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Embargoed Areas

Grândola - Santiago do Cacém – Sines.
Embargoed areas during 01st September 2012 – 13th October 2013.

For more detail select "embargoed areas" at Map Overview

Old maps in these areas:
- Casoto: MTBO - 1:20.000 / 5 m (2011)
- Santiago do Cacém: FootO – 1:7500 / 5 m (March 2012) except the city center.
- Grândola: MTBO - 1:20.000 / 10 m (Revised on March 2011)

The above areas are out of bounds for all potential World Cup and World Masters participants and team members, including competitors, team leaders, coaches, doctors, escorts, and any other person who through their knowledge of the terrain may influence the result of the competitions.
The areas of Grândola, Santiago do Cacém and Sines are restricted for MTB Orienteering activity.
The exception is for Santiago do Cacém City centre under certain restrictions: - using a map in the area is forbidden; - cycling or running is forbidden; - testing route choices is forbidden.
For all other terrains the access is forbidden (even only for leisure cycling, as pedestrian and so forth).


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Training Opportunities

Training possibilities in Portugal:

 

Portuguese MTBO League Events:

 

14th - 15th September 2013

Event for Portuguese MTBO league, in Abrantes, organised by COA

http://www.coa.com.pt/ - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

5th - 6th October 2013

Event for Portuguese MTBO league, in Leiria, organised by COC

http://www.coc.pt/eventos/5out2013/en/ - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Other Events:

 

 

TRAINING EVENT 1

8th -  October 2013

Training event, in Santa Margarida da Serra, organised by FPO

10:00 a.m. (If you want to take part in this event the deadline to inform the organization is the October 1st)

 

TRAINING EVENT 2

9th -  October 2013

Training event, in Vale Figueira (Melides), organised by FPO

10:00 a.m (If you want to take part in this event the deadline to inform the organization is the October 1st)

 

 

 


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Courses

Preliminary information on the courses:

Time is estimated winning time. Km refers to shortest sensible route.

  Elite Master 40 Master 50 Master 60 Master 70
Min Km Min Km Min Km Min Km Min Km
Middle M 55 17,5 55 15,0 55 11,5 55 9,0 55 8,0
W 45 11,5 45 9,0 45 7,5 45 7,0 45 6,0
Long M 110 41,0 110 35,0 110 29,5 110 22,0 110 20,0
W 90 29,0 90 25,0 90 21,0 90 17,0 90 15,0
Relay/Sprint M 45 14,0 20 5,6 20 4,5 20 3,5 20 3,0
W 20 4,5 20 3,5 20 3,0 20 2,0


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Maps and Terrain

All events will be organized in accordance with the IOF International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps (2010):

Middle Distance    
   WCup    1:15,000 / 5 m
   Masters   
 M/W 40/50
 1:15.000 / 5 m
 M/W 60/70
 1:10.000 / 5m 
Long distance    WCup    1:15,000 / 5 m
  Masters
   1:15,000 / 5 m
Mixed Relay   WCup    1:10.000 / 5m
Sprint  Masters    1:7.500 / 5m

 

 Terrain Description

Medium and Long distance competitions are taking place in forest areas, with small urban areas, the forest characteristic features are the typical Mediterranean forest with multiple paths and roads, dense vegetation. Depending on the weather conditions that anticipate the competitions, some paths can have some water channels that will cross them and cannot be foreseen in advance, attention is required and some paths could have as well sand characteristics that varies with the weather conditions. The forest areas sometimes have underbrush that can hamper the shortcuts.

The orographyin long distance is characterized by two very distinct parts: one flat, very fast, the other very steep and slow.

The orography in middle distance is characterized by middle relief, sometimes with steep slopes.

Sprint and Mixed Relay competitions are taking place in combined urban and forested area with multiple paths, open areas, buildings, and numerous man made features. Some steep areas with technical up or downhill sections.

In all competition areas thorny vegetation can be found. Therefore puncture protection is strongly recommended.

All the competitions area is open to public traffic. The courses cross several public roads. There will be marshal’s at the most critical places to help safe crossing and minimize disruption. Riders should follow the instruction of marshals. Still, it is the riders’ responsibility to observe traffic rules and avoid unsafe practices.

 

Altitude: 50m to 450m.

 

Samples Of Maps:

 

Long Distance

 

long1     long2

 

Middle Distance

 

middle1

 

Relay / Sprint

 

mixRelay Sprint

 


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Classes

MTBO World Cup: W /M 21
WMMTBOC: W/M 40, 50, 60, 70
MTBO open competitions: W/M 16, 18, 20, 21A


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Punching/Time keeping System

SPORTident will be used on all events with SI-Card 10/11 compatible Control Stations.
Everybody should provide the number of their SI cards with the entry.
SIcards can be rented from Organizers for EUR 10 / for the event (EUR 30 deposit).


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Competition Rules

All events will be organized in accordance with the Competition Rules for IOF MTB Orienteering Events as published by the IOF and valid of 1 January 2013, the Special Rules for the 2013 World Cup in MTB Orienteering, the Special Rules for the 2013 World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships and the IOF Anti-Doping Rules valid at the time of The Event.

- Competitors must get to all control points with their bikes.
- Riding off the track, trail or path is allowed in areas marked as forest or freely
  rideable open area. Off road riding is strictly prohibited in all other areas,
  including settlements, cultivated land, orchards, vineyards and all other open
  areas not marked as rideable. Competitors riding off road in restricted areas are
  responsible for any damage claimed by the landowners and will be disqualified.
- Riding off the track, trail or path is allowed.
- In Portugal one drives on the RIGHT side of road.
- Therefore riders must ride on the RIGHT side on all roads and tracks.
- Overtaking slower riders should be done by the LEFT.


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Terrain description

Sprint and relay area is planned in the area that combines urban and forested area
with multiple paths, open areas, buildings, and numerous features man made.

Middle and long distance events are planned in areas characteristic of multiple paths and roads, dense vegetation, forest clean, and some open areas. The forest areas sometimes have an underbrush that can hamper the shortcuts.

Altitude: 50m to 450m. Parts of the courses can be run in urban areas.
Some steep sections can be challenging for riders. In some sectors there are some rocks and spikes. Puncture protection is strongly recommended.