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.
In just a few days, three American athletes will embark on a journey that will become a halmark event in American sports history. No, I'm not talking about the Olympics. I'm talking about the first mountain bike orienteering team to ever compete in Europe on behalf of Team United States of America!
Orienteering USA has announced that, for the first time in American history, Team USA will be fielding a Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) team to compete in the World Championships (WOC) to represent the US in this summer's 10th Annual MTBO World Orienteering Championships, held in Veszprem, Hungary from August 17 – 26, 2012!
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 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!