Editorials

Posts exploring MTBO topics.

Jackson’s Ascension Continues

Adrian Jackson is kicking ass and taking names at the 2010 WOC! Maybe it's the ascent, maybe it's because we have a soft place in our heart’s for Australia, or maybe its because we feel Australia always gets the shaft in MTBO reporting, but regardless we found the untold story of this year’s World MTB Orienteering Championships to be the continuing ascension of Australia’s top MTBO athlete (and our favorite), Adrian Jackson (AUS). Jackson, with another career best with 3 more WOC Medals (1-Gold, 2-Silver), put Australia in 3rd Place overall with his wins alone.

New Competition Rules for 2010

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Council -- the final authority on all European MTBO competition rules -- has approved new Competition Rules for IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Events effect January 1st, 2010, and replaced the July 2008 version. These rules cover the World MTB Orienteering Championships, World Cup, Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships, World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships, Regional MTB Orienteering Championships, and IOF World Ranking Events in MTB Orienteering. MTBO America shows you what's changed and why you should (or should not) care!

Double Gold for Adrian Jackson (AUS)

Adrian Jackson (AUS) won double Gold Medals last week in both the Sprint and Long Distance events, making him the only athlete, and Australia the only country, to win two gold medals at the 2009 MTBO World Championships. At the beginning of the MTBO Worlds event on August 11th in Ben Sheman, Israel, Jackson found himself trailing during the Middle Distance final that made him the Middle Distance World Champion last year.

MTBO Worlds Tech Overview

The 2009 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (MTBO WOC) was held last week in (and around) Ben Shemen Forest, Israel. To promote this annual event, event organizers produced an Event Website, a YouTube Channel, and hinted towards the ability to track racers live via the Web (although we never found the link to this feature). This is certainly a great leap forward for MTBO marketing and advertising.

Australian Athletes Denied EOC Titles

The European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (EC MTBO or EOC) -- A Regional Championship Event -- are set to have the world's best MTBO athletes face off in Hillerød, Denmark this week. Elite MTBO racers from 23 nations, including two (2) world-class athletes from Australia, Anthony Darr and Alex Randall, will participate in events from June 23-27, 2009.

The Cost of Sanctions

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is looking for organizers of WRE, World Cup, EOC/WMOC, and WOC events for 2010 and beyond. Every wonder what it costs a MTBO Event Organizer to get their race sanctioned by the IOF? Neither did we until we started trolling the various documents on the IOF website!

Recognizing the USOF?

As MTBO America finishes the final draft on our Bylaws, we've come to a disagreement regarding our views regarding the official recognition of the United States Orienteering Federation (USOF). Now we want to know you you think!

The Way Forward for American MTBO

Are Mountain Bikes really that big of threat to the American orienteering establishment? MTBO America was recently asked the following question from a racer in Utah: "Is the way forward [for mountain bike orienteering] to get already existing orienteering clubs to incorporate MTBO or do you think separate MTBO clubs need to be set up?"

Welcome to MTBO America

Race organizers in the US have from time-to-time produced MTB Orienteering races. However, no organized effort has ever been attempted to bring MTB Orienteering into the forefront of American orienteering competitions. Additionally, there are no American MTBO teams represented in any World MTB Orienteering Championship events, there is no active effort to form a competitive process for creating MTBO teams for international competition, and even the US Orienteering Federation has yet to place any emphasis (or resources) on MTB Orienteering within the US. MTBO America hopes to change all that!