Mountain Bike News from the IOF

Emily Benham, GBR (Photo: benhamkvale.com)

September 1, 2014
Mountain Bike Orienteer Named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Emily Benham, mountain bike orienteer from Great Britain, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for September 2014. She was last honored in this way in April 2011.

August 30, 2014
MTBO World Cup: Overall Victories for Benham and Foliforov

     On the top rung of the ladder at the end of an exciting World Cup season are Emily Benham, Great Britain and Anton Foliforov, Russia. Overall victory is by 15 points for Emily and 77 points for Anton.

August 30, 2014
WMTBOC Relay: Gold for Russia and Estonia

     Neither team was top favourite for victory today, but it was Russia first to the finish in the women's relay and Estonia in the men's. Finland took the silver medals n both races, and bronze medallists were Czech Republic (women) and France.

August 29, 2014
Russian Double in MTBO Long Distance

     Gold medallists in the World MTB Orienteering Championships Long Distance race in Supraśl, Poland today were the Russian riders Olga Vinogradova and Anton Foliforov. The bronze medal went to Denmark in the women's race and France had two top-six placings in the men's.

August 27, 2014
Middle Distance MTBO Golds to Sweden and Russia

     New World Champions at Middle Distance in MTB Orienteering are Cecilia Thomasson, Sweden and Ruslan Gritsan, Russia after today's race on hilly and varied terrain at Jurowce in Poland.

August 26, 2014
World MTB Orienteering Championships: Double Gold in Men's Sprint

     Hans Jørgen Kvåle, Norway and Anton Foliforov, Russia both clocked the fastest time in the men's Sprint today, 21.46. The women's gold medal was won by Marika Hara, Finland.

August 25, 2014
World MTB Orienteering Championships: Russia Wins Mixed Sprint Relay

     The first event in this year's MTBO Championships in Poland was a non-medal race – a mixed sprint relay, won by Russia by a convincing margin of 1 minute and 15 seconds over France.

August 21, 2014
Season Climax for MTBO This Coming Week

     Mountain bike orienteers of all ages - Juniors and Masters as well as the Elite - will gather in Poland this weekend to take part in the annual World Championships. The European Youth Championships will also be held here. Around 30 nations in all will be represented.

August 18, 2014
MTBO Event Advisers Clinic to be Organised in Prague

     The IOF MTB Orienteering and Rules Commissions will be organising an IOF Event Advisers' and Organisers' Clinic in Prague, Czech Republic, during the weekend of 18-19 October 2014.
InvitationEntry Form

August 18, 2014
MTBO WRE Application Form Available

     The application form for season 2015 MTB Orienteering World Ranking Events has been published. All national federations have the possibility to apply to host two MTBO World Ranking Events to be organized during season 2015.

August 4, 2014
Emily Benham Appointed as the Newest Member of the MTBO Athletes' Commission

     Current Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup leader, Emily Benham (GBR), has been appointed member of the IOF MTB Orienteering Athletes' Commission.

July 21, 2014
MTB Orienteering World Cup standings - Benham and Foliforov Lead

     The second round of the MTB Orienteering World Cup is now over, and the final round points will be awarded based on the results in the MTB Orienteering World Championships in Poland in late August. In the women's standings, Emily Benham (Great Britain) has a handy lead after her 3 successive wiins in the second round. The Finnish riders Marika Hara and Ingrid Stengård are the closest contenders for the lead, respectively 45 and 80 points down on Benham. Anton Foliforov (Russia) holds a slender lead in the men's competition, courtesy of two victories in the second round. Both Pekka Niemi, Finland (4 points down) and Lauri Malsroos, Estonia (8 down) are in close contention for overall victory.

July 20, 2014
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Clean Sweep for Benham

     Three races, three victories: that is Emily Benham's haul from this weekend's World Cup races in Skåne, Sweden. The Great Britain rider has proved herself to be master of all three formats - Sprint, Middle and Long. Russia's Anton Foliforov had a second win in the Long Distance race today - he also won the Middle race.

July 19, 2014
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Second Win for Emily Benham

     Great Britain rider Emily Benham is on a roll! Today she won a World Cup race for the second day in succession, this time the Sprint by the close margin of 3 seconds. Lauri Malsroos, Estonia was the winner of the men's race with a 30-second lead.

July 18, 2014
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Middle Distance Wins for Benham and Foliforov

     The second round of this year's MTBO World Cup is being held as part of the O-Ringen event in Skåne, Sweden. Athletes from 22 nations are taking part. The first races over Middle distance were won by Emily Benham, Great Britain and Anton Foliforov, Russia.

July 12, 2014
MTB Orienteering World Cup Programme 2016

     IOF Council has decided on the IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup programme for 2016.

