Mountain Bike Orienteering in New Zealand

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Layabouts Win Marlborough Saga, 4 Dec 09
NZ reps Arthur Collins and Sandy Inglis from Lyttelton won the repositioned Cyclic Saga last weekend. Mixed Vet pair Rob Garden and Marquita Gelderman from Helensville rode outstandingly for third. The 3+3 Son of Saga was won by Rachel Ockelford and Liam Drew. Results...
Titles at Rotorua, 16 Nov 09, links added 4 Dec
NZ reps Andrew Bott and Marquita Gelderman won the long distance races at the weekend. Gelderman also won the middle and sprint distances, but student Tom Reynolds captured both shorter mens titles. The MTBing destination attracted 100 wheel-navigators, including a big group from the South Island. Results: Sprint, Middle, and Long. You can also analyse the results on Winsplits or play riders against each other on RouteGadget
Entry Open for National Champs, 19 Sep 09
Entries are now open the the first national champs in 3 years. Being held in Whaka Forest this is not to be missed. Three races, from sprint distance (20min wintime) to long (120min for open men) over the weekend 13/14 Nov.
And Good Riding Back Home, 13 Sep 09
Meanwhile as the NZ Champs approaches (diary 13/14 Nov) there have been good events in both islands. A score event at McLeans Island, a recreation area near the Waimak River on the outskirts of Chch; races at Waiuku and Helensville in the same weekend which attracted riders from afar; and the final of the Wellington series at Upper Hutt. Results have been posted.
Double Gold Down Under, 16 Aug 09
NZ wasn't represented in last week's World Championship in Israel, but we're extremely pleased to note Australian Adrian Jackson scored two golds! He won the sprint and the long distance. Results are on the website, and also on RouteGadget which enables you to "play" riders against each other.
Tyranny of Distance, 23 Jul 09
Marquita Gelderman who is ranked 9th in the world, will drop today when she no longer has 8 scores to count. A year ago she placed 2nd in an event in Poland and this score will expire; in three weeks the World Championship in Israel will push off another three scores from last year. The Euro-biassed system will change to a more sophisticated one next year with 5 scores to count; but the foot-o scheme only requires 4 scores.
Auckland Weekend, 22 Jul 09
NorthWest OC has combined its next two MTBO events onto one weekend: 22 and 23 Aug.
Tale of a Triumph, 3 Jul 09
The story of the emphatic victory of the NZ MTBO team in Australia is here. Results are disappearing down the page in South Australia but have found their way onto the Orienteering Australia website. Look under "Results" rather than MTBO.
Second JWOC in Denmark, 27 Jun 09, updated 29 Jun
The second ever Junior World Championship in MTBO has been held this week near Copenhagen. About 60 boys and half that number of girls are riding for the usual nations - but Norway and Sweden have popped up for the first time. In fact Norway medalled in both boys and girls middle distance. The European MTBO Champs for seniors is on at the same time. Two Australians are riding - but only one senior Norwegian and no Swedes. Denmark (men) and Finland won the relays. More...
Flying with a Bike, 27 Jun 09
Experiences with the NZ-Australia baggage limits have been updated. When this news item disappears you can link to the information via Resources
Kiwis Beat Aussies - Again! 9 Jun 09
The narrow Kiwi victory in 2007 has been followed up with a decisive win - 13 classes to 8 over three races and seven classes! And again on Australian soil. Or rather, mud. And in yesterday's race, hail lying in parts of the forest near Mt Gambier. Marquita Gelderman and Dianne Michels totally dominated the W Open and W40 classes; Pete Swanson (M40) and Viv Prince (W50) won two of their races. Individual results...
Strong Team for Oz, 10 May 09
A very strong team of 21 riders and 3 reserves has been selected for the Australia-NZ MTBO Challenge in June. The competition will be held 6-8 June over sprint, middle and long distances near Mt Gambier in South Australia. The team...
Vegas for MTBO Champs, 16 Apr 09, date confirmed 23 Apr
NZ MTBO Championships will be held this year at Roto-vegas, otherwise known as Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua. The date (now confirmed) is 14/15 November.
Brownie Maps on the Web, 5 Apr 09
Orienteering Hutt Valley has put pdf versions of some of its maps in a download area on its website. These include the maps for a couple of its "Brownie Events" with the courses on. When this news item disappears, find the link in MTBO Resources.
Marquita in International Magazine, 2 Apr 09
Marquita Gelderman features in the latest "O-Zine", online magazine of the International Orienteering Federation. The world-ranked rider was, unusually, narrowly beaten in Sunday's 3hr MTB rogaine in Riverhead Forest.Meanwhile tomorrow's champions were just starting their careers at the Brownie event in Upper Hutt.
Experience Wins Saga, 2 Apr 09
Hamish Seaton and Justin Freeman, veterans of many a Cyclic Saga, won this year's edition held in Ashley Forest (as originally planned for last year). They were only 90 points short of cleaning the course. Results and map, 3.9mb...
NZ Championship Likely, 9 Mar 09
After a gap of two years, a New Zealand Championship is on the cards for 2009. There are two possibilities, and to be fair all other clubs have been given until the end of the month to bid. The event would be later in the year.

Challenge Issued AND ACCEPTED! 23 Feb 09
Australia has issued another challenge to kiwi MTB-orienteers, and New Zealand has accepted. The challenge will be based on the Australian Championships at Mt Gambier, midway between Melbourne and Adelaide.
