MTB Orienteering

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 athlete. As an environmental safeguard, competitors may not normally leave paths and tracks though it can exceptionally be permitted in some countries.

Mountain bike orienteering is one of the newer 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.

World Championships in Mountain Bike Orienteering is organised every year attracting about 25 national teams.

Equipment:

MAP: The map provided by the organiser is a special mountain bike 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 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.

Corona virus concerns move the Asian Orienteering Championships 2020 to August

The Asian Orienteering Championships 2020 (AsOC 2020) which were scheduled to be held in the Republic of Korea from May 1-5 have been postponed and rescheduled to the new dates August 21 – 25, 2020. The new dates were pr...

Emily Benham Kvåle – IOF Mountain Bike Orienteering Athlete of 2019

Emily Benham Kvåle, Great Britain returned to competition in mid-season, after being away in 2018 to start a family – and proceeded to record a clean sweep of victories in the World Championships plus World Cup round 3! ...

2020-01-30

Open call for survey answers – Fair Play in Orienteering

The IOF is planning on creating a digital education tool about issues of Fair Play in Orienteering. The intention is to make this tool available to member federations and athletes to help create a common understanding of...