Mountainbike Orienteering
Cæcilie Christoffersen

World Cup 3 # - Lithuania 


The last World Cup of the year is over, there has been ups and downs and there is still a lot to work on.

Friday at the long distance I lost the focus in the last part of the course but I still managed to get into a satisfied position and ended up 23rd.

At Saturday it was time for the middle distance with at lot of controls. I took my time to read the map and keep the focus. I managed to end up 10th. So cool to see that all I did worked and that it's possible to get to the top there it is fun to be.

Sunday ended with a sprint. I never managed to get the flow. It just wasn't my day, so there wasn't much to say about the sprint.

The international season is over and there is still a lot to work on, but this season I have taken a step up at the stair and I'm ready to take some more steps in the next season and with a lot off training in the winter I will be ready for a new season - 2017 Here I come 😍🚴💪🏻

3. October 2016


MTBO Trimtex Cup

-Hvalsø & Nordsjælland 

Back in Denmark after the World Championship and time for de Danish MTBO Cup. It took place where I ride the most of my trainings. 

A sprint in Hørsholm near my home under rainy conditions. Focus, fast and safe, a race without any mistakes. Took the victory for with two minutes to Nina Hoffmann and three minutes to Caroline Ryge Carlsen. Saturday was a long distance in Hvalsø forrest. A long cource where tired legs wasn't the way to the victory. Anke Dannowsky took the victory with 1 minute. I ended up second, satisfied after a well race in the forrest. Sunday I was back home in the forrest I know very well. Nothinng went wrong and everything was like I wanted them to be so I took the victorey with 5 minutes to Nina Hoffmann. A satisfied weekend was at the end. 

16. August 2016


World Championship in Portugal 2016

World championship is over and it's time to look back at the good and less good experience I got this year. I'm not satisfied because I didn't reach my goals. After the World Cup in France with good result I had expected more. Then that is said and done I had some mediocre performance.
At the sprint I made one small mistake and I didn't pushed enough. I ended up a 24th position which was my best result last year so not that bad.

At the middle distance I had to many wrong route choice and that cost me a lot of minutes. I didn't made any big mistake but it still wasn't good enough, ended up a 19th position.

At the long distance I knew that I had to take the right route choices to get a good position but the warm conditions was to much for me. I gave everything I had and that wasn't enough. So I ended up a 24th position.

After this only relay was left and I started at the first leg and got home with the leading group. It was up to Nina and Camilla and we ended up a 4th position which I'm really happy for.

For now I'm looking forward to the World Cup in Lithuania and it's all about getting better and there is still a lot off things I can improve.

10. August 2016


A week to World Championship in  MTB Orienteering

The last month hasn't gone as I had hoped for. My frame broke then there was one month to the World Championship witch is my big goal this year. I was afraid of the consequence, could the frame be sorted and in time with only one month left. I knew that it would take some weeks to get sorted. I talked with Torben from TR Carbon in Lyngby and he could sorted in to weeks. The relief made me hope to get my frame back. A week after I broke my carbon wheel, the carbon fiber was broken three places so Torben would try to sorted it but it wasn't sure that he could sorted it so it could get tubeless again. The same week I got this cool meeting with 222cycles witch would like to be a sponsor for me. I could borrow a wheel set, Halo Vapour Carbon and try the oval Wolf Tooth Component and test if it would work for me. 

I also got the MAXXIS tires, both the IKON, ARDENT, IGNITOR and BEAVER for the next season and a XC helmet IXS KRONOS EVO. All the things is very usefull for the World Championchip. One week ago I got my frame back, beautifull and well done work from TR Carbon. The last week I been use to set up the right setup for the worl Championchip and the bike is ready now. I'm gonna be riding this beautifull MERIDA from 2012, it feels like riding a new bike so I'm ready for the World Championship who starts in one week with the Sprint distance.

18. July 2016


National Championchip 

- MTB Orienteering

Up to the National Championchip I didn't know what to expect. Camilla Søgaard hadn't been racing since she broke her elbow and we didn't know if she could get permission from the physiotherapist. At the day then it all start we knew who we were going to compete against. At Friday afternoon we was racing a sprint. I was prepared for it and knew that Skanderborg deer park was a tricky place where you should be careful and focus a lot on the orienteering. Then I started and I got the map in start moment I decided to check the whole course so I knew where to go from control to control. At the finish line I could see on the other girls split times that it has been the right to do. I was a minute faster than Nina Hoffmann at the second place, after her was Camilla Søgaard on a third place and then our young new senior girl Caroline Ryge Carlsen as fourth.

