Tom Goddard and Oscar Phillips, two of Launceston Mountain Bike Club’s talented junior riders have been representing Australia at the Mountain Bike Orienteering World championships in Vicenza, Italy this week. In Tom’s first junior worlds he has had a great series with two top ten finishes.
The hot conditions made it tough on the long distance final on Wednesday, along with a challenging course, but Goddard had the best ride of the Aussie team finishing an awesome 9th place. Oscar Phillips made a few mistakes and still rode into 22nd place. In today’s middle distance race through forest and vineyards, Goddard backed up using the confidence from the first result to finish 10th. Tommorow both boys will be competing in the relay event.
For some pics and an up to date blog go to oz mtbo team
There are a few MTBO and MTB Navigation events coming up, so if you want to add some variation to your riding a brush up on some navigation skills check out the 3 / 6 hour Metro Rogaine on Hobart’s Eastern Shore on 25th September.
The event is for teams of two to five persons either on mountain bikes or on foot, where participants devise their own route to visit as many controls on the map and thus collect as many points as possible in the time available. There is not a solo or individual category. Course area is the eastern shore of Hobart from Geilston Bay to Tranmere bounded by the River Derwent, and including Government Hills, Pilchers Hill, Stringy Bark Creek, the Meehan Range near Mornington, and Knopwood Hill behind Howrah. Assembly, start and finish are at a venue in the Lindisfarne area. To get entry details go to Rogaining Tasmania.