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European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships – Long Distance titles to Shipilova-Vinogradova and Søgård

The European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships Long Distance took place in a national forest outside of Orleans in France. The almost completely flat terrain meant the athletes had to pedal their bike every meter of the race while choosing their routes and navigate in the grid of wide and fast tracks and paths of slower riding.

In the Women’s class the long distance World Champion from 2014, Olga Shipilova Vinogradova from Russia showed her enormous strength on the bike took a clear lead already from the first radio control. This lead she just kept extending to the end of the race, giving her a huge winning margin of close to four minutes to her competitors. Behind Shipilova Vinogradova it was a great duel between Martina Tichovska from the Czech Republic, Emily Benham from Great Britan and Gaelle Barlet from France. Their split times were just within seconds of each other most of the race and any of them could take the medals. Barlet kept her focus best through the last controls and did not have any time losses which gave her the silver medal. Benham managed to secure the bronze just ahead of Tichovska.

In the Men’s class, the young Dane Rasmus Søgaard started the long distance race as a wind and from an early start number he proved to be very hard to beat in the flat terrain in Orleans. The only athlete that came close to this passing times were the French home hope, Baptiste Fuchs. Towards the end of the race, Rusland Gritsan from Russia and Davide Machado from Portugal started to close the time gap up to the two fastest men. But to the finish, Søgaard showed his strength and managed to take the first Danish podium place in an international MTBO event since Erik Skovgaard Knudsen won all 3 gold medals at the EMTBOC 2011. Behind followed Gritsan just 9 seconds after to a silver medal and Fuchs taking the step up after two fourth places in the two first races this week and secured France’s fourth medal in the individual competitions on home ground.

Also in the junior and youth classes, this was a Danish day with gold in Men 20 to Thomas Steinthal and gold in Men 17 to Mikkel Brunstedt Noergaard, both from Denmark. It may seem like a new generation of top level Mountain Bike Orienteers are coming up in Demark.

In the Women’s junior and youth classes the victories were very tights. The Swede Elvira Larsson managed to take the gold in Women 20, just 2 seconds before Vilma Kralova from the Czech Republic. In Women 17 only 3 seconds separated the two fast Finnish riders, seeing Saara YliHietanen taking gold and Eveliina Valimaa silver.


For complete results and further information, please visit IOF Eventor and the event web page.

Men Elite:

  1. Rasmus Søgaard, Denmark 90:25
  2. Ruslan Gritsan, Russia 90:34
  3. Baptiste Fuchs, France 90:50
  4. Davide Machado, Portugal 91:05
  5. Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic 92:33
  6. Anton Foliforov, Russia 92:35

Women Elite:

  1. Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, Russia 90:09
  2. Gaelle Barlet, France 93:55
  3. Emily Benham, Great Britain 94:10
  4. Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic 94:18
  5. Gabriele Andrasiuniene, Lithuania 96:49
  6. Ursina Jaeggi, Switzerland 96:50

Men 20:

  1. Thomas Steinthal, Denmark 77:51
  2. Samson Deriaz, France 78:33
  3. Adrian Jaeggi, Switzerland 80:18

Women 20:

  1. Elvira Larsson, Sweden 75:56
  2. Vilma Kralova, Czech Republic 75:58
  3. Constance Devillers, France 76:25

Men 17:

  1. Mikkel Brunstedt Noergaard, Denmark 77:40
  2. Richard Wohanka, Czech Republic 79:50
  3. Kylian Wymer, France 80:10

Women 17:

  1. Saara YliHietanen, Finland 69:11
  2. Eveliina Valimaa, Finland 69:14
  3. Marisa Costa, Portugal 70:38



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