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.