World Stars Beaten at Coromandel, 2 Feb 09
A world adventure racing champion, former world rogaine champion, and a European MTBO champion were all beaten in the White Star MTB Rogaine near Coromandel on Saturday. Top score in the 6-hour event was posted by Neil Kerrison, Nick Harris and Tom Reynolds, just 10 points ahead of current AR champion Brent Edwards. The event was part of a weekend festival of mountain biking. Results...
Attack Succeeds, 1 Feb 09, Vorb link added 5 Feb
The defenders in the Akatarawa Attack were overcome by a slim lateness penalty yesterday. Matt Farrar and Ian Paintin won the 8-hour event by 16 points from Simon Kennett and John Randal, after both grossed 1700. The MTB rogaine based at Battle Hill Regional Park extended deep into the rugged Akatarawa Forest. There are some excellent stories on the Vorb website, look under "Posts". Results...


So How Much does a Bike Help? 21 Dec 08
Yesterday's Pencarrow (Wgtn) Rogaine offered a bike option - with a 10% penalty. See the story and results to find out if this created a "level playing field" on hilly (up to 180m) reverting farmland.
World Ranking Events, 8 Dec 08
The IOF has announced 31 events that will be used for world ranking in 2009.
Milestones, 7 Dec 08
The MTBO website has been going for 10 years. And sometime recently it clicked over 50,000 hits. Not bad for a small part of a small sport in a small country! But we also navigate on the ride much better than we should: Kiwis hold 11 Australian titles; Chris Forne finishes his first serious year of MTBO with a world ranking of 29; and Marquita Gelderman is ranked FIFTH IN THE WORLD!
Need a Long Ride? 6 Dec 08
Summer is the season for longer-distance team events. OHV rogainers are challenging bikers to compete (with a 10% penalty) around the Pencarrow Lakes on 20 Dec. The Akatarawa Attack 8/4hr MTB Rogaine is on Saturday 31 Jan. Taranaki's afterwork bike or foot rogaines continue in Febrary. And the pioneering Cyclic Saga in Canterbury is on 14-15 March. Check the MTBO Calendar
Exciting Trip Next June, 6 Dec 08
There's a good trip on offer next June, around the Australian Champs. Rob Garden and Di Michels are organising a 10 day MTBO trip.
And in the North, 6 Dec 08
Auckland activity has focussed on "Marquita's Garden", at Helensville where the two enthusiasts are continuing to develop a complex maze of tracks. The Wellington series ended on Mt Victoria right in the city, with John Randal overtaking Andrew McLellan and Lisa Walker the womens champion. Rotorua ran an event in Whaka Forest, and Taranaki's 6 afterwork rogaines attract bikers as well as footers. Full results...
Meanwhile, Back on the Mainland, 6 Dec 08
PAPO concluded the biggest series in NZ this year. Greig Hamilton won from Justin Freeman, with adventure racer Nora Audra third. The 8 events included a weekend at Hanmer. Dunedin held a weekend in the fabulous Naseby Forest, with Jim Cotter and Sasha McLeod the open winners both days. And Southland also ran MTBO at Sandy Point. Full results...
MTBO in Oz, 1 Oct 08
Kiwis showed well at the Oz Champs near Maryborough yesterday and today. Marquita had a rare loss in the middle but won the sprint and long, Dianne Michels won all three in W40, Michael Wood nearly got all three but for 3 seconds in the sprint. Jacqui Sinclair also won twice, conceding to another kiwi, Alison McDonald in the long. The terrain was pine forest, dead flat for middle and sprint, and a few contours in the long; in spite of that, plenty of route choice through a curly track system and varying ridability. Full results: Sprint, Middle, and Long.
Looking Back at the World Champs, 7 Sep 08
The 2008 World MTBO championships have concluded. 6 riders represented NZ with Marquita Gelderman always near the top, sometimes missing medal placings by less than a minute. Chris Forne showed his mapsport versatility by riding very well in the larger mens fields. Georgia Whitla was NZ's first junior MTBO rep, with a best placing of 15th. Races consisted of a sprint on a university campus, and middle, long and relay races in managed forests. Full report in the NZ Orienteering magazine, results here.. Next year's championship is in Israel.
World Mountain Bike Orienteering Relay Results , 31 Aug 08
In the final event of the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, New Zealand placed 9th of 13 nations in the women's relay, finishing ahead of Great Britain and Australia. In the men's relay, Chris Forne had the team in 6th place out of 25 after leg one, however New Zealand slipped down on legs two and three to finish 17th. The race culminated with Denmark holding out Russia by a mere seven seconds. More.....
Two Top 20 Places for NZ at World Champs , 30 Aug 08
Marquita Gelderman and Chris Forne continued their good form at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, both placing in the top 20 in the long distance event. Gelderman (from Helensville) placed 11th, Forne (from Christchurch) 19th. In the junior women's event, Georgia Whitla secured a top 30 placing. The championships in Ostroda, Poland, conclude with the relays (for teams of three). New Zealand will be represented in both the men's and women's relays. More.....
NZ Mountain Bikers Make World Finals , 28 Aug 08, Updated 29 Aug 08
Marquita Gelderman continued her excellent form at this year's World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships qualifying second in her heat for Friday's long distance final. Most of the six-strong New Zealand team competing at the championships in Ostroda, Poland, qualified with Chris Forne 3rd in his heat and Georgia Whitla 7th in her heat of the junior women's.....more
NZ Rider Takes Fifth Place at World Champs, 27 Aug 08
Marquita Gelderman was less than two minutes away from the bronze medal at the second event at this year's World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships. Gelderman finished a frustrating 5th in the middle distance champs, after finishing 4th the previous day in the sprint. Gelderman made ......more
NZ Rider Just Misses World Champs Medal , 26 Aug 08
Marquita Gelderman missed the bronze medal in the opening event at this year's World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships by 22 seconds. Gelderman placed 4th in the sprint event at the champs being held in Ostroda, Poland. The Helensville orienteer also placed 4th at the 2005 champs in the middle distance event which is the next event on this year's programme. Best of the others in the six-strong New Zealand team was Emily Wall (Christchurch), who placed 36th, behind Gelderman, in a field of 53. More ......
