Tuesday was a typically hot day for the Czech Republic and the MTBO WOC middle distance race. In the village of Zubri, not far from Nove Mesto, the forest was a maze of fast forest roads and tracks and very small, indistinct and bumpy forest working tracks.
Great Results for Australia with 2 men in the top 25, Paul Darvodelsky placed 18th just 5 and a half min behind the winner and David Simpfendorfer to place 25th in 56.27min. David Wood riding his first WOC event had a pretty pleasing ride for 56th place. Tony Clarke lost a few minutes on one control but was pretty happy with his 61st place. Alex Randall blew 6min on the first control but did some quick splits on the later part of the course to finish 63rd place of the 110 starters. Mika Tervala (Finland) had a resounding 2 min win in 50.21min, with Jeremie Gillmann (France) 2ndin 52.44 and local favorite Lubomir Tomecek (Czech) was 3rd in 52.46.
Thorlene Egerton had a mistake free ride to place 37th in 59.09min and is looking forward to a good qualification race tomorrow. The Russian girl Ksenia Chernykh repeated her win from the sprint with a time of 46.45min. Second was Hana Bajtosoba from slovakia in 47.39 and a Czech girl placed third, Marketa Jiraskova in 47.41.