Final details - MTBO

Final details per stage further down

Be considerate

Our competition areas are frequently used for recreation and outdoor activities. Please be considerate and use clear signals when passing others in the terrain.

Permitted bicycling

Bicycling is only permitted on roads and trails, tarmac, and gravel surfaces as well as surfaces marked with orange or black dots according map legends in the current map regulations ISMTBOM 2022. It is not permitted to take shortcuts through the woods, enter open areas marked with yellow or areas marked as prohibited areas on the map. It is, according to competition rules, not permitted to bicycle off the map.

Markings in the terrain

  • Blue-yellow strips are used for prohibited areas as well as when two trails pass close to each other. It is strictly prohibited to cross a blue-yellow marking strip!
  • Red-white strips are used to warn for dangerous objects in the terrain, such as road barriers or sudden steps in the terrain. There are dangerous objects that are not marked on the map.
  • White strips are used for marking unclear trails.

Safety

Helmet is mandatory, otherwise free clothing. Look out for bike thieves! Bring your own lock and lock your bike when you leave it unattended.

Punching system

Touch-free punching with SportIdent Air+ and a SIAC stick. All control points are equipped with a more powerful unit the registers punching at passage within 1,8 metres from the control point. It is the responsibility of the competitor to have a working SIAC stick and to check that it beeps and flashes as a confirmation of punching. Be extra careful with this! In the unlikely event of no received confirmation please punch the map with the needle punch on the control point. Competitors who lack their own personal SIAC stick must book a rental stick and collect it at Competitor services. We recommend that you book a stick via oringen.se for ease of handling. There is a test track near the verification station where you can familiarize yourself with the new system before going to start. The SIAC stick has a small battery that needs to be changed every three years to work reliably. The date for the next service can be checked at sportident.com/siacservice/

Control points

Control points are marked with orienteering screen, SI unit and code number mounted on a fibre glass stick or stand. A needle punch is available as a backup if the SI unit should fail.

Number BIB

All competitors must have a number tag attached on the front of the bike. The number tag can be collected at Competitor services O-Ringen square until 21:00 on Sunday night and thereafter during the competition days at Competitor services at the arena. The number tag is provided with a fastening strap when collected. At the chasing start in stage 5 the 15 first starters in each class shall wear a number tag with class designation and the start number corresponding to their current position. The exception is DH12 that do not have a chasing start in stage 5. The number tag is collected at start. Other competitors wear their ordinary number tags.

Verification station

In all stages competitors shall visit the verification station on their way to start. There the SIAC stick will be checked and have its number linked to the correct competitor if need. He battery and latest battery change for the SIAC stick is also checked here.

Start procedure

Start times according to start list, step forward 2 minutes before stated start time. At passage into the start lane CHECK is made and after that the SIAC TEST by holding out the stick. It will then beep and flash to indicate that everything is ok. The map s handed out 1 minute before start. Open classes punch at start. Late start, with a maximum of 30 minutes, is allowed – time will be kept from the originally assigned start time. A special start procedure applies at stage 5, see below. It is the responsibility of the competitor to make sure that they take the right map.

Finish

Electronic finish line. Finish is registered when the SIAC stick crosses the finish line. At stage 5 with chasing start finish is registered when the front wheel reaches the finish line and line judges will decide the finish sequence in sprint duels, punching in at the finish is then done in the sequence determined by officials.

Maximum time

Sprint 2 hours, middle-distance 3 hours, and long-distance 4 hours.

Red exit

If there are any problems with the readout of the punching card, refer to Red exit inside the finish tent to clarify the issue. Red exit is also used if you need to point out any technical problems during the competition, or if you need to report wild game or any violations of the competition rules.

Interrupted race

Competitors who interrupt their race shall, if possible, pass the finish line and get their punching card read there. If this is not possible their start number should be communicated as soon as possible to the stage race office (phone 073-096 83 98, 0703-12 85 66) or to Competitor services at O-Ringen city.