World Championships start this week, 24 Aug 08
The World Championships for MTBO start this week in Poland. Comment will be posted regularly on Maptalk and the official website is here. NZ's best hopes are for Marquita Gelderman who is ranked in the top 10. NZ is also represented in the first junior WOC by Georgia Whitla.
Marquita ranked 7th ahead of World Champs, 28 July 08
Marquita is up to 7th in the world rankings, having had 2 seconds, a 3rd and a 13th in the 4 WRE events in Europe. More...
MTB in Wainuiomata, 20 July 08
Andrew McLellan narrowly won the open mens field with John Randal and Bryce Lorcet finishing in exactly the same time for second place. Results...
Knocked the Bastard Off, 10 Jul 08
Simon Kennett reached the Mexican border yesterday at a little place called Antelope Wells. His time 19 days, 5 hours and 2 minutes and he was 4th.
Bottle Lake Reappears, 6 Jul 08
Bikers demanded water depth contours on the map at Bottle Lake Forest near Christchurch today, the result of yesterday's storm. Results...
Riders Brave 130kmh Gales, 29 Jun 08
Mountainbikers braved cold southerly conditions at Wellington's Makara Peak today - including an Aucklander! Results...
Divide and Conquer, 26 Jun 08
Wellington's Simon Kennett is 6 days into an epic ride - the Great Divide Race from the US-Canadian border to New Mexico. This self-supported solo competition covers 4000km with 70,000m of climb. Reports on his excellent blog...
Labyrinth at Helensville, 26 Jun 08
Pete Swanson cleaned up all the controls in a 2-hour score event near Helensville. Marquita Gelderman was fastest in a sprint distance (12min) and long race (70min) next day. Results...
Wellington MTBO Series Begins, 8 Jun 08
The southerly front that brought snow to the country fortunately went through Wellington in the night. Results...
Temporary Calendar Outage, 27 May 08, updated 30 May
The calendar we use has moved hosts and there were some complications.
Team for World Championship, 19 May 08
NZOF has named a team of five seniors and a junior for the World MTBO Championship in Poland at the end of August.
Two Sides of MTBO, 5 May 08
Two very different events on Sunday: an MTB rogaine near Okuku Pass in Canterbury, and a beginner event at Upper Hutt. Rogaine results, and Beginner results.
Australia Announces Worlds Team, 3 May 08
Following the events in Victoria, Australia has announced a World Champs team of 4 plus 4.
Marquita Builds Up for World Champs, 23 Apr 08
Marquita Gelderman rode in the Victorian Championships near Ballarat at the weekend, winning two of the races and placing third in the other. Results, and look under MTB Events.
NorthWest, Hutt Valley Last Weekend, 7 Apr 08, pictures added 9 Apr
Hutt Valley used the easy terrain of the Hutt riverbanks to run a beginner event.NorthWest OC's MTB-orienteering followed foot orienteering earlier the same day. Results...
Huge Turnout at Chch, 7 Apr 08
Among the 900 participants at the Chch City Council's orienteering day at Bottle Lake Forest were 143 doing the bike courses; could be the biggest NZ MTBO so far other than the Cyclic Saga. Results...
Nomination for World Championship, 26 Mar 08
The call for nominations for the NZ team for the World MTBO Championship has gone out. More...
Saga Sorts Out the Boys - and Girls, 26 Mar 08
Aaron Prince and Jamie Stewart, both experienced adventure racers and orienteers, won the Cyclic Saga near Scargill, Canterbury, by 580 points. More...
Top Aussie to Ride Karapoti, 29 Feb 08
Australia's top MTB-Orienteer, Adrian Jackson will ride the Karapoti race this weekend.
Ozzie Website Changes, 29 Feb 08
The Australian MTBO website has just been replaced by a new section of the main Orienteering Australia site here.
Another Mapholder Design, 27 Feb 08
With the Cyclic Saga just a couple of weeks away, Di Michels' pattern for a simple mapholder is timely. See it in Resources.
And Port Hills Too, 30 Jan 08
Ian Edmond won the PAPO 6-hour MTB rogaine on the Port Hills, with William Kelton and Oliver Whalley top team.Results...
Randal and Kennett Attack Again, 27 Jan 08, story added 29 Jan, results updated 30 Jan
As last year, John Randal and Simon Kennett won the 8hr Akatarawa Attack. Tale of the winning ride, and final results.
New Committee Member, 21 Jan 08
Dianne Michels has been appointed to the NZOF MTB-Orienteering Committee; other members are Rob Garden, Claire Heppenstall and Michael Wood (convenor).
And Another MTB Rogaine, 9 Jan 08
Peninsula and Plains has announced a MTB Rogaine on the Port Hills on 26 Jan. Meanwhile entries close shortly for the Akatarawa Attack on 27 Jan. Details...


IOF Features MTBO Champion, 22 Dec 07
The international federation has an online magazine. The latest one features multiple world MTBO champion Michaela Gigon.
Baggage Limits, 6 Dec 07
We have documented the baggage experiences of the NZ MTBO Team crossing the Tasman recently in the Resources section.
