The final round of Mountain Bike Orienteering World Cup 2016 took place on 29 September – 2 October in Kaunas. This competition of the highest level was organised in Lithuania for the first time after an 8 year break. VšĮ MTBO renginiai is one of the organisers of this event gathering the world’s best mountain bike orienteers. COBALT is excited to be amongst the sponsors and to be able to contribute to promoting mountain bike orienteering in Lithuania.
Mountain bike orienteering is an endurance sport that involves orienteering while cycling a bike through a track in hilly areas. The faster you ride, the more difficult and challenging it becomes to read a map, so this sport attracts enthusiasts of mountain biking who prefer fast orienteering style.
The event hosted more than 120 athletes from 20 countries. The Lithuanian team comprised 14 athletes. Kaunas hosted not only the World Cup, but also World Masters Mountain Bike Orienteering Championship that gathered 230 competitors from 22 countries, including 31 participants from Lithuania.
Next year Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championship will be held in Vilnius on 19 – 27 August. It will offer a great opportunity for residents of Vilnius to get closer acquainted with this sport and for elite athletes to come to Lithuania. A sprint event will be held in Vilnius Old Town, and other tracks will run throughthe woodlands of Verkiai-Žalieji Lakes, Sapieginė-Antakalnis and Karoliniškės.
Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championship was for the first time organised in France in 2002 and has been annually held since 2004.