MTBO at O-Ringen Smålandskusten 2024

O-Ringen 2024 will be held in Oskarshamn on July 22-27. For mountain bike orienteering there are both 5-days competition classes and open courses available.

O-Ringen 2024 will be held in Oskarshamn on July 22-27. For mountain bike orienteering there are both 5-days competition classes and open courses available.

Updated 2024-04-23

O-Ringen is the world's largest orienteering competition and more than 20.000 orienteers from all over the world are expected to attend. The 5-days competition class is the most popular but there are also open classes available each day. The mountain bike orienteering (MTBO) concept is well integrated with the rest of O-Ringen competitions and offers a familiar experience regardless of wheter you compete by foot or bike.

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The first two days of competitions will be held from the arena in Blomstermåla which is located 40km south of Oskarshamn. The other three days are held in close vicinity of Oskarshamn, this makes it possible for those staying at the camping or in town to bike to those stages. During stage 4 and 5 the MTBO arena will be located close to the runners arena, thus making it easy to socialize with your orienteering friends, clubmates and family regardless of whether you choose to run or bike your course.

Schedule

Schedule O-Ringen 2024

DateStageArenaDistance
Monday July 22MTBO Stage 1LÅNGEHÄLLMiddle distance
Tuesday July 23MTBO Stage 2LÅNGEHÄLLLong distance
Thursday July 25MTBO Stage 3HJORTBERGETSprint
Friday July 26MTBO Stage 4SCANIASLINGANMiddle distance
Saturday July 27MTBO Stage 5SCANIASLINGANLong distance

Terrain

Based on the description and pictures in the O-Ringen Magazine the baltic ocean coast offers magnificent beautiful forrests with path and track networks well suited for MTBO. More sparse network for the long distance and detailed for the sprint will be a perfect mix. Several of the forrests are used for regular mountain biking with trails maintained by the local MTB clubs.

MTBO kontroll i skogen

Classes

You can take part in O-Ringen in several different ways:

  • 5-days MTBO classes: Competition class where the total time of the four first stages are summed up and at the fifth stage there is a chase start where the first over the finish line is the total winner. This is the classic competition format and still the most popular. The start times are drawn and assigned in advance, you choose a class according to your age.
  • Stage start: Open classes where you choose a course suitable to your own ability and experience. You select your own starttime at the start. Compete against your friends by “tagging” them in the time taking system. The open classes are for those who only want to bike on some of the stages or would like the freedom of selecting a different course every day.
WomenMen
SeniorD21H21
JuniorD17-20H17-20
YouthD12
D14
D16
H12
H14
H16
VeteranD35
D40
D45
D50
D55
D60
D65
D70
D75
D80
H35
H40
H45
H50
H55
H60
H65
H70
H75
H80
Open classesMTBO Mycket lätt Kort (Very easy short)
MTBO Lätt Mellan (Easy medium)
MTBO Lätt Lång (Easy long)
MTBO Svår Kort (Difficult short)
MTBO Svår Mellan (Difficult medium)
MTBO Svår Lång (Difficult long)

Registration

Registration is done at the O-Ringen website booking.oringen.se/en/. At the same time you can also book accomodation, child care, training maps, SIAC rental/purchase or other services. The registration process will send you email with an invoice as well as a confirmation email. You can either pay the invoice by bank transfer or go to the “My bookings” page and choose to pay with Visa or Mastercard.

Early bird rebate -10% until April 7, reugular price until June 2 and after that at a 30% price increase.

For the 5-days MTBO classes it's possible to register until 21.00 the day before the competition and you will be inserted at pre-drawn slot in the startlist, however it's recommended doing the registration well in advance.

The open classes is possible to register in advance as well as on the Arena. For the best experience it's adviced to register and pay online at booking.oringen.se/en, then just pick up the number bib plus your time keeping chip (SIAC) from the Competitior service at the Arena. The online registration can be done via mobile phone and is thus the perfect way to register also after arriving to the Arena.

Time keeping

All MTBO participants at O-Ringen will use the Sportident Air+ system for contactless punching using SIAC. All controls will be equipped with a Sportident station allowing contactless punching while passing in full speed.

Maps

All maps are made according to the international specification for mountain bike orienteering maps (ISMTBOM) and of the highest standard. The scale will be 1:15000, 1:10000, 1:7500 or 1:5000 and choosen to suite the competition format of the day. Maps are printed on waterproof paper no larger than A3 size.

Example O-Ringen map

Prices

Prices are awarded to the winner the first four days. At the fifth stage, the overall winner is crowned - an honourable title! The price giving ceremony is normally held at the O-Ringen square for all competitions that have taken place during the day.

New for 2024 is that prize money is awarded the overall winners in H21 and D21. The winner get 5000 SEK, second place 2000 SEK and third place 1000 SEK - in gift cards.

Pricegiving for elite at O-Ringen

Picture by @gylars

Embargoed areas

Orienteering is a sport where your choose your own route in an unknown terrain it's not allowed to visit the competition areas before the competitions, this is known as embargo. Maps with the embargoed areas are available in Swedish Eventor via this link:

The map in Swedish Eventor also shows fairly well how the competitions are located in relation to Oskarshamn.

O-Ringen Magazine

The official invitation to O-Ringen is in the O-Ringen Magazine Number 2 October 2023 which is available in both Swedish and English. There you find all relevant information about everything available aduring the O-Ringen week.

Another Magazine will be released in April 2024 and then one edition including the race information will be released just before the competition starts.

Contact

For more detailed information and help with general inquiries about O-Ringen please see:

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