Gold for AJ in middle distance

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Adrian Jackson (AJ) won the middle distance race narrowly from Dane Soren Strunge and Czech Lubomir Tomacek.  AJ was about 1 minute faster at the 30% mark of the course and held this until the radio check point about 10 minutes from the finish.  In the last few check points he made a few small mistakes, but held on to a 26 second margin at the finish.

Mel Simpson also rode a fantastic race in her first WOC to come 16th.  She was 9th at the radio check point but made a 3 minute mistake two check points from the end.

The rest of the team had varied results, getting caught out in the intricate and bumpy Polish terrain.  Cath, Jen and Thor all finished within a whisker of each other in consecutive places.  Alex rode fast but two mistakes pushed him out of the top 10 into 21st position.  Dave and Paul had scrappy rides to finish in 60th and 50th.

Tomorrow (today as you read this) is the qualification race for the long final, followed by a rest day which we're all looking forward to.

Click the thumbnail below to view the men's middle distance course. 

The 2008 Australian MTBO Team...

    Paul Darvodelsky
    Adrian Jackson
    Alex Randall
    David (Larry) Simpfendorfer

    Cath Chalmers
    Thor Egerton
    Jen Graham-Taylor
    Mel Simpson

Relay Jitters Sunday, 31 August 2008
Long distance final Saturday, 30 August 2008 AJ managed a brilliant 6th today in the long final.
Maps from Long Distance Qualification Friday, 29 August 2008 Maps from Long Distance Qualification
Team gossip for the rest day Thursday, 28 August 2008
Long Distance Qualification Thursday, 28 August 2008
Golden Pictures Thursday, 28 August 2008
Gold for AJ in middle distance Wednesday, 27 August 2008 Adrian Jackson won the WOC middle distance race today
Sprint and Opening Ceremony Pics Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Sprint Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Team Photos Sunday, 24 August 2008
Photos from training week Saturday, 23 August 2008
Training camp draws to a close... Saturday, 23 August 2008
2008 MTBO World Champs Australian Team Friday, 22 August 2008
Official 2008 MTB WOC Program Friday, 22 August 2008 Check out the full event program