Every time I travel to an international event I plan to give a few brief summaries/guides to encourage others follow my footsteps.
Below are a number of events/places that I have gone and competed in so far, France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Iceland.
I hope that the they inspire you to travel with your bow.
From the UK there are a number of choices to get to Nimes in the south of France. Covid has complicated this a little but you can fly to Nimes directly, Lyon and Marseille, there are other airports but I have not personally used them.
If you fly to Nimes directly, then you can get public transport or a Taxi to the place that you are staying. Uber works in Nimes
If you fly to Lyon, (Lyon Saint exupery) or Marseille Province Airport you have a few options, direct trains, buses, taxi or car hire. Personally I like trains, especially in France because they are comfortable and quick. Marseille train station requires a bus ride, you get the bus outside the airport terminal and it takes around 10 mins to get to the station. Sometimes you might need a connecting train.
Lyon, you need to take a few trains, one from outside the main airport terminal, The Rhone Express. This is a train which gets you into the centre of Lyon, the last stop takes you directly outside the main Lyon train station, Gare De Lyon Part Dieu. From Lyon train station you can get a TVG train to Nimes.
Use this link to get train times SNCF
Firstly, getting to the venue when you have arrived in Nimes, unpacked, had a coffee, look around etc is EASY!
The venue can be reached by bus and taxi very easily, it is 10 mins from the centre of the town and even in really bad French everyone knows it.
The venue is called the Le Parnesse, pronounce it the way it looks/sounds PARN ES SAY.
Address - 827 Chem. du Mas de Vignolles, 30900 Nîmes, France.
I personally get the bus, they are very good in Nimes, you can buy a ticket at the bus stop, scan it once the bus arrives and your on your way. There are bus stops outside the Parnesse. In fact if you get a bus from Marsaille Province airport the bus drops you off in front of the Parnesse.
It was not my best by any means, WA18, 498, 66 off my PB with 3 misses. The first miss was embarrassing enough, the 2nd I was still believing I could recover and after the 3rd miss, just making 500 points would be a struggle!
In the last end I needed 27 points to get 500......I bottled it!
Nimes brings its own pressure unlike the other competitions that I have competed in, its hard to describe and to be be honest just go to Nimes and compete, then you will understand.
Anyway, another few pounds for the charity.
I arrived in Berlin via Branden Burg Airport from London Luton, it takes around 1hr 45 mins.
From the airport I took a train from the platform T1 to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Berlin Hpf). This is the same way I got back to the airport after competing in the event, it costs 3.80 euros each way and takes around 25 mins. I quite like the trains, they have 2 levels so if you arrive in daylight you get a good view of entering Berlin if you sit on the 2nd level.
Once arriving at Berlin Hpf I used my Uber App to get to my hotel via a taxi. Uber works really well in Berlin, for a taxi, electric scooter or even a bicycle if your needing to do a bit of exercise.
I stayed at the Hotel Vita Berlin, the rooms are large, showers really good and breakfast adequate, staff really friendly and helpful.
From the Hotel Vita, the venue that was hosting the Berlin Open 2021 Archery, was an 8 minute Uber ride. The venue is very close to the Berlin Olympic Stadium, really easy to get to and it was called the Horst-Korber-Sportzentrum.
In my mind this event can be split into 3 parts, practice which can be booked, Qualification and the second chance competition that runs on the Sunday.
If you fail to qualify for the main knock out stages then you get to shoot at the second chance competition on Sunday, this is what actually happened to me.
I did not shoot well on the Friday, score 533 and the cut for knock out stages was around 560, then I did better in the second chance competition on the Sunday I ranked 11th out of 77 with a score of 137, 141 won it.
All in all the event was well run and it was a good experience, I will return next year and am sure will do better!
I also am very excited to announce that pending set up and performance I will be changing bows for the 2022 / 2023 season. Currently I am using Gillo GT & G1 risers but I would like to change to the Novaery Aestus Riser and Stabilisers.
Why? Simple really;
1. Made in Germany by really motivated people who are environmentally conscious.
2. The look and feel is fantastic, just have a look at the products on the Novaery website.
3. If anyone else is inspired to buy one of their products, risers/ stabilisers they will give a small donation to The Motor Neurone Association of Germany. No other manufacturer does this, even though I have asked!
4. Novaery carbon credentials and footprint is something they really care about. Other manufactures, Hoyt, Winn & Winn etc should take note.
Firstly, what a great place Iceland is to visit and shoot with Icelandic Archers.
In November 2021 I travelled to compete in the Icelandic Masters Indoor Championships. The event is very well run and to be honest very easy to attend.
From the UK to Iceland is about 2hrs 45mins on a plane, I fly from the London Luton Airport.
Landing in Iceland, Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport, about 45 mins away from Reykjavik City. I then easily took a Flybus that took me to my hotel, much cheaper than a Taxi. I just paid for the transfer after I landed, no need to book.
I spent 4 days in Iceland, in the main I was there to compete in the archery championships held at the Bogfimisetrid Archery Range in Reykjavik.
A very good range, brilliant set up with a number of lanes for beginners and advanced archers. Recurve, Compound, Barebow, Longbow the range can manage all types. There is also a good selection of archery equipment in the on site shop.
There are a few photo's below but in short these are the places I visited after the competition.
Fly Over Iceland (I loved this!)
(all located within a 5 minute walk of each other)
Thank you Iceland and the Archery Iceland
This was lots of fun....
When you enter one of these Masters events you get to meet a lot of people from all around the world who are there to compete but also enjoy themselves.
I drove from the UK to Torino, the drive alone was worth it, with a stop in Lyon, France on a very hot day, it was around 43 degrees!
Once arriving in the Italy, the World Masters Event was very well set up for all competitors and visitors. The organisation was second to non and all athletes knew exactly what was happening and when. Each athlete was given a welcome pack which contained, an identity ID, shirt, cap, map of Torino and details of their events.
Opening ceremony, parade through centre of Turin in Italy in 2019.
A mad German archery wave!!!!
World Archery European Masters - Torino - 2019
Great bunch of lads!
Within 6 months of starting archery I competed in the Masters, the event was located at the world archery head quarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was an eye opener to the world of archery and immediately motivated me to enter more events.
The venue, World Archery Headquarters is near Lausanne which sits on the side of lake Genera.
My archery as you can imagine was shocking! In doors was ok, but I had never shot 70 meters before. I had decided that I was going to use my indoor set up for outdoors, in theory if you know what you are doing this can work but I did not have a bloody clue. In the first session I failed to hit the target until the 32nd arrow! Looking back on it I can laugh, at the time I was not very happy, but with help from the Japanese team my second session went better. The Japanese team basically set my bow back up and instructed me to keep my bow arm up, this was amazing that complete strangers would help out a fellow archer.
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