The World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships will start with a Sprint race this Sunday in Viborg, Denmark. The WMTBOC will be held for a 17th time, however Denmark has never hosted this event before. 10 years ago, in 2009 Denmark was the hosting country for the European MTBO championships.
More than 140 riders – 89 men and 55 women – from 25 countries will compete at the championships in Viborg. Along with elite riders, juniors will be competing on the same tracks at the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.
July 28th, Sunday – Sprint
July 30th, Tuesday – Middle
July 31st, Wednesday – Long
August 2nd, Friday – Mass Start
August 3rd, Saturday – Relay
Sprint race will be held in Viborg City Center, the area which has never been mapped before. The old, historical town center with many narrow and winding streets promises some navigational challenges for the athletes. Terrain for the Middle distance in Ebeltoft has a dense network of narrow MTB trails and forest tracks, slightly hilly with short and often steep climbs. Long distance will be held in Stråsø: a huge and relatively flat forest with some hilly areas and lots of tracks. Mass start terrain in Undallslund also has very dense trail network, mostly flat with some steeper and detailed areas. Finderup map will be used for Relay. It’s a military training area, with a lot of hard packed and sandy tank tracks.
Foliforov and Soegaard leads World Cup standings
The WMTBOC will also count as the 2019 Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup Round 2.
Russian Anton Foliforov and Danish Camilla Soegaard leads overall standings after the first round in Poland.
Foliforov scored 93 points so far and leads by 22 points ahead of Estonian Lauri Malsroos. Lithuanian Jonas Maiselis with 66 point stands in third position. World Cup winner from the last season Krystof Bogar with 50 points currently stays in 12th position.
In the women’s field Camilla Soegaard has 110 points and lead Veronika Kubinova from Czech Republic by 20 points. British Clare Dallimore with 83 points stays third. Last year World Cup champion Martina Tichovska from Czech Republic is not competing this season due to maternity leave.
Round 3 will be held in Germany from 4th to 6th October.
All WMTBOC2019 races could be followed live on the event webpage (GPS tracking and live results): http://wmtboc2019.dk