The long distance qualifying race was very satisfactory for both Carolyn and Adrian Jackson today. Adrian was in the 3rd group out and was pleased with his 58.55 min time for the 22km course. He lost a little time and wasn’t at full speed and eventually placed 6th in his heat, which will have him at the speedy end of the starters. Carolyn rode conservatively after recovering from a 24 hr stomach bug and had no major problems to take 76.55 for her 20km, placing 19th in a field of 26. Young British star Emily Benham continued her good internationalform from MTBO Jwoc in taking 66 minutes in this heat.
The terrain was a mixture of forest, open areas and almond groves and finished in the kibbutz of Kfar Menachem. Carolyn had to ride through a herd of goats midway through her race! The “quarantine area” (where finishers must wait until all riders have started) was just 50 metres away in the local swimming pool!! An ideal situation which will be replicated tomorrow in the village of Kfar Daniel, for ther middle distance final.
The middle distance will have starts from 10am to about midday. Adrian, who presently has a world ranking of no 1 and is the reigning middle distance champion, will start amongst the last 10, in the “red” group of the top 10 ranked riders. We are hoping for slightly more technical navigation from today to utilise all the Jackson expertise.
Long qualifying results.
Men A – 1st = 54 mins Brun Lasse Pedersen (Denmark); 6th = 59 mins Adrian Jackson
Men B – 1st = 57 mins Ruslan Gritsan (Russia)
Men C – 1st = 54 mins Erik Skovgaard Knudsen (Denmark)
Women A – 1st = 61mins – Ksenia Chernikh (Russia); – 19 = 76.55 mins = Carolyn Jackson
Women B – 1st = 63 mins Hana Bajtosova (Slovakia)