Solid performances by both teams in the relay
Saturday, 27 August 2011
was another hot day out in the vineyards. The town of Alonte
was set up to provide excellent spectator opportunities with a
birds-eye view of the start from a terrace above the street where the
riders collected their maps and charged for the bikes, and a
spectator loop that came past the finish area, through a covered walk
way and then out of town again. The mens start was, as usual, the most chaotic with riders scrabbling to get their maps
on their boards and get away on the bikes:
went out first for the junior boys and, apart from a mistake in the
confusion of the vineyards midcourse, he was pleased with his ride.
Tom put in another good performance on the second leg with a
very clean ride and sent Marc out in 7th position. He had a bit
of trouble on the first control, but settled into it and was in 6th
place at the spectator control with the middle distance champion,
Krystof Bogar of the Czech team, hot on his heels. Through the
last loop they were in a head to head race involving elbows and
jostling. Bogar managed to sneak ahead by a wheel at the finish line.
The Danish junior men won the relay, closely followed by Russia and
Finland about 4 minutes down.
senior men came 14th overall and were the 11th official team across
the line. Steve and Alex both had solid rides with minor mistakes and
Oscar stepped up into the senior mens category for the third leg. He
rode well, navigated carefully and was pleased with his ride.
Denmark´s senior mens team (Bjarke Refslund, Lasse Brun Pedersen, Erik Skovgaard Knudsen)
transitioned to their second leg rider in 12th place, and
impressively worked their way through the field to take the gold
medal by a 2 minute margin. It would seem, particularly in the mens
relay, there were reasonable differences in the forking. Czech
Republic and Finland filled up the medal positions in the mens
womens relay was won by Switzerland (Maja Rothweiler, Ursina Jäggi,
Christina Schaffner) with a thrilled (and a little surprised)
Lithuanian team in second and Slovakia in third.
the junior women, there was an impressively tight battle the whole
race between Russia and Finland. The Russians ended up winning by a 1
is the sprint. Unfortunately, it´ll mean a late night for our keen
live results supporters in Aus: first starts at 22:00. The
terrain is described as urban (including town area with narrow street
and lanes) and moderately hilly with a network of forest tracks and
paths that will demand technical skills. The expected winning
times varies between 18-22 minutes for the junior men to 22-25
minutes for the senior men. With around 20 controls in courses
ranging form 7.5km to 9km we are expecting lots of changes of
direction and quick decisions.
times: Chris - 14:07, Alex - 14:15, Oscar - 14:23, Tom - 14:33,
Marc 15:01, Melanie - 15:10 and Steve 15:11
Marc enjoying the ice-vest and a post-race nunchuck croissant.