Program

THE PROGRAM
Thursday 24 October PM or Friday 25 October AM – Training event – Maryborough
Friday 25 October PM – Australian Mass Start MTBO Championship – Maryborough
Saturday 26 October AM – Australian Sprint MTBO Championship – Maryborough
Saturday 26 October PM – Australian Middle Distance MTBO Championship – Maryborough
Saturday 26 October Evening – Championships Dinner – Maryborough
Sunday 27 October AM – Australian Long Distance MTBO Championship – Dunolly
Sunday afternoon and Monday morning – MTBO Organisers Workshop – Maryborough


TRAINING EVENT – Thursday 24th (PM) or Friday 25th (AM) October
Map: Bull Gully Wells (existing map)  Location: Maryborough, Vic.  Scale: 1:15,000
Course setter: John Gavens (BK)  Organiser: Heather Leslie (BK)

The Bull Gully Wells map is adjacent to the Mass Start map area. The event will use the MapRun phone app. If you want to complete a timed course you will need to first download the app. You will receive a printed map, but the timing and control registering will be done on your phone. Alternatively you can just obtain a map and ride around visiting the control locations. Order your map under “Services” when entering the Mass Start event in Eventor. Map cost is $5.


AUSTRALIAN MASS START CHAMPIONSHIP – Friday 25 October
Map: Mosquito Flat (updated existing map).  Location: Maryborough, Vic.  Scale: 1:15,000
Organising club: Bayside Kangaroos.  Course setter: Peter Cusworth.  Organiser: Carolyn Cusworth.  Event Advisor: Tim Hatley
Start times: Age Class groups from 2:00 pm

*MASS START: For those not familiar with this format, riders in the same class all start at the same time. Courses will be set like a one person relay where courses fork to head to different controls. All riders eventually will complete the same sequences of controls, but in different orders. Riders will have 2 or 3 maps. The placings in each class will be as they cross the finish line. It is an exciting format for both riders and spectators.

Terrain: Fast undulating terrain with low hills and minimal climbing. Mainly mixed gum and ironbark open forest. The track network is forest roads, bush tracks and single tracks. In parts the track network is dense, in other parts more open and fast. Some small sections of sealed suburban streets used to enter and exit the forest at the beginning and end of courses.

Course Mass Start classes Rec classes km
1 Open Men, M40   26.0
2 Open Women, W40, M17-20, M50, M60 Rec 2 22.0
3 W17-20, W50, W60, M16, M70 Rec 3, e-Bike 17.0
4 W12, W14, W16, W70, W80, M12, M14, M80 Rec 4 12.0

AUSTRALIAN SPRINT DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday 26 October
Map: Flat Creek (new map).  Location: Maryborough, Vic.  Scale: 1:5,000
Organising club: Bayside Kangaroos. Course setter: Carolyn Jackson. Organiser: Peter Cusworth. Event Advisor: Geoff Adams
Start times: From 9:00 am

Terrain: Fast undulating terrain with low hills. Mainly mixed gum and ironbark open forest. The track network is forest roads, bush tracks and many single tracks, some fairly indistinct.

Course Sprint classes Rec classes km
1 Open Men, M40   tbc
2 Open Women, M17-20, M50 Rec 2 tbc
3 W17-20, W40, M16, M60 Rec 3, e-Bike tbc
4 W50, M70 Rec 4 tbc
5 W12, W14, W16, W60, W70, W80, M12, M14, M80 Rec 5 tbc

AUSTRALIAN MIDDLE DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – Saturday 26 October
Map: Tullaroop Forest (new map). Location: Maryborough, Vic. Scale: 1:10,000
Course setter: Kathy Liley. Organiser: Yarra Valley OC. Event Advisor: Rob Edmonds (NE)
Start times: From 1:30 pm

Terrain: Fast undulating terrain with low (some would say ‘insignificant’) hills. Mainly mixed gum and ironbark open forest. The northern part of the map has been used for firewood collection with old rough tracks being progressively overgrown. Only the most obvious of these tracks have been mapped but progress will be a bit slower in these areas. The track network is forest roads and bush tracks with only a few short single tracks.

Course Middle Distance classes Rec classes km
1 Open Men   17.0
2 Open Women, M17-20, M40, M50, M60 Rec 2 15.2
3 W17-20, W40, M16, M70 Rec 3, e-Bike 12.5
4 W16, W50, W60, M14 Rec 4 10.5
5 W14, W70, M12 Rec 5 8.5
6 W12, W80, M80 Rec 6 6.0

AUSTRALIAN LONG DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP – Sunday 27 October
Location: Dunolly, Vic. Scale: 1:15,000. Start times: From 9:00 am
Organising Club: Eureka Orienteers. Course setter: Keith Wade (TK). Organiser: Blake Gordon. Event Advisor: Warwick Williams

Terrain: Fast undulating terrain with low (some would say ‘insignificant’) hills. Mainly mixed gum and ironbark open forest. The track network is forest roads and bush tracks with only a few short single tracks.

