Final details per stage further down
Our competition areas are frequently used for recreation and outdoor activities. Please be considerate and use clear signals when passing others in the terrain.
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.
Helmet is mandatory, otherwise free clothing. Look out for bike thieves! Bring your own lock and lock your bike when you leave it unattended.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Sprint 2 hours, middle-distance 3 hours, and long-distance 4 hours.
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.
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.
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.
There are many bike shops in Uppsala with experience with mountain bikes, e.g:
● Team Sportia Uppsala, +46 18-17 45 70, Kumlagatan 6,
● Sportson Uppsala, +46 18-701 16 55, Boländerna & Gränby
First aid including defibrillator is available at the arena. Control officials in the woods are equipped with first aid supplies. At emergencies call 112.
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..
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)
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
Arena Pattons hage. Distance from the O-Ringen square 3,5 km. Parking at MTBO-P by the O-Ringen square.
MTBO Nåsten, scale 1:10000, equidistant 2.5m, drawn 2019-22 by Niklas Aldén & Magnus Blåudd according to
Registration for open classes 07.30 to 12.00 at the arenas competitor services.
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.
Gemensamt upplopp på Arenan. Avläsning direkt efter passage av mållinjen.
Shared home straight at the arena. Readout directly after passing the finish line.
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.
Map size A3 for all classes. Lenght, number of controls and other details can be found in the stage tabel.