The Australian 2010 MTBO Team:

Men: Steven Cusworth, Grant LebbinkAdrian Jackson, Alex Randall

Women: Mary Fien, Melanie Simpson

And Australia´s first ever junior MTBO team (only junior men for 2010): Chris Firman, Marc Gluskie, Luke Polland

Officials: Kay Haasma (coach),Brihony Lebbink (team assistance)

2010 Archives
Junior men finish 5th in the relay Monday, 19 July 2010
Long Final Saturday, 17 July 2010
JWOC Middle Final and WOC Long Qualification Thursday, 15 July 2010
Middle Distance Photos Thursday, 15 July 2010
Middle distance final Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Photos and maps from the sprint Tuesday, 13 July 2010 Some photos of the sprint and copies of the maps can be found via the official website...
Sprint Gold from AJ Monday, 12 July 2010
World Champion, again! Monday, 12 July 2010
WOC starts tomorrow! Sunday, 11 July 2010
Anecdotes from the team Thursday, 8 July 2010
More about the races... Wednesday, 7 July 2010 A summary of how the Aussie team did and what they thought aboud the races.
And training continues... Wednesday, 7 July 2010 More about the Aussie team training camp in stinking hot Portugal.
Training camp begins Monday, 5 July 2010 Now all the Australian team has safely arrived and got their first taste of Portuguese terrain.
Less that a fortnight to go!! Monday, 28 June 2010 With less than a fortnight to go, the Australian team has begun arriving in Europe and will be meeting up next weekend for some warm up races in Portugal.
Long and Middle distance races: Gdansk Wednesday, 9 June 2010 Melanie´s wrap up of World cup round two held in Gdansk, Poland.
Round two of the World MTBO Cup: Gdansk, Poland Friday, 4 June 2010 The second round of the 2010 MTBO world cup begins tomorrow in the forests around Gdansk, Poland.
Melanie Simpson Saturday, 29 May 2010
World ranking events in Denmark Tuesday, 25 May 2010 Melanie´s experiences at the recent WREs in Denmark.
Welcome to the blog of the 2010 Australian MTBO team Monday, 17 May 2010

Anecdotes from the team

Thursday, 8 July 2010

We continue to train in the morning and rest in the afternoon due to the heat.  I can not find any definite statistics, but so that you know we aren't just whinging, the cars have been reporting temperatures of 42 - 44 degrees in the afternoon!!  The local swimming pool and the airconditioners are well used. 

Steve's bike is now fixed and Mary's has arrived and they are both very happy.  Today we trained on a map that is adjacent to the long qualifying race - you can see a copy of this map here.  Kay set a short course such that we could avoid most of the hills and still get a bit of practice through the small villages, which are proving to be come of the most confusing sections.  They are generally small cobblestoned streets, with driveways that are also cobbled, so you need to be careful to take the correct turns and not end up in a dead end in someones back yard.  The training area was up the hill from the campground so the boys and Kay took the opportunity to ride home down the sweeping turns of the main road (I'll chase down some photos from them).

Tomorrow we move into the WOC accommodation and Saturday will be a model event.  In the meantime, here a couple of anecdotes that have been amusing distractions from training and the heat.

Ordering dessert at the local restaurant:
On the first night we got the offer of icecream and orange or apple. However we shortly discovered the choice was actually between icecream, orange or apple, a subtle difference.  When we tried to clarify the choices with the waiter he explained (in a voice that indicated he could not believe he needed to explain this simple concept) "No, no, no. Orange, orange. Icecream, icecream".  To complete the picture this was accompanied by exaggerated gesticulations that demonstrated that these were two seperate items.  Needless to say, we quickly learnt the difference and those icecream eaters have avoided ending up with a plate of sliced orange.  

Discussing how to make frozen orange treats:
Mel: "You cut them into boats and freeze them"
Kay: "But, how long do you freeze them for?"
Mel: "Until they are frozen"
Kay: "And how long do you keep them frozen for?"
Mel: (now quite confused about these questions): "Until you eat them!?!"