Friday, July 20, 2012

Long final!

Today was the long distance final at grand jurat, north of lausanne. It was a very fast, technical course and both Aislinn and Julian ran very well to place a very respectable 35th and 30th. After we had a supporters afternoon tea for all the Australians who came to watch woc.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Middle Qual and final

Hello everyone. Sorry for the long delay in posts. Yesterday we had the middle final up in the beautiful mountains north west of Lausanne. Vanessa was the only aussie to qual for the finals after the girls came a bit stuck with navigational errors and Murray sprained his ankle. Vanessa ran solidly but made a few errors. She was happy with her run but believes she can do much better in placings. We all think she ran amazingly! Tomorrow we have the long final with Aislinn and Julz running. Go Australia!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Sprint and Long qual days

So yesterday we had the sprint qual and sprint final. Unfortunatley none of the girls made it through but we were super excited when BJ and Julz qualified. The final in the afternoon was super exciting and both our boys did well. The coverage was amazing and the small drone helicopter camera was awesome.
Today we had the Long qual. It seemed to be quite fast with less green then the modle maps. Julz and Aislinn made it through to the final which is really impressive! Rachel and Vanessa only just missed out.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hello everyone again. Tomorrow is the big day of the sprint qual and sprint final. We have Rachel, Susanne, Bridget, BJ, Julian and Simon running. Today we have been relaxing and running around the sprint model event. Here are some pictures of our accomodation at the yha and of the sprint model.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

More team profiles

 Place of Birth: Glenelg, sa
 Hometown: Darwin Nicknames: Sus
 Attackpoint name: SusC
Coke or Pepsi? Yuck
 Drive or Ride? Ride
Nike or Asics? Asics
 Mountains or Beach? Mountqins
 Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Toast or Cereal? Toast
 Abbott or Gillard? Omg
Public or Private? Home school
City or Country? Country
Sprint or Long? Long
 Long Run or Intervals? intervals

 Place of Birth: Montacute, sa
 Hometown: Adelaide
 Nicknames: Ness,V
 Attackpoint name: 007
Coke or Pepsi? Grapejuice
Drive or Ride? Ride
 Nike or Asics? Barefeet
 Mountains or Beach? swiss mountains
 Coffee or Tea? Tea
 Toast or Cereal? Toast
 Abbott or Gillard? Trying to ignore both
 Public or Private? Public
 City or Country? Country HILLS
 Sprint or Long? Middle
 Long Run or Intervals? Long run

Bridget Place of Birth: Adelaide
 Hometown: Adelaide
 Nicknames: Biddy, chops, stumps, Bridgeydidge
 Attackpoint name: Biddy
Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Drive or Ride? Drive
Nike or Asics? Nike
 Mountains or Beach? Mountains
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
 Toast or Cereal? Cereal
Abbott or Gillard? Gillard
 Public or Private? Public
 City or Country? Country
 Sprint or Long? Sprint
 Long Run or Intervals? Intervals

Team profiles

 Place of Birth: Ballarat
 Hometown: Ballarat
 Nicknames: Ais
 Attackpoint name: kido
 Coke or Pepsi? Coke Zero!
 Drive or Ride? Ride. Unless the hills are really big.
 Nike or Asics? Asics
 Mountains or Beach? A little of both!
 Coffee or Tea? Hot Chocolate
 Toast or Cereal? Cereal
 Abbott or Gillard? Ugh! Neither!
 Public or Private? Private
 City or Country? Country
 Sprint or Long? Long
 Long Run or Intervals? Long run, but only if it's somewhere nice.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

All you need to know...for AUS WOC 2012

With WOC 2012 fast approaching it is time to give all our fans (you) a run-down of the week ahead. All the information you need to follow the Australian team at WOC 2012.

First of all who is running the show for the Australian team this year...our dedicated and hard working coaches are Wendy Read and Tom Quayle. Read on to find out their intimate secrets..

Wendy in action

Wendy Read
Place of Birth: Brisbane
Hometown: Brisbane (geez I get around)
Nicknames: Weed / Weedy
Attack point name: pipsqueak – after a particular brand of cider

Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Drive or Ride? Ride
Nike or Asics? Asics
Mountains or Beach? Beach
Coffee or Tea? Tea
Toast or Cereal? Cereal
Abbott or Gillard? Gillard
Public or Private? Private
City or Country? City
Sprint or Long? Long
Long Run or Intervals? Intervals are long runs these days!

TQ back in the day, as he says...
Tom Quayle

Place of Birth: Canberra
Hometown: Örnsköldsvik
Nicknames: TQ
Attackpoint name: TommyQ

Coke or Pepsi? Coke
Drive or Ride? Ride
Nike or Asics? Nike
Mountains or Beach? Australia - Beach, Sweden - Mountains
Coffee or Tea? Coffee morning, tea evening
Toast or Cereal? Cereal
Abbott or Gillard? Gillard - go the carbon tax!
Public or Private? Public!
City or Country? Country
Sprint or Long? They go hand in hand, good at long = good at sprint. Nothing more satisfying than a good result in a long race though.
Long Run or Intervals? These days don't do either but back in the day I loved my long runs and feared my intervals.

