Despite the threatening weather of the day before a good crowd turned up for the 2011 MTBNav-Bush and Foot events out near Ellendale in Southern Tasmania.
|Photo Courtesy - John Dawson|
Warm congratulations go out to Darryl Smith and Grant Dixon for achieving first place overall in the Bike Male section of the MTBNav-Bush. They and the teams of Jon McComb and John Whittington, Matthew Patten and Ross Bugg, Jemery Day and Jeff Dunn, and Paul Pacque and Nigel Davies gained the maximum 1900 points in under four hours.
Darryl and Grant were able to enjoy refreshments early with 59 minutes to spare. Just over 32 minutes separated the first five Teams, with Darryl and Grant home from Jon and John by 3.5 minutes, and then just 9 minutes to Matthew and Ross with Matthew riding single speed for some three hours after his derailleur disintegrated. Who needs gears?
Two Teams went oh so close to gaining all 1900 points, that of Brendan Hey, Kari Eronen and John Alderdice gaining 1860 points, and that of Jules Evans and Roger Jackson finishing on 1830. In Mixed Bike the two Teams finished with only 70 points difference, John Dawson and Kim Harris heading David Loveridge and Marjorie Morgan. Marjorie managed to somehow destroy her saddle along the way, while John kept crashing and breaking various bits of his bike.
In four hour Foot Male the juniors came to the fore as Brodie Nankervis and Jade Kerber showed everyone a clean pair of heals with 1610 points, leading Gary Carroll and Mike Fuller on 1450. Both Teams scored higher than some riding Teams, an outcome I was very pleased with because the course design included many short cuts available to walkers, but not to riders. It worked!
Christine and David Marshall again demonstrated good route planning by amassing 1350 points in the Mixed Foot from Rod and Bev Miller, and in Foot Female, the three lady Team of Elizabeth Hey, Sarah Woods and Jennifer Hey achieved just 50 points more than the four lady team of Melanie Hawkes, Sue Kerr, Dorothy McCartney and Phillipa Terry.
Well done to everyone who enjoyed the four hour event, including those who took a dip in the creek along the way. I trust bike repairs run smoothly.
In the short and sharp two hour event, four of the five Teams contested the Bike Mixed category. Mike Dowling and Sue Hancock amassed 880 points to show Mark West and Cathy McComb a muddy wheel by only 60 points. Mike rode Sue’s bike, and Sue rode daughter Anna’s bike. John and Val Brammall were a mere 30 points back. Coming-in fourth were newcomers Helen Peters and Clinton Luckock who came along just to see how these events go. When I invited then to participate officially they didn’t hesitate, and did well seeing it was the first time they had ever seen a rogaining map. Please come again.
Our sole Team in the Foot Female part of the two hour were two highly skilled junior orienteers in Anna Dowling and Nicola Marshall. With 610 points they really did demonstrate good route choice and covered the ground quickly.
Well done to everyone who enjoyed the two hour event. Click here to download results.
|Photo Courtesy - John Dawson|
Saturday presented Robyn, Sally and I with a few showers as we placed the thirty-two controls and prepared the assembly area. At least we missed the heavy showers of the city. While it was looking a bit muddy for the event, the tracks still offered good riding, and the forests good walking. It was a relief of sorts when Sunday dawned dry with a near perfect temperature for rogaining.
In planning the event I intentionally placed controls reasonably close so as to give Teams a lot of options with their course and have the navigation side need a bit more thinking to decide the optimum route. I wanted faster riding Teams to scoop the pool, and five did, and I wanted the walking Teams to be able to visit lots of controls.
I thought the faster riding Teams might finish with half an hour to spare, but the first Team had nearly an hour up their sleeve, and the first four had over thirty minutes. I put this down to changes I made to the course – because of timber harvesting in the NW and SE parts of the map I shrunk the course area and removed four controls to avoid those spots.