July 10, 2014
Lithuania to Organize WMBTOC in 2017

     The IOF General Assembly appointed Lithuania as organiser of the World MTB Orienteering Championships in 2017; the Event Centre will be Vilnius.

May 23, 2014
New MTBO World Ranking Rules Published

     The IOF World Ranking Scheme Rules valid from 1 January 2014 have now been supplemented with details regarding MTB Orienteering World Ranking Events. To view the document, please click here.

May 18, 2014
MTBO World Cup: Favourites Win Mixed Relay

     Finland's first team, favourites to win the mixed relay, came into the finish today in the anticipated first place with a good margin down to second-placed France. Czech Republic took third position.

May 18, 2014
Long Distance Race Ended in Sprint Finish

     Long distance with mass start, the second event in this year's MTB Orienteering World Cup, was exciting from the start to the finish.

May 16, 2014
Hara and Foliforov Strongest at World Cup Opening

     Mountain bike orienteering World Cup kicked off today in North Zealand, Denmark, with a sprint race.

May 15, 2014
Junior World Championships Now World Ranking Events

     Since the IOF renewed its World Ranking rules for all disciplines, all Junior World Championships A finals also count for the World Ranking.

May 15, 2014
Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup Kicks Off in Denmark

     World Cup in Mountain Bike Orienteering begins with Sprint on Friday 16 May in North Zealand, Denmark. On Saturday, long distance with mass start takes place, and on Sunday mixed relay.

Susanna Laurila, FIN (Photo: Joaquim Margarido)

May 1, 2014
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Susanna Laurila, mountain bike orienteer from Finland, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for May 2014.

April 28, 2014
MTB Orienteering World Ranking Now Online

     The new IOF World Ranking Site now also shows the Mountain Bike Orienteering World Ranking and World Cup.

April 4, 2014
Procedure for WMTBOC Long Distance Start Slot Allocation Published

     The IOF Council has in the recent Helsinki meeting decided to approve the revised procedure for allocating World MTB Orienteering Championships Long distance start slots. The new allocation procedure will be implemented already at the World MTB Orienteering Championship 2014 in Bialystok, Poland. The full description of the procedure can be downloaded here.

March 13, 2014
The First Ever EYMTBOC to be Held in Portugal

     The European Working Group (EWG) has appointed Portugal as the organiser of the first ever European Youth MTB Orienteering Championships (EYMTBOC) in 2015.

February 6, 2014
WMTBOC Long Distance Qualification System Under Revision

     The IOF is currently revising the qualification system for the World MTB Orienteering Championship Long distance final. The main motivation for the revision is that the old system does not allow the flexibility to allocate start slots to quickly developing overseas nations that are unable to take part in the World Championships every year. For more details regarding the proposed model, please see the full description. National federations are asked to submit comments on the proposed system by February 23, 2014.

February 5, 2014
Provisional Approval for Emit Touch Free Punching System in MTBO

     The IOF Council has decided to grant provisional approval for the use of Emit Touch Free Punching System in MTB Orienteering World Ranking Events. The provisional approval will expire in two years and it is possible for Emit to seek final approval for World Ranking Event level after a minimum of one year period.

January 28, 2014
Several Applications to Host IOF Major Events

     The IOF has received several major event applications for the 1 January 2014 deadline. ... There was exceptional interest to organise MTB Orienteering World Cup this time with a total of four bids for season 2016; applications were received from France, Lithuania, Poland, and Finland. Lithuania also applied to host the World MTB Orienteering Championships and Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships 2017. Another application for WMTBOC and JWMTBOC 2017 was filed by Russia.

January 21, 2014
IOF MTBO Event Advisers Clinic in Bornholm, Denmark

     The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission will be organising an IOF Event Advisers' and Organisers' Clinic in Bornholm, Denmark during 13-14 April 2014, in conjunction with the Danish MTBO Camp.
Invitation / Entry Form

Olga Vinogradova, RUS

December 2, 2013
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Olga Vinogradova, mountain bike orienteer from Russia, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for December 2013.

November 22, 2013
MTBO World Ranking Event Calendar 2014 Published

     The calendar of MTB Orienteering World Ranking Events to be organised in the year 2014 is now available.

November 11, 2013
Applications Invited for IOF foot, MTB, and Trail Orienteering Events 2016-2018

     The IOF invites all member federations to submit applications to organise IOF foot, MTB, and trail orienteering events in the years 2016-2018. The applications must reach the IOF Office by 1 January 2014.

