For the last few months I have been involved in organising the 2nd year running of Sprint the Bay. The new tour-based sprint orienteering weekend has caught the attention of a lot of orienteers, both in New Zealand and internationally. The event consists of 6 sprint orienteering races over 3 days, and simulates the Tour de France with a yellow singlet for the overall leaders, a green singlet for sprint leg leaders and a polka dot singlet for hill climb leaders. Last year, NZ’s Darren Ashmore managed to take down Swiss runner Martin Hubmann for the Yellow singlet, and NZ’s Angela Simpson a close second place to Denmark’s Maja Alm.
This year we have some top elite runners from Norway: Øystein Kvaal Østerbø (4th place WOC sprint 2010) and Elise Egseth (5th place WOC sprint 2010). Other top contenders include Julian Dent from Australia, Rassmus Andersson from Sweden and our returning champ from last year, Darren Ashomre. In the women’s competition, Angela Simpson will be out to prove herself after her outstanding 6th place in the sprint at WUOC last year.
Check out the website to see videos and results from last year, or to enter! http://www.sprintthebay.org/