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!
At the 2011 Orienteering USA (O-USA) Annual Convention in Rochester, New York, Peter Goodwin, O-USA Vice-President for Competition presented a session that asked the question: Does the USA Bid to Host WOC in 2018? From the conventions own bulletin, the opportunity to host the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in 2018 was presented to Orienteering USA by Denmark, with pros and cons discussed by the convention attendees.
The long distance mass start race of the MTB Orienteering World Cup in Sweden became a challenge for both [organizers] and competitors. Just minutes before the start of the race the [organizers] noticed a problem with the maps. They decided to postpone the men’s start in order to guarantee a fair competition for everyone.
Adrian Jackson (AUS) won double Gold Medals last week in both the Sprint and Long Distance events, making him the only athlete, and Australia the only country, to win two gold medals at the 2009 MTBO World Championships. At the beginning of the MTBO Worlds event on August 11th in Ben Sheman, Israel, Jackson found himself trailing during the Middle Distance final that made him the Middle Distance World Champion last year.