MTB Orienteering:
• MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016
• World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2016
• World MTB Orienteering Championships and Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships 2017

November 5, 2013
Provisional Approval for SportIdent Air+ Punching System

     The IOF has decided to provisionally approve the use of SportIdent Air+ punching system at foot, MTB, and ski orienteering World Ranking Events.

October 31, 2013
New Competition Rules Published

     New editions of the IOF Competition Rules for all four disciplines are now available. The new rules for ski orienteering will be valid from 1 December 2013 while the rules for foot, MTB, and trail orienteering will be valid from 1 January 2014.

October 19, 2013
MTB Orienteering Organisers Appointed

     The Council has appointed Portugal organiser of World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships and Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2016, and World Masters Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2015. World Cup organisers for 2015 are Portugal and Hungary.

October 13, 2013
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Czech Republic Wins Mixed Relay, Finland Takes Overall Crown

     The Czech Republic was a convincing winner of the final race in the 2013 World Cup - a mixed relay for teams of three riders in semi-urban terrain. Last leg rider Kryštof Bogar came to the finish 3.54 ahead of the second-placed team, Russia. Finland, with a team placed third in the race today, takes victory in the overall standings.

October 12, 2013
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Overall Wins for Hara and Foliforov

     Today's Long distance race was the last individual race in the World Cup calendar, and it was a success day in particular for Anton Foliforov, Russia and Marika Hara, Finland, both of whom did well enough today to claim overall victory, even though neither of them was victorious on the day.

October 11, 2013
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Russian Double in Middle Race

     Olga Vinogradova and Anton Foliforov from Russia were the winners of today's Middle distance race in the final round of the MTBO World Cup on a warm and sunny day at Grândola in south-west Portugal.

October 10, 2013
Mountain Bike Elite Gather in Portugal

     The third and final round of the MTB Orienteering World Cup takes place this weekend in the Alentejana Region in the south-west of Portugal. Riders from 19 nations will compete in Middle and Long distance individual races and a mixed relay. The World Masters Championships will also be held here.

September 10, 2013
IOF MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' Clinic in Portugal in October

     The IOF MTB Orienteering and Rules Commissions will be organising an IOF MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' and Organisers' Clinic in Grândola, Portugal, in conjuntion with MTB Orienteering World Cup and World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2013.

September 2, 2013
MTB Orienteering World Cup Standings: Thomasson and Erm Hold Narrow Leads

     With one round to go in the MTB Orienteering World Cup, the final outcome is very open in both women's and men's classes. Following last week's World Championships, Cecilia Thomasson, Sweden leads the women's standings and Tõnis Erm, Estonia the men's.

August 31, 2013
World MTB Orienteering Championships: Long Distance Titles to inland and Czech Republic

     Marika Hara, Finland won her third gold medal in successive races today, taking the Long distance title with a ride 2 minutes 53 seconds faster than her compatriot Susanna Laurila. The young Czech Krystof Bogar, riding in his first senior World Championships, won the men's race by more than 3 minutes with Samuli Saarela, Finland in the silver medal position. Cedric Beill, France ended the week with 4 gold medals in the Junior Championships.

August 30, 2013
World MTB Orienteering Championships: Czech Republic's First-ever Relay Victory

     The always-strong Czech Republic team at last achieved a first-ever World Championship Relay victory today, taking the men's title ahead of Finland and Estonia with Russia in 4th place. The strong favourites for the women's title, Finland, won comfortably in the end but got into the lead only on the last leg.

August 28, 2013
World MTB Orienteering Championships: Second Gold for Tõnis Erm

     Home rider Tõnis Erm has clearly hit top form at just the right time; today he won his second gold medal in two days, winning the Middle distance race at Mõedaka in Estonia by 5 seconds. The very experienced Marika Hara, Finland, second in the IOF World Rankings before these Championships, took the women's title.

August 27, 2013
World MTBO Championships: Home Victory in Men's Sprint

     Tõnis Erm was a popular winner of the first race of the championships, the sprint, held in Estonia today. His compatriot Lauri Malsroos also excelled himself by gaining the silver medal. Cecilia Thomasson, Sweden, won her first World Championships gold - she won the European Championships Long distance race earlier in the season.

August 23, 2013
Mountain Bike Orienteers Head for Estonia

     The World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships at both senior and junior level take place this coming week in Estonia. 261 athletes from 26 nations will be taking part in the three individual races and the relay. Furthest travellers are from Australia, Japan and USA.

Cecilia Thomasson, SWE (Photo: Magnus Wallenborg)

August 8, 2013
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Cecilia Thomasson, mountain bike orienteer from Sweden, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for August 2013.

