The 2011 Orienteering USA Annual Convention, held as part of the Canal Cities Orienteering Festival (CCOF) in Rochester, New York, hosted what may be the first official Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) demonstration model event in convention history! The event called the "Mountain Bike O" was coordinated by Rochester Orienteering Club (ROC) member Sergey Dobretsov, and held just south of Rochester, NY, in Dryer Road Park on August 3rd, 2011.
In the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO), it's no mystery that European teams dominate. But it is how they dominate that should be the focus for aspiring American MTBO athletes. For some time, many Individual and Team coaching techniques have utilized the same training methods as cross-country mountain bike racers. Repetitive technical work, intervals, endurance rides, and strength training have all been hallmarks of a good mountain bike training program.