2008 – the inaugural National MTB-O Series
This year’s mountain bike orienteering schedule will focus on three rounds of the National MTB-O Series – one in Victoria in April, the second in Queensland in late September, and the third in ACT in November.
The format will include sprint, middle and long distance races. Four divisions – M21E, W21E, M17-20E, W17-20E – will contest 8 races over the 3-round series. In addition to the youth and senior classes, all junior and masters classes will be contested during these events.
With the 2008 MTB WOC and the inaugural MTB JWOC staged at the same time in Ostroda Poland from August 24th to August 31st, Round 1 in Victoria will be the primary Selection Trials for Poland.
With all three existing mtb-o trophies comfortably lodged in Victoria again, 2008 will see the Victorian Nuggets try for the “double” – best elite foot and mtb-o orienteers in Australia.
Rules The existing rules successfully used in the NOL foot-o competition will generally apply in the National MTB-O Series.
Individual scoring in M21E, W21E, M17-20E, and W17-20E divisions will be the same as in the foot NOL. The table sets out how points can be scored in each of the 8 races.
Placing Points Placing Points
1st 30 14th 12
2nd 27 15th 11
3rd 24 16th 10
4th 22 17th 9
5th 21 18th 8
6th 20 19th 7
7th 19 20th 6
8th 18 21st 5
9th 17 22nd 4
10th 16 23rd 3
11th 15 24th 2
12th 14 25th 1
13th 13 26th or below 0
In each age class the best five (5) results over the eight races for the year will be counted. There is no limit to the number of state competitors who may enter and score points in M21E, W21E, M17-20E and W17-20E.
The seven state-based teams in the competition are: Canberra Cockatoos, NSW Stingers, Queensland Cyclones, Southern Arrows, Tasmanian Foresters, Victorian Nuggets and Western Nomads.
Since 2008 is the first year of the competition, only the top two (2) rider’s times from a state in each of the age classes will be summed. If only one state rider has recorded a time, they are ranked based on that result alone. After each event, points from each of the four divisions will be summed to give the National League Team Scores.