Fantastic news! We can confirm that a Sprint distance race will be included in the MTBO Champs programme, so a full suite of events with Middle and Sprint on the Saturday, and Long on the Sunday is definitely taking place.
The Sprint will be on a brand new map in Rotorua, with more details to come soon. We are especially pleased to have a great setter and controller combination on this event - Grant Unkovich and Greg Flynn bring heaps of experience, so we can expect a fantastic set of courses on a new map!
We are delighted to confirm that a 2022 NZ MTBO Champs will take place in and around Rotorua, hosted by Orienteering Bay of Plenty with support of Taupo Orienteering.
Details are still being worked through, but we can confirm a Long Distance event and Middle Distance event, with a Sprint event yet to be decided on.
More information will be available later in June, however for now please mark your diaries and put aside the 19 - 20 November 2022!
What an amazing variety of maps over the three days and a variety of ages participating. The amount of people coming together to attend the event from all over NZ means a lot to us, and really made the competition and event go well. Send us any comments or feedback, it really helps us.
All the results are up and linked: https://www.mtbochamps.nz/results.html
A big thank you to our organisers, event planners and controllers for the 2021 NZ MTBO Champs:
Naseby long event | 18 Apr 2021 - Planner: Conal Boland-Bristow and Controller: Matt Bixley
Chatto Creek champs middle event | 19 April 2021 - Planner: Viv Prince and Controller: Dave Armstrong
Ngapara Ponds sprint event | 20 April 2021 - Planner: Joe Sherriff and Controller: Alister Metherell
And many helping in other ways: a special mention to Peter Swanson on THE ONZ committee backing us all the way, and all others on the MTBO Commitee.Graeme Read for his work bringing and operating the caravan for organising our online entries, downloading and presenting results each day, and Dwayne Smith who travelled out just to help Graeme from Wananka, but not sure if he even tried a ride with a map - maybe next time! There are also key people from Dunedin including Jeni Pelvin, but there were many more helping the crew from Central Otago orienteers. And special thanks to all our landowners and liaisons: Earnslaw One Ltd; Central Otago District Council; Central Otago 4x4 club; and the landowners at Chatto Creek.
Here are digital versions of the course one maps.
Wanting to know your start times, and pecking order with your fellow competitors? Start times now up in the "Entries & Start Lists" section....
Joe and the team have been working pretty hard, and this series of photo's shows some of the clearing work that has been happening to deal with some the windfall on the sprint map, which came down in recent storms. It also provides a good view of the tracks, so worth checking out!
A sharp eyed competitor has pointed out an error in the Bulletin that was sent out and published yesterday - the Middle Distance event at Chatto Creek is on Monday 19th April - not Saturday 19th April. I'm sure most of you are smart enough to figure it out, but just in case not, we hope you read this! The updated bulletin is now available on this website. Happy reading!
Previous versions of Chatto Creek and Naseby have been posted on the 2021 NZ Champs Otago page of the website.
The NZ MTBO Champs Bulletin is now available here. This includes details and important information which all participants need to read before the event, including competition details, safety information, and directions.
The courses are now all planned and ready, and the team are primed for an awesome event in a weeks time. See you all there!
Thanks to everyone that got their entries in early, which qualified them to go in the draw for one of two Graeme Read mapboards. We are delighted to announce the two winners who were Jan Harrison from PAPO, and Liam Williamson from Dunedin! Congratulations to you both - you can collect your new shiny mapboard at the MTBO champs event and give it a good testing out during the competition! A big thanks to Graeme Read who produces these boards and who gave us an amazing deal for this competition - much appreciated. And just a reminder to anyone yet to enter, you have until April 11th to get your entries in before they close.
People can also now sign up for the social dinner and prize giving that takes place on Monday 19th at the Alexandra bowling club, as well as for the MTBO training sessions being run by Rob Garden and Marquita Gelderman near Alexandra on 21st and 22nd April. These training rides should be well worthwhile for those of you staying on after the champs. People can sign up for these using the link that is up on the "Entries" tab of the mtbo.nz website, or here.