Interesting MTB orienteering weekend ahead

Posted on | June 17, 2011 | Category: News

Dalarna region welcomes the world to MTB Orienteering World Cup and World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships to be held for the first time ever on the Scandinavian Peninsula. The competitions will be held near the small cities of Rättvik and Leksand, by the lake Siljan in the heart of Dalarna County in Sweden. There is a chance for World Masters competitors in the older classes to be able to recognize some features in the terrain in Rättvik as the Middle distance on Saturday will be using the same area as one of the O-Ringen stages back in 1973.

“It is a great honor for us in Sweden to get this trust from the IOF to organize World Cup and World Masters competitions already two years after the Swedish federation accepted MTB orienteering as part of the federation. We very much look forward to showing the competitors our wonderful surroundings and hope that our experience in organizing big orienteering, and also MTB orienteering, events will help us arrange a succesful MTBO weekend”, says Event Director Per Spik, also one of the head-organizers of the World University Orienteering Championships in 2010.

After the first round in Hungary, the IOF World Cup is now lead by Erik Skovgaard Knudsen (DEN) and Marika Hara (FIN) and the two belong to the favorites this round as well. The organizers hope for exciting and demanding competitions where everything can happen. “I would say orienteering will be more technically demanding compared to what you usually meet in southern parts of Europe but the paths are also easier to ride on compared to what you can meet in other parts of Sweden such as the Stockholm-area”, describes Per Frost, one of the organizers. “I hope these two things, fast ride ability as well as difficult navigation, will result in some very exciting World Cup races”, he adds.

The competitions begin on Saturday with Middle distance in Leksand.

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