Life after WOC

Wednesday, 19 July 2006

The most notable things about being home are that it's cold and wet and it's really easy to stay awake to watch stages of the tour!  But nearly a week after WOC now I can reflect on the month over there.

All of us minimised travel this year and tried to make our stay as stable as possible.  I think this worked well, and it was one of the most relaxed and easy going WOC teams I have seen.  This made the trip a lot of fun and I think we all appreciated the supportive atmosphere through the ups and downs of the trip.

I was lucky to start my trip in Poland.  As usual the Poles were wonderfully friendly and the events well organised.  This was a good lead in to the detail we'd enounter later in Finland, although Dave must have thought we were having a lend of him given the number of times we said 'it doesn't get any harder than this'.  But it did.

WOC itself was combined with the Finnish 5 Day and suffered a little from this in that the organisers were stretched in catering for the 3000 or so foot orienteers.  Quite a task!  The WOC areas and courses were excellent.  Like nothing any of us had seen before.  It's hard to understand how many tracks there were out there.  I'd really love to find out who was making them all and get them to spend some time over here!  So the orienteering was fantastic and all the team loved getting out there each day.

The detailed nature of the terrain meant that we couldn't ride full speed.  All of us had to slow down to navigation pace and this is why the Finns were so dominant as they live on a stable diet of this type of terrain.  The other countries which did well were also those with lots of very detailed terrain.  I think this makes the Aussie efforts, particularly AJ and Alex, all the more impressive.

An interesting development, most notable in the men's races was the dramatic improvement in the standard and depth of the races.  We were all fitter than we had been in previous years and mostly rode equally well.  But the placings were not as good.  So whilst that was a little disappointing, mostly we were pretty satisfied with our rides.  But the results board was far more unforgiving of mistakes!

Another really interesting feature of WOC was the way the Finns used the areas they have.  All of the areas were foot orienteering areas and therefore the maps were not that big in riding terms.  But the course setting was really good and use of the detail on the areas very smart.  Also the maps were all 1:10,000 or 1:15,000 scale which took the best advantage of the terrain and allowed a lot more flexiblity in course setting. 

Thanks to all those who posted messages in the guest book.  We kept a regular eye on that and it was great to hear from you.  Thanks to all who supported us, especially OA for funding and organisation and the people at Netti, who provided the team with gear and our awesome Scott bikes.

Anna Sheldon wins Silver at European Champs! Friday, 1 September 2006 After a long campaign in Europe at the foot orienteering world champs and student world champs, Anna Sheldon swapped her running shoes for bike shoes and has won silver in the first race of the European Champs
Life after WOC Wednesday, 19 July 2006 Most of the team is back in Australia after an intensive campaign in Europe.
Latest World Rankings - Adrian Jackson #1 Tuesday, 18 July 2006 Latest world rankings released.
Relays. Some days are better than otters Saturday, 15 July 2006 In a somewhat increadible turn of events Australia did not finish the relay with all riders in the 4th placed first team disqualified for mis-punching.
No gifts at the long distance race Saturday, 15 July 2006 Riders encountered a very tough long distance race with winning times about 25% longer than the upper limit recommended.
Maps and Routes now available online Thursday, 13 July 2006 Maps and Routes now available online
Adrian's Middle Race Tuesday, 11 July 2006 Read Adrian's report of his middle race
WOC Middle distance - spaghetti on a map Monday, 10 July 2006 The Aussies rode well at the WOC middle distance today in very detailed terrain near Joensuu.
Long Distance Qualification - Report Sunday, 9 July 2006 Comments from PD following the Long Qualification race.
WOC Eve Sunday, 9 July 2006 The final sleep before the racing starts.
Preview - Long Distance Qualification Race Saturday, 8 July 2006 Course stats and terrain notes for Long Qualification race
News and views from the team Friday, 7 July 2006 With regular internet connection the team is now into full blogging mode. Read on for blogs from the team members.
Please don't make me laugh Thursday, 6 July 2006 An update from Carolyn Jackson with less than a week to go before competition starts.
Cottonwool needed? Thursday, 6 July 2006 Relaxing can be, it seems, more dangerous than racing for the team.
Joensuu - final WOC training Thursday, 6 July 2006 The team is now in Joeunsuu the WOC city for final training before the start of races this weekend.
Finland - the team comes together Saturday, 1 July 2006 The team came together on Tuesday this week for the beginning of the final training for WOC.
Initial Impressions of MTBO in Europe Tuesday, 27 June 2006
Mazovia Cup - from the forest Monday, 26 June 2006 Two days of hot racing on sandy and often very indistinct tracks was the theme for the Mazovia cup this weekend
More on storks Monday, 26 June 2006
Results: Czech Champs Monday, 26 June 2006 Results from Czech Champs. Adrian competing.
Mazovia Cup - Poland Sunday, 25 June 2006 Results and brief comments after day 1 of Mazovia Cup
Of storks and stuff Wednesday, 21 June 2006 Poland has 80% of Europe's population of storks
Results: Polish Champs Wednesday, 21 June 2006 Results now available online
Rider Down but Not Out? Tuesday, 20 June 2006 Carolyn Jackson crashes and breaks 2 ribs in training accident
Kiwi speed Monday, 19 June 2006 Marquita Gelderman wins the Polish Champs with a clean sweep of the women's races.
Polish Champs in 2008 World Champs Terrain Sunday, 18 June 2006 This years Polish Champs are only a short distance from the areas which will be used for the 2008 World MTBO Champs in Poland.
Greetings from sunny Finland Monday, 12 June 2006 In the weekends WRE races Adrian finished 8th and 1st, while Alex was 12th and 21st
Fillari Cup, Finland - Preliminary results Sunday, 11 June 2006 Alex and Adrian start their WOC campaign at the Fillari cup in western Finland
The Blog is back!! Thursday, 8 June 2006 The Blog is back!
Final training camp Sunday, 4 June 2006 The team met in Bendigo and Maryborough for a final training camp before the world champs in Finland.
More CABC pictures Tuesday, 30 May 2006 A few more pictures to give a taste of what it's like riding in the CABC at Alice Springs
WOC Team Training Camp Tuesday, 30 May 2006 The OZMTBO WOC team is having a final training camp in Bendigo and Maryborough this weekend.
Finnish Maps Saturday, 27 May 2006 A quick intro to the terrain and maps of MTBO WOC 2006
Australian Team Jerseys Saturday, 27 May 2006 The new team jerseys have been released for 2006, keeping a link with the OZMTBO-Scott jerseys recently produced and previous team wear.
Central Australia Bike Challenge Thursday, 25 May 2006 CABC
MTBO Commission Bulletin - New Rule Thursday, 25 May 2006 MTBO Commission Bulletin
Change to 2006 WRE schedule Thursday, 25 May 2006 Change to 2006 WRE schedule
Training Camp Tuesday, 23 May 2006 WOC Team training camp
Team for Finland 2006 Wednesday, 12 April 2006 team annouced