Mountain bike orienteering
is an endurance sport attracting both
orienteering and mountain bike enthusiasts.
The most important orienteering skills
needed are route choice and map memory.
Extremely good bike handling and ability
to cope with steep slopes both up and
down is an absolute must for a top level
bike orienteering can be practised in
many different types of terrain. The
essential requirement is a large number
of paths, tracks and roads offering
the athlete challenging navigation.
Navigating between control points means
matching map to ground at high speed,
correctly interpreting the maze of paths
As an environmental safeguard, competitors
may not leave paths and tracks.
Mountain bike orienteering is the newest
of the orienteering disciplines administered
by the International Orienteering Federation.
It started in the late 1980s at club
level in countries where mountain biking
was a popular outdoor sport. In 1997
national championships were already
run in 12 countries - and the number
is rapidly growing.
World Championships in mountain bike
orienteering will be organised every
second year from 2002 onwards.
MAP: The map provided by the organiser
can be a special mountain bike map,
a ski orienteering map or an amended
foot orienteering map.
COMPASS: The compass is attached to
the competitor's arm or to the map holder.
MAP HOLDER: A map holder (map case)
attached to the bike or to the competitor's
chest makes it possible to view the
map at high speed without stopping.
HELMET: A hard helmet is compulsory.
BIKE: Competitors use robust mountain
bikes. For safety reasons, the condition
of the bike (e.g. brakes) is checked
by the organiser before the start.
TOOLS: Competitors may carry tools and
replace spare parts but may not seek
or obtain help to carry out repairs.