At Saturday we had our first National Championship in middle distance ever. It was exciting to see how it would be. The terrain was really technically both the tracks and the time you could read the map then you were on the bike wasn't that long, so that make the course difficult. I'm not satisfied with my performance. My orienteering was good in the first part of the course, but at the end of the race I didn't see the good rout choice and my mind began too "fuck with me". I got third two minutes up to Camilla Søgaard and one minute up to Nina Hoffmann. My first individual medal ever after being senior in W21.

Now there was only the Long distance back and I was the first on the start list in our class and I knew that if I could keep Camilla Søgaard and Nina Hoffmann behind me it would be a good result. My focus was to keep moving and know where to go. I was pushing on until the finish line and it worked. My orienteering had been good and I hadn't made any big mistakes. Now it was all about waiting for the others. Camilla Søgaard came in after 8 minute and she started teen minute behind me, so she beet we with two minutes and got the gold. I knew now that I had beet Nina Hoffmann who got third and I could be satisfied with the silver medal.

A Danish National Championship was over and I was happy about my to medals one of bronze an one of silver.

12. June 2016


National Championship 

- MTB Marathon  

The Danish national championship in XCM was in Marselisborg. I wasn't supposed to participate but I liked to so I did. It wasn't for the medal, it was for the experience and knowledge of how a long MTB race would be. The route was 33 km and there was tree loops of different terrain. Hilly terrain with technically tracks. The class I was participating in had to race two rounds, 66 km. I was excited at the start and didn't know what too expect. The race began and we had to fight for our position. After 5 km I had a crash in a burm. I had to keep on fighting and after a while I was back in my position. I felt I was strong and felt that the pace was low so I decided too turn up the pace. I was leading the group and round at the first 33 km I was taking the lead in my class. I had a good feeling off the track and felt very strong, but after. 3 hours on the bike there was 15 km left. I met the wall, there was nothing left. My speed was low and I tried to push on but there was nothing left. At the last 15 km I had a mental fight. The first rider from my class past me and the only thing I could do was to push on but I couldn't keep her back wheel,. She got away and with 5 km back two other riders past me. At the finish line I had a feeling of sadness and happiness. I did my best and that wasn't enough. So if I wanted to get a medal I had to train long disstance training. A fourth place was my position at the result list. After this race I can look back and say that next time I will be prepared for the wall and prepared not to start out feeling too strong.

30. May 2016


World Cup 1 # - France

At this World Cup I got my best result in the women elite class ever. We went from Denmark Thursday at the middle of the day. We went by car to south from Kassel where we had and accommodation at a Hotel. We slept there for the night and Friday morning we were on our way to Alsace. We arrived at the Event Center at 2 pm ready to get out maps for the modelevent and to check that everything was fine. I found out that I was in the orange group and didn't have to start early.

We drove to our camping near the Event Center to tjeck in and get our cabin, so we could pack our things out and get ready for the model event. We rode to the modelevent, so we could get and experience of the map and the terrain in France in the area Alsace. The terrain was hilly and there was a lot off vineyards, which is what the area Alsace is, know from. The vineyards were the tricky part of the maps. They were difficult to read and the orange track was difficult to find in the forest. The modelevent was muddy and very wet conditions, but we got a feeling of the terrain and it was the most important. 

At Saturday the long distance of the World Cup should be rided. A course with 13 controls spread out on 19 km in airline with 600 high meters. The carantain zone opened at 7 am and we were there at 9 am before it closed. My start was at 10:22 and I was placed in the last part of the start group and were the 13 last women going into the forest. All I should do was to know the orienteering before I could pushed on. I was ready to go and they send me from the prestart to the real start, which was in the vineyards. Here I kept focus and the race began. I pushed on from the start up the hill. I was thinking that my teammates from DMK Elite Women were in the front of me and I just had to keep pushing. The orienteering was simple and the most difficult part was to keep pushing the whole race. At the top of the hill the thunder start. I'm so scared of it but I tried to think of the focus and just kept pushing. It helped me a lot but still it got cold down the hill and I couldn't feel my fingers. I throw my thoughts of the freezing fingers away and kept my focus on the orienteering. It really worked and before I notished I was at the finish line. Coming in at the second best time. It was a crazy feeling. I knew that there were 12 riders more in the category. I had to get some warm clothes on, but I could still here the prewarning of the last group of riders. I changed and wash my bike and my self with the water. Everything was muddy and it was so nice to get some warm clothes on and get something to eat. I was really satisfied with the race "no mistakes" it was a successfull feeling. I went down to the live results and saw that I was just pushed out off the podium with 2 minutes to the 6. Place, so I got seven but it was my best result ever at the Women Elite class. I could feel the satisfied feeling in the stomach it was so great. Maps and pictures sees below.

