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.
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 cadre of Elite American MTBO Athletes needs to be the genesis of a new way to decide which MTBO athletes represent the United States of American in elite World-ranked MTBO competition. Here's a plan.
The United States of America Mountain Bike Orienteering Team (US MTBO Team) made their seventh attempt (since 2012) to make a statement at the 2018 World MTBO Championships in Waldviertel, Austria from August 5-13, 2018. It did not go well.
I looked at the 2018 WMTBOC Long Distance Event from an MTB Coaching point of view to see what I could observe about this event, its lessons learned, and how it could be used to teach future American MTBO riders about World-Ranked Long Distance MTBO competition strategies and tactics.
The effort to build mountain bike orienteering as an orienteering discipline is all but dead at the national level and not sending a team this year would be an acknowledgment that Orienteering USA's MTBO experiment has finally failed.