25 January 2016

Summer Rogaine series starts3rd Feb

Summer Rogaine Series

Ngamoutu Beach
10 FEB
Waiwhakaiho Park – carpark at Netball courts (Raiomiti St).
17 FEB
Inglewood (TET Stadium Elliot St)
24 FEB
Observatory carpark (Robe st)
Welbourn School (Arawa St)
Spotswood (180A Omata Rd)

5:30pm Registration 6:00 pm Start
ROGAINE – The Basics:

All events are 2 hrs. Compete in teams of 2 – 5 people. Navigate around the city using an accurate map showing the roads, paths and walkways. Landmarks (e.g. signs, buildings or sculpture) are used as ‘controls’. Points are allocated to each ‘control’. Teams collect as many points as possible within the 2hr time limit.


Adults $10. Juniors $5.

Season tickets available from our major sponsor

Mitchell Cycles, Devon St, Strandon.

Coordinator: Len Rodenburg ph or txt 0274353092

21 January 2016

Photos from MTBO Champs

Lots of photos are on Facebook, thanks all. Link is on RHS of page

18 January 2016

Mountain bike orienteering champs a first for New Plymouth

Deena Coster gave us a great write up in the Daily News, with photo by Andy Jackson (Fairfax NZ):
New Plymouth's Tom Spencer, 19, at the start line of the men's open 25km race at the New Zealand Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships held at Lake Mangamahoe on Sunday. He went on to take out the title

Competitors from New Zealand and Australia took part in an orienteering competition with a twist in Taranaki over the weekend.
The two-day New Zealand Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships were held in New Plymouth for the first time, attracting about 80 participants.
Orienteering Taranaki president Jonathan Spencer said the sport combined the physical athleticism of mountain biking with the practice of orienteering, which is where participants try to be the quickest to complete a  marked course only using a map and compass. 
Using mountain bikes meant the area covered in any orienteering course could be much larger, he said.
"The distances are really stretched out as people are on bikes." 
He said the competition started on Saturday with spring and middle distance events held in the city.  On Sunday, the classic event was held, which involved a 25km long course which had been mapped out in and around Lake Mangamahoe forest. The sprint event was about 4kms long  and the middle distance event ran for 7km.
Along with participants from around New Zealand, a contingent of about eight people from Australia attended the champs, vying for top spots across 16 categories.
Spencer described mountain bike orienteering as a "minority" sport which only started to gain a following in New Zealand in the early 2000s.
Spencer said most of the entrants took part in all three of the races and while people did not have to qualify to enter the championships, doing well often opened up other opportunities, including representing New Zealand at overseas competitions.
"The world's their oyster from here," he said.
Spencer said the two day event attracted  female and male competitors along with a cross section of ages.  The youngest competitors were under 14 years while there were people aged 70 plus on the course too, he said.
Spencer said organisers Nick Collins and Annie Sanderson had done a great job behind the scenes to get things ready for the two days of competition.
He said the event had also showcased New Plymouth as  a great travel destination, as many of the people who competed at the weekend had never been to the city before.
"They were all absolutely euphoric about New Plymouth and Taranaki."

12 January 2016

MTB Orienteering NZ Champs this weekend

Entries have now closed for this event with 88 participants preparing to do battle for the title of Champion. Courses are all sorted and weather is looking good.