We've dusted off a classic 2018 MTBO event, last time it was warm and misty, now THAT was interesting!! Two courses, one 12km (as a beeline) with 360m climb, and a 9km with a gentler 160m. Both start up near Old Coach Rd, a climb of 180m so factor in 15-30min for getting up there. They basically rattle round the tops before descending to the woolshed. Its windy and exposed up there; we hardly ever call events off but we might if the weather is foul.
These are specified-order courses with interval starts, although we're completely fine with mates or families riding together. Ideal for beginner adventure racing teams settling into communication on the move. If you're new plan to head up to the start right after the 9:30 briefing. If you know what you're doing you want to be heading up there by 10:30.
The start and finish will be timed by Sport Ident boxes, rent an SI stick if you don't have one. Other than that, control visits are by honesty - there will be an orange ribbon so you know you're there. We'll have the event on the cellphone app MapRun, and that will record your track, but we'll regard its times as unofficial (GPS not reliable enough in the bush down in the valley). The start will close at 11am, and we want everyone back by 1:30pm.
You need a way to hold your map, we'll have some el cheapo mapholders for $5. And by the way e-bikes are fine for non-championship events.
We need your contact details, so you need to pre-enter by midnight on Saturday. Its free for those who aren't going to navigate, such as AR team members or kids with families. The entry form is at event-10941-b507.lilregie.com
- Read our guide at www.ohv.org.nz/about/maprun-guide/
- Use the latest version of MapRun, its called MapRun 6
- You need cellphone coverage to download the course, best to do it at home. But the tracking will work without coverage. The event is called "Belmont MTBO Aug 2022".
- While the courses have a fixed control order, we set the app to register any order. And a time. Yes you can do this with Strava but this way the tracks are shown on the orienteering map. Its a great way to run a virtual event in a lockdown! And you don't need a fancy watch.
- Dont fuss about getting the beep, your cellphone gps is not accurate! Find the ribbon, and treat this as an extra!