MTBO - Wellington Forest

MTB Orienteering (MTBO)
12 May 2018
Wellington Forest WA 6236, Australia

Mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) combines the skills of map reading, route choice decisions and bike riding ability. 

It is a navigation sport suitable for participants of all ages and abilities. Like foot orienteering, the idea is to navigate your way around a series of checkpoints (controls) using a map and compass. Unlike foot orienteering, the idea is to ride a bike! The main difference is that in Australia, mountain bikes have to stay on tracks, so the style of navigation can be quite different to the cross-country navigation used in foot orienteering.

Several courses are available, ranging from 10-30km in length. At the top end of the field, competitors need good technical bike handling skills and the ability to navigate at speed. However, the shorter courses are easily achievable by beginners, non-mountain bikers and families.

Required equipment:

  •     mountain bike or decent hybrid bike
  •     helmet
  •     map (provided by the organisers)

Recommended equipment:

  •     map board to attach the map to your bike (can be hired at events)
  •     compass (can also be hired at events)
  •     water bottle or hydration pack
  •     spare tyre, pump and other bike tools

Still confused? Check out this YouTube video - World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2014, or three Mountain Bike Orienteering instructional videos from Orienteering Australia.


Organising Club - Orienteering Association of WA

Facebook page - Orienteering WA 



All Dates

  • 12 May 2018

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