Mountain Bike Orienteering MBO/Trailquests
These events used to be known as trailquests and are now officially known as MBO’s i.e. mountain bike orienteering events being run under the auspices and rules of British Mountain Bike Orienteering (BMBO), formally the Trail Cyclists Association (TCA). All our events are based in and around the superb surroundings of the Peak District National Park.
Dark & White Events currently organise a Winter MBO League in the months October – March which comprise a series of four three hour events on a Sunday morning – these are very well supported with an entry usually in the region of 150-200 riders.
During the summer months there is a weekday evening Summer Series involving three two hour events; these are a bit more laid back than the longer winter ones and usually start & finish near a pub handy for some post-race refreshment!
At MBO events each entrant is supplied at the start with a bagged colour OS map extract over-printed with all the required event information. The aim of the event is to navigate your way between a series of checkpoints and collect as many points as you can in the specified time period. Armed with your map, your bike and your brain, it is up to you to decide which route you take. Entries can be either as a solo or a pair in various age related classes; the events are suitable for all abilities as you effectively can do as much or as little as you want.
For lots more information about MBO events see www.bmbo.org.uk
Event timing is electronic by SPORTident – see www.sportident.co.uk for details.
Mountain Bike Marathons
Previously known as D&W Enduro’s these Peak District based challenging, hilly, single loop events on a set course are similar in format to road cycling sportives. These events have a choice of longer or shorter routes with set cut offs/time limits to complete the course in; they are classed as endurance events and as such are non-competitive. When planning mtb marathon courses we aim for: maximum off-road riding, challenging climbs, epic descents and plenty of great Peak District scenery.
The set routes are not 100% signed and to aid navigation riders are provided with a detailed colour OS route map and route description. However, the premise of the events is not totally to test navigational skills and therefore potentially tricky areas will be signed. GPS computers like Garmins are permitted and GPS tracks of the routes will be made available on our website to download pre-event.
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