Introduction to MTBO Event Development

The sport of mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) is a mountain bike race where riders use a map and compass to navigate the course by finding orange/white flags (controls or checkpoints) in the correct order. The goal of any MTBO racer is to be the fastest rider to find all of the controls (in the correct...

/ April 1, 2015

Why blurring the line between sports is good for business

It was inevitable that Orienteering USA (OUSA) would turn their gaze towards Adventure Racing (AR). With budget shortfalls, no traction with developing a single membership option with local clubs, and new membership numbers starting to flatten out, OUSA is on the hunt to find new sources of everything. For the past few months, OUSA had...

/ January 21, 2015

Is Enduro Totally Enduro, or is it Just Enduro? Yes! Wait, What?

If you were to ask 100 mountain bikers to define Enduro mountain bike racing, you would get 100 different answers. This is because enduro, as a sport, is still more of a concept than a discipline, and at its core is essentially a mountain bike stage race that requires riders to use trail bikes for...

/ August 8, 2014

Understanding the Super-D

If someone asked you to describe a Super-D, what would you say? Would you say it’s a “gravity” style discipline? Yes, that would be true. Would you say it’s a blending of cross-country and downhill riding? Yes, that would be true too. Would you say that a Super-D course can include a single-track with an...

/ July 15, 2014

7 Secrets to Dual Slalom Course Design

Riders ready? Watch the Gate. Beep… beep… beeeeeeep… bang! The wheel gate drops and two mountain bike riders quickly accelerate out of the starting chute of what will begin a full speed, 30-45 second assault of the Dual Slalom course. Unlike any other style of mountain bike racing, the dual slalom is the most intense,...

/ March 5, 2014

Bikejoring: Mountain Biking gone to the dogs

The art of the sled dog is as old as human history itself. Ever since man domesticated wolves and wild dogs to guard our homes, pull our stuff, and protect our lives, we have intertwined our lives with theirs. Leave it to man to get bored. When we’re bored, all sorts of interesting sports get...

/ January 12, 2014