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

Photos and maps from the sprint

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Today is an opportunity to rest and get our heads back into the 1:15 000 scale maps with MTBO mapping standards instead of the urban terrain.  That and do some washing, reading books and visiting the local coffee shops.  For Kay the "rest day" has involved a 2 hour taxi ride to collect a new van because our current one seemed to go into complete electrical meltdown.  At one stage we were a bit worried that we wouldn't be able to get the bikes out at the sprint because the central locking was not working.

There are some great photos and a short video that can be found via the official website or if you click here.  Down the bottom this page you can also access the maps from the sprint.  All three controls had the same last few controls and it was around here that caused a lot of confusion, not only in the Australian team, but many good international riders also came unstuck in that area. The structure is a fort that had a high wide wall that you could ride around (control 63 was on top of this wall) and then control 64 was down in the moat around the fort.

Finally, quote of the day goes to Luke.  At the opening ceremony we learnt that Montalegre has a (?pagan) festival every Friday the 13th where they have dancing and fireworks, costumes and masks all in an effort to ward off the evil eye (or some such thing).  And this all occurs in the towns ancient ruined castle on the hill. I pointed out that this will be occurring in August and maybe it would have been interesting to be here!  Luke was also very interested in the idea and enthusiastically asked "Oh really, what date?"