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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NZ MTBO Champs – Rotorua – 19-20 Nov 2022 – ENTER NOW TO WIN-Orienteering BOP is hosting the NZ MTB Orienteering Champs in November this year. The champs will consist of three quality, fun and social mountain bike orienteering events spread around Bay of Plenty: Middle (Onepu, Kawerau); Sprint (Puarenga, Rotorua); Long (Cougar Park, Tokoroa). There will be championship and recreational grades suitable for all ages and abilities, […]
Embargo notice: NZ MTBO Champs 19 & 20 November 2022-Orienteering Bay of Plenty are hosting the NZ MTBO Champs in and around Rotorua on the 19th and 20th November 2022. The following embargo notices apply for the Middle and Long Distance events: Cougar Park, Tokoroa (Long Distance Champs) – the main riding area at Cougar Park is embargoed from 14/07/2022 until 21/11/2022 and may not be visited […]
Peat to fly New Zealand Flag at WMTBO Champs-Selectors have named Martin Peat (Counties Manukau) as the sole New Zealand representative at the 2022 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships being held in Falun, Sweden July 15-20.
Selection Notice for World MTB Orienteering Championships 2022-Nominations Welcome for World MTB Orienteering Championships 2022 Sweden 15th – 20th July World MTB Orienteering Championships 2022 will be held in Falun & Sater, Sweden from 15–20 July 2022, and will consist of a sprint, a middle, a long, a relay and a mass start event. Up to 4 men and 4 women New […]
NZ MTBOers shine at World Masters-UK based kiwi Mountain Bike Orienteering competitors (MTBOers), Rachel and Liam Drew, have had some outstanding results at the World Masters MTBO Champs 2021 just held in Abrantes, Portugal. Rachel achieved a clean sweep in the W45 class, taking out 1st place across the Long, Middle, Sprint and Mass start events. This also gave Rachel the […]
Interview with ONZ Chairperson Peter Swanson-This month Southland Orienteering Club’s (SOC’s) fantastic little newsletter featured an interview with ONZ’s Chairperson which was well worth sharing. Thank you to Sally Duston for allowing us to share this great interview. In the interview Peter shares insights into his involvement in Orienteering as well as ONZ’s structure. Well worth a read! Click here […]
Compass Point – April 2021-Update Note from the GM View from the Chair Sport National Orienteering Awards announced JWOC paper team named 2021-2025 ONZ Strategic Plan released – a new focus for our sport Sports People Interview with ONZ Council Member Tom Reynolds Events Queens Birthday Weekend – 5-7 June 2021 2021 Australian Champs NZ MTBO Champs Nationals round-up […]
Orienteering NZ Annual Awards 2020-This year’s ONZ Awards took place at the National Championships in South Head, north of Auckland on Sunday 4th April 2021. Congratulations to all the award recipients: Volunteer of the Year Awards Jean Cory-Wright (PP) Continued role with Junior Camp Coach Training, involvement in Coaching Working Group & work re-righting ONZ NCEA Standards. Michael Croxford […]
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 […]
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 […]
World Masters MTBO Champs | Portugal, Oct 2021-At the end of the European summer last year we were fortunate to have the World MastersMTBO Champs go ahead. It was touch and go for a bit given the rising Covid numbers at the time, and a bunch of additional restrictions were put in to keep the Masters competitors separate from the Juniors who […]
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