Mountain Bike Orienteering stars head for Poland

Posted on | June 13, 2013 | Category: News

The best mountain bike orienteers in Europe, 64 men and 47 women from 20 different nations, are converging on Poland for the European Championships, the first round of this year’s World Cup, which starts on Monday.

The Event Centre is at Krasnobród, 270 km south-east of Warsaw and about 50 km from the border with Ukraine. The races will be held there and around the town of Zamość. Hilly terrain – urban, open and forest – is promised, and a highly technical as well as physical challenge will be facing the riders throughout the week. In these areas off-track riding is allowed.

The Opening Ceremony on Sunday is followed on Monday by the individual Urban Sprint in Zamość. There are two other individual races, over Middle and Long distances, the latter with mass start and in one-man-relay format, and two relays: the traditional 3-leg relay (maximum 2 teams per nation) and the mixed sprint relay.

Each day there are also European-level competitions for Youth and Junior classes and an open competition.

The peak of the MTBO season will be the World Championships in Estonia at the end of August, and Round 3 of the World Cup will take place in Portugal in mid-October.

European Championships Programme (week beginning 16th June)

Sunday          Opening Ceremony

Monday         Urban Sprint

Tuesday        Middle distance

Wednesday  Relay

Thursday      Rest day

Friday            Long distance

Saturday       Mixed Sprint Relay


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