June 22, 2013
European MTBO Championships: Mixed Sprint Relay Win for Finland

     The final race of the European Championships in Poland, the mixed sprint relay, ended in a comfortable victory for the Finnish team of Marika Hara and Jussi Laurila. Russia took the silver medals and Switzerland the bronze.

June 21, 2013
European MTBO Championships, Long race: Six Medals, Six Different Nations

     The mass start Long distance race today ended with victories for Cecilia Thomasson, Sweden; and Jussi Laurila, Finland. This was Laurila's second gold medal of the Championships, whilst Thomasson had won a silver medal earlier in the week. The six medals were shared between six different nations.

June 20, 2013
European MTBO Championships: Marika Hara Supreme in Sprint

     The very experienced Finnish rider Marika Hara took victory in the re-run women's urban sprint today by the very impressive margin of 2 minutes and 24 seconds. The silver medal went to Switzerland, their first medal of the Championships.

June 19, 2013
European MTBO Championships: Favourites Finland Win Relays

     The Finnish teams, with both men and women favourites to win their respective classes, held their form in the forests around Zamosc, Poland, today and ran out comfortable winners over Russia and the Czech Republic (men) and Russia and Slovakia (women).

June 18, 2013
European MTBO Championships: Middle Golds for Great Britain and Russia

     It was first-time gold medals at this level of competition for both of today's winners: Emily Benham from Great Britain, IOF World Ranked number 9, and Valeriy Glukhov from Russia who is 11th in the rankings. Both had quite convincing victories over their nearest rivals.

June 17, 2013
European MTBO Championships: Finnish Victory in Urban Sprint

     Jussi Laurila ensured the best possible start for the strong Finnish team in the first race of the European Championships in Poland today, taking the men's gold medal in the urban sprint.

June 13, 2013
Mountain Bike Orienteering Stars Head for Poland

     The best mountain bike orienteers in Europe, 64 men and 47 women from 20 different nations, are converging on Poland for the European Championships, the first round of this year's World Cup, which starts on Monday.

June 5, 2013
World MTB Orienteering Championships 2013 Long Distance Start Slots Published

     Start slots for the World MTB Orienteering Championships 2013 long distance final have now been allocated. To view the start slots per federation, please see this document.

For the United States, 1 slot has been allocated for the men and 3 slots have been allocated for the women.

May 3, 2013
Evaluation of the 2012 Major MTBO IOF Events

     The IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Commission asked athletes and coaches to evaluate major IOF events in 2012. You find the summary of the evaluation here.

April 26, 2013
IOF MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' Clinic at O-Ringen 2013

     The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission will be organising a MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' and Organisers' Clinic in conjuntion with O-Ringen in Boden, Sweden, on 24 July 2013. The purpose of the clinic is to educate and recruit new IOF licensed MTB Orienteering Event Advisers and organisers. National orienteering federations are asked to identify and enter suitable candidates by 1 July 2013.
     Invitation / Entry Form

Davide Machado, POR (Photo: J. Jankowska)

April 1, 2013
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Davide Machado, mountain bike orienteer from Portugal, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for April 2013.

March 12, 2013
Change in IOF MTBO World Ranking Specification

     The IOF has made a decision to reduce the number of scores used to calculate the MTB Orienteering World Ranking overall scores. The new specification can be downloaded from this link.

January 23, 2013
Special Rules for MTBO World Cup and WMMTBOC 2014

     Special Rules for MTB Orienteering World Cup and World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2014 have been published. For further details, please download the documents here.

January 22, 2013
Marek Pospisek Named New Member of the MTBO Athletes' Commission

     The IOF MTB Orienteering Athletes' Commission has appointed Marek Pospisek, Czech Republic, as their newest member.

January 20, 2013
Qualification Models for MTB Orienteering Long Distance

     The IOF Council has now decided on the qualification model for the long distance event at the World MTB Orienteering Championships. The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission revised their proposal on the model after discussing the results from the hearing with the national federations, and the revised proposal was approved by the Council.
     To view the model for allocating start slots, please click on the link: Allocating Start Slots for WMTBOC Long Distance Competitions.
     This model will already be used for this year's long distance race at the World Championships in Estonia.

January 16, 2013
Portugal Applies for Championships

     Portugal submitted applications to the IOF to host the 2015 European MTB Orienteering Championships in Idanha-a-Nova and to host the 2016 World and Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships in Aveiro and Coimbra.

January 14, 2013
Responses to the Proposed WMTBOC Long Distance Start Slot Allocation Model

     The IOF Council decided in its October meeting to remove the Long distance qualification event from the World MTB Orienteering Championships programme and to replace it by an allocation of start slots to federations. National federations have now presented their comments to the IOF MTB Orienteering Commission's initial proposal for a new allocation model. Click here for a copy of the responses.

