Planning is well underway for the Champs, and the team are pretty excited by what's in store for competitors. Viv Prince and Dave Armstrong reckon they have one of the best MTBO middle distance maps in the country at Chatto Creek, with lots of fast off track options that is unique for MTBO and will favour those competitors who can hold a line on a compass and navigate off track. Conal Boland Bristow and Matt Bixley have been spoilt for choice planning interesting challenges at Naseby for the Long, which has a super interesting complex network of tracks that offer fun riding, interesting route choice, and even a swimming dam at the event centre that promises a great day out on and off the bikes! And we have been assured by Joe Sherriff and Alister Metherell that their sprint courses on the complex maze of tracks close to Alexandra is guaranteed to be the opposite of boring and will need focus and concentration to do well on.
Whilst the promise of great courses and competition is assured, competitors will also have plenty of time to socialise, relax and check out the local area. This includes the social event / prizegiving that will take place on Monday 19th April at the Alexandra Bowling Club. Catering will be by the Alexandra Lions Club who always put on a superb feed. A link to a Google entry form will be circulated as soon as we have the price confirmed.
For people who are in Central Otago later in March, there is an MTBO event near Alexandra on 28th March. Great training for the Nationals. Check out www.facebook.com/COOrienteering and let us know if you are coming.
A reminder also that the South Island Foot Orienteering Champs will be on the weekend after the MTBO champs, details here 2021 South Island Champs (google.com).
Updates will be posted in the mtbochamps.nz website and MTBO NZ facebook page, so stay tuned. All enquires and questions should get directed to Joe Sherriff firstname.lastname@example.org.