The 2022 Australian Championships Carnival will open with an innovative new event – a first of its kind. Designed to be “the ultimate Orienteering competition” the new format will bring together the best virtues of each Orienteering discipline to a 15-20 minute winning time and the excitement of head-to-head racing for everyone. Orienteering Grand Prix (OGP), as the new race will be known, will combine all the expectations of traditional forest navigation with spectacular and fast lakeside parkland and a complex urban Sprint surround, culminating with a main street finish in beautiful Daylesford, the spa capital of Victoria.
The Orienteering Grand Prix race format will be based on 6 to 8 people mass starts with “runners choice” map selection as used in the World Championships. It’s first across the line for the winner of each mass start. Grading or qualification will be based on the morning Victorian Championships race, supplemented with official rankings and the organisers’ wild card discretion to assure the highest quality fields.
Age categories are as per Championship classes and Finals will apply to all competitors, so expect tight racing and bragging rights against your nearest peers all the way through to the lower qualified B, C or D grades.
The terrain for the Orienteering Grand Prix is on the edge of a famous gold mining forest with a large variety of vegetation changes that link seamlessly to beautiful lakeside parkland with open sections that are interspersed with tall open pine trees. The last part of the multi challenge will be through a complex historic primary school and amazing finish line right at the top of town. Thank you to the Hepburn Shire Council and local community groups, along with event sponsors Nvii Sports and Str8 compasses in enabling the Orienteering Grand Prix to take place.