Getting the trail out of your head

About 10 years ago, I started mountain biking. That addition to my life led me to trail running. Soon I was orienteering, and then found a way to put it all together in a slog fest called adventure racing. All of it was a way for me to interact with the outdoors… again. You see,...

/ December 20, 2015

Why the collegiate mountain nationals needs some perspective

Years of perspective allows you to be a pretty good judge of a well run event, and when an event needs some help. I’ve seen everything from really impressive venues (full of sponsors and vendors), but with an abysmal course layout, to great course layouts and flowy trails, but with registration running out of the...

/ October 9, 2015

How to manage racing cheats

Cheaters. Every race has them, and nobody likes them. But do they really pose a threat to local or even Regional events? To answer that questions, you first need to understand the three categories these scofflaws fit into: (1) cheaters who attempt to gain an unfair advantage by breaking the course rules (rule breakers), (2)...

/ May 20, 2015

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