December 14, 2012
Proposed System for Allocating WMTBOC Long Distance Start Slots

     The IOF Council decided in its October meeting to remove the Long distance qualification event from the World MTB Orienteering Championships programme and to replace it by an allocation of start slots to federations. The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission has now prepared a model proposal for the allocation of start slots. The proposal has been sent to all national federations for hearing. Click here for a copy of the procedure.

October 25, 2012
No Long Qualification Race at the World MTB Orienteering Championships

     The IOF Council approved in its recent meeting a the change to the rules regarding the long distance event at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships. According to the new rules, valid from January 1, 2013, there will no longer be a qualification race for the long distance in the World Championships.

October 15, 2012
New Competition Rules Published

     The IOF Council has approved new Competition Rules for foot, MTB, and trail orienteering events valid from 1 January 2013. A list of significant changes to the previous version can be found on the last page of each document. Click here for a list of relevant links.

October 8, 2012
Inside Orienteering

     The October 2012 issue of Inside Orienteering features an article on pages 4 and 5 entitled, "When the mountain bike orienteering masters met the elite" by Anna Jacobson. In it, she gives an interesting perspective of how the World Masters Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships was held in Veszprém, Hungary, in conjunction with the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships and the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.

October 6, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup 2014 Programme Decided

     The IOF Council has approved the programme for the Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup 2014.

October 6, 2012
World MTB Orienteering Championships 2015 Organiser Appointed

     At its meeting in Rome, Italy, the IOF Council appointed the Czech Republic organiser for the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2015.

Tõnis Erm, EST

October 1, 2012
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Tõnis Erm, mountain bike orienteer from Estonia, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for October 2012.

September 23, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Finland Wins Final Relay

     Finland was the hot favourite for victory today in the final Relay of the World Cup series, and duly obliged with a win by 2:32 over the Czech Republic. Finland displayed strength in depth with three teams in the first four, and Russia was the third nation to finish. Finland - Czech Republic - Russia is also the order of teams in the final Relay standings.

September 22, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Overall Victories for Hara and Laurila

     In the final World Cup standings, Marika Hara and Jussi Laurila of Finland have the highest points scores by big margins - 85 for Hara and 52 for Laurila.

September 22, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup Final: Finnish Riders End Season in Style

     The two Finnish leaders in the World Cup standings, Marika Hara and Jussi Laurila, were the winners of the final individual races, over Long Distance, in the World Cup in Estonia today.

September 21, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup Final: Home Terrain Victory for Tonis Erm

     Today's Sprint Final provided success for home athlete Tonis Erm, who achieved his best-ever result in World Cup competition, and for pre-race favourite Marika Hara, Finland, who enhanced her position at the top of the women's World Cup standings.

September 20, 2012
MTBO World Cup Final in Estonia This Weekend

     Estonia hosts three races this weekend - individual Sprint and Long Distance and a Mixed Relay - to complete this year's World Cup programme.

August 25, 2012
World MTBO Championships: Four Long Distance Medals for Finland

     Finnish riders won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals in today's Long distance final, the last race of the Championships. Susanna Laurila, who brought the Finnish women's team in to first place in the Relay yesterday, was the gold medal winner. The very experienced Ruslan Gritsan, Russia, took the men's gold.

August 24, 2012
World MTBO Championships Relay: Double Gold for Finland

     It was gold all round for Finland's MTBO teams today. The women's team finished more than 2 minutes ahead of Switzerland, whilst the men had a narrower victory - 43 seconds faster than Russia. Silver medals went to Switzerland and Russia, and bronze to Slovakia and Austria.

August 22, 2012
World MTBO Championships: Finnish Success at Middle Distance

     Finland took three medals in today's Middle distance race, including a gold medal for IOF World Rankings leader Samuli Saarela. Ursina Jäggi, Switzerland' was the surprise winner of the women's race by almost a minute.

August 21, 2012
World MTBO Championships: Sprint Golds for Schaffner and Breitschädel

     Christine Schaffner, Switzerland, and Tobias Breitschädel, Austria, are the first gold medallists at this year's championships in Veszprém, Hungary. Schaffner won today's Sprint by 22 seconds whilst Breitschädel's victory was by just 2 seconds.

August 20, 2012
Hungary Hosts World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships

     Mountain bike orienteers from 28 nations have gathered in Veszprém, a town 12 km NW of Lake Balaton in Hungary, for the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC), with the first competition, the Long qualification, taking place today. One hundred men and 72 women riders have taken part in today's races.

Marika Hara, FIN (Photo: Paula Lehtomäki)

August 1, 2012
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Marika Hara, mountain bike orienteer from Finland, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for August 2012.

