Plans are well underway for the NZ MTBO Champs, and we are working on updating maps ahead of the major planning work for each event.
Cougar Park in Tokoroa, venue for the NZ Champs in 2016, has changed significantly since then, with at least 50% of the forest felled with subsequent loss of tracks. Phil and Anne are busy working with Rudy, our local mapper, and have some great ideas on how to use the new and changed terrain.
Whakarewarewa is the venue for the Middle distance map, and this will be one of the most dynamic and changing maps in NZ, if not the world! A recent update to the main map will be supplemented by more detailed map work this coming week, thanks to the help of Ryan Moore who is flying up from Christchurch to help with the mapping efforts. Peter has some interesting twists and innovations planned, that will give even those people used to the Whaka area, some new perspectives on the forest.
Tui Ridge, previously used as a middle distance map, is the venue for the sprint distance event, and Rob and Marquita have planning underway, despite currently being in Europe in a campervan somewhere! We have no doubt that the experience they are getting doing many MTBO events in Europe this year will result in some interesting courses!
Remember that all these areas have quarantines on them, so check out the 2019 Champs page for details on this.
Stay tuned for more news and see you in November!