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Oltermannihiihto 2017

Viime viikolla kilpailtu Puolustusvoimien Oltermannihiihto oli hieman erilainen kisa kuin mihin on tullut totuttua. Kisa käydään armeijan suksilla ja saappailla sekä armeijan lumiasussa. Kyseessä on hiihtokilpailu 11 hengen joukkueella, joista kymmenen hiihtää pareittain ja joukkueen johtaja ankkuroi viestin maaliin yksin. Vaikkakin kyseessä on hiihtokilpailu, on suunnistusaspekti myös vahvasti läsnä. Reitti saadaan tietää vuorokausi ennen kisan alkua ja ensimmäinen päivä menee reittivaihtoehtojen tiedustelussa ja reitin merkkaamisessa. Tänä vuonna kisa käytiin Niinisalon varuskunta-alueelta käsin Jämin takamaastojen suuntaan palaten aamulla takaisin Niinisaloon. Kisa on jaettu kahteen sarjaan, varusmies- ja reserviläissarjaan.

Kaartin jääkärirykmentti lähti tänä vuonna kisaan joukkueella, jossa oli Urheilukoulun suunnistajia, pyöräsuunnistajia ja pyöräilijöitä sekä toisesta yksiköstä Vantaan hiihtoseuraa edustava hiihtäjä.

Valmistelu

Tiistaina siirryttiin Santahaminasta Niinisaloon, ja illalla, kun kartat saatiin kello 21 aloitettiin reitin suunnittelu. Suunnittelu vei aikaa pitkälle yöhön, sillä osuuden jaon jälkeen leikattiin vielä jokaiselle partiolle omat karttapalat alueestaan ja valmisteltiin muutenkin homma seuraavalle päivälle. Keskiviikkoaamuna aloitettiin reittien suunnitteleminen autoin ja hiihtäen. Omasta reitistä noin 7 kilometriä katsottiin autosta käsin ja lopun vajaa 15 kilometriä suunniteltiin suksin. Mukavaa PK-harjoittelua.

Noro iskee

Tiedustelun jälkeen siirryimme majoitukseen odottamaan kisan ja oman osuuden alkua. Iltapäivällä tuli joukkueen kannalta ensimmäinen huono uutinen sillä yksi kilpailija oli sairastunut noro-virukseen, eikä pysty hiihtämään kilpailussa. Hänen paikalleen laitettiin varamies, jolla kuitenkaan ei ollut kovin paljoa hiihtokokemusta.

Oman osuuden odottelu oli melko pitkäveteistä, nukkumista ja palautumista ennen ensimmäistä rypistystä. Ennen kisan alkua myös aloittajamme alkoi voimaan huonosti, joten siirsimme vaihtopaikkaamme lähemmäksi lähtöä. Kisa alkoi kello 21 ja melko nopeasti kävi selväksi GPS-seurannasta, että aloitusosuudella tullaan jäämään noron takia nopeimmista joukkueista. Lähdimme vielä lopussa sovitulta vaihtopaikalta hiihtämään avausosuutta vastaan, sillä meno oli oksennustaukoinen tuskaista katseltavaa seurannasta. Tärkeää oli kuitenkin että aloitusosuus sai viestin liikkeelle. Aloitusosuus oli melkoinen taistelu jota täytyy arvostaa.

1. oma osuus

Meidän osuus puolestaan lähti hyvin käyntiin, ja vaikka reitti oli hieman muuttunut ja pidentynyt, toisin sanoen emme olleet kyseistä pätkää tiedustelleet, pääsimme jouhevasti järven jäälle jolloin oltiin taas tutulla reitillä. Matkavauhti oli hyvää, ja ohittelimme joukkueita. Tiedustelussa kävimme läpi maastonkohtia joiden kautta hiihdämme ja suunnitelma olikin selkeä ja muistimme sen hyvin. Suunnistusvirheitä tai epävarmuuksia ei tullut eikä karttaa tarvinnut katsoa. Osuudelle tuli matkaa noin 20 kilometriä ja aikaa meni 1:40.

Oman osuuden jälkeen siirryimme muutaman kilometrin päähän majoitukseen odottamaan aamuyön toista osuutta. Vaihdoimme vaatteet ja lepäsimme. Samaan aikaan kuitenkin noro iski kovasti joukkueen sen hetkisiin viestinviejiin. Viesti seisoi yli tunnin ja 15 minuuttia paikallaan kun kilpailunjohtajan erikoisluvalla sairastunut mies evakuoitiin ja tilalle tuli joukkueen autokuski. Harmi vain ettei hänellä ollut hiihtotaustaa ja intin suksetkin olivat ensimmäistä kertaa jalassa. Eroa muihin joukkueisiin siis syntyi isolla kädellä.

