Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) is a sport for enthusiasts and families alike combining off-road cycling with navigation skills.
If you want to add a little extra excitement or competition to your trail bashing then come along to one of our events organised from Peaslake in the Surrey Hills by Peaslake MTBO
TrailQuest is one form of mountain bike orienteering where twenty or so checkpoints, known as “Controls” are placed alongside bridleways, forestry trails and purpose made mountain bike trails, each with an associated score.
Participants are provided with an A4 sized, laminated Ordnance Survey map, which is either pre-marked with the Controls, or a blank map onto which they copy the points before the start.
Various categories of event are available:
3 Hour ride time for Solo Male, Female & Senior* entrants, and Male, Female, Mixed & Senior* teams of 2–5 riders
2 Hour ride time for Family** teams, and an “Open” category for all riders
A Junior trail is also available, suitable for ages 5-9, as a simple introduction to the sport.
*Seniors are 56 and over, and a Senior team must include at least one rider in this category
**The Family team must include at least one rider under the age of 16
The aim of the competition is to visit as many Controls as possible in order to accumulate as many points as possible (different scores are associated with each Control), in the allotted time.
An orienteering scorecard is provided on which to mark evidence of your visit with a unique punch attached to each Control.
Lateness of return incurs a 10-point penalty for every minute overdue. Route planning, navigational skills and an element of tactics become as important, if not more important than speed and fitness.
Controls are placed at a variety of positions, which may include popular vantage points, our aim being to introduce you to and encourage your use of the some of the less well known or not so well marked paths. Or, of course you might just like to use the event to explore the area and enjoy the scenery.
If you would like to find out more there is even a national governing body - The British Mountain Bike Organisation.
On the day, remember to bring the following:
mobile phone (1 per team for emergency contact)
permanent marker pen to mark check points onto map
map holder (or string to tie map around neck)
Peaslake Memorial Hall
Walking Bottom, Peaslake, Surrey, GU5 9RR
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