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how to get started

Getting into MTB Orienteering is a rewarding endeavor that combines outdoor adventure, physical activity, and navigation skills. Here are steps to help you get started in the sport:

Learn the Basics of Mountain Biking

Before diving into MTB Orienteering, it’s essential to become a competent mountain biker. Practice riding on various terrains, learn how to handle your bike over rough trails, and build your fitness level. You can take mountain biking lessons or join local biking groups to improve your skills.

Navigation Skills

MTB Orienteering revolves around navigation. Start by learning basic map-reading and compass skills. You can find resources online or consider taking a navigation course or workshop in your area. Practice using maps and a compass in outdoor settings to become comfortable with navigation techniques.

Find Local Clubs or Events

Look for MTB Orienteering clubs or events in your region. Joining a local club is a great way to connect with experienced riders, learn from them, and find out about upcoming events. Most clubs have regular training sessions and events that cater to riders of all skill levels.

Participate in Local Races

Attend local MTB Orienteering races or events as a participant or spectator. This will give you a better understanding of how races are organized and what to expect during a competition. You can often find event listings on the websites of MTB Orienteering organizations or through local biking clubs.

Get the Right Equipment

Invest in the necessary equipment, including a mountain bike suitable for off-road riding, a helmet, gloves, appropriate clothing, a good-quality compass, and a hydration system. As you gain experience, you may consider specialized MTB Orienteering gear

Practice Navigation and Route Planning

Regularly practice your navigation skills by planning and executing your own rides using maps and control points. Start with simple routes and progressively increase the complexity of your courses. Try to replicate the conditions you might encounter during a race.

Participate in Beginner Events

Many MTB Orienteering events offer beginner-friendly courses. These courses are often shorter and less complex, making them a great starting point for newcomers to the sport. Participating in these events will help you gain experience and confidence

Learn from Experienced Riders

Connect with experienced MTB Orienteering riders and seek their guidance. They can provide valuable insights, share tips, and mentor you as you progress in the sport. Joining a club or online MTB Orienteering community can be an excellent way to network

Compete in Official Events

Once you feel confident in your skills, start competing in official MTB Orienteering events. Register for races, adhere to the rules and guidelines, and continue to refine your skills through real competition

Enjoy the Experience

Remember that MTB Orienteering is not only about winning but also about enjoying the thrill of navigating through beautiful natural settings on your bike. Embrace the adventure, learn from each race, and have fun.

Getting into MTB Orienteering takes time and practice, so be patient with yourself as you develop your skills. As you gain experience, you may choose to pursue more challenging events and even travel to compete in regional or international competitions if it becomes a passion for you.

More Informtion

Head on over to our What is Mountain Bike Orienteering page to find out more about this type of orienteering.

Get involved

There are so many ways to get involved with bush orienteering in your community and have an adventure in the great Australian outdoors.

Join A Club

Find an orienteering club near you and become part of our sport and recreation community.

Improve Your Skills

There are lots of little techniques to learn to improve your navigation skills in mountain bike orienteering.