Course Long Distance classes Rec classes km
1 Open Men   tbc
2 Open Women, M17-20, M40, M50, M60 Rec 2 tbc
3 W17-20, W40, M16, M70 Rec 3, e-Bike tbc
4 W16, W50, W60, M14 Rec 4, e-Bike tbc
5 W14, W70, M12 Rec 5 tbc
6 W12, W80, M80 Rec 6 tbc

START TIMES
The start draws will be done on Monday-Tuesday 21-22 October and published on Eventor as soon as possible.
Anyone with special requests for start times should email the organisers (email addresses on each event on Eventor). Please bear in mind that with small fields, limited start windows and possible longer rides to start, it might not be possible to grant requests for clear separation of two riders eg to allow child minding. In such circumstances, it may be possible for the organisers to agree to keep an eye on children during any overlap period.
For the Mass Start event, the intent of this event is that there will be a Mass Start of people in each age group. Please organise your travel arrangements to arrive in time for 2:00 pm starts. And for this event, splitting start times (eg for child care) will not be possible.


COURSE DETAILS
Full course lengths and elevations will be included in the next bulletin. 
Below is a guide (in minutes) of what the expected winning times will be for the various age groups.

  Mass start Sprint Middle Long
Elite 75 – 80 20 – 25 55 – 60 105 – 115
Masters 75 – 80 20 – 25 55 – 60 105 – 115
Juniors 60 – 65 16 – 20 44 – 48 84 – 92

OTHER EVENTS AND TRAINING
The ACT MTBO Championships – 18-20 October, is on the weekend before the Aus Champs with 3 events: Mass Start, Middle and Long Distance events being held over three days and will provide competitors with some excellent single track and fire road riding in two very different locations. 
The Mass Start will be the first ACT MTB Mass Start and will use a newly prepared map adjacent to the National Arboretum at East Stromlo. The Middle Distance will challenge competitors with a combination of excellent single tracks and undulating fire roads at Kowen Forest. The Long Distance, also at Kowen Forest, is predominately a network of fire trails with limited single track. 
Read the information flyer available on Eventor.

Other MTBO areas: 
There are MTBO maps near Castlemaine, Creswick and Ballarat that can be made available for a small cost for training prior to 25 October. Please contact Blake blakegordon1@bigpond.com or Ph. 03 5331 7937.


CHAMPIONSHIP DINNER – Saturday 26 October
Railway Cafe & Tracks Bar – Station St, Maryborough
We have booked a very special venue for the Championship dinner – the iconic Maryborough Station.
The dinner and presentations will be something to remember with the historic atmosphere of the Maryborough Station and delicious food making it extra special. If the weather is fine, we can also spread out on to the expansive station platform.
Dinner: 2 course meal. 4 alternative mains (vegetarian option available), 4 alternating desserts. Tea and coffee inc.
Cost: $35 per head for food. Drinks at own cost. Juniors (13 & under) $15, inc soft drink.
Time: 6:30 for 7.00 pm. Presentations: 8:15 pm for Mass Start, Sprint and Middle. 
Book your place at dinner: via Eventor when entering the Middle Distance event.


IOF MTBO WORKSHOP – 27-28 October – Sunday PM & Monday AM
Venue: Community Hub, 48 Burns Street, Maryborough
The workshop is for people who would like to attain IOF event advisor accreditation, and for those who would like to update their expertise for running events in Australia. Note that foot-O officials are quite welcome to expand their knowledge so that they can control / advise on MTBO events too.
A short evening session on Sunday afternoon (after the long event) and Monday morning.
Led by: Sandor Talas (Hungary). Sandor was one of the main organisers for 2012 WMTBOC in Hungary and the Senior Event Advisor for 2013 WMTBOC in Estonia, as well as chair of the IOF MTBO Commission for some years. He has attended all MTBO World Championships since 2008. 
Some recompense will be provided for the extra night’s accommodation on Sunday evening. Funded by: IOF grant
Topics covered include: IOF and its role; IOF event types; Leibnitz convention (balance between needs of sport and media); Controlling system and the Event Adviser; Competition rules and specific MTBO rules; MTBO mapping (preferably with short field exercise); Course setting considerations; Safety considerations, Injury database learnings; Key MTBO Rules; Role of Jury; Handling complaints and protests; Cancelling competitions; Jury and cancellation case discussions; Requirements for conducting a MTBO World Champs; Special challenges of World Championships.
Enter via Eventor: It is an Eventor event on 27 October. Please also email Kay – kayhaarsma@hotmail.com  Ph. 0403 565 534.