It's far closer than Bendigo though!
On an unrelated topic, are you able to explain how the NOL point score works this year? I've had a read and seems to be best 8 of 10 events (from my research that's 3 at MSW + 1 relay, 4 at Easter, 2 at GC and 1 in Canberra + 1 relay) but if you don't go to Canberra then you pretty much lose because of the chasing start thingo. Doesn't sound like the winner is calculated on 8 of 10 at all but on who holds up best in the last race - shame if you win the first nine events then get injured or worse, live in WA and decide Canberra's too far / too expensive to travel to / not central to everywhere / full of politicians.
Nope, NOL points are nothing to do with me, but I know there's a fair bit of dissatisfaction with the proposal as it stands (certainly I'm concerned that it penalises the juniors who can't afford to go to the final race weekend - which is not actually in Canberra, but somewhere down the south coast - but I don't know if I'm even allowed to express an opinion online because that might not be toeing the party line). Ask the High Performance Management Group?
Oh yeah, I didn't even look at location - just that it's "Canberra's" weekend. Good-o, another 4hr flight and 4hr drive, yay! Points don't really affect me because a) I'm crap, and b) I'll probably only make the first two rounds anyway. GC has become too expensive and I can have two paid days plus an MTBO event if I stay in Perth for Anzac Day that weekend instead.
Historically the 'other' NOL round (after Easter, Aus Champs, random sprint weekend and ultra-long) has WA's lowest attendance from elites (or anyone for that matter), hence why we couldn't field a relay team last year.
It does seem ironic that after the HPMG having decided Aust Champs weren't worthy of NOL because "not enough people compete then" - which is a fallacy, especially when you consider that all of the schools' team juniors are present, plus that week's often Bushrangers vs Pinestars test matches against NZ - they've decided the end-of-season races will be the weekend formerly known as WOC trials, which usually get even poorer attendance.
Really? I thought Aus Champs weren't being included this year because the Elite athletes wanted to be only focused on nationals at that time, not NOL. I thought they had the highest attendance based on the fact that the long distance gave out points down to 30th rather than just 25th (because of more people).