National Orienteering Inter-clubs Qualifier – Parkhall

The UKs national Inter Clubs Orienteering competition is the Compass Sport Cup / Trophy. The Trophy is for small clubs and this year Walton Chasers has shrunk into the category.

I was meant to be at a Dark and White Mountain Bike Orienteering event but a 3 line whip from the club captain (my . . . → Read More: National Orienteering Inter-clubs Qualifier – Parkhall

Forest of Dean – double header

The attraction of foot orienteering and mountain bike orienteering on the same day, a couple of miles apart and in the lovely Forest of Dean was just too good to ignore. The morning of the event dawned rainy and cold in Stafford by the forecast for FoD was good which overruled my initial thoughts . . . → Read More: Forest of Dean – double header

World Masters MTBO 2016 – Lithuania

This month 5 years ago I ended my burst of late 30s fitness jumping off a garage roof in Russia at the World Cup MTBO final in the sprint. I kept going that week but the long race from which I retired with sore race was my last proper international race.(see here!)  This weekend . . . → Read More: World Masters MTBO 2016 – Lithuania

Somerset MBO – Quantocks

A chance to ride a mountain bike orienteering event on my old home turf of the Quantocks, mixed with a weekend catching up with the family and a visit to Bridgwater Carnival was a perfect end to the half term holidays. Bridgwater Carnival was fab, awesome huge articulated ‘floats’ interdisbersed with mad individuals in . . . → Read More: Somerset MBO – Quantocks

Dark and White Summer Series 2014

Stodge is back! well fingers crossed.

I started mountain bike orienteering with Dark & White Summer series events in the Peak District back in 2006/7, I still remember my first event, my new bike’s front brake failed on a decent and the climb back up to Teggs Nose showed me I wasn’t used to . . . → Read More: Dark and White Summer Series 2014

MTBO Camp Cup – Middle Race 2

The last formal race of the MTBO Camp Cup 2014 was another middle race, again on classic Baltic sand dune forest terrain. Our start was adjacent to the event centre at Hasle smokehouses. Fragrant herring smoke wafted about us as we queued up ready to get going.

I messed up number one by riding . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp Cup – Middle Race 2

MTBO Camp – WRE Long race

We woke this morning. To glorious blue Baltic skies and crisp sea air. The camp long race is a world ranking event for the elite riders and reading the final bulletin I was glad to be only riding 1/2 of the elite men’s distance.

After lots of chatting and catching up with old friends . . . → Read More: MTBO Camp – WRE Long race

MTBO camp – sprint

No warm up, no mental prep, just rocked up at the start line, said hello to a couple of people and then zoomed out into the night.

A great little sprint area, Gallokken, next to the sea, but that meant sand hiding in the shadows, ready to make your front wheel go squiffy, . . . → Read More: MTBO camp – sprint

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