So today we arrived into Tallinn airport at midnight and finding out that our bikes did not end up in the same place as us. Then finally getting to our hotel that was close by to get some sleep. It was good in a way that our bikes didn’t arrive. It meant they had to send the bikes to the place where ever we were staying and we didn’t have to organise a maxi taxi for bikes and pay extra.
Alex and I got up around a relaxed nice o’clock in the morning to stumble down to a hot breakfast which had unlimited plunged coffee! Back, eggs, boiled eggs, pancakes, cereal, fruit, salad, sausages and everything else that I forgot to mention. Then we had got to have a nice shower to clean up in.
Twelve euro later and we were at our next accommodation at an Academic Youth Hostel. Tallinn is fairly nice, perfect cycling temperature. We met up with Karl, Callum and Ricky at the hostel. Karl is on the Junior Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Team, Callum and Ricky are on the Senior Australian Mountain Bike Orienteering Team. The same as Alex and myself. Tom Goddard arrived with his family, he is also on the Junior Australian Team, with Angus coming in with Carolyn. Carolyn is this years token female racing in the Womens Open. (Womens and Mens open just means you’re over 21)
Alex and I were told that our bikes would be at the Hostel in a couple of hours which was great news. First Alex’s bike arrived and then mine 10 minutes later. They came through safely and Alex had some clean clothes to dress into. It was good having all built up and seeing the rest of the team, since most of us are scattered through out the Australian States. Pretty even distribution. The Ian and Ricky are from Perth. Tom and Callum are from Tasmania although Tom is studying in South Australia. Carolyn, Angus and Alex are from Victoria. Karl and myself are in Queensland.
We were just waiting for Ian Dalton who is our Manager/Coach for the Australian team who was arriving in at 5:30pm and we can pick up the hire cars. While the people who were lined up to sign on for the cars headed to the airport, the rest of the boys went out for a ride through the beautiful Estonian forest that sat right outside our accommodation. Unlike Australia there was dozens upon dozens of small trails going through this forest, but you struggled to find a hill taller then a few metres high. Riding around here actually gave me a good understanding what some of the Estonian terrain will be like. Which means courses will be vague and tough.
Tomorrow we have a race in the afternoon at 3pm near us. So it will be nice to turn the map brain on properly and try and sweep out the cob webs. We don’t have many races in Australia for MTBO and there is only so much you can do between races. I don’t think I personally have done MTBO in a few months besides study maps. I have been focusing on regaining my fitness and confidence after breaking my collar bone. So lets see how this race goes.