Seuraavaksi pidennetylle osuudelleen pääsi taas terve pari ja ero kutistuikin edessä oleviin joukkueisiin. Heidän jälkeen oli varamiehen vuoro hiihtää aiemmin päivällä sairastuneen tilalla, ja aamulla noin kello 6 aikaan päästiin taas parini kanssa kehiin. Lyhyt, noin 7 km rykäisy välimaaliin Jämille. Osuudella ei mitään ihmeellistä, kovaa ajoa vain, selkeää reittiä pitkin.


Aamulla vielä yksi hiihto

Välimaaliin saapumisesta oli reilu tunti aikaa ankkuriosuuden yhteislähtöön. Lähdin itse hiihtämään siihen sairastuneen aloitusosuuden miehen tilalle, joka oli siis illalla jo hiihtänyt koko viestin avausosuutta. Yhteislähtönä mentiin letkajenkkaa kapealla uralla. Melko väsynyt alkoi olemaan jo hiihdetyistä kilometreistä ja parinani hiihtänyt VHS:n hiihtäjä ottikin minun aseen selkäänsä tasataksemme voimavaroja. Tultiin mukana porukan keskivaiheilla noin 8 km kohdalla olleelle vaihtopaikalle, josta ankkuri lähti jatkamaan yksin maaliin. Meidän ankkuri hiihti todella hyvän hiihdon, ollen ankkureista selvästi nopein, mutta yön aikana tulleeseen eroon sillä ei valitettavasti ollut oikeastaan mitään vaikutusta. Pakko antaa vielä rispektiä kanssani hiihtäneelle VHS:n hiihtäjälle, joka muisti koko ankkuriosuuden reitin ulkoa, vaikka hänellä ei ollut tiedustelussa suunnistusvastuuta. Oman hiihdon päätyttyä vielä kevyttä hiihtoa majoituspaikalle, josta auto haki meidät pois.

Yhteenveto

Omalta osaltani Oltermannihiihto sisälsi n. 35 km kisaa, 7 km siirtymää ja sen 15 km tiedustelua. Kokonaisuudessaan viesti meni siis melko lailla pilalle, mutta tärkein eli viestin saaminen perille maaliin saatiin toteutettua. Lopullisissa sijoituksissa oltiin 8./10. mikä ei kilpaurheilijan mieltä lämmitä. Mutta norolle ei voi, ainakaan enää kisan aikana, mitään, joten oli pelattava niillä pelimerkeillä joita oli jäljellä. Valmistelu, suunnittelu, tiedustelu, huolto ja reitit olivat kuitenkin omasta mielestäni priimaa – vain toteutus jäi vajavaiseksi. Henkilökohtaisesti urheilullisesta näkökulmasta sain kuitenkin viestistä sen mitä oli tarkoitus, kovan VK-MK –harjoituksen. Kulku oli hyvää ja vielä väsyneestä kropasta sai likistettyä tehoja irti. Ja jäi kisasta varmasti myös muistoja ja kokemus. Paljon todennäköistä että tulen joskus vielä hiihtämään kisan reserviläisjoukkueessa.

Kisan jälkeen tarvitsi muutaman päivän palautua. Kroppa oli väsynyt vähistä yöunista ja kovasta ajosta, mutta viikonloppuna sai jo harjoiteltua laadukkaasta. Nyt matkalla kohti Espanjaa ja kauteen valmistavaa harjoitusleiriä tutussa Deniassa!


Time flies – challenges keep on coming

Day by day the season 2017 is going towards the summer. Since the beginning of the season, last November, I’ve faced a lot of challenges to cope with. To make it a bit easier to adapt to challenges most of them I’ve known in advance.

Army isn’t just a thread but also a possibility to develop oneself as an athlete. However the challenging part is that there is less time to train and even if you have the time you might be so exhausted or in a need of sleep so that it isn’t clever to do the things there would have been in a training plan. Luckily my coach knows how to plan training in middle of army and what to do and when as well as what not to.

One of the greatest challenge was, and is, to keep myself healthy – and I’ve managed to do so. When in forests it’s easy to get sick since sleeping so little, being in wet conditions and all that physical strain. I’ve done my utmost to keep myself warm and dry and so on. Also while we’re 60 athletes in one building some viruses get an ideal place to spread.

