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Rome Orienteering – Day 3 

29 Oct 17

Finally after 2 days in Rome’s outlying parkland came the main reason for the trip, an urban orienteering race in and around the old city of Rome.


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Rome Orienteering – Day 2 

29 Oct 17

Day 2 was in another large park in Rome – this time Villa Pamphilj , the weather a little warmer and this time slightly longer courses, planned as a middle distance race.


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Rome 2017 – Day 1 – Sprint 

27 Oct 17

We arrived in Rome on the train from Naples and it was a simple journey on the Metro up to Caffarella, a parkland.


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Off to Rome! 

20 Oct 17

Holly and I are off to Italy on Monday to for a few days RR and then 3 days of racing around Rome.


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World Games 2017 Sprint – Wroclaw 

25 Jul 17

Randomly we found ourselves in Wroclaw for a couple of days at the same time as the World Games – completely unplanned! The World Games is full of sports that don’t quite have the worldwide oomph to get on the Olympic Stage! On the Monday …


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Ride Staffs Sportive and Cycling Festival 2017 

2 Jul 17

I’ve never done a sportive before, the thought of paying to ride around some open roads to be honest hadn’t appealed to date but I thought I should be it a go and it was another chance to show off the #pichampion kit The event …


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Poland Cup – MTBO World Masters Series – Long 

26 Jun 17

The long race was to the north of the previous 2 days, characterised by very steep sided valleys and spurs and a complete mix of track ride-ability from flat out to a shoulder carry.


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Polish Masters Sprint Championships 2017 

26 Jun 17

A hot afternoon brought us back to the same start as the middle earlier in the day.


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600th post 

26 Jun 17

I’ve logged in tonight to post a couple more posts about Poland and I’ve noticed another milestone has passed – this is my 601st post since starting this blog way back in November 2008 – if you want to read that post…


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Poland Cup 2017 – World Masters Series – Middle 

24 Jun 17

The start overlooked a classic central European wooded valley with the town of Polanica-Zdroj nestling in the bottom.


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More moo cows and fences coming to Cannock Chase? 

23 Jun 17

Hednesford Hills (Cannoock Chase DC) Cannock Chase has a few owners : Staffordshire County Council, Forestry Commission, Cemex Quarries, etc..


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Dark and White Summer MTBO #1 – Castleton 

23 Jun 17

I arrived at a hot and dusty Castleton fairly late as I’d been to pick up an ebay purchased toolbox for the man-cave on the way there.


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Poland Cup 2017 – MTBO World Masters Series 

23 Jun 17

Thursday night saw the normal frantic packing and wondering if I’ve remembered everything – one day I’ll do a check list – although to be honest I’ve never forgotten anything to date….


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Dark and White Summer Series 2017 

12 Jun 17

Spring has sprung into early summer and the long evenings bring back the 17th year of Dark and White summer weekday mountain bike orienteering series! I’ve been doing these for the last 10 years or so – slowly getting to know the…


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MTBO Camp 17 – Ultra Long 

3 May 17

MTBO Camp ultra longs are legendary – mixtures of maps including tourist and google maps are not uncommon and the spring weather in Denmark and Sweden often unpredictable – bonkers hot or windy and sleet! This year in Northern Jutland everything…


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MTBO Camp 17 – Map Memory Training 

30 Apr 17

The Brits as usual sneaked off for a lunchtime café stop nearby following the middle race and a few of us returned to the mornings venue for the afternoon training – map memory.


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MTBO Camp 2017 – Middle Race #3 

30 Apr 17

It was a bit of a drive to day 3’s middle race to the South.


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MTBO Camp 17 – Route Choice Training #2 

28 Apr 17

The sun shone for the afternoons training on Hollerup.


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MTBO Camp 17 – Middle Race #2 Svinklov 

28 Apr 17

Another morning of showers and manky weather but the day brightened into sunshine! Svinklov was another brilliant area for MTBO, a really dense track network of varying ride-ability including zoomy (and not so zoomy) single-tracks, lots of…


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The Route (Midlands) 

27 Apr 17

I was assisting with Sportident timing Walton Chasers contribution to ‘The Route’ on Saturday.


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MTBO Camp 17 – Route Choice Training 

27 Apr 17

The heated set in my kindly upgraded 3 Series BMW hire car from Budget came in very useful whilst driving over to the afternoons training.


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MTBO Camp 2017 – Middle Race Vandet 

27 Apr 17

Today was middle distance day and part of the World Masters Series! It was cold and manky with the odd shower so again really difficult to work out what to wear but in the end as usual putting up with a bit of brrrrr at the start paid off …


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MTBO Camp 17 – Night Sprint 

26 Apr 17

After a looooong day, getting up at 2.30am, driving, flying, driving, bike building to be honest I just wanted to go to bed but no, 9.15pm was the start for the first race of the mtbo camp cup.


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MTBO Camp 2017 – Preview 

25 Apr 17

Along with a large contingent of Brits I am off to Denmark at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning to train, race and generally have a good time at MTBO Camp 2017.


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Milton Mayhem – Midlands MBO Score 

25 Apr 17

Sunday brought yet another gorgeous spring morning.