This year will mark the 10th World Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) Championships (WMOC) in which World Ranked MTBO athletes complete for gold, silver, and bronze medals during a 2-week-long event in Veszprem, Hungary from August 18-26, 2012. It will also mark another year without a serious United States MTBO Team presence. Whatever the reason, we think it is time the United States – the country that INVENTED mountain bike racing – ceased being absent from the World MTBO Championships and finally sent a competitive MTBO team to chew some dirt, kick some hardtail, and put USA on the MTBO map!
This year marks the 3rd anniversary of MTBO America and we can honestly say we have seen some great progress in the growth of mountain bike orienteering across the country! In just three short years, we helped put MTBO on the map, started the ball rolling by getting orienteering clubs involved in racing, and even found ourselves working with Orienteering USA to begin building the foundation needed to sustain national-level MTBO events. But we are not finished – not be a long shot!
The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) Council -- the final authority on all European MTBO competition rules -- has approved new Competition Rules for IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Events effect January 1st, 2010, and replaced the July 2008 version. These rules cover the World MTB Orienteering Championships, World Cup, Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships, World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships, Regional MTB Orienteering Championships, and IOF World Ranking Events in MTB Orienteering. MTBO America shows you what's changed and why you should (or should not) care!
The European Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (EC MTBO or EOC) -- A Regional Championship Event -- are set to have the world's best MTBO athletes face off in Hillerød, Denmark this week. Elite MTBO racers from 23 nations, including two (2) world-class athletes from Australia, Anthony Darr and Alex Randall, will participate in events from June 23-27, 2009.
The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is looking for organizers of WRE, World Cup, EOC/WMOC, and WOC events for 2010 and beyond. Every wonder what it costs a MTBO Event Organizer to get their race sanctioned by the IOF? Neither did we until we started trolling the various documents on the IOF website!