 The most challenging part of army is without a doubt all the time we’re in the forests. The amount of sleep decreases to some 3 hours per night and it can be wet and cold – especially in this time of the year. I’ve had my Garmin in my wrist in forest and it is interesting to see the numbers afterwards: on average almost 15km walking per 24h, with those 3h per night sleeping. No wonder that some days after it’s not wise to train 100 percently.

I must admit that this season so far I’ve trained approximately 15% less than last season when measured in pure training hours. But nothing to be concerned about – also this was expected. And when all the strain is counted together can be said that everything in going well. It almost could be counted as training when walking a lot with some 30+ kg backpack and all the other activity there is daily.



The first training camp of the season

In the beginning of the January we made a good set of training in Spain with TWD-Länken riders. 9 days of good training, a lot of riding and sprints, heats, up- and downhills and so on. The weather was just ideal concerning it was early January, some +15 degrees and no rain at all.

The first 3 days were quite hard for me since I was totally exhausted. My heart rate was up and I felt my Merida wasn’t “flying” underneath me. I should have realized to take it easier. The first easier day on the third day kind of reset my body and after that everything were better and it was again fun to ride.

So, even I titled this blog the way I did, everything is pretty good! Off to the forests next week though…

PS. Last December POB made, in my opinion, a nice little interview of me, you can read it here.


Sauli Pietikäinen                                                                                                                                                         21.1.2017

Offseason-fun

Offseason, time of the year when it is time for some relaxing and recovery. The season was long and before starting to prepare for next summer it’s good to take a break and reload both physically and mentally

Starting from the beginning of October my offseason has been on now for some time. I have also been able to do some sports that isn’t clever to do during the race season; e.g. I have done some orienteering and roller skiing. And eaten a lot ;) no extra kilos have been seen though…


This offseason has included also something special! I’ve got a possibility to do some work – as a deputy teacher in primary- and secondary school. All-in-all I’ve done some 75 hours. It’s been great fun to do such a job, a good mark in CV and a load of work-experience. There are several pros to work as a teacher: not too long days, all the work is inside timeframe of 8-15, you get to work indoors, not physical work, good salary, a lot of responsibilities and so on. Even though I study business and economics this job has given me good experience since teaching can be seen like managing. Like I mean I am responsible for giving students the knowledge and get things going well in class, just as manager in company. To top this, every lesson I’ve had have increased my performance experience, and maybe one day I will teach some bigger audiences.

So now offseason goes on and it’s also only less than a week for the army to begin in Helsinki. Next weekend we’ll have a little camp with the team to close last season and to start new one.


 Season 2016

(Note: You can make the pictures bigger by clicking on them)

The last races of the season 2016 have now been raced. Before we can move to the analysis of the season we need to go through these last weekends of racing this year:

Ruskon tempo, 3.9

Ruskon tempo

A 40k long time trial, part of the finish road cycling cup, Skoda maantiecup. My performance was neither good nor bad in my opinion. I felt like I hadn’t the biggest gear useable in my body. In a group of some 30 riders I managed to place myself to the 12th place. Well, I’m 30% satisfied and 70% hungry for more.

MTBO nationals, sprint and long distance, Lahti 10.-11.9

On a sprint distance on Saturday I wasn’t at my best. In the beginning of the race I made 3 30 second mistakes and even lost the battle of second place just by seconds. Result was fourth and almost 1,5 min apart from the winner. I was extremely angry for myself after the race.

Then the long distance race. I had figured out from the old map that the race will certainly include some legs when it’s needed to ride fast and legs when you have to concentrate to orienteering more than riding. My plan was to hit as many watts to the pedals when there was a possibility for that and take it calm when there were more tricky orienteering. The plan proved to be effective and I took over 5 guys who had started before me. As a last starter when arriving to the finish I knew I had won – as I had. It was the most perfect way to end the season and years as a junior. Here is a link to RouteGadget, where you can find also my route of long distance.

Season analysis

It’s been such a long and fun season full of racing. On this season, covering time from last October to the present moment, I have ridden my bikes more than ever. For the first time ever I concentrated only for training during the winter. Well, I took part in one ski-o race last December but also it was training purpose after a skiing trainincamp in Ylläs The season was clearly divided into two parts; training season and racing season.

