Was it sleet or a hint of snow in the air on Thursday morning as I set out controls for the October 16 mountain bike orienteering event? There was no mistaking the cold bitter wind as a preview of the coming season.
But by Saturday the weather had moderated to a beautiful Indian summer day: clear with temperatures in the 60s. The ski trails at Lapland Lake were all immaculately, cleared and mowed. There were a couple of wet spots remaining from the rain early in the week.
We had a total of 18 people participate, including three groups of very enthusiastic first timers from Indian Lake School District.
No matter whether you are a top international competitor or just trying it the first time, it always surprises me how each finisher will grab a fellow competitor and compare route choice decisions before they've hardly caught their breath!
I was disappointed that there was not a larger turnout with all the publicity that Ann Hirvonen had managed to garner from all kinds of outlets from tourist bureaus to local papers in the northeast. I had tried my best to reach the Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club and the area ski-O crowd as well as the usual EMPO newsletter.
I would like to thank Steve Sweet for his help with the start/finish area. I find it amazing how he can subtract times with so many distractions. I'm also grateful to the crowd from Indian Lake, Steve Sweet, Scott Pleban and Pam Flynn who helped bring in the controls.
-- Eric Hamilton
|Mtn Bike-O *||Foot-O **|
|white||5.6k, 9 controls, 100m climb||3.0k, 9 controls, 60m climb||(no competitors)||Hopson (group)||87:10|
|yellow||8.5k, 15 controls, 140m climb||4.4k, 9 controls, 100m climb|
|Priscilla Cassidy||169:15||Rich Stone||49:26|
|Jack Norray||194:08||Julie Stenken||133:50|
|brown||NA||6.4k, 15 controls, 140m climb|
|red||11.5k, 24 controls, 200m climb, map swap||NA|
|blue||14.1k, 24 controls, 240m climb, map swap||NA|
* distance measured along course setter's route on mtn bike
** distance 'as the crow flies' for foot courses
last updated: --Thu May 27 2004 07:58:28 PM EDT--