Service
At all arenas there is service with direct registration for open classes, distribution of SIAC and
number BIB, Kiosk, map stand service via Nordenmark, bike wash, toilets, shower and
dressing. Miniknat and Child care are available on stages 1, 2, 4 and 5.

Prize giving ceremony
Prizes for the stage winners on stages 1-4 are awarded at the prize ceremony on O-Ringentorget every evening from
17.40. Prizes for the overall winners will be awarded at the prize ceremony on O-Ringentorget on Saturday 30 July from 15.40.

Bike service
There are many bike shops in Uppsala with experience with mountain bikes, e.g:
● Team Sportia Uppsala, +46 18-17 45 70, Kumlagatan 6,
https://www.teamsportia.se/stores/team-sportia-uppsala/
● Sportson Uppsala, +46 18-701 16 55, Boländerna & Gränby
https://www.sportson.se/butik/bolanderna-uppsala

First aid

First aid including defibrillator is available at the arena. Control officials in the woods are equipped with first aid supplies. At emergencies call 112.

Traffic rules

It is mandatory to follow Swedish traffic regulations and signs, be considerate in traffic, follow instructions from officials and to be careful and alert when crossing busy roads.

Parking - MTBO-P

There is a special parking for MTBO competitors just south of O-Ringen square. From there all arenas are within cycling distance. For stages 4 and 5 the start strips start at MTBO-P. Please note that it is not possible to bring your bike on the O-Ringen buses from the satellite parking or to the arenas.

Share the joy!

O-Ringen is the largest orienteering adventure in the world, and as orienteers we want everyone to feel that they are at the same competition whether you cycle, run, or walk your route. Therefore, we encourage everyone to be considerate, follow instructions and take their time since there might be a lot of people around. This way everybody can enjoy the competitions and share the joy.

MTBO Model Event - Sunday July 24th 13.00–17.00

In the woods just west of O-Ringen city there is an opportunity to run a MTBO course to check that bicycle, SIAC stick, and map holder is ready for the week. SportIdent and Nordenmark is on site. SIAC sticks and map holders are available to lend, and the terrain is easy on the cyclist so bring your orienteering friends and show them how MTBO works. Registration is made on site (as long as there are maps). More information available in Eventor External link, opens in new window..

Competition jury

Johan Näslund, Competition administration O-Ringen Åre 2023
Helen Hanstock, MTBO O-Ringen Åre 2023
Johan Andersson, responsible competition O-Ringen Smålandskusten 2024
Magnus Svensson, Nässjö OK (stage1)
Gunnar A Johansson, Tenhults SOK (stage 2)
Vivian Lindstam, SOL Tranås (stage 3)
Tobias den Bravar, OK Gränsen (stage 4 och 5)

Main officials
Competition leaderMTBO: Lars Pontén
Controller: Joakim Skärlén, Mikael Åhnberg
Map controller: Bo Herdersson

Stage tabel MTBO Pdf, 209.2 kB.

Final details per stage

Stage 1 Nåsten - Long distance - Monday 25/7

Gathering
Arena Pattons hage. Distance from the O-Ringen square 3,5 km. Parking at MTBO-P by the O-Ringen square.

Map
MTBO Nåsten, scale 1:10000, equidistant 2.5m, drawn 2019-22 by Niklas Aldén & Magnus Blåudd according to
ISMTBOM 2022.

Direct entry
Registration for open classes 07.30 to 12.00 at the arenas competitor services.

Start
First start 10.00. Open classes starts 09.30 to 12.30. Marking to start from the verifiering station north of the arena. Distance to start 2,6 km at paved cycle path, please use the right side of the path. Warm up on your way to the start. Toilet at the start.

Mål
Gemensamt upplopp på Arenan. Avläsning direkt efter passage av mållinjen.

Finish

Shared home straight at the arena. Readout directly after passing the finish line.

Terrain

Most of the competition area is a nature reserve with a large and interconnected network of trails and gravel roads. The beautiful reserve is managed according to the principle that fallen trees are left where they lie. This means that there is a large amount of dead wood in the terrain. Some routes pass close to residential areas. Light to moderately hilly terrain with some steep slopes. Many of the trails are easy to cycle with hardened surfaces but there are also trails and hiking paths that are technically challenging with stones, roots, and ledges.

