The Australian 2010 MTBO Team:

Men: Steven Cusworth, Grant LebbinkAdrian Jackson, Alex Randall

Women: Mary Fien, Melanie Simpson

And Australia´s first ever junior MTBO team (only junior men for 2010): Chris Firman, Marc Gluskie, Luke Polland

Officials: Kay Haasma (coach),Brihony Lebbink (team assistance)

2010 Archives
Junior men finish 5th in the relay Monday, 19 July 2010
Long Final Saturday, 17 July 2010
JWOC Middle Final and WOC Long Qualification Thursday, 15 July 2010
Middle Distance Photos Thursday, 15 July 2010
Middle distance final Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Photos and maps from the sprint Tuesday, 13 July 2010 Some photos of the sprint and copies of the maps can be found via the official website...
Sprint Gold from AJ Monday, 12 July 2010
World Champion, again! Monday, 12 July 2010
WOC starts tomorrow! Sunday, 11 July 2010
Anecdotes from the team Thursday, 8 July 2010
More about the races... Wednesday, 7 July 2010 A summary of how the Aussie team did and what they thought aboud the races.
And training continues... Wednesday, 7 July 2010 More about the Aussie team training camp in stinking hot Portugal.
Training camp begins Monday, 5 July 2010 Now all the Australian team has safely arrived and got their first taste of Portuguese terrain.
Less that a fortnight to go!! Monday, 28 June 2010 With less than a fortnight to go, the Australian team has begun arriving in Europe and will be meeting up next weekend for some warm up races in Portugal.
Long and Middle distance races: Gdansk Wednesday, 9 June 2010 Melanie´s wrap up of World cup round two held in Gdansk, Poland.
Round two of the World MTBO Cup: Gdansk, Poland Friday, 4 June 2010 The second round of the 2010 MTBO world cup begins tomorrow in the forests around Gdansk, Poland.
Melanie Simpson Saturday, 29 May 2010
World ranking events in Denmark Tuesday, 25 May 2010 Melanie´s experiences at the recent WREs in Denmark.
Welcome to the blog of the 2010 Australian MTBO team Monday, 17 May 2010

WOC starts tomorrow!

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Yesterday we moved from our bungalows in Chaves to a five bedroom, two story house in Montalegre .  There was some intial concern because despite the five bedrooms and eleven beds the kitchen seemed to be equipped for a group of four :-S  The extremely generous and helpful owners returned shortly after we arrived with plates, bowls, mugs and most importantly enormous saucepans to cook up dinner for 11 hungry riders.

Today we rode on the model event map around Montalegre which is a steep network of small cobble stoned streets.  The hardest part was trying to read the map with the vibrations of the cobblestones.  Steve has discovered that the cobblestones also cause his glasses to shake off and so he’s manufactured an elastic-band strap to hold them on. 

(Streets of Montalegre)

Some of you might be interested in checking out the “Dream team competition”.  The idea is that you have 30million euros to spend on 6 riders: 3 men and 3 women.  You can only have 1 rider from any given country.  The three events that count towards your final score are the middle and long distance finals and the relay.  For the individual races the winner gets 100points, 2nd gets 99points and so on, where as in the relay the second place will get 95points, 3rd will get 90points and so on.  More information on the rules can be found via the link above along with a table of how much each rider is worth.

The Sprint Final will be held in Chaves tomorrow.  First starts are from 9am (1800 EST) and, with 1 minute starting intervals, all the riders are expected to finished two hours later.  The warning we have about the vehicle and pedestrian traffic is as follows: “Car traffic will be restricted in all competition area. No cars will be allowed to enter the area, but it is impossible to control cars parked inside so some traffic is expected.  The controllers will warn drivers and pedestrians to be careful and will also give information to the competitors about eventual obstacles.”  We have been discussing the various merits of a) yelling at every corner in case there is a rider or grandmother coming, b)  riding down long flights of stairs or running them and c)  riding slowly and carefully to avoid collisions!

Start times of the team as follows:

Mary - 0908
Grant - 0911
Marc - 0922 (the very first of the junior boys to start in JWOC)
Mel - 0927
Steve - 0930
Luke - 0936
Alex - 0951
Chris - 1010
AJ - 1012