We came home to the cabin after the race and it was time for relaxing and getting ready for middle distance the next day, so I had to close the thoughts of todays race. The bike got washed again so it was ready for the middle distance. We shopped for dinner and cooked.

It got Sunday and it was time for the middle distance. My favourite distance, 23 controls spread out on 11,3 km with 310 high meters. The map was filled with vineyards and no forest at all. I knew that it would be difficult to see the orange tracks in the vineyards, but I was prepared. I started 10:29 and got ready and half our before I found out that one of my break pads was broken and Rasmus Søgaard helped me change it. I was thankful to get the help from him and started the warm up procedure. It was my time to start today as the 18 last women in the forest. I planned to go fast then the orienteering was under control, otherwise it would end up with mistakes. I tried to push from the beginning and the hills was a lot more flat than yesterday, but we still had the same increase percentage as at the long distance. All the controls were placed in the vineyards it was just about pushing on the tracks and doing a good orienteering. I made some mistakes in the vineyards because the orange tracks wasn't as I expected it to be, it cost me some important minutes and then I came to the finish line I didn't know anything about my position and I just wanted to get some warm clothes on. I had a complicated feeling about my race. I wasn't satisfied but not disappointed. After I got some warm clothes on and had washed my bike and get something to eat I could relax. I went down to the live result and saw that I got 8. at the middle distance, I was satisfied with my position because I knew that I can do it better than this. So the feeling was good and I could relax and be happy. MAps sees below.

The only there was left now was the Mix Relay where I was going to be the first rider, Rasmus Søgaard the second and Caroline Ryge Carlsen as the third. We went our focus on the relay and tried to find the last power in our legs for the last competition. I was nervous because it was my first time on the first rounds of the 3 rounds. Nina Hoffmann wanted me to get experience with the first round so all the butterfly birds were dancing around in my stomach before start. We were all lined up ready to go for the ride. We got the map and the startshut went. We pushed on the pedals going fast to the first control. I was in the front group and to the second control I took a different routechoise than the other riders and got first to the control. To the third control I took a bad routechoise but I was still in the front group. I pushed on the whole course. I could feel that I was in the front and it went out well. At the prewarmning I was the fourth best women at the round and that just reminded me to be much more focused on the map. At the finishline I could send Rasmus Søgaard in the forrest as the   4. place. I was very satisfied about the performance. Rasmus and Caroline did it well to and together we got 20. place. Normally in the mixrelay you are one girl and two boys, so with two girls and one boys the position was quite good. The maps and picture sees below. 

First World Cup of the year was over and I was really satisfied and looking for to the World Championship in July in Portugal. 

17.  May 2016


MTBO Trimtex Cup 

- Store Dyrehave & Tishvile

After the MTBO Camp in Åhus it was time for Trimtex Cup in North Sjælland, some cool races with challenging courses and terrains. Know terrain in Store Dyrehave and new terrain in Tisvilde Vest. I took the victory in Tisvilde Vest and Caroline Ryge Carlsen took the victory in Store Dyrehave. She won with seconds and I'm glad that she has made and incredible progress and can take the victory here. The maps sees below.

2. May 2016


MTBO Camp Åhus  

The Camp off the year. Crazy good terrains and good company together with the Danish team and other young lovely peoples. The whole MTB Orienteering family was together and ready to participate in the camp competition. All the maps from the camp is below with my routechoise. Enjoy. 

25. April 2016


SRAM Liga 1 - Hammel

SRAM Liga is Danish license race for XCO, which is the mountainbike liga. The first SRAM liga was taken place in Hammel. The route in Hammel is very technically and has a lot of hils. I came to Hammel early in the morning so I could try the route and get comfortable with the tecnichally parts of the route. The race started 1:30 pm. The start shut went and all the nervous feeling I had before the start was gone. The tracks was very muddy and under the start loop I didn't have the bike under kontroll. The bike was moving againtst the mud and it was impossible to feel the flow. We came into the route and the track was much easier to bike than the startloop. I began to feel the flow and the bike working under my body. It felt good and it was fantastic to feel the flow. I passed som riders from the class and got closer to the leader. At every hill I had to press the body to the limit with everything I got.

17. April 2016


DCU Kolding

The first license race was in Kolding. A route with a lot of hils, roots, drops, and technically tracks. It was my first time I was racing in Kolding and I was biking the Women B class. The start was at 11:30 am and felt ready to race. I had races the route ones for some warm up and to remember all the important passage at the route. At the start I was focussed and ready. The start went and the legs was doing all the could up against all the hils and I could feel the bike moving under my body. A nice feeling, I was pushing as much as I could and the speed felt good. I could still feel the infection in my body. It was in hanging in my lungs and it was difficult to beef, but legs felt that good that the just speed up. I got second over the finish line in my class and took the first second place on the podium in this class. I was very satisfied with my performance.

