MTB Orienteering

Mountain bike orienteering is an endurance sport attracting both orienteering and mountain bike enthusiasts. The most important orienteering skills needed are route choice and map memory.

Extremely good bike handling and ability to cope with steep slopes both up and down is an absolute must for a top level athlete. As an environmental safeguard, competitors may not normally leave paths and tracks though it can exceptionally be permitted in some countries.

Mountain bike orienteering is one of the newer of the 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.

World Championships in Mountain Bike Orienteering is organised every year attracting about 25 national teams.

Equipment:

MAP: The map provided by the organiser is a special mountain bike orienteering map.

COMPASS: The compass is attached to the competitor’s arm or to the map holder.

MAP HOLDER: A map holder (map case) attached to the bike makes it possible to view the map at high speed without stopping.

HELMET: A hard helmet is compulsory.

BIKE: Competitors use robust mountain bikes. For safety reasons, the condition of the bike (e.g. brakes) is checked by the organiser before the start.

TOOLS: Competitors may carry tools and replace spare parts but may not seek or obtain help to carry out repairs.

World Ranking Rules and System updated

The IOF FootO Commission have done a thorough review of points allocation for World Ranking Events (WREs) compared with Major Events. The report stated that the mean of points allocated to WREs had been significantly low...

WRE period prolonged due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The IOF Council has decided to extend the period that counts towards the ‘top 5’ World Ranking Events that make up an athlete’s World Ranking score. All IOF World Ranking Events were cancelled from the 17th of March due ...

2020 Junior and MTB World Championships cancelled, European Youth Orienteering Championships to include juniors

The IOF Council, at its digital meeting held today July 31st, decided that the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) 2020 scheduled to be held in Turkey in October and the World Mountainbike Orienteering Champio...

2020-07-31