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RIDERWOOD, MDOrienteering USA’s (OUSA) MTBO Team Organizer/Chair Greg Lennon has just announced the USA MTBO Team for 2013 as follows:

“The MTBO Selection Committee is pleased to announce the Team that will be representing the USA at the 11th World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC) in Rakvere, Estonia this August 26 – 31.

The Team members are:
2013 Women’s MTBO Team

  • Sue Grandjean, CROC
  • Abra McNair, CROC
  • Susan Sherman, CROC

2013 Men’s MTBO Team

  • David Ashley, FLO
  • Joe Brautigam*, WCOC
  • Fletcher Hamel, OK
  • Tom Puzak, MNOC

Each team is composed of three individuals who will be the primary competitors for the US at WMTBOC. This year marks the first time that the US has sent both a Men’s and a Women’s team to the WMTBOC. Two of the three women named to this year’s Women’s team are veterans from last year’s Team USA.

This year, the MTBO Teams will benefit from having an “at-event”; Team Manager, Joe Brautigam, who will also serve as an Alternate. As both an orienteer and adventure racer, Joe has a distinguished record of accomplishment in both national and international races.

To supplement the partial support for competition and travel expenses provided by Orienteering USA, we hope that the United States orienteering community will support our Team by following their progress and through donations. Equally important to the development of mountain bike orienteering in the US is club support for local MTBO events, and our Team members look forward to working with clubs of all sizes to bring these about.

Starting this summer, the Team will be posting updates in a variety of forums, including the MTBO Team USA blog. Thank you for your past and continued support!”

Hopefully we will all get to learn more about this 2013 team, their journey to the World MTBO Championships, and how their involvement in American MTBO can help create more MTBO athletes to come!