3. April 2016 


MTBO Trimtex Cup - Kolding

In the Easter was the Easter races taking place in Kolding in the forrest Fovslet and Stenderup North. The two races was the start of the season of the Danish MTBO Trimtex Cup. The first race was at Thursday and was in windy and cold condition in Fovslet. The tracks was a bit muddy and the whole corse was 9,2 km with 17 controls. A technically corse at many small single tracks. I made one mistake at the course and some places I stop up and had a bit doubt about if it was the right track I was taking. I felt that I was week because of and infection in the neck, but the legs had the power.I was very satisfied with the race and the small mistake I made wasn't the worst. I was 2 and half minute from Camilla Søgaard and since last year I had made the percentage difference between us smaller. The second day, friday, the race was in Stenderup North where the weather was better but stil cold and windy. The course was physically, 9,3 km with 10 controls. I felt week after the half hour but I tried to push on the whole way and made the race without any kind off big mistake. I was very satisfied with the race and my performance. I took the victory with 13 seconds against Camilla Søgaard, but she wan the overall competition then the to races was set together. Two days was ended and I could look back with a feeling of a good speed and start off the season. You can see the maps beside and under:

25. March 2016


Training Camp Portugal

From the 29. February to the 11. March went the Danish National Team to Portugal. The training camp was made so we could prepare the mindness for the World Championship this summer. We lived in the city Bunhosa near the Event Center in Cantanhede, where the World Ranking Event races would take place 5. and 6. March. The days up to World Ranking Event we found some track we could follow and read on the Garmin Computer, so we could bike around in the forrest and get use to Portugals forrest and terrain.​​The terrain at the coast is similar with the West coast in Denmatk with sand dunes and soft underground. Around Cantanhede where the Middle distance would take place was the terrain with typically vineyards, forrest and a lots of tracks. Around Luso where the Long distance would take place was the terrain hilly and a lot of edge on the tracks. On our way around on the tracks we got a feeling of the tracks and the terrain, and the movie shows a short part of the tracks.

Another day we went up in the mountains south of Coimbra and this was the warmest day on our training camp. We had found a single track on 72 km and went out biking. It was hilly and a different terrain with a lot of edge there the track was crossing the whole time. We got a good flow at the single track and it was nice to feel the bike working under my body. We short cut the rute some places and were out seven hours in the exciting and different terrain. We got a feeling off the terrain and the way the tracks can be in Portugal. It was cool to feel the sun burning on the legs and get the tan, and the first sun off the new year. This was how we had exspected Portugal to be, but until this trip up in the mountain it has been cold and wet weather. The sun shined and we got a lovely colour this day. We saw a castle on our way around the track and some caves, which the you can se at images.

The World Ranking Event (WRE) went out well, it was nice to feel the speed and the technique skills both on the map and the tracks. It was a different way to use the map in Portugal, because normally in Denmark you can't just move across the tracks, but in Portugal you can bike in the terrain and cross across the tracks. This makes the orienteering much more difficult and you have to think different, then you make the plan from control to control. Some places it was obviously to cros across the tracks and as the week went through it was easier to use the new skills. You can find the two course from the WRE at the end of the site.
After the WRE the real training camp started and it was time to get comfortable with the maps and the forrest in Portugal, without having the competition element in the mind. The camp gave me a good feeling of the tracks and the terrain and the typically way the Portuguese Organisation make the courses and the Mountainbike Orienteering meeting. So after this training camp I got comfortable with the maps and the terrain and the goal from this camp was done. You can se all the maps from the training camp here:

12. March 2016


New goals and changes in my life

This year is different from the others. I'm having a break from my study until the end of April and from that time I will be study on half time until June and hopefully finish the course that I lack before I can take the last 1,5 year of my candidate "Human Physiology". The training is different and it feels good. This year I have a power in my legs that I haven't felt before. I'm feeling stronger than ever and more prepared for the challenges and from the start of this year something is very different.

Last year I got a new coach "Thorsten Breiding" and he had learnt me a lot about "what is right for me and my body" this has made me look back in my life, where I found a power and volition I got from all the things I have been though my whole life. I'am ready to fight for my goals and nobody and nothing can stop me on my way.

The break from the study makes it possible for me to be more fokus on the maps and training. I can do what I wanna do and for the first time I got a job at primary and secodary school for 7- to 16- years-old in the daytimes. This gives me time and space for better training. I can fill my time with relevant stof and training camps for preparing to the World Cup in France in May and the World Championsship in Portugal this summer in July.

Some words about my situation right now.                                                                                                                   1. January 2016