Specific information for this stage

A couple of longer footbridges that can be difficult to meet on are marked on the map with the symbol ”710 Crossing point”. Road barriers that have been marked as obstacles on the map might be open. The competition area for MTBO borders competition area for OL/FootO, on the map this border is marked with a solid contour line and as a prohibited area.

Course description
Map size A3 for all classes. Lenght, number of controls and other details can be found in the stage tabel.

Stage 2 Vårdsätra - Middle distance - Tuesday 26/7

Gathering
Arena Pattons hage. Distance from the O-Ringen square 3,5 km. Parking at MTBO-P by the O-Ringen square.

Map
MTBO Vårdsätra, scale 1:7500, equidistant 2.5m, drawn 2019-22 by Stefan Lund & Magnus Blåudd
according to ISMTBOM 2022.

Direct entry
Registration for open classes 07.30 to 12.00 at the arenas competitor services

Start

First start 10.00. Open classes starts 09.30 to 12.30. Marking to start from the verifiering station south east of the arena. Distance to start 1,5 km at paved cycle path at the left of the road. Warm up on your way to the start. Toilet at the start.

Mål
Own riot at the southern edge of the Arena. Reading directly after crossing the finish line.

Terrain

The competition area has a large and interconnected network of trails, cycle paths and roads. Some routes pass close to residential areas. Light to moderately hilly terrain. Most of the trails are easy to cycle but there are also trails and MTB trails that are somewhat technically challenging.

Specific information for this stage

Road barriers that have been marked as obstacles on the map might be open. Be careful and alert when crossing busy roads. There are control points that are not placed on trails or roads. Longer routes hade two road crossings with a control point just before the road and a lane marked with strips, see picture below.


Stage 3 Stadsskogen - Sprint - Thursday 28/7

Gathering
Arena Kåboängen. Distance from O-Ringen square 4.1 km. Parking at the MTBO-P at the O-Ringen square or at public parkings east of Sveriges Geologiska Undersökning (59.848558, 17.631319),

Map
MTBO Stadsskogen, scale 1:5000, equidistant 2,5m, drawn 2019-22 by Jesper Nyström & Magnus
Blåudd according to ISMTBOM 2022.

Direct entry
Registration to open classes 13.30 to 16.30 at the arena Competitor services.

Try it out
Registration to Try it out 13.30 to 17.00 at teh arena. In cooperation with Sportident you can borrow a SIAC without cost when you register.

Start
First start 14.00. Open classes start 14.00 till 17.30. Try it out classes starts between 16.00 och 17.30. OBS! The finish closes at 19.00. Start and verification station at the Arena.
Warm up in marked area east of the Arena. No toilet at the start - use the ones at the arena.

Finish
At the arena. Reading directly after crossing the finish line.

Terrain

The competition area is in its entirety a nature reserve with a complex network of trails of various widths. Light to very lightly hilly terrain. Most of the trails are easy to cycle with hardened surfaces. There are also many small forest paths in between. The area is frequently used in school orienteering and for recreation.

Specific information for this stage

In the area there are small and old quarries that are 0,5-2,0 m deep, these are marked as lakes or impassable marshes on the map. During the competition it is allowed to cycle on bridle path even though there are small “cycling prohibited” signs there. There are no showers or dressing room at the arena.

Shower
No shower and dressing at the arena.

Stage 4 Lunsen - Long distance - Friday 29/7

Gathering
Arena Flottsund. Distance from the O-Ringen square 4.0 km. Parking at the MTBO-P at the O-Ringen Square. OBS!
Start tape from MTBO-P! Distance to start 8km.

Map
MTBO Lunsen, scale 1:15000/1:10000, equidistant 2.5m, drawn 2019-22 by Niklas Aldén & Magnus
Blåudd according to ISMTBOM 2022.