The main goal to achieve this season was to win the individual golden medal in mtbo World champs. Last September we decided with my coach and leader of the team that those champs were going to be my main goal and in addition I’ll ride a lot of road races to gather some speed and experience for the future.

The wintertime

As soon as the new training season started we began to develop myself as a cyclist. There were a lot of new form of training my coach taught me.  Long rides, and some strength training formed the basis and specific trainings adapted my legs to the way we wanted. I also had started in a new school – studying economics and business at the University of Jyväskylä. It was all new situation for me to combine studying and training but with my coach we made good job to find a way and every single week was individually planned to optimize the combination of training, recovery and school. We had some short team camps in Lahti but mainly I trained just and only with myself – it was hard sometimes but I also enjoyed just riding alone.

The spring – races were coming closer

On March we had a very good preseason trainingcamp in Spain with two races in the middle of the camp. A lot of good quality training and preparation to the season was included. This two-week-long camp  made it easy to start the race season in Finland. The races on camp weren't any easy since the peloton was something like 200 all the riders were in a very good shape. Also long trainings had made my legs a bit tired. However, it was very useful to ride these races when watched through glasses of development.

As we came back to Finland it was some weeks to the opening of raceseason.  One short team camp in Pajulahti and we were ready to race. In Pajulahti I also got to ride first time with my racebike, Merida. It proved to be very fast and stable bike, and electric gears work like a clock! Also the aero frame of Merida Reacto was useful in races.

The most hectic time - a lot of races

From mid-April on the calendar was filled with races and some training between them. On April I also had first mtbo races as well, WRE races in Sweden that ended a week long training session there. Every day the most important races of the season were closer. I gathered some speed and experience from road races and tried to convert that speed to mtbo races – with success; I won a few races and was able to trust on my speed. And when you can trust on your speed in mtbo races that gives you some calmness and time to focus on orienteering. There is no need to try anything else than that, and that is a route to success.

I really enjoyed racing. Every race, especially road races, was a place to learn something new - whether it was something about team tactics, doing the breakaway or cornering in criterium race, I learnt a lot about cycling during the season.

June was going on with the same way as April and May – the highlight so far was the 5th place in timetrial nationals in U23, just handful of seconds from medals. When the national road race was done the game changed: it was time to focus all the effort to World champs, three weeks from that point. However, I did ride two smaller races, one short time trial and a short road race, and both were part of the preparation. Timetrial as a 13 minutes race was the best way to prepare for the sprint distance and the hour-long roadrace made me ready for middle distande - all the attacks characterized as all the accelerations in middle distance race. So, the World champs took place and everything went almost as planned, as you can read lower on this site.

All in all

As it has become clear a long season it truly was. A load of races and a load of training as well. As I love statistics and numbers I made some tables and charts that have some interesting data from races and my training. So, in a timeframe of 147 days (if those two races in Spain on March aren't counted in) I rode 38 races - i.e. race every 3,9 days or 1,8 races per week.

I think I have to say I'm pretty happy with the season. The main races went in a good way, I rode good roadraces when the point where I started is taken into account. I didn't got sick in any time in the whole season (atleast so far) and I was able to concentrate fully to training and racing. All these things together formed a very solid base to build training- and racing season on it. So, when looking the whole season, I'm 50% happy to it and 50% hungry for more!


So, what’s next?

The rest of the September will include some load of quality training – versatilely all kind of training. Then on October it will be time to take it easy and relax, some call it offseason.

On October I will also start my military service in Santahamina, Helsinki. I made my way to sports group of Finnish army as an mtbo rider, and we have a pretty good group of cyclist there; 4 mtbo riders and 2 cyclist. I actually am looking a lot forward to it. Once again, it means some new challenges to combine army and training the best possible way, but I certainly do love challenges.

-Sauli Pietikäinen, 15.9.2016


Some racing

Last weeks after the World Champs have included some racing in Finland. There has been road- mtb- criterium- and mtbo-races and now it is time to look back to these races.

Lieto-Ajo 7.8

The first weekend, 7.8, we were racing with the team in Lieto-ajo, one part of the Finnish Skoda roadcup. My legs didn’t feel very good and I was pretty tired. In the beginning of the race there formed a breakaway of 15 rider, me and two of my teammates also in there. We rode some 80 km until two rider broke away from the group, one of which was our rider, Roope Nurmi. The peloton drove us up and I came to finish on 29th place.

