There is ONE saving grace for Orienteering USA's MTBO legacy this year: They are going to try a Juniors MTBO team. It could be the first positive thing for American MTBO to come out of OUSA in some time. Meanwhile, more of the same failed ideas being tried for the eighth time.
Juniors and Beginners are the future of the sport of MTBO. To expand the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering, every race director should include beginner courses in each of their MTBO events. Nicknamed "Brownie Events" by Australian MTBO racers, serious riders are known to get "brownie points" by bringing beginner riders to their events.
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!
As MTBO America finishes the final draft on our Bylaws, we've come to a disagreement regarding our views regarding the official recognition of the United States Orienteering Federation (USOF). Now we want to know you you think!