Info for Mountain Bike Orienteers

Mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) is, as the name suggests, an orienteering sport performed on mountain bikes. Unlike in foot orienteering, MTBO competitors aren't typically permitted to leave the trail and track network. This makes the navigational tactics in MTBO similar to those of ski orienteering, where the major focus is route choice while racing at high speed.

The sport attracts both orienteering and mountain bike enthusiasts. The most important orienteering skills needed are route choice and map memory. Extremely good bike handling and the ability to cope with steep slopes are an absolute must.

Mountain bike orienteering is the newest of the four orienteering disciplines administered by the International Orienteering Federation. It started in the late 1980s at club level in countries where mountain biking was a popular outdoor sport. By 1997, national championships were being organized 12 countries. As of 2009, the count was up to 58 countries. There is now an MTBO World Championships organized every year. At the 2012 event, in Veszprém, Hungary, there were national teams from 31 countries.

Organizing an Event

To learn about organizing an MTBO event, check the following links:

Videos

Orienteering AustraliaUsing SPORTident Active Card, Siegelbach, Germany
 Ingrid Stengård, Finland (Photo by Paula Lehtomäki)
Ingrid Stengård, Finland
(Photo by Paula Lehtomäki)
MTBO Map

Online Map Memory Training

The Catching Features web site has a Ski Orienteering Simulator that is beneficial as a map memory training aid for MTB orienteers.

Apply Now to be on the
2014 Orienteering USA
MTBO Team

Orienteering USA is pleased to announce the formation of an elite MTBO team to represent the United States in this summer's 12th World MTB Orienteering Championships, held in Białystok, Poland from August 24–31. Click here for more details.

Contact: Robert Buraczynski (rburaczynski [at] localnet [dot] com)last updated 28 March 2014