Grant Sparks World Campaign, 27 Nov 07
Marquita Gelderman has been awarded a SPARC "Performance Enhancement Grant" for the 2008 World MTBO Champs.
Long Summer Days, 27 Nov 07
With Rotorua's score event at Highlands Forest over, the next two events are long ones. The Cyclic Saga in Canterbury is NZ's pioneering MTBO event and still the largest. The Akatarawa Attack is a one-day version in the famous Karapoti area.
PAPO Series Final, 11 Nov 07
The PAPO series ended with a score event at Victoria Park. Craig Tregurtha was the top man overall, while junior rider Georgia Whitla won the womens. Results... Dunedin OC ran an event on the Taieri, and a two-day at the MTB mecca of Naseby. Results...
... and NZ Team Unpacks Trophy, 6 Nov 07
Over a middle, sprint and long distance at the weekend in the Hunter Valley, NZ won 4-3, 4-3, 4-3! This may be the first A-NZ orienteering win on Australian soil. Challenge Results, and also NSW Champs.
NZ Team Packs Bikes, 24 Oct 07
The NZ team and others are packing their bikes this week for a week's training in NSW, and the Australia-NZ MTBO Challenge.
Last Ozzie Polaris, 10 Oct 07
The Cyclic Saga was modelled on the UK "Polaris" events, which also run in Australia. The Oz organiser Wild Horizons has announced "the final Polaris event" in Canberra on 2 Dec. The original UK Polaris continues.
Bizarre Bone Break by Biker, 23 Sep 07
Graeme Silcock caught his little finger in a trackside sapling at Maungakotukutuku today, and broke a bone. He carried on, but though he lost the Vet Mens race, he won the Wgtn MTBO series. Results
Strong Team Announced for ANZ Challenge, 21 Sep 07
There's a strong team going in to battle in NSW in November. We predicted at the time we would be unlikely to retain the challenge, ho ho ho!!!Full team...
Latest on Oz Trip, 30 Jul 07, updated 8 Sep
Check it out here. And we have just received the first bulletin for the Oz Champs; and now the second bulletin; and now some comments on the champs area.
MTBO Bonus, 26 Aug 07, results updated 27 Aug
Yesterday's Wgtn MTBO at Cannon Point offered riders a 5min bonus for a dozen optional controls. Andrew Bott displaced local favourites to win open men, while Jenny Visser and Paul Chaplow won women and vets. Results...
Call for Nominations, 11 Aug 07
Nominations are now invited for the NZ team for the Australia-NZ MTBO Challenge. Please download this information.
World Champs This Week, 5 Aug 07, updated 12 Aug
Noting Michal Glowacki's results this week: Sprint, 45= (Aussie Randall 14th); Middle, 58th. Randall way down (mechanical?) but blog supremo Darvodelsky 18th. Long Quali 13th (in, along with 3 Aussie men, 1 woman). Long Final 44th. Relay Sat but no NZ team; Aus 15th. More on the superb Ozzie Team Blog. And we've just discovered Michal's blog! Go Michal!
Bott Impresses Again, 5 Aug 07, map added 6 Aug
Neil Kerrison and Marquita Gelderman were fastest on C1 at Slater Rd near Helensville today. But they know the area well, and Andrew Bott's ride for 4th showed this Hawkes Bay man's potential. Results, and Course 1 map.
All It Needs is some Mountains, 30 Jul 07
Bottle Lake Forest at Christchurch; 75 turned out on Sunday; Carsten Jorgensen just pipped multisport legend Steve Gurney. Results...
Snow Tires? 22 Jul 07
It was snowing when course planners put out controls on Belmont Regional Park, near Lower Hutt. Simon Kennett collected the top score. Results...
Australian Loss, 16 Jul 07
Australian MTBO has lost one of its key people to cancer. Peter Jackson was a top veteran competitor organiser and mapper in both foot-o and MTBO.
It's Winter After All! 7 Jul 07
Auckland's MTBO near Helensville was topped by Stu Lynch and Fiona McBryde; Wellington's event at Upper Hutt by Magnus Bengtsson and Jenny Cossey. Results...
Leadup to World Champs, 25 Jun 07
While we only have one rider in the world champs, the Aussies have 6 men and 3 women. Team Blog, and Aussie team.
Calendar Changover, 10 Jun 07
The new MTBO calendar uses "Maptalk/Events" which covers all map-sport in NZ.
Team of One for World Champs, 8 Jun 07
The selection of Norway-based Michal Glowacki for the World MTBO Champs in Czech has been announced.
Australia-NZ Challenge? 31 May 07
MTB-orienteers on both sides of the Tasman are negotiating an ANZ Challenge in November. Rob Garden is orchestrating a week's prior training.
MTBO Alive Again in Auckland, 30 May 07
Junior Nick Mead was the overall winner of the score event in Waiuku Forest. More...
Off-Track Tried in Chch, Wgtn, 27 May 07
PAPO and OHV events independently trialled riding off marked tracks. PAPO had a steep farmland area, and OHV used a town belt with too many tracks to show. Results...
Riders Tackle Tunnel, 21 Apr 07
MTBO at Tunnel Gully near Upper Hutt took riders from the tunnel to the waterworks and the rifle range. Results... and comment on experimental new track symbols.
New Track Symbols Trialled, 29 Mar 07
Proposals for another "speed value" for tracks, subdividing the variable "unmaintained" category into medium and slow riding. See what you think on this Ozzie map (750k).