June 4, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Hara and Laurila Head Standings

     At the end of the second round of the 2012 World Cup, Marika Hara and Jussi Laurila, both Finnish riders, head the World Cup standings. Marika Hara's consistent performances throughout the season so far have given her a massive 65-point lead in the women's standings.

June 3, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Finnish Riders Dominate Long Distance

     Finnish riders took the first three places in the women's Long Distance race and first place in the men's in Poland today.

June 2, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Double Russian Victory at Middle Distance

     Russians Ksenia Chernykh and Anton Foliforov took their first World Cup victories of the season in the Middle distance race in Poland today. Chernykh won by an impressive 51 seconds over yesterday's winner and World Cup standings leader Marika Hara, Finland.

June 1, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Marika Hara Wins Again

     Today's Sprint races in the urban and forested outskirts and narrow central streets of Duszniki-Zdrój, Poland, were won by Marika Hara, Finland - her second individual victory in this year's World Cup - and Luca Dallavalle, Italy, who was placed second in the World Cup standings before today.

May 29, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Poland Hosts Second Round

     The best mountain bike orienteers from 18 nations gather in southwest Poland for the second round of the 2012 World Cup this week.

May 8, 2012
MTB Orienteering Event Evaluation Form Published

     The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission has published an online Event Evaluation Form to collect feedback on IOF MTB Orienteering World Cup and World Championships events.
     Event Application Forms
     Organisers' Guidelines
     Report Templates
     Evaluation of MTB Orienteering Events 2012
          Feedback Form: MTBO World Cup - CZE - May 2012
          Feedback Form: MTBO World Cup - POL - June 2012
          Feedback Form: WMTBOC - HUN - Aug 2012
          Feedback Form: MTBO World Cup - EST - Sep 2012

May 7, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Finland Wins Mixed Relay

     Victory in the mixed relay - teams of three, at least one woman - went as anticipated to Finland's star team of Marika Hara, Samuli Saarela, and Samuel Pökälä. Second place went to the Czech Republic and third place to Switzerland.

May 6, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Double Schaffner Victory

     Switzerland's Christine Schaffner, four times a MTBO World Champion, won today's Middle Distance race in the World Cup by 25 seconds over yesterday's winner Marika Hara, Finland. It was quite a day for the Schaffner family: husband Beat also took victory in the men's race, winning by 19 seconds.

May 5, 2012
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Triumph for Samuel Pökälä

     Samuel Pökälä, Finland, had the race of his life today. In his third season in elite MTB orienteering, IOF World Ranked number 33 before today, he was the fastest throughout the first World Cup race of this year and won by 2 minutes 22.5 seconds over World Champion Samuli Saarela. Finland had a double triumph with Marika Hara winning the women's race.

May 2, 2012
2012 MTB Orienteering World Cup starts on Saturday

     The world's elite mountain bike orienteers meet for IOF competition on May 5-7, 2012, when the first round of the World Cup will be held in the Prague region of the Czech Republic.

Tobias Breitschädel, AUT (Photo: IOF Photo Gallery)

May 1, 2012
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Tobias Breitschädel, mountain bike orienteer from Austria, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for May 2012.

April 23, 2012
Inside Orienteering

     The April 2012 issue of Inside Orienteering features the article "It's fun and rewarding to be an organiser" by Erik Borg. In it, Hungarian orienteer Sándor Tálas gives some insight behind organizing MTBO events.

April 19, 2012
Joint Foot and MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' clinic to be organised in Portugal in May

     Registration has begun for the IOF Foot and MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' clinic to be held May 19-20, 2012, in Marinha Grande, Portugal. National federations are asked to identify and enter suitable candidates by May 4, 2012. The purpose of the clinic is to educate and recruit new IOF-licensed Event Advisers.
     Invitation / Entry Form

January 23, 2012
Poland Awarded World MTB Orienteering Championships 2014

     At its recent meeting in Vantaa, Finland, the IOF Council appointed Poland organiser of the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships and Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2014.

January 5, 2012
New Guidelines for Organizers of MTB Orienteering Events

     The IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Commission has prepared an updated version of the IOF MTBO Organizers Guidelines.

January 4, 2012
IOF Event Applications Received

     The IOF has recently received applications to host the following events:
          2013 World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships, Portugal
          2014 World and Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships, Białystok, Poland


December 22, 2011
Joint Foot and MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' Clinic to be Organised in Graz, Austria, in March 2012

     The IOF Foot and MTB Orienteering Commissions will be organising a joint Event Advisers' clinic in Graz, Austria, from March 2-4, 2012. The main objective of this IOF Event Advisers' and organisers clinic is to prepare participants to be licensed IOF Foot or MTB Orienteering Event Advisers and to familiarise experienced foot orienteering organisers with the specifics of MTB orienteering. National federations are asked to identify and enter suitable candidates by February 1, 2012. For further information on the clinic, please download the invitation.
     Invitation / Entry Form

Anna Füzy, HUN (Photo: Daniel Marosffy)

December 1, 2011
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Anna Füzy, mountain bike orienteer from Hungary, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for December 2011.

