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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.