Long distance final

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Steady rain overnight and this morning meant the forest was going to be muddy and heavy going for the long distance final.  Alex and AJ had late starts after their good qualification races and the girls all started in the first half of the field.

After spending most of Wednesday night nauseous and Thursday in bed, AJ rode brilliantly for 6th place, 3 minutes after Russian Ruslan Gritsan.  Unfortunately for AJ he hadn't recovered from the bout of food poisoning to be anywhere near his usual form.  Alex rode solidly, although with a few small mistakes for a great 13th place.

Mel, Thor and Jen all had solid rides.  It was particularly exciting early on as Mel finished with a fast time and held first place for several hours.  It was even nearly half an hour after she finished before the 2nd woman finished on their course!  Cath had a bit of trouble with one big parallel error in the tricky terrain.

The girls were probably a little disadvantaged by the weather which cleared up this afternoon, making the tracks dry out considerably for the later starters.  But all were happy with their rides, having found good rhythm in the difficult terrain.








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