Lieto-ajo


Finlandia MTB 14.8

One week after our cycling team arranged a mtb marathon race in Lahti. The day before I was markering the route. The route was a combination of technical sections and easy ones, for me the technicals were the problem. Many rider overtook me while riding on the paths and I had to overtake them later on. Man, it was a long and though race, takin for me over four hours to finish, and there were 14 guys faster than me. The race was ridden as 2 laps, and one lap was 35 kilometers

National criterium race 21.8

Then, it was time to start thinking about national criterium race. It took place in Ylöjärvi on the next Saturday. To begin with, criterium races haven’t been easy for me this season – 4 criteriums and just one finished one. I tried to improve my cornering the week before the race and watched some videos from internet. I knew I had improved my bike handling skills throughout the summer but I was pensive and I had no idea how the race was going to be.

However, the track in Ylöjärvi was comfy for me; wide corners, long straight road and just one tight corner. I was able to ride along the peloton and even in the some last 20 minutes I managed to pull myself up and to do something else than just ride in the last place. I finished the race on 12th place in elite.

The weekend of 4 mtbo races 27.-28.8

The last weekend I raced 4 mtbo races in Seinäjoki and in Kankaanpää. I decided to race in elite, even I would have been able to race in M20 category. Four races in two days was a perfect chance to practice some race routines such as warming up and cooling down, what and when to eat, having dry clothes on immediately after the race, travelling a car between races and so on. It was also good to race with the map since last time I raced in mtbo was in World Champs a month ago.

In both days it was first sprint and some hours after that the middle distance race. In Seinäjoki I made semi-good performance in sprint, maybe some 25 second room for improvement, 5th place. But the middle race there was bad one. It started well, and in 7th control I was in second place just 10 seconds from the leader. From then on I made many small mistakes and to the 17th control over 1,5 minutes of mistake. And to the third last control I missed on junction and then it was bad. I had to run very long way in forest and I lost almost 5 minutes in this leg. Result was 9th place and I was very angry for me no being able to made a good race after a good start.

On Sunday, the races took place in Kankaanpää, and the terrain was pleasing for me; fast tracks and pine forest. The sprint was quite easy race and required fast speed. I managed to do a pretty solid race and found myself from 4th place. However I took some bad routechoices and lost some time. Then the middle-race was the toughest of the weekend, 21 kilometers of fast riding. Once again I made some mistakes in the beginning of the race and even had a crash, but the performance became better while the finish approached. I ended up in the 7th position, which is ok considering there were all riders of national team in front of me. I did hope for more, but the mistakes cost too much time.

All in all the weekend of four races was fun and I was able to fight for the positions in mens elite, among all the guys from national team. The next race is next Saturday, 40km individual time trial in Rusko.

Sauli Pietikäinen, 31.8.2016


Mtbo Word Champs 2016 in Portugal: My point of view

This years World champs of mtbo took place in Agueda region in northern Portugal. In Portugal there are very experienced organizers and I have to say that I have nothing to complain about champs. Races were well organized Courses and terrains were very suitable for mtbo.

It all started with little training with map on Saturday 23rd of July and model event for sprint and relay on Sunday. I rode both as slowly as I could, since I wanted to waste as little energy as possible. I was able to get along with the way maps were made and how the rideability of paths was showed on maps. Those were the main goals I had before maptraining and model. I knew I was ready to race.

Sprint, Monday 25th of July

8,1 km, 18 controls, 10m ascent, 2nd place, +0:02

Sprint distance was raced on a flat area with forest and some urban in city called Cantanhede. While racing, the temperature rose well over 35 degrees. I enjoyed the heat and began my race solidly. It was all the way to control number 12 that I was able to orienteer well, but after that I had some minor problems. I had problems while making shortcut from 12 to 13. Firstly I went way too much to left, then to right, and I had problems finding the control. Back then, while racing, I didn't realize I lost huge 28 seconds on that leg... I also turned one junction too early on my way to 15th control, losing somewhat 4-6 seconds.

So, regarding these mistakes it's obvious I wasn't really happy to that 2nd place and marginal of 2 seconds to the winner. However this was my first individual medal from Wordchamps, so no need to be depressed afterall. It was pleasant to share the podium with my teammates, Sakari Puolakanaho on 3rd place, and Verneri Nieminen on 5th.  A good way to start this week of four races.

