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

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

Anatomy of an adventure race

Last week saw the return of EX2 Adventures VentureQuest 9-Hour Adventure Race at Fountainhead Regional Park, Fairfax Station, VA on September 29th, 2013. As far as adventure races go, this is one of the more enjoyable courses considering the mix of orienteering, intense mountain bike trails, and fantastic canoeing along the calm Occoquan River. Reckoneer’s...

/ October 4, 2013