About Us

 The MTBO Club

Formed in 2007, Queensland's first dedicated MTB Orienteering club was setup to promote the sport of bicycle orienteering and to run events for club members and other riders in the natural areas of  the state.




 So what is MTBO?

MTB Orienteering is the sport of cross country cycling, combining riding and navigation. Using specially produced maps, riders navigate their way along roads, tracks and trails to control markers (checkpoints) placed at specific locations. Interpreting the map to decide which is the best way from one control to the next, introduces some challenge, so that it's not all about speed. Riders are timed electronically with the rider locating their controls correctly in the shortest time declared the winner. Competitors carry an electronic card (SportIdent) which can register their visit at each control.

More SportIdent info... Here

Course lengths vary from 5km to over 40km, in terrain from flat coastal pine plantations to undulating native bush forests. Courses are available to suit riders of all abilities, from social to competitive. There are classes for males, females and pairs/groups, covering ages from 10 to over 70 years. MTBO events are a low-key and fun competition and are open to anyone to compete.

Extract of an MTBO map.

Replay of an Event. Download and run replay.


 Watch these Intro Videos...



MapboardWhat do you need?

The basics are a bike, helmet, drink bottle and basic tools and tube.

Some form of mapboard on your handlebars will also assist in holding the map in a convenient position to read. Map boards can be as simple as a clipboard held in place with cable ties, right up to sturdy commercially available models. Here are some examples:-


A comparison of major brands of mapboards was done by Australian Orienteer magazine and the article can be read in full here.

For rider who want to get their own 'SportIdent' timing stick, check out the models here

Event Types

Riders mass for a start Bike-O is conducted in an urban environment, usually a council park or reserve. These are a great events for beginners and families.

 Come & Try is an easy event for riders new to MTB orienteering to  experience it in a bush area with easy tracks requiring only basic  riding riding skills. Club members are always on hand to take you  through the simple steps to get you out on your bike and navigating around the courses in no time at all.

 Line courses are laid out in bush areas with a complex network of  tracks and trails. Controls are visited in a sequential order.

 Scatter courses are laid out in bush sites with a complex network of  tracks and trails. Controls are visited in any order.

 Score courses are laid out in bush areas with complex network of  tracks and trails. Controls are visited in any order and have varied  points earned for each.

Loop courses are laid out in bush areas with a complex network of tracks and trails. Controls are arranged in a number of Line course loops. Riders complete loops in a different order to one another.

Enduro events are our longest duration (up to 5 hours) and usually take a Score format.


Some general rules include:-

  • Stick to marked roads, tracks and trails. No shortcutting.
  • Keep out of 'Out-of Bounds' areas.
  • Render assistance to other riders.
  • Ride defensively and in control at all times.

Competition rules can be found here: MTBO Rules.

Rider-Of-the-Year series Rules.

 How to Enter

 You enter online and pay your entry fees electronically. Entries  close several days before the event. Final pre-event information  such as site conditions and travel directions are emailed to all  entrants a few days before the event.