Apply for 2013 U.S. Elite MTBO Team

WMTBOC

WMTBOC_2013Orienteering USA is pleased to announce the formation of an elite bike team to represent the U.S. in this summer's 11th MTBO World Orienteering Championships, held in Rakvere, Estonia, from August 26–31. All competition details, including rules, may be viewed here: http://www.orienteerumine.ee/mtbo2013/ .

We will name individuals to the Orienteering USA 2013 MTBO team based on self-nomination and decisions by the Orienteering USA 2013 MTBO Review Panel (Greg Lennon, Chair). We intend to name qualified men and/or women to participate in the World Champs (elite; "ME" and "WE") competition, and if there is an exceptional candidate, in the World Junior competition.

The Panel recognizes that MTBO in the U.S. is still at an early stage. Although MTBO events take place in the U.S., no nationally sanctioned events have taken place as of yet. However, based on the participation in last year's MTBO World Championships by the U.S., this year's Orienteering USA budget does include a modest contribution towards MTBO team support. More importantly, there is clearly sufficient interest in the US orienteering community to support MTBO and to give motivated MTB-orienteers a chance to compete on a world stage.

Therefore, please consider applying to be named to the Orienteering USA Elite MTBO team based on being at least 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen (with a passport), and meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Participation at an advanced level in MTBO events, nationally or internationally—please submit at least a URL to the event, map and course details and competitors results where possible
  • Participation in and results from other bike related competitions and rankings, including but not limited to mountain bike (trail) races, cyclocross, adventure races including biking, and USA Cycling sanctioned races including MTB cross-country and Super D; USA Cycling license holders should indicate their racing categories
  • Membership and participation in bike-affiliated organizations such as USA Cycling, IMBA, and regional clubs and organizations
  • Membership in Orienteering USA
  • Familiarity with the IOF MTB Orienteering Competition rules 2010, and the International Specification for MTB Orienteering Maps 2010
  • Access to, via ownership or loan, a competition-quality 26 or 29 inch front or full suspension mountain bike, suitably equipped for the World Championships as outlined in the event bulletins, including puncture protection
  • Photos and videos of particularly competitive races and rides, including headcam videos
  • A level of physical fitness and body composition commensurate with elite performance
  • An outline of a training plan for the period between May 1–August 15 should you be named to the Orienteering USA MTBO Team
  • Ability to attend either the training camp in June or August (see the race bulletin for details)
  • If known at this time, an indication of which races (Sprint, Middle, Long, Relay) are of highest interest for you to compete in
  • Sufficient independent financial support to underwrite 50–100% of your competition, travel, equipment and related expenses.

We look forward to hearing from you. Nominations must be received by email to greg_lennon@orienteeringusa.org  before April 15; please make sure to include full contact information, including telephone number(s). Review Panel decisions will be final and there will be no appeal or grievance process. Team members will be notified and named as soon as possible; accepted individuals will need to sign an agreement with Orienteering USA regarding several aspects of their participation in this program.

-Greg Lennon
MTBO Review Panel Chair