The 2009 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (MTBO WOC) was held last week in (and around) Ben Shemen Forest, Israel. To promote this annual event, event organizers produced an Event Website, a YouTube Channel, and hinted towards the ability to track racers live via the Web (although we never found the link to this feature). This is certainly a great leap forward for MTBO marketing and advertising.
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!
In the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO), it's no mystery that European teams dominate. But it is how they dominate that should be the focus for aspiring American MTBO athletes. For some time, many Individual and Team coaching techniques have utilized the same training methods as cross-country mountain bike racers. Repetitive technical work, intervals, endurance rides, and strength training have all been hallmarks of a good mountain bike training program.
Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) can consist of several styles of race formats that include three distinct categories: Competitive, Alternative, and Experimental. In this weeks MTBO America article, we'll cover the finer points of Competitive race formats.
Are Mountain Bikes really that big of threat to the American orienteering establishment? MTBO America was recently asked the following question from a racer in Utah: "Is the way forward [for mountain bike orienteering] to get already existing orienteering clubs to incorporate MTBO or do you think separate MTBO clubs need to be set up?"
Race organizers in the US have from time-to-time produced MTB Orienteering races. However, no organized effort has ever been attempted to bring MTB Orienteering into the forefront of American orienteering competitions. Additionally, there are no American MTBO teams represented in any World MTB Orienteering Championship events, there is no active effort to form a competitive process for creating MTBO teams for international competition, and even the US Orienteering Federation has yet to place any emphasis (or resources) on MTB Orienteering within the US. MTBO America hopes to change all that!