North American Mountain Biking

MTBO Course Design Tips

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!

OUSA Convention MTBO

The 2011 Orienteering USA Annual Convention, held as part of the Canal Cities Orienteering Festival (CCOF) in Rochester, New York, hosted what may be the first official Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) demonstration model event in convention history! The event called the "Mountain Bike O" was coordinated by Rochester Orienteering Club (ROC) member Sergey Dobretsov, and held just south of Rochester, NY, in Dryer Road Park on August 3rd, 2011.

USA WMOC 2018 Bid?

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.

MTBO is MTB Racing

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.