What better place to put your navigation skills to the test than on the tangled-spaghetti trail network of Growlers Gulch? WCWC team members Sue Grandjean and Abra McNair are hosting Castle Rock, WA's first-ever Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) race this Sunday, June 11th.
MTBO is a test of endurance, map reading and navigational abilities, and of course mountain biking skills. Every competitor gets a map of the trail network which they will use to find a series of points which they must tag in the correct order. And unlike most MTB races where all riders from a category start at the same time, MTBO races have staggered starts so that riders cannot follow one another's lead - you have to find your own way. It's one of Sue and Abra's passions and they have traveled all over the world for races. They've been working for months on the course and race day and we're stoked to see what they have put together!
You can register for the event at:
There will be a brief MTBO clinic before the start, including notes about the course and a few tips on how to make your event a success. If you're intrigued by the idea but don't want to race, they are still looking for some volunteers for registration and the finish line.