large open, panoramic assembly area provided spectators with excellent views of competitors as they passed through the area for a map exchange, which was roughly in the middle of the course.

In the men’s race, the winner Alain Berger (SUI) had a perfect day and claimed the gold medal. Mika Tervala (FIN) withstood the challenge from 21-year-old Adrian Jackson (AUS) and took silver. In terms of relative times through each control, Tervala was the early leader but Berger gradually worked his way to the lead in the middle stages of the race. The top six came from the top eight qualifiers.

The women’s race saw a surprise winner, Anke Dannowski, who became the first ever German to win a World Championship in orienteering, all disciplines included. The top six places were taken by riders from the top 20 in the qualification race, with Paivi Tommola (FIN) and Belinda Allison (AUS) improving significantly from 19th and 20th place respectively.

Emily Viner was the early leader, but it was Paivi Tommola who gained the lead in the middle stages. Viner regained the lead momentarily before Tommola came back to have a lead of few seconds with three controls to go. When Emily Viner had a puncture and Paivi Tommola lost about a minute or so, Anke Dannowski surged to the lead to win comfortably. When Dannowski finished, the Australians were not aware of Viner’s demise and there was great expectation as the minutes ticked away. Eventually it became obvious that she could not win and Anke Dannowski was crowned the World Champion.

Results:

Men, 38.0 km: 1) Alain Berger (SUI) 1.34.36, 2) Mika Tervala (FIN) 1.35.22, 3) Adrian Jackson (AUS) 1.35.45, 4) Lubomir Tomecek (CZE) 1.37.09, 5) Remy Jabas (SUI) 1.37.18, 6.

Women, 26.7 km: 1) Anke Dannowski (GER) 1.29.03, 2) Paivi Tommola (FIN) 1.31.14, 3) Antje Bornhak (GER) 1.31.15, 4) Caroline Finance (FRA) 1.32.05, 5) Emily Viner (AUS) 1.32.13.

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