MBO Score. What Are They?
MBO Score are primarily offroad events, the use of Mountain Bikes is the prefered bicycle choice. They use Ordnance Survey mapping as the base map, many quality event add additional map information to aid competitors in decision making.
Competitors are given a pre-printed map with 20 to 30 control sites of varying point value positioned alongside bridleways, byways or forestry trails.
Depending on the event, between 2 and 7 hours are allowed to visit as many control sites as possible in order to maximise the points total, making route choice and navigational skills a high priority.
The winner is the competitor with the highest score. Penaties are deducted for returning late.
Control sites are identified by red / white / orange markers, each of which carries an electronic punch, to provide proof of visit.
These are the same format as MBO Score but primarily road events, many competitors use road or cross bikes.
MBO Score events usually use Ordnance Survey mapping. Many organisers add extra markings and information to ensure the competitors have the detail required to navigate quickly to the control location.
In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined, in order of preference, by considering the following.
1. The competitor(s) that have visited the most of the highest scoring checkpoints (returning within the time limit).
2. The competitor(s) that have visited the most checkpoints (returning within the time limit).
3. The competitor(s) who started earliest.
In many classes, solo riders and teams of two compete against each other. All classes are related to the age of the competitors, so you are competing against your peers unless you enter the M21 or W21 classes which are open to anybody.
All classes are included at the discretion of the event organiser.