Mist Controls in Wgtn Series Opener, 24 Mar 07, winner's route 25 Mar
Mist on Makara Peak, and a bit of a breeze on Ridgeline. Slightly too many controls for John Randal to visit - score 470/540. More...
Prince and Vaughan at Springfield, 14 Mar 07
Aaron Prince and Luke Vaughan won the 13th Cyclic Saga at Springfield. Rob Garden/Marquita Gelderman beat Angela Eccles/Tim Sikma by tie-break. Results...
Into the Clips, 14 Feb 07
Clubs from NorthWest to Southland have planned 20 MTBO events in 2007.
Kennett Beats Off Attackers, 29 Jan 07
Simon Kennett and John Randal ranged from Orange Hut to the outskirts of Paraparaumu to win the 8hr Akatarawa Attack yesterday. Forty riders, and another 70 on the 4hr course. More...
Hundred for Ak Attack, 24 Jan 07
This time the 8/4hr MTB rogaine starts on the Paraparaumu side of the Akatarawas.


Think Vic in March, 16 Dec 06 Noting Aucklander Mark Lawson's excellent results in the Australian MTBO Champs in WA in October. The website for the Oceania MTBO Champs is up.
Could THIS work on a Bike? 13 Dec 06
The world’s first downhill ski-orienteering event. Could it work for bikes? More... A Series of Sagas, 5 Nov 06, updated 26 Nov
Ak Attack entry form; the second Makarau Madness, and the original Cyclic Saga.
Over the Tasman and Further, 6 Oct 06
IOF draft ranking events for 2007, with four in Australia.
New MTBO Calendar, 4 Oct 06
Maptalk now the default. To see all orienteering events, try
Naseby On Hold, 27 Sep 06, updated 4 Oct
Naseby Forest has been struck by severe gales...
Dramatic Finish in MTBO Final, 30 Sep 06
Simon Kennett had a 5-point lead going into the Wgtn series final...
But Cyclic Saga Assured, 27 Sep 06
It seemed the Cyclic Saga might be in doubt...
Huge Expansion at McLeans, 27 Sep 06
PAPO unveiled a 400% enlargement of its McLeans Island map...
And He Can Ride Too, 3 Sep 06, results 4 Sep
Chris Forne (Chch) won the NZ MTBO Championship in Hanmer Forest. The womens title went to Marquita Gelderman. Results...
Record NZ Champs, 22 Aug 06
Organisers are expecting 100. Entry form...
World Woman Wins Wellington, 19 Aug 06
World #9 Marquita Gelderman showed her class in wet conditions in the Wellington Series race at Tunnel Gully.
Still Riding High, 26 July 06
Marquita Gelderman remains in the top 10 in world rankings. She is placed 9th, in spite of having only 4 ranking scores.
Complexity Revealed, 24 July 06
Marquita Gelderman writes, "the areas used for the World Champs were quite close to town and heavily used for cross country skiing in winter, hence the dense track network - surely we have some areas in NZ with good networks???" WOC lessons and map samples.
National Championship Entries Open, 15 July 06
NZ Championship at Hanmer Springs Entry form.
Michal Excels in Relay, 13 July 06, updated 14 July
Michal Glowacki handed over in 8th place, just 4-25 down on the Finnish team which eventually won. The kiwi men finished 17th (13th country) while the women were 14th (11th country).
Depth in Long Distance, 12 July 06, updated 13 July
Marquita Gelderman placed 18th and Michael Glowacki 37th in the long final. Other results: Fiona McBride 41, Darryl Taylor 45, Stu Lynch 50. Last year we had only two finalists, placing 44 and 49.
Marquita Eighth, 10 July 06
Marquita Gelderman finished 8th in the middle distance. Also outstanding was 27th for Michal Glowacki, he lives in Norway, not known for MTBO. Other results: Fiona McBride 41, Di Michels 51, Darryl Taylor 74, Stu Lynch 75, Greg Barbour 77.
World Champs Roll, 9 July 06
Finland. Qualifications for the long distance today. Ozzie team blog and the Event website.
MTB Rogaine in Urban Jungle, 27 June 06
Auckland MTB Club is running a rogaine on wheels.
Kennett, Drake lead MTBO, 25 June 06
Simon Kennett and Sarah Drake are leading the open classes in the Wgtn MTBO Series...
Team Heads for Finland, 12 Jun 06
The World Champs team leaves for Finland about now.
MTBO Raises Funds, 27 May 06
Andrew McLellan and Jo Holden top-scored at Long Gully in the Wellington Series. And MTBO in Auckland resumed after a gap, with Mark Lawson and Marquita Gelderman winning. Results...
NZ Team for Finland, 12 May 06
The NZ team for the 2006 World Championship in MTBO will be: Marquita Gelderman, Fiona McBryde and Dianne Michels, all of North West OC; Greg Barbour (Orienteering Taranaki but living in the Netherlands), Michal Glowacki (North West OC but living in Norway), Stuart Lynch (North West OC), and Darryl Taylor (Hawkes Bay OC). Rob Garden is the Manager/Coach.
NZ Championship Announced, 2 May 06, updated 3 May
A two-day event at Hanmer Springs will include the NZ Championship for 2006. The extensive forest was mapped for the inaugural championship in 2000.
New Brooms in MTBO, 22 Apr 06
A brilliant day for riding in Belmont Regional Park in the Wgtn Series. Simon Kennett and Lara Shepherd won the open classes.
Kiwi Leads World Ranking, 28 Mar 06
Marquita Gelderman again won both races of the second trial for the Australian World Champs team. Our calcs have the kiwi on 129.5 points, ahead of Austria's Michaela Gigon (109.5) and Carolyn Jackson (94.5). Results...
