So the WOC week is well and truly under way. A very scenic sprint happened in Venice on Saturday. Today saw the opening ceremony in the mountain town of Asiago and tomorrow all eyes will turn to the first ever WOC mixed sprint relay. And what a race it is expected to be.
Here are the details of how this race works. The team consists of 2 women and 2 men, with the women running the first and last leg, which leaves the blokes to run the middle two legs. Each leg will take somewhere around 13 minutes to complete, so the race will be all done and dusted with in hour. Like all sprint races it is expected that the winning team will be just a few seconds in front of the rest, so it is definitely a race not to be missed.
The Australian team will be wearing the number 1 bib, yes that’s right we also hope to keep it at the end of the day. The team will be Rachel Effeney out first, Julian Dent second; Simon Uppill Third and Hanny Allston will bring home the team on the last leg. The team has prepared well and is looking forward to some good racing around the streets of Trento.
The relay will start at 5:30pm here is Italy, so that would be 1:30am on Tuesday morning for all you back home on the east coast of Australia. If you’re keen for a late night I’m sure it will be worth every ounce of tiredness later that day! You can follow all the action on the WOC website. There will be live results for free, if you want more than that you will need to pay for access for the IOF’s new live center, which will give you access to gps tracking and the live TV stream.
We will be also posting news and photo updates to the Orienteering Australia Facebook page about the progress of the race as things happen so check that out as well. That should about be enough to look at but if you so desire more then you can always check out World of O or Attackpoint for many discussions and updates about the races.
Hanny and Elin after a morning run!