As MTBO America finishes the final draft on our Bylaws, we’ve come to a disagreement regarding our views regarding the official recognition of the United States Orienteering Federation (USOF).

Now we want to know you you think!

One side believes that the USOF is the official organization within the United States regarding all things Orienteering since they are recognized by the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) as the authorized governing body of Orienteering in the United States of America and also the amateur sports organization that qualifies Orienteering athletes for attendance in the Olympics. With 55 Orienteering clubs nationwide, they have a large membership base that would benefit MTBO America when it comes to expanding the sport of Mountain Bike Orienteering, and the potential to invoke a grassroots movement among thousands of orienteers. USOF and MTBO America are kin and should behave as such.

The other side feels that the USOF should be ignored considering their complete lack of interest in supporting Mountain Bike Orienteering in the United States. They believe that organizations like the United States Adventure Racing Association have more in common with MTBO America than the USOF and that MTBO America would be best served by establishing “itself” as the authorized governing body of “Mountain Bike” Orienteering in the United States of America with respects to the IOF. The USOF can keep Foot, Trail, and Ski Orienteering all they want, but does not have a monopoly on “everything” that includes a compass and a map. Adventure Racing manages just fine without USOF, why should MTBO America be any different?

So you can see our dilemma. Both sides offer excellent points making the case for officially recognizing the USOF in our bylaws even harder. I’m sure we will figure out what to do… eventually!

For now, what do you think? Comment here or follow our discussion on Facebook!

Posted by Tommy Dauntless

Dauntless has been mountain bike racing, adventure racing, and orienteering for over 20+ years and has been building and directing mountain bike races for the better part of two decades. He was the first race director to design and direct MTBO races in the United States in 2010, and help launch the entire Orienteering USA effort to send athletes to the World MTBO Championships. His love for MTBO comes from competing in MTBO in Australia and wanted to bring the sport of MTBO to America.