Putting moun­tain bike ori­en­teer­ing on map

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ORI­EN­TEER­ING WA is hold­ing a moun­tain bike ori­en­teer­ing ses­sion at Kan­ga­roo Val­ley near Karragullen on Sun­day, June 25.

Par­tic­i­pants need to bring their own moun­tain bike and hel­met, and map boards can be hired.

Ori­en­teer­ing WA’s He­len Post said the ad­di­tion of a moun­tain bike to ori­en­teer­ing added an ex­tra chal­lenge to the event.

“It’s trick­ier to read the map while rid­ing than it is while run­ning,” Ms Post said.

WA stands on the world stage when it comes to moun­tain bike ori­en­teer­ing, with Ori­en­teer­ing WA’s moun­tain bike con­vener Ricky Thack­ray cho­sen to com­pete in the World MTBO Cham­pi­onships in Lithua­nia in Au­gust.

The Karragullen area was cho­sen for its good track net­work, and event ar­eas are fre­quently ro­tat­ing to make sure com­peti­tors don’t get too fa­mil­iar with them.

You don’t have to be an ex­pe­ri­enced ori­en­teer to join in the event; the group of­fers meet and greets at events so the maps and pro­ce­dure can be ex­plained.

There are also dif­fer­ent cour­ses so new­com­ers or ju­niors can tackle the short­est one first.

“Com­peti­tors can ex­pect a good phys­i­cal work­out, to see an area of the bush they prob­a­bly haven’t been to be­fore, to meet some like-minded peo­ple, and to learn some map-read­ing skills,” Ms Post said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit wa.ori­en­teer­ing.asn.au.

Janet Musker tak­ing part in a moun­tain bike event.

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