My personal thanks to Sally Wayte and Robyn Chapman for all the help on the Saturday and Sunday, and in the lead-up, to Gayle West and the mums of the OT Juniors for the wonderful refreshments at the conclusion, and to the many participants who helped collect controls and pack away the gear. Your support in those ways made my day more relaxing. Thanks also to Ride Bellerive for the support through vouchers and promotion, and to landowners Mr and Mrs Twinning, Norske Skog and Forestry Tasmania. I very much appreciated seeing those who came to the event from Launceston. And finally thanks to Orienteering Tasmania for the loan of the electronic and other gear and for the map printing.
|Photo Courtesy - John Dawson|
Our entry this year was 62 participants, two more than in 2010. It looks like the 2012 event will be on 18/11/12, but watch the Rogaining Tasmania website. Thanks for coming, hope washing the bike, clothes and yourselves went well, and hope to see you at an MTBNav next year.
On the 13th and 14th of August the Western Australian State Championships were held 90km South East of Perth. The Australian University Championship was incorporated into this event, with eligible rogainers able to participate in both events concurrently. The Tasmanian team consisted of last year's defending University Champions Andrew Koolhof and Edward Doddridge and newcomer Cameron McDougall. The team was unable to retain the trophy, but spent an enjoyable weekend trying.
Apart from one very early mistake in which a compass was left in Tasmania, the team successfully navigated to every checkpoint they attempted, with no navigational errors or wasted time spent searching. Cameron, Edward and Andrew found the navigation to be more challenging than expected; the map was 1:50,000 with five metre contours. “Even the smallest of hills looked like mountains on the map, it made using contours to navigate much more challenging than in Tasmania,” said Andrew. The watercourses were also much harder to follow than in Tasmania, at least initially.
After a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday the clouds came over in the afternoon, and two hours after dark it began to rain. At first the rain was greeted with cautious optimism, “at least we knew where the creeks are now,” remarked Edward. However, as the rain continued the footing became more treacherous, and staying warm became a serious issue. The cold and wet were far from the sun-drenched expectations the team had held of Western Australia. Even the locals seemed unimpressed with the weather, with fewer than 20 of the 131 teams staying out overnight.
The team scored 1,730 out of a possible 4,580 points, to place third in the University division and 16th overall. The team was full of praise for the event organisers; according to Cameron, the event was, “superbly organised and very well run.”
Edward, Andrew and Cameron would like to thank Rogaining Tasmania for nominating them as the Tasmanian team and the Nigel Aylott Memorial Foundation for sponsoring their flights to and from WA.
A very enjoyable event was held on the scenic undulating to steep bush and farming country east of Campania.
The highest point scorers in the 8 Hr event were the promising Junior team of Louis Coad, Brodie Nankervis and Shaun McDonough with 1620 points. In the 4 Hour event, veterans Bernard Walker & Darryl Smith were the highest point scorers with 980 points.
Many thanks to course setters David & Christine Marshall who also allowed us to use their property. Also to the RT support team including Nick Bowden, Adele Winslow, Nicole Carpenter and Rod Bilson.
Veteran winner Darryl Smith sent in the following report:-
"Grant and I had a great time out there. The weather turned out to be perfect and the tracks were in pretty good shape. It was great to see so many people out there having fun. We had a plan to get the lot. We quite liked the plan, but had no Plan B. Consequently we did not use our last panicked time well. Mostly things worked out OK. I did the dibbing, and Grant worked out the route.
We overshot a few controls (235, 205); just missed seeing them. We went up a wrong track after 70. Our biggest hassles were stuffing around on some unmarked tracks near 33 and spending time on the track to the west of 222. We also lost a bit of time finding some of the junctions (35, 205, 217 and 210). Our route to 201 was a late change of mind, and not such a good idea. Missing 234 was not intended, but we were starting to run out of time by then. We probably should be a bit more careful at key points next time!
The overall winners Marc Gluskie and Tom Goddard did a great job. They went close to getting the lot. Many thanks to Mark Hey and his team for a great map and an excellent course. I hope to see lots of you at the forthcoming MTBO events."
Darryl and Grant's route can be seen here (1 MB) :- Darryl & Grants Route
Marc and Tom's winning route can be seen here (1 MB):- Marc & Toms Route
Many thanks to the event organisers Mike Gluskie, Jeff Dunn and Mark Hey. As well, other volunteers who helped with timing and control collection. Also Ride Bellerive for contributing spot prizes.
Photos below are from Jeff Dunn and Mark Hey.