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!
It has been suggested that Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) is the same as Foot Orienteering with the exception of an added mountain bike for travel. We at MTBO America would like to challenge that notion. We think of MTB Orienteering more like a MOUNTAIN BIKE race that just so happens to have Orienteering! It is a subtle yet important difference that will drastically impact your race turnout. Mountain Bike Orienteering and Foot Orienteering seem to "at-a-glance" be similar. However, their cultures are very different. Just because you have the same essential mechanics does not make you alike. Are Baseball and Cricket alike? They both have bats, balls, and bases. Yet to ignore this difference is to alienate your potential participant and cause them to go elsewhere.