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RIDERWOOD, MD — Orienteering USA (OUSA) is please to announce the formation of an elite bike team to represent the US in this summer’s 11th MTBO World Orienteering Championships, held in Rakvere, Estonia from August 26 – 31.

OUSA will name individuals to the OUSA 2013 MTBO team based on self-nomination and decisions by the OUSA 2013 MTBO Review Panel (Greg Lennon, Chair). We intend to potentially name qualified men and/or women to participate in the World Champs (elite; “ME” and “WE”) competition, and if there is an exceptional candidate, in the World Junior competition.

According to OUSA, the 2013 MTBO Review Panel recognizes that MTBO in the US is still at an early stage. Although MTBO events take place in the US, no nationally sanctioned events have taken place as of yet. However, based on the participation in last year’s MTBO World Championships by the US, this year’s OUSA budget does include a modest contribution towards MTBO team support. More importantly, there is clearly sufficient interest in the US orienteering community to support MTBO and to give motivated MTB-orienteers a chance to compete on a world stage.

OUSA asks any interested American Orienteering to consider applying to be named to the OUSA Elite MTBO team based on being at least 21 years of age and being a US citizen (with a passport), and meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Participation at an advanced level in MTBO events, nationally or internationally; please submit at least a URL to the event, map & course details and competitors results where possible;
  • Participation in and results from other bike related competitions and rankings, including but not limited to mountain bike (trail) races, cyclocross, adventure races including biking, and USA Cycling sanctioned races including MTB cross-country and Super D; USA Cycling license holders should indicate their racing categories;
    Membership and participation in bike-affiliated organizations such as USA Cycling, IMBA, and regional clubs and organizations;
  • Membership in Orienteering USA;
  • Familiarity with the IOF MTB Orienteering Competition rules 2010, and the International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps 2010;
  • Access to, via ownership or loan, a competition-quality 26 or 29 inch front or full suspension mountain bike, suitably equipped for the World Championships as outlined in the event bulletins, including puncture protection;
  • Photos and videos of particularly competitive races and rides, including headcam videos;
  • A level of physical fitness and body composition commensurate with elite performance;
  • An outline of a training plan for the period between May 1 – August 15 should you be named to the OUSA MTBO Team;
    Ability to attend either the training camp in June or August (see the race bulletin for details);
  • If known at this time, an indication of which races (Sprint, Middle, Long, Relay) are of highest interest for you to compete in;
  • Sufficient independent financial support to underwrite 50 – 100% of your competition, travel, equipment and related expenses.

OUSA is look forward to hearing from the American orienteering community in making the 2013 MTBO Team another success story. Nominations must be received by email to Greg Lennon before April 15, 2013 with full contact information (including telephone number(s)), and race resume (based on the requirements above).

OUSA Review Panel decisions will be final and there will be no appeal or grievance process. Team members will be notified and named as soon as possible, and accepted individuals will be required to sign an agreement with OUSA regarding several aspects of their participation in this program.