Imagine if all Rogaine, Adventure Races, MTBO races, and Orienteering events could be all registered for using a centralized, well marketed and well-maintained Software-as-a-Service that OUSA had a stake in but didn't have to spend a ton of money running?
MTBO America asks the question is time for mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) to join the ranks of others sporting disciplines that have broken off from their negligent national sponsors by separating from Orienteering USA.
The Orienteering USA Executive Committee recently approved a proposal to potentially name several individuals to represent the US in this summer's 10th MTBO World Orienteering Championships, held in Veszprem, Hungary from August 17 – 26, 2012. OUSA will name individuals to the OUSA 2012 MTBO team based on self-nomination and decisions by the OUSA 2012 MTBO Review Panel.
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!
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 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.