Season climax for MTBO this coming week

Posted on | August 21, 2014 | Category: News

Mountain bike orienteers of all ages – Juniors and Masters as well as the Elite – will gather in Poland this weekend to take part in the annual World Championships.

Around 30 nations in all will be represented. The town of Powiat Bialystok in NE Poland is the focal point for the Championships, with the Event Centre at Supraśl, 12 km away. The Opening Ceremony on Sunday is followed by an unofficial Mixed Sprint Relay on Monday. There are four medal races during the week: individual Sprint, Middle and Long and the Relay. This area of Poland is quite hilly in parts, and this will be particularly apparent in the Middle Distance race on Wednesday. Plenty of route choice is promised in the Long Distance race. Riding off-track is allowed in these Championships, adding an extra element to decision-making since off-track riding is inevitably slower than a track route.

A preview of the Championships can be found in the recently published issue of the IOF online magazine Inside Orienteering – two clicks from the IOF home page. Full details of the races and other features of the Championships are on the event website – click on the WMTBOC logo on the right side of the IOF home page.

Once at the site, go to Bulletin 3, or Bulletin 4 when it is published at the start of the Championships. The IOF website will carry reports and leading results from each day of action.

World Championships – Elite race programme

Monday 25 August: (unofficial) Mixed Sprint Relay, start 11.00 local time
Tuesday 26 August: Sprint, start 9.30
Wednesday 27 August: Middle Distance, start 10.00
Friday 29 August: Long Distance, start 9.30
Saturday 30 August: Relay, start 10.30

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