The first rest day, Tuesday 26th of July

Exceptionally, compared to the previous years it was rest day right after the first race. Well, there were unofficial mass-start race but it was just few nations that rode that race. In my mind our coach's decision not to race was the right one. While temperature being over 35 degrees this kind of unofficial race in the middle of real races would be just and only pure waste of energy. Instead we rode model event for middle and long races, and cooled our legs and bodies down in a pool and just taking it easy. Once again I tried to save my legs and rode easily plus after the training trying to stay away from burning sun as much as possible.

Middle distance, Wednesday 27th of July

13,9 km, 17 controls, 315m ascent, 2nd place, +0:03

On Wednesday it was again back-in-business -time. The middle distance race took place some kilometers north from Agueda city. The area was full with little gravel roads and paths and some steep valleys crossed the north-west corner of map.

I began the race with some hesitation in almost every single crossing. However my performance turned confident after some 15 minutes of racing and I increased my speed.

On a spectator control I had left 45 second behind the leader and 3rd place. After that I was flying on the course and managed to reduce the gap to tree seconds, most of which in the last uphill. It wasn't enough resulted to second place again.

In the beginning the day wasn't that warm as the previous days but as the clouds moved away the heat was on.

It felt indescribable. I should have be happy since I just had achieved such a good result but at the same time I felt angry for myself that I hadn't been able to make the course some seconds faster. At the end of the day it need to be said however that Samson Deriaz of France really deserves his worldtitle. He made a very solid race and he rides well on paths.

The killer choice: back to spectator-control and via road, resulted to the best split time!


The second rest day, Thursday 28th of July

On Thursday it was well-deserved rest day including easy 45' spin with Jesper and some "tourist-being" with the team in Aveiro. And some coffee of course! It was a good day to charge up some batteries and to prepare myself for upcoming remaining two races.

Long distance, Friday 29th of July

30,3 km, 22 controls, 585m ascent, 3rd place, +2:55

To begin with, this was the last individual race for me as a junior in Worldchamps. Having lost sprint and middle just by seconds, I wanted to win this long race so badly! I knew that 1,5 hours of racing will suit for me and so will the terrain, paths and uphills.

As I had figured, the race was just like made for me. I made good job. Keeping it simple, staying calm, trusting on my speed and good orienteering. I was leading the race.


Then, suddenly while reading the map I had a huge crash. I flew over the handle bar to the ground with my shoulder first. My first thought was that something must have went broken in my body. It was hard to breathe, but apparently everything was okay. Afterwords I cheked from gps that it was 29 kph of speed when crashed. Firstly I thought some stick went to my wheel but after the race I found no damage in wheel, so I must have ridden into

some pothole or something.

So, pretty soon I was able to continue racing after the crash. The disaster happened in the next uphill. Rear derailleur had had damage and had bent inwards. In uphill while I had to switch to smaller gear the derailleur hit the spokes and the whole thing with the chain tangled. It took me almost 5 minutes to prepare by hands. I knew that 5 minutes loss is damn too much but I thought that in long distance race nothing is impossible. One of the most experienced mtbo rider of Finland, Samuli Saarela, had told me just weeks before that when he was in his top shape he had time to change inner tube mid-longrace and still end up to medals.

Riding with pain in my shoulder and leg wasn't the easiest thing to do but I managed to get to the finish line, +2:55 apart from winner. I felt disappointed for a reason. There were no more chances for individual gold. And the bike was broken. My parents made very huge job to make it rideable for the relay; they drove to Porto 75 km from Agueda to get a new derailleur.


Relay, Saturday 30th of July

12,5 km, 14 controls, 100m ascent, 1st place, -0:28

The last race of the week took place in Mealhada. There's always something special in relay; fighting man against man. My teammates made really good job on the first and second leg and I got to start the race in ideal position: 2nd and just some seconds from the leader.


I overtook the swede infront of me almost immediately, but since I made some bad orienteering in the beginning and even had longer forking on the first control the Czech guy was able to overtake me. We rode together and soon it was clear that I can't make any effort to win him on the paths. He was very talented riding on paths with some rocks and loos gravel. I decided to just ride with him, save energy to later effort and pick my own forkings. It was all the way to almost 7th control we rode together. I had figured out that on the way to 7th there will be some 1 km of tarmac and gravel road. As soon as we arriver to tarmac I made my effort. Just like in road races I put out as many watts as I could and I managed to get little gap between us. The rest of the gravel road I rode as fast as I ever could. The little loop in a park after spectator control I took very carefully trying to avoid mistakes and rode over the finishline with my teammates running alongside me. We were the Champions!

Summary:

Althought I undercut my ambitious targets (winning individual race) I must be happy with medal from every discipline. Winning the relay was the best end for races and for my years as a junior.

