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Discussion: SA Champs

in: tRicky; tRicky > 2016-05-15

May 16, 2016 5:50 AM # 
Doesn't always go ahead, anyway...
May 16, 2016 5:54 AM # 
I've only done MTBO once in SA, seems like a state I've been neglecting given I've traveled to Qld around 4-6 times, NSW a similar amount, Vic on hundreds if not thousands of occasions and even twice to the ACT. Mind you, the one weekend I spent in SA for MTBO, one of the events was technically in Victoria.
May 16, 2016 6:23 AM # 
Pity you missed the SA-hosted 2009 Aust MTBO champs where 2 of the events were in Vic, the sprint was around the caravan park at Nelson, and I was controller despite non-ownership of any sort of bike!
May 16, 2016 6:42 AM # 
I seem to recall Jen trying to get us all enthused to go over to that but it was before my time of traveling to MTBO events. To be honest I did consider it but it was the same weekend that the Aus Rogaine Champs were being held in WA, hence why I didn't go. These days I'd pick the MTBO over the rogaine.

Anyway Mt Richmond *shudder* That was the non-SA map I rode on the one time I did come across for SA MTBO. My only memory of it is that no-one told me the terrain would be so different to the previous day (which was probably Caroline Forest) and that my tyres really needed to be around 20psi to cope with the sand. I did manage to catch a bit of attention at the long event though by finishing just two minutes behind Grant Lebbink, who at the time was an Aus representative (although a long way further back from Steve Cusworth) but there was a misplaced control in the middle, which cost me heaps of time.

130 to that Aus Champs weekend according to the report. I bet we get nowhere near that for WA.
May 16, 2016 1:49 PM # 
Let's make sure we advertise our prizes and sponsorships and numberes will rise..
May 17, 2016 12:48 AM # 
Well the big issue I heard about attendance or not over the weekend was the cost of airfares to get to WA. I don't know that sponsorship will assist in that regard, at least from those traveling interstate.

From a local perspective we have to educate XC riders that you can still have fun on a bike not just from riding in circles!
May 17, 2016 12:54 AM # 
Maybe we can organise discount for those attending the event ..worth checking
May 17, 2016 12:58 AM # 
It's not as fun as riding hard in circles if your map reading isn't good though. If you can't map read then it's occasional moderate riding followed by a lot of stopped frustration and feelings of pointlessness - as in, gee, I could've done a hard interval session from home and got a lot more out of it. Most 'racers' are focussed on the physical sensations and competitive feelings - and there is not any of that when you first try and read an MTBO map unless you have already learned the basics. The same goes for foot, by the way. It takes a certain type to step back and learn technique (i.e. map reading) rather than just smashing it.

Same goes for technique sports like swimming - it never ceases to amaze Juffy that the triathletes would rather smash out 3ks of freestyle twice a week forever rather than do a couple of ks of drills to actually improve.
May 17, 2016 1:03 AM # 
Ori, who are you referring to - everyone? Why would you give a discount to everyone?

If you're referring to eastern states riders, it's not the entry fees that are the barrier. Once you've committed to the airfares, a few dollars more for entries isn't going to change anything. I travel multiple times per year and don't get discounted entries because of the distance so I'm not going to entertain that prospect for our event.
May 17, 2016 1:54 AM # 
You got me wrong, I was referring that I can check a discount to those who participate in the event with one of the airway companies, perhaps in conjunction with cape to cape organisers..
May 17, 2016 3:23 AM # 
Good luck with that.
May 17, 2016 3:25 AM # 
Zero chance. Doesn't even happen for professional sports, let alone recreational compass walking and abseiling stuff we do... ;-)

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