There’s no foot-O in the forest today. Most people are having a day off. For the MTBO riders the competition continues with the third stage.
It’s the warmest morning so far this week. The sun shines and in the shadow of the forest lies the arena for the third stage of O-Ringen’s MTBO. The forest is called Vrinneviskogen and is situated in the heart of Norrköping. It’s a popular place for the locals, a place where you can get some break from the big city and just enjoy nature.
At 9 a.m it’s time for the first riders do start. In the senior categories there are a few very good riders with early starts. Oskar Johansson from Västvärmlands OK starts at 9:07. He has already won the first two stages and he is one of the favourites to win this year’s O-Ringen. Another early starter is Karin Gustafsson from Garphyttans IF. She has been second on both of two first stages. After her finish I get the chance to speak with her.
How was it out in the forest today?
– It was hot! A lot more paths compared to earlier stages. You had to use your brain a lot more, says a very tired Karin.
Did you use your brain properly?
– Yes, or maybe. It was quite grassy at one of the paths. I made a mistake there. Apart from that I’m satisfied.
When you run orienteering, your starting position can affect your run quite significantly. Does it matter when you start in MTBO?
– Usually it doesn’t matter. When it’s too much grass there might be an advantage with a late start. It was grassy at control number 8 today but that’s just one of many controls.
Is it stressful to try and get the map into the map holder?
– With one minute at the start it’s quite calm. You learn how to do it. It’s harder with a map change.
What’s your ambitions for the rest of the week?
– I don’t know really. I want to do some good races and punch all the controls!
Karin is third today, 3:25 behind the excellent Anna Tiderman from Haninge SOK who wins for the third time this week. In total Anna is now 7:08 ahead of Karin. In the men’s category Oskar Johansson failed to take his third consecutive win. Instead he was in 8th position, 8:02 behind Jonny Engel from OK Ravinen. In the total results Jonny has now overtaken the lead from Oskar and the margin down to Oskar in second place is 3:00.
Here are the results from today’s stage: