After three years of advocating for the advancement of Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) in the United States of America, MTBO America (www.mtbo.us) has given their popular blog a face lift with their new design developed by Trenchbucket (www.trenchbucket.com). The redesign of MTBO America features increased readability, social media icons, simplified categories, and better search functionality.
The United States Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) team consisting of Sue Grandjean, Rebecca Jensen, and Abra McNair are no longer three American women who happen to race in the World MTBO Championship: they are now the first Elite American MTBO Athletes... EVER!
The basic concepts behind Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) course design, for the most part, is focused on providing multiple route choices, hosting events at venues with challenging and diverse terrain, and building in navigational complexity. However, as you or your club begins to consider offering MTBO races, there are certain "gotchas" that should be considered when designing a course that are very different from the ones found in Foot Orienteering, and go beyond just the simple added challenge of having mountain bikes at your an event!
The question is simple: do we adapt, innovate, and start producing events that are spectator-friendly for the sake of growing orienteering? Or do we maintain the fundamental traditions, competitive formats, and culture of orienteering in order to preserve the legacy of a sport that has stayed relatively unchanged for almost a hundred years?
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.
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!