Mountain Bike Orienteering
SLOW MBO run several events each year, usually on Sunday mornings. These are 2 or 3 hour MBO Score events on a bike, located primarily in the Surrey Hills and sometimes in the Chilterns or South Downs. Events are run by SLOW and London & South East Adventure Racers in affiliation with the BMBO (British Mountain Bike Orienteering).
|General Discussion||London & South East Adventure Racers|
Who are London & South East Adventure Racers?
We are a local community with a shared interest in multi-sport racing. While our focus is adventure racing, our members participate in everything from mountain marathons, trail running, kayaking, mountain bike and foot orienteering, climbing, sportives and more.
What is a MBO Score Event?
MBO Score is a fun and exciting form of orienteering on bikes. Unlike MTBO which uses specialist maps, MBO Score uses regular 1:25,000 scale Ordnance Survey maps which are more familiar to most people. Primarily off-road events, a mountain bike is the preferred choice, however hybrids and cross-bikes can also be used.
Depending on the event, between 2 and 7 hours are allowed to visit as many control sites as possible in order to maximise the points total, making route choice and navigational skills a high priority.
Events are public and are open to all abilities and ages. Riders can enter as solo, pairs or a family team.
Where are the Events held?
Events are held in various locations around the Southeast where sufficient space and interesting terrain is on offer. Event venues will usually be a pub or sports centre.
What does the map look like?
Competitors are given a pre-printed 1:25,000 Ordnance Survey map with around 24 control points of varying point value positioned on bridleways, byways or forestry trails.
What kit do I need?
- Bike! (if you are interested in taking part and don’t have a bike, please post on our Facebook wall here and someone may be able to help. Rental bikes are also available from a number of locations near race venues & we will post info when possible)
- Bike helmet – this is mandatory equipment
- Whistle, first aid kit
- Pen or highlighter (to mark your chosen route)
How do I find a Teammate?
While you are welcome to race solo, we encourage pairs as a way of developing the sport and meeting new people. If you are looking for a teammate you can post on our Facebook group or on the SLOW Facebook page.
What is the cost?
|Adult Day Rider||£8 In advance / £10 EOD|
|BMBO / SLOW Members||£7 In advance / £9 EOD|
|Under 21||£4 In advance / £5 EOD|