Happy New Rogaining-Year.
All rogainers who have enjoyed an MTBNav are invited to a mountain bike orienteering event under the auspices of Orienteering Tasmania (OT) to be held on Sunday 3 March 2019 near Karanja in the Derwent Valley.
Participants will ride solo, and need to complete a set course by visiting controls in the order stipulated on the map. A compass is not required, although a means of carrying the map on the bike is needed.
Start at any time between 10 am and 11 am, and finish before course closure at 1 pm. Entry cost for an adult who is a casual member of OT is $16 including the hire of an e-Stick - an e-Stick is compulsory for every rider.
There are four courses available, all with similar, relatively simple navigation on gravel roads and 4WD tracks with only a little climb. Shorter courses follow the easier riding terrain. All courses require at least basic confidence in riding a mountain bike off road - the event is unsuitable for very young riders.
- Long Course – 22.6 kms with 20 controls.
- Medium Course – 16.8 kms with 14 controls.
- Short Course – 12.5 kms with 12 controls.
- Very Short Course – 7.5 kms with 7 controls.
More information: https://tasorienteering.asn.au/events/2019-events , or contact Mark Hey on 6272 7233.
2018 was a good year for us: six 24-hour rogaines (including the 29 hour Bush Search and Rescue NSW Navshield). It was going to be five, ending with the NZ Champs in Dunedin, but with the horrible weather combined with the rugged terrain it turned into the toughest we’ve ever done. Back in Sydney two days later, still bummed with our performance, we made a last-minute decision to enter ‘Return of the Oysters Rogaine’ the following weekend.
24hr event winners
We flew to Hobart after work Friday night, had a comfortable sleep in a lovely B&B in Sorell, picked up some treats from the Dunalley bakery Saturday morning.
Next year it is Tasmania’s turn to host the Australasian Rogaining Championships. This big event will be held on the weekend of November 9th and 10th in the St Helens - Bay of Fires Region. There will be a wide variety of terrain types in the event area – steep, subtle, granite, coastal, marshes and some former tin mining areas. Don’t be put off because it is a “championship event”. There will be control sites that test the navigational ability of the elite teams, but there will be something for family and social rogainers to enjoy. The event website can be viewed at arc2019.rt.asn.au.