Represent New Zealand? 28 Mar 06
Planner Eats Undies, 28 Mar 06
Saga Won on Time, 16 Mar 06, updated 17 Mar
Saga, Wgtn MTBO Venues Revealed, 8 Mar 06
Kiwi Wins in Australia, 27 Feb 06
Akatarawas Conquered, 22 Jan 06; Results, Steve's photos and Andrew's photos
Riders Gather to Attack, 13 Jan 06; Akatarawa Attack
World Unicycle Champs Includes Orienteering, 10 Jan 06


Akatarawa Attack Announced, 24 Nov 05
Nelson Joins MTBO, 18 Dec 05
MTBO Faster than Rogaining, 6 Dec 05
Wellington Earmarks Fourth Saturday, 6 Dec 05
Kiwi Wins Aussie Double, 21 Nov 05
Strong Wins for Gelderman, McLeod, 9 Nov 05
Strong Entry for NZ Champs, 1 Nov 05
Marquita Awarded Training Grant, 28 Oct 05
MTB Rogaine Near Auckland, 26 Oct 05
Bikers Replicate Safari, 15 Oct 05
One Weekend - Three Events, 12 Oct 05: Taieri Plain; Whaka Forest; and Sandy Point.
Addition to Index, 12 Oct 05: Partners4Travel&Teams
NZ MTBO Champs Entries now open 27 Sep; share transport; Special Ferry Offer on Bluebridge.
Wellington Elects Winners, 17 Sep 05
Wgtn Series Final on Saturday, 12 Sep 05
World Champs 2005 Summary,
Roaring Forties for NZ, 10 Sep 05; Full results and the Aussie diary
Steady Ride in Relay, 10 Sep 05
NZ Champs Date Confirmed, 8 Sep 05
Two Qualify for World Champ Long, 7 Sep 05
Marquita Minute Off a Medal!!! 6 Sep 05
Results from Whaka Forest; and from McLeans Island 5 Sep 05.
Reminder the World Champs is on this week. (Aussie viewpoint)
Night-MTBO in Chch, 28 Aug 05
Patrick's Pines Perplex Pedallers, 21 Aug 05
Marquita on the Hungarian Front (2nd), 17 Aug 05
Our Man in Slovakia, 15 Aug 05
Kiwis Off to World Champs, 13 Aug 05 (Aussie MTBO blog)
Riders Too Fast in Santoft, 20 Jul 05
Four to Represent NZ in Slovakia, 17 Jul 05
Website Fresh-up, 5 Jul 05
MTBO Debut in South Canterbury, 19 Jun 05
Wgtn Series Event in Manawatu, 19 Jun 05
Leaders Emerge in Wellington Series, 18 Jun 05
World Champs in Slovakia: Formal Call for Availability, 10 Jun 05
Darryl Wheels In Australian Trials, 1 Jun 05
Hawkes Bay Up and Riding, 16 May 05
Hawkes Bay MTBO Debut, 11 May 05
Highlands Forest Results, 25 Apr 05, story soon
NZ Champs at MTB Mecca, 20 Apr 05
Girls Outnumber Boys at Maungakotukutuku, 20 Apr 05
Auckland MTBO Dates Sorted, 14 Apr 05
Latest Details: Wellington and Rotorua, 8 Apr 05
Betts Bests Tunnel Gully, 19 Mar 05
Auck dates in the air, Wgtn starts 19 Mar updated 10 Mar 05
Interest Sought for Slovakian World Champs, installed 10 Mar 05
NZ Beats Australia at Riverhead, installed 10 Jan 05, updated 18 Jan
Aust and NZ Teams for Jan Challenge, inst 18 Dec 04, updated 4 Jan


Excellent Summary of World Champs (1.5MB PDF), added 17 Dec 04
Hutt Valley Makes Plans for 2005, installed 17 Dec 04
More on MTBO in January, updated 10 Dec 04
World Champs Photo Gallery 28 Oct 04, updated 23 Jun 05
The Next Challenge: January 28 Oct 04
NZ Fires in MTBO Relay 25 Oct 04
Triumph and Disaster at World MTBO Champs 23 Oct 04
Gelderman Top Kiwi in MTBO World Champs 21 Oct 04
Kiwis Qualify for World MTBO Final 21 Oct 04
MTBO Flourishing Down South 15 Oct 04
Hanmer Results (25 September), 10 Oct 04
Quick-Release Mod for Miry Mapholder, 16 Sep 04, picture added 23 Sep
So you Think the Weather's been Bad??, 23 Sep 04
Long Gully Winds Up Wgtn MTBO Series, 18 Sep 04
Australia brings Big Team in Jan, 17 Sep 04
Score Event to Clinch Series, 13 Sep 04
An MTBO where it DIDN'T RAIN!, 8 Sep 04
World Champs Public Event Entry Extended, 1 Sep 04
World Champs Team Back up to Full Strength, 22 Aug 04
Bikers Blown Away as Woodhill Sweats, 17 Aug 04
Simultaneous MTBO at Wgtn, Auckland, 10 Aug 04
More MTBO at Rotorua (AND elsewhere), 29 July 04
Only Bold Brave Belmont, 17 July 04, photo added 26 Jul
Full Team Selected for World Champs, 19 July 04
Hanmer 2-day, Home Challenge to Aussies, 15 July 04, updated 16 July
Lynch and Wood Share the Spoils, but Michels Supreme! 4 July 04, Splits added 7 Jul
NZ Champs Goes Ahead despite Controller Illness, 25 Jun 04, Updated 30 Jun 04
Wellington Series Continues with Score Event, 25 Jun 04
