Podium at MTBO World Champs!

by David Nicol — 9th September 2005.

Janine Hensman (FVO) represented Great Britain at the World Mountain Biking Orienteering Championships in Slovakia last week. Despite having broken her collar bone only 6 weeks before that prevented any mountain biking until just days before the race, Janine gained an amazing 25th in the middle distance, and along with Helen Winskill who finished 20th, gained the best ever GB results in a MTBO WOC middle race.

The relay was even more successful for the girls; 9th after the first leg with Janine then pulling GB up to 3rd and Helen on a slightly longer gaffle than surrounding teams finishing a fantastic 4th overall! With the top 6 on the podium, it meant champagne, union jacks and prizes! A mechanical bike problem denied Janine the chance to improve on her middle distance result in the Classic race, but Helen more than made up for this disappointment by finishing 7th!

Full results can be found at http://www.orienteering.sk/mtbo2005/

Team GB are sponsored by Ron Hill and Craft.

The next Scottish MTBO event (Trailquest) is at Aberfoyle on the 16th Oct.

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