What to expect in the coming days...

Thursday 12 July - Model events and accreditation
The team will move into our WOC accommodation at Lausanne youth hostel and return to civilisation with internet access. Today will be spent on reconnaissance in the Sprint Qual area before it is embargoed at 18.00 and some final touch-up training sessions around the Middle and Long model maps.

Friday 13 July - Model Events

Another relaxed preparation day with the sprint runners checking out the Sprint model in the afternoon just across the road from our hostel in Lausanne-Vidy. Start lists for sprint qualification will be published around 3am AEST Saturday.

Saturday 14 July - Sprint Qualification and Final

Women: Rachel Effeney, Bridget Anderson, Susanne Casanova
Men: David Brickhill-Jones, Julian Dent, Simon Uppill

Women start from: 09:00 (17.00AEST) 3.4km 10m climb
Men start from: 10:00 (18:00 AEST) 4.0km 10m climb

A complex university campus for the qualification will provide flat fast running but could also through up some surprise complexity amongst the buildings.
Google Earth of the sprint qual..
This wavey funky building is in the embargoed area...

Top 15 in each heat through to final.

Sprint Final

Women start from: 16:01 (00:01AEST) 3.0km 60m climb
Men start from: 17:11 (01:11 AEST) 4.2km 80m climb

Arena placed on Lake Geneva and the competition taking place in the sloping city streets of Lausanne. Expect some park orienteering, maybe through the Olympic Museum, typical European city streets and some complex buildings with underpasses.

Sunday 15 July - Long Qualification 

Women: Rachel Effeney, Vanessa Round, Aislinn Prendergast
Men: Julian Dent

Women start from: 13:02 (21:02EST) 8.3km 160m climb
Men start from: 13:01 (21:01 AEST) 12.2km 280m climb

Swiss middle-land terrain. Very flat (for Switzerland) typical track network and lots of forested green areas. Track routes and vague controls will be the order of the day.

Long Qual old map

Top 15 in each heat through to final. 

Monday 16 July - Middle Qualification

Women: Vanessa Round, Susanne Casanova, Aislinn PrendergastMen: Murray Scown, Simon Uppill

Women start from: 13:01 (21.01 AEST) 4.2km 130m climb
Men start from: 14:01 (22:01 AEST) 4.9km 170m climb

Run on the slopes of the Jura mountain range at around 1000m, expect some vague controls and downhill courses. Contour shapes similar to back down under!

Middle Qual - old map

Top 15 in each heat through to final.

Tuesday 17 July - Middle Final

Women start from: 12:01 (20.01AEST) 5.5km 170m climb
Men start from: 13:41 (21:41 AEST) 6.5km 240m climb

Run on the plateau of the Jura mountain range at around 1200m, tough going underfoot with limited visibility and some contour detail.

Across the road from the Middle Final

Wednesday 18 July - Rest day

 Recovery swim in Lake Geneva will be on the cards.

Thursday 19 July - Long Final

Women start from: 11:31 (19.31AEST) 12.4km 370m climb
Men start from: 12:02 (20:02 AEST) 18.3km 450m climb

Large forest on the outskirts of Lausanne. A complex track network and vegetation which varies from head high nettles to fast running forest. Expect fast running track routes and vague controls to be decisive.

Long Final and Relay old map jigsaw

Friday 20 July - Rest day

Another recovery swim in Lake Geneva and team meeting for the Relays.

Saturday 21 July - Relay

Women: Vanessa Round, Rachel Effeney, Aislinn Prendergast
Men: David Brickhill-Jones, Julian Dent, Simon Uppill

Women start from: 11:30 (19.30AEST) 5.9km 140m climb
Men start from: 13:30 (21:30 AEST) 6.9km 180m climb

Same forest and arena as the Long Final. It will be a fast and close relay!

We hope you enjoy the action back home and are able to fill in all those quiet hours watching Le Tour with live results and hopefully some live video and GPS from the WOC 2012 webpage.

Support messages for all the team can be sent via the comments section on this blog.

Hello everyone again. Sorry we havn't been posting much we are having difficulty getting internet in the middle of the country. We have just been training, sleeping, eating and preparing for our races strating on saturday with the sprint. Here are some more photos of our accomodation in Dizy and training. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

pictures of Lausanne and below of the view from our accomodation in Dizy

The Australian team has arrived to Switzerland!

Hello everyone! most of the team has arrived at our training camp in the very small town of Dizy, outside of Lausanne. Our accommodation is very laid back and we are enjoying the country atmosphere. So far we have been out to 3 different maps consisting of long training, middle training and sprint training in the city centre. We will be adding team profiles throughout the week so you can get to know our amazing team alot better!