The most important contributors to succes have been finnish roadcyclingteam TWD-Länken and my new coach, Teppo Karhu with whom I have improved my qualities for almost a year now. Teppo is a true professional as a coach and it has been easy and rewarding to work with him.  With TWD-Länken and all the road races we have ridden I have grown up as an athlete in a year more than I had in my life earlier. Also my parents needs to be thanked; they've made it possible for me to consentrate 100% to do sports.

While I got some good speed from road races, one of the most important things to get my orienteering in grip was the good preparation camp towards worldchamps at the end of July in Kisakallio sports institute. I wrote a little blog about that too, and it can be found lower on this site.

Now it is time for some new challenges.


Sauli Pietikäinen         3.8.2016


Edit: Some of the athletes of the national team Finland have written a blog about worldchamps:

Photos: SSL and orienteering.lt


Kaikki mitä tarvitset seurataksesi pyöräsuunnistuksen MM-kisoja 2016

Vuoden 2016 pyöräsuunnistuksen MM-kilpailut käydään 25.7.-30.7. Aguedan lähettyvillä Pohjois-Portugalissa. Kisat kilpaillaan poikkeuksellisesti edellisvuosiin nähden jo heinäkuun lopulla. Suomen maajoukkue matkustaa kisapaikoille lauantai aamulla, ja ohjelmassa ennen kisoja on karttaharjoitus ja model-eventit.
Tässä linkki kisasivuille ja linkki Bulletin 4:een, joista löytää oikeastaan kaiken hyödyllisen tiedon kisoista.

Kilpailut

MM-kisoissa ohjelmassa on kolme henkilökohtaista starttia ja viesti. Näiden lisäksi Portugalissa on ensimmäistä kertaa yhteislähtökisa, jolla kuitenkaan ei ole MM-arvoa. Kisapäivät Portugalissa ovat: maanantai (sprintti), (tiistai yhteislähtö), keskiviikko (keskimatka), perjantai (pitkämatka) ja lauantai (viesti).
Kisasivujen mukaan maasto on suhteellisen hyvin ajettavaa, pääosin eukalyptus- ja mäntymetsää. Kilpailuissa käytetään kosketusvapaata Sport ident -leimausjärjestelmää.

Seuranta:

Kilpailuja pystyy seuraamaan reaaliaikaisesti kisasivujen kautta. Vielä sivustoilla ei kuitenkaan ole linkkejä seurantoihin.
Kilpailuista tuotetaan live-videolähetys, jotka ovat nähtävissä tämän linkin takaa.
Ratojen pituudet
Linkki livetuloksiin
Linkki karttoihin

Sää:

                                Sää Portugalissa tulee olemaan kisojen aikaan helteinen, noin 25-30 astetta

MM-kisoihin valmistava leiri 7.-10.7

Reilun kahden viikon päästä kilpailtaviin pyöräsuunnistuksen MM-kisoihin valmistava leiri käytiin Lohjalla viime torstai - sunnuntai. Majoitus ja ruokailut oli varattu Kisakallion urheiluopistolta, ja karttaharjoituksissa käytiin niin Lohjan ympäristössä kuin kauempanakin.

Kisakallion urheiluopisto toimi hyvänä keskuksena leirille. Majoitus ja ruokailut toimivat ja osa treeneistä, kuten lihashuollot ja pelailut tehtiin Kisakallion tiloissa. Pyöräsuunnistuksen kannalta ajateltuna miinuspuolena oli se, että hyville harjoituspaikoille oli hieman pitkä matka.

Leirillä harjoittelu oli melko määräpainotteista, ja karttaharjoituksissa ajettiin kovaa. Kokonaisuudessa leiri toimi hyvänä viimeisenä harjoitusblokkina ennen MM-kisoja. Pyöräsuunnistusharjoitusten lisäksi ohjelmassa oli kevyt kuntopiiri, pyöränhallintataitojen parantamista ja lihashuoltoa. Näiden harjoitusten lisäksi ajoin maantiepyörällä muutamat siirtymät karttaharjoituksiin.

