US MTBO Recruitment? Once More, With Feeling!

After years of a process that does not work, what’s Orienteering USA to do about their process for recruiting another US MTBO Team?

That’s right!


Oh, boy!

I’m sure this time around, it will be different!

But wait — there is a small asterisk to this year’s recruitment drive: The possible formation of a US Junior MTBO Team for the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (JWMTBOC).


This could be the ONE saving grace for Orienteering USA’s MTBO legacy. A Juniors MTBO team would be the first positive thing for American MTBO to come out of OUSA in some time.

Will it work?

It’s too early to tell, but unless there is some commitment to hold MTBO events in the United States in the coming years, the only exposure these Junior MTBO athletes will have will be World-Ranked Events. Not exactly the best way to train but a good step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, the Elite Team will be selected based on the same old tired selection process that has brought us that same-old-same-old for the past seven years.

Who knows? Maybe this year will be different! But isn’t that the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing year after year but expecting a different result?

Meanwhile, if you want to throw your hat into the ring and instantly become a World-Class MTBO Athlete (by just showing up) then here is Orienteering USA’s Call for WMTBOC Team Applications announcement posted in their February 2019 newsletter:

Orienteering USA is pleased to announce the formation of an Elite and Junior Team to represent the U.S. in this summer’s World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC) and Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (JWMTBOC) that will be held in Viborg, Denmark, from July 26 – August 4 2019. All competition details, including rules, may be viewed here.

We will name individuals to the OUSA 2019 MTBO Elite and Junior team based on self-nomination, and decisions will be named by the 2019 Review Panel.

To apply for the OUSA Elite and Junior MTBO Team, you must be a U.S. citizen and a member of Orienteering USA. Please send your letter of interest including your orienteering and/or mountain biking experiences to Susan Grandjean, by April 1st 2019. Please include your date of birth as well as your full contact information. Team members will be notified and named as soon as possible; accepted individuals will need to sign an agreement with OUSA regarding their participation.

We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any questions about MTBO and logistics of competition prior to applying, please contact Susan Grandjean.

Good Luck! – MTBO Team ESC (Susan Grandjean, Greg Lennon, Dave Swanson)

Reminds me of that saying:

“Those that can’t do teach. Those that can’t teach, teach PE.”