Settled into WOC accommodation
Sunday, 21 August 2011
The team has now moved into the WOC
accommodation in Montecchio Maggiore (affectionately known as «the M.M.
Town») which appears to be the industrial outskirts of the cute old town, Vicenza. We have three apartments with small kitchenettes in each
which will provide our chef extraodinaire, Lizzy, with a managerial
This afternoon/evening drove (the
scenic route) out to the model event. We decided that the 55 contour
climb was somewhat unnecessary 2 days before the start of WOC and
convinced Kay to drive us to the top of the hill to do the upper
controls first before a hooning descent into the small town of Nanto.
One interesting change to the mapping
standards for this championships is the inclusion of a deeper
yellow/orange colour that identifies passages that are permissible to
ride. Mostly, these passages occur along the side of cultivated
land, which in this area is mostly corn or vineyards. The problem we
have encountered so far is that it is difficult to determine where
these passages are in reality. Some of them actually appear to have
vechile marks, whilst others are grassy and at least one that I found
today was overgrown (a confusing situation when is marked as
apparently very clear).
The excitement for tomorrow includes
another look at the model event and the laying of the commemorative
stone of Mountain Bike Orienteering world championships. Kay
received an official invitation to the grand event:
«The column with the capital has the
logo of MTBO 2011 in full view and it was made with the stone of
Vicenza, emphasising the strong relationship between our land and its
excellences. It is a hymn to our region in order to promote and
increase its values beyond its borders.»
Archeologists in years to come with
be thrilled to find this long lasting documentation of this
historically significant competition. The author will brave the heat
of the day and forfeit her siesta to provide you with photos.
Needless to say, we are expecting the
the coming week to be quite a performance!