Two-up in Castlemaine – 2nd & 3rd July
Monday, 4 July 2016
The first Mass Start group heads off at Old Quartz Hill
Old Quartz Hill on Saturday was the first event – long
distance format course setting with lots of route choice using
forestry roads, 4WD tracks, and a few single tracks. Courses were a
bit shorter than usual because of the fairly steep terrain. Only 3
riders on Courses 1-4 came in under 90 minutes.
We trialled a mass start format as the
IOF is starting to use this for some of its events. There were some
interesting head-to-head challenges with reports of riders taking
different route choices but arriving at the next control in similar
Another first was the use of the SportIdent Air system which enabled non contact control punching with competitors only needing to pass within 30cm of the control for it to register. What a breeze!
Some unexpected logging activity in the
competition area led to some limitations on route choice on one or
two legs on most courses.
The main organiser was unable to be
there, so we were a bit shorthanded, but had some very welcome
assistance from non-Yarra Valley people: particular thanks to Gary
Buchan (EU) who caught the train to Castlemaine, rode to the event
from the station and, unasked, immediately took over as parking-guru
making good use of his hi-vis vest. After everyone had left, Gary
stayed on to help pack up the finish before heading back to the
station in the gathering gloom. Also thanks to Mel and Brad from
Geelong who headed out in their 4WD to collect controls at the end of
the day from a sector requiring 4WD to minimise approach on foot.
And as usual, the small group of YV folk rallied around, including
Sheila who wasn’t competing but who came up on Friday to help put
out controls and stayed to staff the registration desk. Peter Searle
drove down from Bendigo to help with the set up on Saturday morning.
Jim Russell’s results screen was a
welcome addition to the event. All riders on Courses 1-4 passed
through control #61 and Jim placed a radio control at that point so
we could see progress part-way through the courses. And after all
that, he also assisted with control collection.
Kathy Liley, Course setter.
Links to all results, splits and WinSplits