MTBO WOC is due to start with the long qualification in Israel tomorrow. Competition gets cemmences at 9:30am local time (4:30pm EST and 2:30pm WST). You should be able to follow the events live here.
Adrian Jackson (9:36) and Carolyn Jackson (9:58) will be early starters, and given the reported weather conditions this should be a bonus.
Team coach Kay Haarsma writes:
“Team Jackson Australia is all fit and well, and acclimatised here in Israel. We have several ice vests to keep us cool before races to help give us edge. Our training has had an added complexity with trying to find areas with road signs only in Hebrew, and new freeways not on our maps. The terrain has a pretty detailed track network, and most are loose with rocks and gravel. Riding off-tracks is allowed in the Middle, Long and Relay, which we have been practicing. Meanwhile the Sprint you will have to carry your bike off the ground if you want to leave the tracks.
Food has been reasonable, and accomodation is quite basic, but the same for all the teams. The organisation has been efficient so far, and hopefully this will continue throughout the week.”
Adrian has posted some updates and photos on his blog http://adrianjacksonsblog.blogspot.com/