The Wellington Champs - A Review, 25 Jun 04
Soft Ground makes Hard Courses, 19 June 04, updated 22 Jun
Wellington Champs Additional Info, 17 June 04
Wellington Champs Entries Roll In, 11 June 04
MTBO Squad Focussed, 11 Mar 04, updated 11 June
Record Entry in Woodhill Forest, 2 June 04, reinstalled 14 June
Tough Event in Christchurch, 23 May 04
NZ Champs Details Firmed, 18 May 04, updated 21 May
Bikes Outperform Vehicles, 16 May 04
Successful MTBO in Rotorua 28 April 04
Details for Wgtn Champs Announced, 20 Apr 04
Long Courses at Tunnel Gully, 17 Apr 04
Vet Wins in Australian Champs, 17 Apr 04
Wellington Series Continues at Tunnel Gully, 13 Apr 04
New Zealand MTBO Champs Announced, 8 Apr 04
World Champs Bulletin Published, 7 Apr 04
More MTBO in Canterbury, 29 Mar 04
Impressive Results at Riverhead, 25 Mar 04
Top Saga Results for Squad Members, 21 Mar 04
Details Announced for Rotorua Event, 21 Mar 04
Wgtn Opener Pulls Riders from Afar, 21 Mar 04
Rides Wanted to Waitarere, 15 Mar 04, updated 18 Mar
Innovation to Open Wellington Series, 13 Mar 04, correction 17 Mar
NorthWest Series Continues Saturday, 15 Mar 04
New faces on MTBO Committee, 4 Mar 04
NorthWest Series Under Way, 26 Feb 04
Ambitious Wellington Plans; Chch and Rotorua Events, 19 Feb 04
Another Club Offers MTB-Orienteering, 30 Jan 04


Stuart Lynch-pin at Riverhead, 22 Dec 03
Lateness Crucial in Woodhill Trailquest, 11 Dec 03
World's most Southerly MTBO Map, 6 Dec 03
Kiwis Shine in Australian Champs, 5 Dec 03
Plans to Expand MTBO Series, 5 Dec 03
Scary Ride at NSW Champs, 13 Nov 03
Some GREAT photos incl Kiwis on the Ozzie MTBO website, 2 Nov 03
(Go to ANZ Challenge - Results, More Photos, Graphs, Maps)
In Taupo at Labour Weekend? 22 Oct 03, updated 28 Oct
Man Beats Machine, 17 Oct 03
MTBO Resumes in Auckland, 15 Oct 03
Packing Bikes for Air Travel added to "Resources", 9 Oct 03
NZ wins Womens Veteran class at ANZ Challenge 29 Sep 03, updated 13 Oct
NZ MTBO Team Announced, 27 Aug 03, updated 5 Sep and 17 Sep
Aussie Rider Second in Polish World Cup (story and maps), 9 Sep 03
World Champs through to 2007 announced, installed 5 Sep
NZ MTBO Team Announced, 27 Aug 03, updated 5 Sep
Pioneering Training Weekend at Hanmer, 3 Sep 03
New Convenor for MTBO Committee, 27 Aug 03
Starnes and Renhart at Last! 3 Aug 03, updated 5 Aug, map added 7 Aug
Hanmer MTBO Training Weekend Announced, 1 Aug 03
Entries Roll In for Wgtn MTBO Champs, Updated 30 Jul 03
Varied MTB Series in Canterbury, 19 Jul 03
NZ Accepts the Challenge (Part III), 19 Jul 03
Lift and/or Bike Wanted for MTBO Champs, updated 15 Jul 03
MTBO Final in Snow, 6 July 03, photos added 7 July, map added 9 July
MTBO at Tunnel Gully Postponed by Big Storm, 5 July 03, updated 6 July 10am
Men on Top at Makara Peak, 7 Jun 03
Wgtn MTBO Champs Info/Entry Form Available, 26 May 03
NZ Accepts the Challenge (Part II), 26 May 03
Women from Strength to Strength, 3 May 03, updated 4 May
New Zealand Accepts the Challenge, 30 Apr 03, updated 1 May
Wellington Series and Champs Sorted, 15 Apr 03
Details Emerge for Australia Trip, 10 Apr 03
Fogden Wins despite Spill, 5 Apr 03
Nelson Tries MTB-Orienteering, 24 Mar 03
Wellington Series Shapes Up, 25 Feb 03
Cyclic Saga Location Revealed, 11 Feb 03
Afterwork Events in Wgtn/Hutt Valley, 9 Feb 03


New Members on MTBO Committee, 20 Dec 02
South Island Endurance Events, 15 Dec 02
MTBONZ Mailing List Now In Use, 5 Dec 02
MTBOer Top Vet in Tour de Peak, 4 Dec 02
Training Squad Planned for World Champs, 20 Nov 02
MTBO Rolls Out through NZ, 12 Nov 02
Gruelling National Championship in Woodhill, 5 Nov 02, photo added 11 Nov
NZ MTBO Champs Entry Form Now Available, 20 Sep 02
Auckland Under Way with MTBO, 10 Sep 02, map added 19 Sep
Website Up for 2004 World Champs in Oz, 4 Sep 02
MTBO Under Way in Otago, 4 Sep 02
Makara Peak Finalises Wellington Series, 2 Sep 02
World Champs, Hungarian Maps Added, 1 Sep 02
MTBO Organisers' Resource Added, 29 Aug 02
Less than Ideal Weather for Trailquest, 25 Aug 02
Website up and running for NZ MTBO Champs, 8 Aug 02
