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Mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) appeals to both orienteers who like the challenge of navigation and mountain bikers who want to inject a new, fun aspect into their mountain biking. Route choice is just as important as fast riding. MTBO often takes place in areas which are not normally access...
Mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) appeals to both orienteers who like the challenge of navigation and mountain bikers who want to inject a new, fun aspect into their mountain biking. Route choice is just as important as fast riding. MTBO often takes place in areas which are not normally accessible to the public.
As with foot orienteering you are usually required to visit controls in a sequential order with the fastest time winning. Most events will include courses with a range of lengths and difficulty so that there is something suitable for most riders. Starts are usually staggered at 1, 2 or 3 minute intervals.
MTBO maps are usually less detailed than standard foot orienteering maps. Trails and tracks are marked on mountain bike orienteering maps based on their width and riding difficulty, with four classifications: fast, medium, slow, and difficult to ride.
Score or rogaine type MTBO events, allowing controls to be visited in any order, are also popular. The aim is to maximise your score, with controls being worth a different number of points. In this format you have a predetermined time to return to the finish and if you are late back penalty points are deducted from your score. Strategy in estimating how far you can ride and planning which controls to visit, and in which order, is very important.
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MTBO Champs 2021 – Enter now to be in to win a mapboard-Get your entry in by this Sunday 28 March 2021 if you are wanting to have a go on some of this years best MTB maps and think a spare map board might be handy. There are two mapboards to be won if your entry is in for the mountain bike orienteering champs by this […]
ONZ Compass Point – February 2021-M e m b e r n e w s & v i e w s | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 U p d a t e Note from the GM View from the Chair S p o r t Wairarapa Orienteers are out of hibernation Get involved, Join […]
ONZ Compass Point – December 2020-M e m b e r n e w s & v i e w s | D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 U p d a t e Note from the GM View from the Chair S p o r t 2020 Member survey results Forum response U23 […]
ONZ Compass Point – November 2020-M e m b e r n e w s & v i e w s | N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 0 U p d a t e Notes from the GM S p o r t Is COVID-19 disrupting NZ’s chance to compete at events? Forum […]
ONZ Controllers Newsletter – April 2020-Welcome to the first issue of what I hope will be a regular newsletter keeping you all informed about changes and advancements in the world of orienteering.
Compass Point – November 2019-News updates including View from the Chair; Legends of Orienteering; High Performance; NZ MTBO Championships; Junior Camp - How it works; Newly Confirmed Events; PAPO's Yr 5-8 Camp;
NZ MTBO Champs 2019, Rotorua – Entries open-Want to experience a fantastic weekend of top level mountain bike orienteering? The 2019 NZ MTB Orienteering Champs will be hosted in Rotorua, NZ's MTBing mecca, on 9th and 10th November.
Selection Announcement – ANZ MTBO CHALLENGE 2019-Maryborough, Victoria, 25-27 October 2019 NZ has been invited to take on Australia in an ANZ challenge competition at the Australian MTBO champs, Maryborough. The riders selected to represent New Zealand at the 2019 ANZ MTBO Challenge are: Conal Boland-Bristow M/W21 Tegan Knightbridge Ryan Moore Marquita Gelderman Brent Simpson M/W40 Erin Swanson Peter […]
HP News #55 – July 2019-July is the traditionally busy month in world orienteering although this year the later date for WOC has made things a little less congested. Nervertheless, JWOC, WMTBOC, O-Ringen and World Rogaine Champs have all fallen within it. Having been in east of Canada for when JWOC was on I found it quite hard to follow […]
Crocodile XC park MTBO-When asked if I would control an MTBO event at Halswell Quarry in Christchurch I envisioned an event traversing the open spaces of the Quarry Park with a few controls on the Crocodile and C2 MTBO tracks. Clearly I hadn’t been mountain-biking there for a couple of years or been in the park on a […]
MTBO Champs 2021-Great news MTBOers! 2021 NZ MTBO Champs are happening! Dates have been set for the 2021 NZ MTBO Champs in Central Otago – 17th to 21st April 2021. Get the dates in your diary, and stay tuned to the mtbochamps.nz website for more details coming soon:https://www.mtbochamps.nz/2021-nz-mtbo-champs.html #MTBO #MTBorienteering #MTBorienteeringNZ #MTBOchamps
OBOP invites you to Vindaloo MTBO weekend and the Central District champs 2018-Vindaloo MTBO Weekend 2018 Orienteering Bay of Plenty (OBOP) is running the Vegas Vindaloo Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) Weekend on 29-30 September 2018. MTBO Sprint, MTBO Long and MTBO Rogaine on the fantastic trails around Rotorua. Central Districts Foot Orienteering Championships 2018 OBOP is also resurrecting the Central Districts Foot Orienteering Champs on 3-4 November […]
Think fast, move fast (Otago Daily Times)-Moving fast and finding your way around an unfamiliar area are two very different skills. But they are pair that go together well for Tom Spencer and Alistair Richardson.
The Dunedin duo will be among the top contenders at this weekend's South Island orienteering championships, to be held in the Dunedin Botanic Garden and on Signal Hill.
More than 200 people from around New Zealand and Australia are expected at the event, with one competitor coming from as far away as Israel.
IOF Newsletter – May 2017 published-How to follow World Cup Round 1; Leho: World Orienteering Day and World Cup; WOC 2017: Time to suit up again; MTBO World Cup 2017: Who will be this year’s winners? Clare Durand: “I’m the only serious Trail Orienteer within a three hour drive”
Orienteering in focus in seven big European cities; Walking through footmarks of the past with Gytis Juska; Successful event in Malaysia
Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race-Some cool coverage of the Spirited Women's Adventure Race held in Rotorua last weekend. The race involved several orienteers and included a Rogaine stage around the Redwoods.
Entries for the 2014 NZ Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs open now!-Fantastic weekend of Mountain bike Orienteering in beautiful Hanmer planned for Saturday November 22nd and 23rd. More info (lots of it!!) here. Entries close midnight Sunday 16th November. Make a week of it and come down for the South Island Foot O Champs Saturday November 15th and Sunday 16th too? More info here. entries close midnight […]
Tim’s Epic Europe Plans-I just thought I would do a blog to let people know what I am actually doing while I am away for four months! I am currently writing in Melbourne airport after finally escaping the worries of trying to fit my bike and four months’ worth of gear into my 30kg and 7kg carry on […]