Herttoniemen treenin toinen kartta
Karttaharjoitukset tehtiin Salon Kiikalassa, Nummelassa, Helsingissä ja Lohjalla. Perjantai-iltapäivän pidempi PK-lenkki ajettiin rogainingtyylisesti lähtien ja päättyen Kisakallioon. GPS-jäljet kaikista harjoituksista ja siirtymistä löytyy Strava-tililtäni. Osaltani harjoitukset menivät oikein hyvin, ja pystyin koko ajan keskittymään siihen, mitä ennen ko. harjoitusta olin ajatellut harjoituksessa kehittäväni. Nämä pyöräsuunnistusharjoitukset olivat todella hyvä tähän väliin, ja suunnistusajattelua sai ajettua taas paljon sisään. Yhteensä leirin aikana tuli suunnistettua 144 rastiväliä!

Leirin harjoitukset olivat sopivan monipuolisia. Oli yhteislähtöä, sprinttiä, keskimatkaa ja pitkää matkaa. Täytyy sanoa isot kiitokset henkilöille, jotka tekivät radat, päivittivät karttoja, veivät rasteja ja hoitivat leirin järjestämisen. Yhtenä kehityskohteena harjoituksiin olisi mielestäni viestitreenin hajonnat, mutta käytössä ollut neljän erinäisen radan hajonta toimi myös. Myös harjoituksissa käytettyen karttojen tulostuslaatu oli melko heikko, poislukien Helsingin treenit.

Seuraavana ohjelmassa on keskiviikkona Kaakon AM tempo Kouvolassa keskiviikkona, ja lauantaina pyöräsuunnistuksen leiripäivä Tampereella.



Race Report: SM-tempo ja -maantie

Sm kilpailut maantiepyöräilyn osalta käytiin tänä vuonna Turun Kakskerran saarella. Tempo ajettiin keskiviikkona 22.6, ja maantiekisa lauantaina 2.7. Kilpailureitti oli 15 kilometriä pitkä, ja U23 ajoi sen tempossa 2 kertaa ja maantiekisassa 12 kertaa.

Tempo 22.6

Tempossa olosuhteet olivat hyvät. Lämmin ja aurinkoinen sää, ja tuulikin oli todella maltillinen.

Lähdin ajamaan kisaa melko rauhallisella alkuvauhdilla, joskin jo ensimmäisen kierroksen aikana aloin miettimään, jaksanko tätä vauhtia maaliin asti. Toisella kierroksella reitin ainoan pienen mäen päällä tuli pieni välikuolema. Mäen päällä oli vielä muutama sata metriä tasaista ennen laskua. Tuntui ettei vauhtia saanut millään takaisin, kunnes alamäessä jalat sai taas pyörimään. Kokonaisuudessa sain ajettua toisen kierroksen muutaman sekunnin kovempaa kuin ensimmäisen, joten vauhdinjako osottautui melko onnistuneeksi.

Tuloksena temposta oli U23 viides sija. Eroa kärkeen tuli n. 1:15, ja pronssimitaliin 15 sekuntia. Olen ajoon ja sijaan tyytyväinen. Ajoin tempon maantiepyörällä, johon oli asennettu clip-onit, joka mielestäni oli hyvä ratkaisu, sillä ensimmäistä kertaa tempopyörällä ajaminen heti kisassa olisi ollut huono vaihtoehto. Reactolla sai myös hyvin iskettyä ylämäkiin alaotteella.

Maantiekisa 2.7

Maantieajon SM-kisat ajettiin 1,5 viikkoa tempon jälkeen samalla reitillä Turussa.

Pääsin heti paukusta neljän miehen irtiottoon, ja kaiken lisäksi olin vielä ainoa U23 ajaja kyseisessä porukassa. Kisa sujui hyvin, ja ero pääjoukkoon kasvoi tasaisesti jopa 6,5 minuuttiin. Irtiotossa tehtiin töitä pääasiassa kolmen miehen tasaisilla vetovuoroilla.

Kuudennella kierroksella, 80 km jälkeen alkoi kuitenkin ajamisessani olla merkkejä voimien loppumisesta, ja n. 95 km kohdalla putosin irtiotosta. Ajoin seuraavat 10 km rauhassa, ja koitin syödä ja juoda niin paljon kuin vain mahdollista. Pääjoukon ajettua minut kiinni, oli tarkoitukseni peesata jonkin aikaa ja keräillä voimia, jotta voisin olla vielä ajamassa joukkueen avuksi. Kuitenkin hetken päästä ylämäessä putosin myös pääjoukosta - jalat olivat aivan tyhjät ja oikeasso pohkeessa oli pieniä kramppeja. Kisa jäi kesken.

Tässä linkki, josta kisa joukkueen näkökulmasta

Maantiepyöräilyn SM 2016