Twice in a single article (with only one paragraph) in which the lead-in sentence stated: “Team USA sent a strong contingent to this year’s World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships […]”.
That doesn’t seem to match the reality on the ground.
Then they finally mention it a third time in the 2018 Silva Award Winners write-up for Kathleen and Greg Lennon that stated about the couple: “Both Greg and Kathleen have been extensively involved in organizing and promoting the U.S. Mountain Bike Orienteering Team, including raising funds to support the team.”
If you’re not familiar with the Silva Award, it’s an award given every year for those who have demonstrated outstanding service to orienteering in the United States over the past five years.
Nothing like winning an award for “extensively” producing seven years of last place MTBO finishes.
But that is neither here nor there.
What about October?
Surely October would have been full of talk about changes to OUSA MTBO policy.
I mean, first off there have been almost two months to reflect on the lessons learned from the World MTBO Championships.
The US MTBO Team does do lessons learned reports, right?
Oh, my mistake!
That’s only teams from USAT, USAC, and USTAF.
Next, you have Greg and Kathleen Lennon, the extensive organizers and promoters of the US Mountain Bike Orienteering Team, winning The 2018 Orienteering USA Silva Service Award.
That HAS to have them talking about the future of MTBO in America, right?
Lennon just stepped down from the OUSA board of directors.
I guess that is the end of all his extensive organizing and promoting on behalf of MTBO.
What about the election of Susan Grandjean to the OUSA board of directors!
Grandjean is a founding member of the US MTBO, and one of the first Americans to race in the World MTBO Championships in 2012.
She’s been on every US MTBO Team since the beginning.
Certainly, Grandjean will be talking about the future of MTBO in OUSA, right?
One would have to think that the election of a real-life US MTBO Team Member to the OUSA board of directors means that OUSA is about to have a big shift in MTBO support.
Certainly, they talked about it BEFORE they sent an American team to the WORLD MTBO CHAMPIONSHIPS!
Wouldn’t that just make sense?
But if you thought that too, you would be wrong yet again.
MTBO appears to be absent from all the meeting minutes for all of 2018.
This is when it dawned on me.
Looking at the lack of MTBO in all the OUSA documents the answer was clear as could be: If the OUSA board of directors is not talking about MTBO, then it’s not a priority.
Therefore, if it is not a priority, then it is not part of the OUSA strategy.
Meaning if it is not part of their strategy, then I can say — with absolute certainty — that Orienteering USA does not have a vested organizational or promotional interest in growing the sport of mountain bike orienteering.
I wanted to be wrong, but the evidence is all there.