Half of the NZ WOC team is already in Europe with the other half arriving soon. Follow their training and racing throughout this month by subscribing to Gene’s YouTube Channel and Website for news and updates.
The whole New Zealand WUOC team is now together in Olomouc and we have had a good taste of Czech forests in this area. We have had model events for the middle and long and I think I have a good idea of what the race terrain will be like. The team is really enjoying […]
I flew into Prague on Monday and took the train to Olomouc. Transport here seems to run really smoothly and I got all the way to the accommodation by just following my nose. Most of the team were already settled in and had been training already. The accommodation is in a student residence block with […]
Matt Ogden has blogged about his experiences at WOC 2014. “After a 2 day mission to get back home from Lavarone (including a 6km, 90minute walk through some Italy back country with Ross and all our gear after 2 trains and 2 buses and a 7 hour stopover in Berlin) I had some time to […]
Another long, wet day at Campomulo but in the end a guaranteed promotion from Group 3 to Group 2 for the women, who finished 18th, and a 23rd place finish for the men which, as for the women, was an improvement of 3 places on last year in Finland. Once again the courses were rugged […]
The Middle Distance at WOC is a bit like the 1500 m at the Olympics – probably considered by men as the blue ribbon event – generally the most technical of the terrains and this year at an altitude of 1500-1700 m in the forest and alpine meadows of Campomulo. What’s more the sun shone […]
As it says this is not a WOC report, but for those who will be following the middle distance online tomorrow, to help you visualize what it’s like attached are the map and some photos from today’s model event – steep and rocky! Malcolm
Lizzie Ingham has posted a race review of the Sprint races on her personal blog: Although the official proposal of having separate sprint WOC and forest WOCs may have been shot down, with this year’s schedule I’ve ended up pretty much having two separate WOCs anyway. Last weekend was all about the sprints, with the […]
With the new groupings of how many runners each country are allocated in the middle and long distance races now based on positions in the long, middle and relay over the previous 2 years, these last three events of WOC2014 are going to be crucial for New Zealand. Thus Matt and Greta set out today […]
It rained and it rained and it rained, the cobbles and shiny pavements of the old town of Trento getting slippier and slippier and the temperature dropping from about 30C at the start to barely 20 at the finish. And along the with the rain, New Zealand’s initially bright hopes in the first ever sprint […]
The sprint – a long, long, hot day that started at 6am so we could get the specially laid on ferry to Burano Island for the qualifying heats. Sadly these were not exactly a great success from the NZ point of view, with only Lizzie running to form and cruising into the final in 6th place in her heat. Greta was right up with the pace in heat 3, but a 1 minute mistake was the death knell for her qualifying chances, and Imogene was steady but always just off the necessary pace.
And so to Venice… or rather our accommodation in Lido di Jesolo, where we arrived yesterday afternoon. Think four streets parallel to a long, long beach, wall-to-wall hotels, souvenir shops and amusement arcades, and you can imagine that it’s not really the kind of place that you would expect elite athletes to be hanging out in! The beach itself is covered by row after row of sunshades and loungers. Nonetheless this is our home for 3 nights, as dictated by the WOC organizers, for the first individual event, the sprint.
Image – Middle Podium (Photo Credit: Andrea Cardosi) Another year, another WOC, and here we are in sunny (but also very thundery) Italy on the Altopiano of Asiago in the foothills of the Dolomites. Wh