A few years ago we had a series of enjoyable MTBO events in Wicklow, Waterford and Wexford. Would anyone be interested in trying to run some events again? The numbers taking part were small (maybe 20-30) so perhaps we were trying to attract the wrong people (orienteers who had mountain bikes rather than mountain bikers who would like to try a new challenge).
Recent contacts with MTBO in Scotland could be useful as we have had offers of help in terms of training and development etc.
The areas that might be good for MTBO would include forests with a road and track network but where the forested sections are not suitable for foot-O (too dense, felled etc) but it's the paths and tracks that are needed for MTBO, not the forests. Other areas might include wind farms, bogs or areas like the Slieve Blooms or the Ballyhouras which are big, not complex and already attract conventional MTB people.
I'm just throwing this out there to see if anyone would be interested? If the answer is "yes", don't expect to just rock up and take part in an event and go home again: the maps have to be made, the courses planned and the whole structure established, so it would involve work by everyone and you will have to play your part.
if you can think of any suitable areas, or if you have any suggestions to offer, post a reply below.
If you're looking for ideas, have a look at the BMBO (British Mountain Bike Orienteering) website here.