Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) is a competitive discipline that sends riders out to find checkpoints hidden on bridleways, forestry trails, and purpose built mountain bike trails.
Each checkpoint has a score according to its location and distance from the start point. The aim is to visit as many as possible in the allotted time (up to three hours) – and the winner in each category is the rider or team who scores most points.
Mountain Bike Orienteering: The event begins…
You set out with a laminated map on which you plan your route before you leave the ride HQ (in this case, the village hall!). The event can be won or lost at this crucial stage and there is much discussion within teams about the best route.
The map for the Peaslake event covers quite a large area from Leith Hill to Winterfold and beyond – so most riders don’t manage to get to every checkpoint within three hours (and there are time penalties for exceeding it) so you need to plan carefully.