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    Frequently Asked Questions

Why don’t you run an event in my area?

If you know of a great wee area to run an event then let us know. One of our experienced event organisers can help you run your first event and other members of the team are generally on hand to help before, during and after the event. The main purpose of the SMBO is to...

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I want to go to … but need a lift/transport

Pop a post on the Facebook page where there is bound to be someone near you heading to the event. Most people are happy to lift share in return for a few pounds for fuel. It helps save the environment too! Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering – Facebook Group

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I want to try this but would like someone to show me…

If you fancy having a go but would like to buddy up with someone the best thing to do is join our Facebook Group. Scottish Mountain Bike Orienteering – Facebook Group

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What do the Age Classes and Categories mean?

Solos / Teams of two (Combined Age Range) Y18 = Youth (aged 15,16 or 17) M21 = Open Men (18 to 39) / (34* to 79) W21 = Open Women (18 to 39) / (34* to 79) : *Note the M/W21 classes are Open; any age of rider 17+ can compete M40 = 40 to...

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What if I can’t find a checkpoint?

Are you sure you are in the correct location? OK you are in the right location. These events are about getting to the control location, finding the electronic punch is proof you have been there. However if the control has been stolen, misplaced or is difficult to find due to a poor control description, then...

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What kit is mandatory?

You only need the following: Bike – Suitable for off-road riding (Hardtail/Rigid/Full-Suspension or even a Cyclocross bike) Cycle Helmet – To be worn at all times whilst riding Whistle – In case of emergency We do encourage you to bring the following: Mobile Phone (Charged) – Should you have an accident or mechanical and need...

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How does the SMBO League work?

Dependent upon the number of events in the series, your best 3 or 4 event results will go towards your league score. Enabling you to miss an event or two or drop an awful result! In order to accommodate the variety of courses and weather conditions we normalise the scores from each event as follows....

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How many points is a checkpoint worth?

Normally there are 30 checkpoints and they are assigned values between 5 and 30 points, generally a multiple of 5 points. However, it sometimes makes sense for the event organiser to deviate from this based on the map area being used for the event. It might make sense to make a single checkpoint on a...

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How are penalty points calculated?

Get back within the 3 hours and you receive all the points you collected. Get back late a a sliding scale of penalty points takes effect: 1-5 mins = 1 point per minute 6-10mins = 2 points per minute 11-15 = 5 points per minute 16-20 = 10 points per minute 20-25 = 15 points...

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Am I allowed to ride anywhere in the event?

In hierarchical order: Highway Code – Obey all traffic signals/signs, do not cycle on pavements, behave in a safe (for yourself and other road users) and predictable manner on any road you need to cross or travel along. Highway Code Scottish Outdoors Access Code – You are allowed to cycle on any path/trail/track in a responsible manner....

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I’ve got a question that isn’t answered on your site

If your question is about a specific event please contact that event’s organiser. If it is about something else to do with the SMBO please contact info@smbo.org.uk

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What is this SportIdent (SI) dibber thingy?

We’ve gone all high-tech and use the latest electronic timing devices. These are small plastic dibbers with a memory chip. At each checkpoint you “dib” into the control box. The dibber then records the time you entered and what checkpoint. All results are downloaded at the end and then a print out is given with...

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Why must I join as an associate member of the BMBO to enter an event?

It is FREE to join and covers you for any 3rd party liability or insurance claims in the unlikely event of an accident or claim caused during the event. Being under the BMBO enables us to run these events at very competitive prices due to the umbrella map licences and insurance cover we benefit from.

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Can I use my GPS?

GPS are NOT allowed to be used for navigation, as per the BMBO rules. It can however be used so that you can download your route and analyse it later on.

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Can I enter with my Son/ Daughter as a Team?

Of course you can and there is a specific class called ‘Generation’ so you can compete against other Parent & Child Teams. A Generation Team comprises and adult (over 18) and a Youth (Under 18). Just enter the event as a pair and select the appropriate category.

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I can’t read a map, help!

We generally use Ordnance Survey for our base maps. It does help to be able to read a map but you will quickly learn how to navigate. The Ordnance Survey has a good guide at the following link. Also check out the British Orienteering website here

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What sort of bike do I need?

You don’t need a spangly, super-lightweight bike. Hardtails and full sussers are a  good choice, cyclocross can be advantageous in some areas but not in others, racing bikes with slicks are not the order of the day! Ensure the bike is working and maintained prior to event, bring a tube, pump and multi-tool and you’ll...

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How fit do I need to be?

Route choice is up to you, so it will be as hard or easy as you want.  You should be able to cycle for 2 to 3 hours with the odd break. If you can do the red route at Glentress or XC route at Innerleithen then you will be easily able to compete.

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What is Mountain Bike Orienteering?

MBO Score is a mountain bike event where you navigate to different checkpoints. Checkpoints have different values and will therefore make up your route choice. At each checkpoint, you punch your Sport-Ident dibber into the Control Box. This automatically records the time you made it there. At the end of the race, all the results...

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Is there ample parking at the event?

There is parking but it’s generally a good idea to lift share reduce the number of vehicles at the venue and share the cost of fuel and save the planet!

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