November 30, 2011
New Competition Rules for MTB Orienteering

     The IOF Council has approved new Competition Rules for IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Events. These rules will be valid from January 1, 2012. The new rules can be downloaded through this link. A list of significant changes to the previous version can be found on the last page of the document.

September 23, 2011
MTBO European Championships & World Cup: Long Distance Titles go to World Cup Winners

     Marika Hara, Finland, and Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, Denmark, underlined their credentials as clear winners in the World Cup standings with victories in the mass-start, long distance race today.

September 21, 2011
MTBO European Championships & World Cup: Czech Republic Wins Both Relays

     The Czech Republic had outstanding success in the relays today, winning both women's and men's races and gaining overall victory in the 2011 World Cup.

September 21, 2011
MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' and Organisers' Clinic to be Organised in Birkerød, Denmark, in November

     The IOF MTB Orienteering Commission is organising an IOF MTB Orienteering Event Advisers' and Organisers' Clinic during 26-27 November 2011 in Birkerød, Denmark. The clinic is organized for the education and recruitment of new IOF MTB Orienteering Event Advisers. Active foot orienteering organisers are also welcomed to the clinic to learn the specifics of MTB orienteering events. National federations are kindly asked to identify and enter suitable candidates by 1 November 2011.
     Invitation / Entry Form

September 20, 2011
MTBO European Championships & World Cup: Four Middle Distance Medals for Finland

     Finland's women took all three medals in the middle distance race in the Leningrad region of Russia today, Ingrid Stengard taking the gold with a 12 second lead. Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, Denmark, appears unbeatable at present as he took his second gold medal of the week with victory by almost half a minute.

September 19, 2011
MTBO European Championships & World Cup: Knudsen and Hara win Sprint

     Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, Denmark, the current leader in the men's World Cup standings by a large margin, extended his lead and was crowned European Sprint Champion today with victory by 9 seconds. Marika Hara, Finland, previously joint leader in the women's standings, is European Champion with a win also by 9 seconds.

September 18, 2011
Keen Contests in Prospect in MTBO World Cup Finals

     There are some keen contests in prospect in the final round of the 2011 MTBO World Cup, which takes place this week in the Leningrad region of Russia. Michaela Gigon, Austria, and Marika Hara, Finland, are tied in first place going in to the final three individual races, and the lead in the relay competition is shared by Finland and Switzerland.

Erik Skovgaard Knutsen, DEN (Photo: Erik Borg)

September 1, 2011
Mountain Bike Orienteer named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, mountain bike orienteer from Denmark, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for September 2011.

August 27, 2011
World MTBO Championships: Sprint Golds to France and Russia

     The final gold medals of the Championships were won today in the sprint races by Gaëlle Barlet (France) and Anton Foliforov (Russia).

August 26, 2011
World MTBO Championships: Switzerland and Denmark Take Relay Titles

     Switzerland was the clear winner by 3:05 in the women's relay today, and Denmark won the men's relay with the comfortable margin of 2:08.

August 25, 2011
World MTBO Championships: Second Gold for Saarela

     Samuli Saarela (Finland) won his second gold medal of the Championships in the middle distance race today.

August 23, 2011
World MTBO Championships: First Golds to Denmark and Finland

     Rikke Kornvig (Denmark) and Samuli Saarela (Finland) were the winners of the long distance final in the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships today at Marostica-Bassano, Italy.

August 22, 2011
World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships Start Today

     The World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships (WMTBOC) and the Junior WMTBOC are taking place this week at Vicenza, Italy.

June 21, 2011
Finland Wins Season's First MTBO World Cup Mixed Relay

     The last event of Sweden's first MTB Orienteering World Cup round was a mixed relay where all teams included two male riders and one female rider.

June 19, 2011
MTBO World Cup: Challenging Route Choices

     The long distance mass start race of the MTB Orienteering World Cup in Sweden became a challenge for both organisers and competitors. Just minutes before the start of the race, the organisers noticed a problem with the maps. They decided to postpone the men's start in order to guarantee a fair competition for everyone.

June 19, 2011
Big success for Finland in Sweden's First MTBO World Cup

     In Sweden's first MTBO World Cup race, a middle-distance event, Marika Hara of Finland placed first in the W21 class; Jussi Laurila, also from Finland, placed first in the M21 class.