Greg Barbour Reports from the First World MTBO Champs (again), 8 July 02
Greg Barbour reports from the World MTBO Champs, 7 July 02
NZ MTBO Championship Dates Confirmed, 25 June 02
Muddy Adventure in Ngaumu Forest, 1 Jul 02
Quick and Dirty Results for Wellington MTBO Champs, 30 June 02
56 Entries for Wgtn MTBO Champs, 27 June 02
NZ Champs Date Announced, 25 June 02
Rogaine Experience Wins 24-hour MTB Race, 25 June 02
Wgtn Series #3 Confirmed as St Pats, 10 June 02
Craig Starnes Lord of the Chainrings at Waitarere, 26 May 02
Entry List for Wgtn MTBO Champs Started, 26 May 02
Wellington MTBO Champs returns to Wairarapa, 17 May 02
Night MTBO Series at Christchurch, 29 Apr 02
Tunnel Gully Kicks off Wgtn MTBO Series, 27 Apr 02
Wellington Riders Prevail in Cyclic Saga, 14 Apr 02
Wellington MTBO Series Firms Up, Updated 24 Mar 02
NZ to be Represented at First World Champs, 4 Mar 02
Australia Scrapes in by 59 Seconds, 17 Jan 02
Unofficial Australia-NZ Challenge Ready to Roll, 10 Jan 02
MTBONZ E-Mailing List Announced, 10 Jan 02


Unofficial Australia-NZ Challenge in January, 7 Dec 01
Interesting MTBO Event to be held in Sydney, 1 Nov 01
Entry Forms Out for Cyclic Saga 2002, 29 Oct 01
Preliminary Bulletins for First World MTBO Champs, 29 Oct 01
PAPO Captures BOTH NZ Open Titles, 1 Oct 01, map added 3 Oct 01.
Wairarapa OC Provides MTBO Map Samples, 1 Oct 01
At Last, a Date for the First World Champs, 25 Sep 01
Final Info for NZ MTBO Champs as a 31k Word 6.0 file
Kiwi is Belgian MTB-Orienteering Champion, 18 Sep 01
Quality Field for NZ MTB-Orienteering Champs, 17 Sep 01
NZ Represented at World Cup MTBO, 14 Sep 01
Course Lengths Revealed for NZ Champs, 9 Sep 01
Night Riding comes to MTBO! 5 Sep 01
Surprise Win in Wellington Championship, 25 Aug 01
Courses Take Shape for NZ Champs, 25 Aug 01
Starnes and Cox Win Wgtn Series, 28 July 01
Entries Flood In for NZ MTBO Champs, 21 July 01
Entry Form Available for NZ MTBO Champs, 6 July 01 (Missing link fixed 27 July 01)
South Islanders need Transport to NZ MTBO Champs, 4 July 01
Fallen Trees Creat Havoc at St Pats, 1 July 01
Musical Chairs in Wellington, 5 Jun 01 updated 28 Jun 01
Magazine Article Booboo, 5 Jun 01
Area for NZ Champs Announced, 26 May 01
Tough Courses in Whitby Forest, 26 May 01
Controller Appointed for NZ Champs, 11 May 01
Big Field In Wellington MTB-O Series, 28 Apr 01
Wellington Series Kicks Off Saturday, 24 Apr 01
Another Great Saga, 15 Mar 01
Hutt Valley Announces 2001 Events, 6 Mar 01
New Plymouth Resumes MTBO Events, 7 Feb 01
IOF Introduces Masters Category for World Cup MTBO, 5 Feb 01


Lessons Learned from Hanmer, 17 Dec 00
Event Dates set for 2001, 4 Dec 00
Australian MTBO Champs Held, 26 Nov 00
Biker-friendly courses at Street Orienteering, 29 Oct 00
MTBO-er Stars on Sports Page, 18 Oct 00
First NZ MTBO Champions, 2 Oct 00
Great Entry for NZ Champs, 20 Sep 00
Sample MTBO Maps on the Web, 9 Sep 00
Tough Courses find Wellington Champions, 26 Aug 00
World MTBO Champs to Australia, 17 Aug 00
MTBO Riding Hints, 17 Aug 00
Day of Upsets at MTBO, 29 July 00
Course Planning Hints, 31 July 00
Ride Offered to Hanmer, 29 July 00
MTBO Series Hots Up, 17 June 00
Entry Forms Available for National MTBO Champs, 8 June 00
MTBO Series Kicks Off, 20 May 00
Wgtn MTBO Series Off the Ground, installed 10 May 00
International MTBO Mapping Standardised, installed 10 May 00
Eco-Challenge Team Bypasses Winning Control, installed 15 Mar 00
Mountainbike Orienteering gets New Abbreviation, installed 27 Feb 00
Y2K Events starting to appear, installed 1 Feb 00


Mapping Begins at Hanmer, installed 6 Nov 99
International Rules Drafted, installed 6 Nov 99
Close Win by Wood at Waitarere, installed 26 Aug 99
Another Tandem Pair Win Trailquest, installed 25 July 99
Mapping Conventions for MTBO, installed 18 July 99
Tandem Pair Wins Trailquest, installed 4 July 99
Orienteering Federation appoints MTBO Group, installed 11 Apr 99
Mixed Pair Win Cyclic Saga, installed 18 Mar 99


Coxed pair Win MTBO, installed 4 Nov 98

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