Not sending a US MTBO team to this year's World MTBO Championships would acknowledge that Orienteering USA's MTBO experiment has failed -- and that's not a bad thing!
In just three short years, we helped put MTBO on the map, started the ball rolling by getting orienteering clubs involved in racing, and even found ourselves working with Orienteering USA to begin building the foundation needed to sustain national-level MTBO events.
Does orienteering maintain the fundamental traditions, competitive formats, and culture that has stayed relatively unchanged for almost a hundred years or adapt, innovate, and start producing events that are spectator-friendly?
Could Orienteering USA also obtain the opportunity to host the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship (WMOC) alongside the WOC in 2018? Maybe!
The untold story of this year’s World MTB Orienteering Championships is the continuing ascension of Adrian Jackson, Australia’s top MTBO athlete.
Adrian Jackson (AUS) won double Gold Medals last week in both the Sprint and Long Distance events, making him the only athlete, and Australia the only country, to win two gold medals at the 2009 MTBO World Championships.