June 17, 2011
Interesting MTB Orienteering Weekend Ahead

     The Dalarna region of Sweden welcomes the world to the MTB Orienteering World Cup and the World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships held for the first time ever on the Scandinavian Peninsula.

May 11, 2011
MTB Orienteering World Cup 2012

     The programme and the Special Rules for World Cup in Mountain Bike Orienteering 2012 have been published.

May 7, 2011
MTBO 2012: World Masters Combined with the World Championships

     The IOF Council appointed Hungary organiser of the World Masters Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2012. This means that the World Masters Championships will be organised together with the World MTB Orienteering Championships and Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships.

April 18, 2011
MTBO World Cup: Hara and Knudsen Head Standings

     Marika Hara, Finland, and Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, Denmark, are the two leaders in the World Cup standings after the first three races held in Hungary at the weekend.

April 18, 2011
MTBO World Cup: Danish Double Win in Long Distance

     Rikke Kornvig and Erik Skovgaard Knudsen made it a special day for Danish mountain bike orienteering, both winning comfortably in the mass start long distance race, the final race of the first round in Hungary.

April 16, 2011
MTBO World Cup: Clear Wins for Stengård and Foliforov at Middle Distance

     Ingrid Stengård, Finland, and Anton Foliforov, Russia, enjoyed convincing victories in the middle distance race, the second race in the Hungary round of the World Cup.

April 16, 2011
MTBO World Cup: Strong Start for Knudsen

     Erik Skovgaard Knudsen, World Cup series winner in 2010, started his 2011 campaign in the best possible way with a victory in the first race this year, a sprint in the town of Tapolca in Hungary. Marika Hara, Finland, third in the World Cup last year, won the women's race.

April 13, 2011
MTB Orienteering World Cup: Hungary Hosts First Round

     Riding and navigation skills will be tested to the full when the world's mountain bike orienteering elite gather this weekend for the first round of the World Cup. Tapolca, a town 12 km north of Lake Balaton in western Hungary, is the venue for 3 races: a sprint, a middle distance, and a mass start long distance.

April 1, 2011
IOF Photo Gallery Opens

     The International Orienteering Federation has launched a photo gallery on their website. All photos in the gallery can be used free of charge provided that the photographer and the source are credited.
     IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Photo Gallery

Emily Benham, GBR (Photo: T. Bridle)

April 1, 2011
Mountain Bike Orienteer Named IOF Athlete of the Month

     Emily Benham, mountain bike orienteer from Great Britain, has been named IOF Athlete of the Month for April 2011.


December 29, 2010
MTB Orienteering World Ranking Events (WREs) for 2011

     Mountain Bike Orienteering World Ranking Events for season 2011 have been added to the WRE calendar. To view the events, please go to the IOF World Rankings web pages.

November 3, 2010
Event Organisers Appointed

     At its recent meeting in Helsinki, the IOF Council appointed Great Britain organiser of the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2012. The Council also confirmed that Estonia will organise the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2013, in conjunction with the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships.
     The World Trail Orienteering Championships will be staged in Scotland in early summer 2012, and the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in West Viru in late summer 2013. The exact dates will be published later on the IOF website.

November 2, 2010
Giaime Origgi New Member of the MTBO Athletes' Commission

     The Mountain Bike Orienteering Athletes' Commission has recruited a new member to strengthen the team. Giaime Origgi (ITA), who finished 10th on this year's World Championships middle distance, will be joining the Commission this autumn.
     The IOF Athlete Commissions are comprised of world elite athletes, and they work in close contact with the relevant discipline commission and the IOF Sports Director. The role of the Athletes' Commission is advisory. The MTB Orienteering Athletes' Commission is coordinated by the six-time World Champion Michaela Gigon (AUT). The other Commission members are Anke Dannowski (GER) and Adrian Jackson (AUS).

July 9, 2010
International Specification for Mountain Bike Orienteering Maps

     Orienteering is a world-wide sport. A common approach to the interpretation and drawing of orienteering maps is essential for fair competition and for the future growth of the sport. The IOF has now published a new version of the International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps 2010.pdf (1.15 MB).
     It is the aim of the International Specification for Orienteering Maps to provide a map specification which can accommodate the many different types of terrain around the world and the many ways of doing orienteering. Map specifications for mountain bike orienteering are based on the specifications for foot orienteering maps. However, in order to meet the specific requirements put on the map by the nature of mountain bike orienteering, a complete and separate set of specifications is described in this set of rules.


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Special Rules for MTBO World Cup 2014 (44 kB)
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