Direct entry
Registration to Open classes 07.30 to 12.00 at the arena in our Competitor services and from 9.00 at our Competitor ervices at the O-ringen Square.

Start

First regular start at 11:00. Open classes start from 10:30 till 13:30. Marking strip to start from the verification station placed at MTBO-P. Distance to start 8 km via Vindbron, mostly tarmacked fast cycle path. Warm up along the way to start. Lavatory is available near start. Note: Competitors who wants to avoid cycling to start can be driven to are park in the area Nåntuna-Vilan and from there join the marking strip to start in the crossing Nåntunavägen/ Nämndemansvägen (59.821395, 17.692232)

Transport of extra clothing

Change of clothes can be left at MTBO-P for transport to arena Flottsund. Protective clothes can also be left at start. In this way competitors do not have to pass arena Flottsund on the way to start, they can go directly from MTBO-P to start.

Finish

Remote finish in the forest. After passing the finish line, calmly follow the indicated route back to the arena for readout. Distance 1,2 km.

Terrain

Most of the competition area is a nature reserve with an interconnected but sparse network of trails and gravel roads. Some routes pass close to or through residential areas. Light to very lightly hilly terrain. Some trails and roads are easy to cycle, but there is also a large portion of trails and hiking paths that are very challenging with stones, roots, and ledges. This is the same for everyone, unless they chose a different path…

Specific information for this stage

A couple of longer footbridges that can be difficult to meet on are marked on the map with the symbol ”710 Crossing point”. Road barriers that have been marked as obstacles on the map might be open. The railroad tracks must only be crossed at designated crossings. The competitions area has been used for OL/FootO Stage 3 the day before so there might have formed paths in the terrain that might be mistaken for trails.

Stage 5 Uppsalaåsen - Extended middle distance - Lördag 30/7

Gathering
Arena Flottsund. Distance from the O-Ringen square 4.0 km. Parking at the MTBO-P at O-Ringen square. OBS!
Start tape from the MTBO-P!

Map
MTBO Uppsalaåsen, scale 1:7500, equidistant 2.5m, drawn 2019-22 by Alva Jonsson and Magnus
Blåudd according to ISMTBOM 2022.

Direct entry
Registration to our open classe 07.30 to 12.00 at our competitor services at the Arena and from 08.00 at the O-ringen square.

Start

First regular start 08:30. Open classes start from 08:30 till 12:30. Marking strip to start from the verification station placed at MTBO-P. Distance to start is 1,9 km on a tarmacked cycle path. Warm up along the way to start. Lavatory is available near start. Chasing start. Roll call 5 minutes before start and the map is collected directly after start. Competitors with a total time (Stage 1-4) of more than 60 minutes after the leader or who is missing results from any stage starts after the chasing start with a 1-minute interval. This does not apply to DH12 that use assigned start on this stage as well. The rest of the start procedure is the same.

Transport of extra clothing

Change of clothes can be left at MTBO-P for transport to arena Flottsund. There will be no transport of protective clothes from start. These should instead be left at MTBO-P. In this way competitors do not have to pass arena Flottsund on the way to start, they can go directly from MTBO-P to start.

Finish

On the western side of the bridge over Fyrisån. After passing the finish line, follow the indicated route, at a calm pace while waving to the crowd, to the readout. Distance 150 metres.

Terrain

Most of the competition area is a nature reserve with a large and interconnected network of trails and roads. Parts of the area are under construction and some construction might have been added or disappeared since the map was drawn. Some routes pass close to residential areas. Light to very hilly terrain with several steep slopes. The area is mostly very accessible by bike and only a small number of trails are challenging MTB paths.

Specific information for this stage

The competition area is crisscrossed by Kungsängsleden that may only be crossed using existing viaducts or bridges (over or under). Adult competitors will pass smaller streets when passing from the different wooded areas. Youth will only be cycling in the woods and on cycle paths. Road barriers that have been marked as obstacles on the map might be open. Al routes have control points placed in orange areas. Routes cross each other. Make sure you take the control points in the right sequence.