The competition took place in Austria (Arnoldstein) from 15th to 17th September 2011.
The French national team came with very clear objectives, realize predefined performances!
The program was a bit heavy with 3 races in 3 days(Sprint, Relay and Long Distance). From my point of view, I'm quite satisfied with my championship, look back to my personal objectives.
Preparation time was not big enough : only 24 days O'festival to be on top for the JEC. I lost one week because of an ankle injury that I keep feeling today (peroneal tendonitis). It lets me only 17 days to be perfectly prepared to the Sprint and Long distance. I finally decided to skip Sprint preparation and be totally focus on the long distance which seemed match better with my training (8km500 et 385m up hill).So I trained a lot to get a better physical condition. During this time, I did 20h of training with 11000m up hill.
The D day, I arrived well prepared, with very good feelings and big motive spirit. The beginning of my race was not very good, I had many problems for updating my O'technique corresponding to the map specification, which was quite tricky. I finish at a encouraging rank 11 in 1h12' 31 (1st French man Rémi Dubois rank 10) with at least 9' 45 mistakes after analysing... It seems that my preparation was not as good to reach my objectives, without lost time, but was fun and good preparation were here thanks to the Austrian team.
Season have been close by the better way with very good results specially Isia Basset's victory in Sprint distance, 2 months after his brother lucas's title during Junior World Orienteering Championship in the same format. Gongratulations. Loic Capbern and Laurianne Beauvisage distinguish themself with rank 6 respectively in Sprint and Long distance.
Video (HD) girls and men Mass Start (relay)