U.S. 2019 MTBO Team Biographies

The following U.S. MTBO Team members will represent the United States at this year's World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Viborg, Denmark.

2019 U.S. Mountain Bike Orienteering Team

Team members (listed alphabetically):
Sarah GinsbachSusan GrandjeanBing KaoAbra McNair
Stacy StammDave SwansonMark Thomsen

MTBO Team Executive Steering Committee Chair: Greg Lennon


Sarah Ginsbach, US MTBO TeamSarah Ginsbach

YOB: 1984
Residence: Oregon City, Oregon
Occupation: Pre-Med Student & Patient Access Specialist
Club: Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club (RMOC)
International experience: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs, 2014-18

What other riding and types of racing are you involved in? Cyclocross (UCI - Cat 2) and Road (Cat 3 - purely for fitness training). Riding and racing mountain bikes since 2009. Adventure racing this June with a fellow RMOC member and MTBO at this year’s O-Ringen.

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? Working to improve my navigation skills this year I have gone to all but one of Rocky Mountain Orienteering Club's foot-o events this season as well as the advanced training camp that was held in conjunction with Laramie Range Orienteering Club in the Medicine Bow area of Wyoming. I have also been mountain bike and road bike racing to improve my fitness level for Denmark.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? Seeing improvements on results! Also, meeting my new teammates as well as spending time with my veteran teammates. I really enjoy the interaction that takes place with our competitors from so many other countries; seeing so many familiar faces with a great knowledge of MTBO allows me to learn so much about this sport. I enjoy the comradery.

What’s a little known fact about you? I love baking & rock climbing!


Susan Grandjean, US MTBO TeamSusan Grandjean

YOB:  1973
Residence:  Portland, Oregon
Occupation:  Operation Specialist
Club:  Columbia River Orienteering (CROC)
International experience: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs, 2012-18; O-Ringen MTBO, 2017; MTBO World Cup, France, 2017

What other riding and types of racing are you involved in?  I'm a bicycle commuter 5 days a week, avid mountain biker, and dabble in cyclocross and trail running.

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? I'm training to stay calm and focused while racing.  I’m also working on how to see more route choices on the go.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? I was able to go to the Danish MTBO camp this past April, and the camp was in the region where the World Champs will be held in July. The trail network is beautiful with amazing singletrack mixed in. I'm looking forward to going back and getting the chance to compete with the best athletes in MTBO!

What’s a little known fact about you? I can ride a unicycle and juggle, but not at the same time. I used to ride my unicycle to my college classes.


Bing KaoBing Kao, US MTBO Team

YOB: 1974
Residence: Houston, TX
Occupation: Marketing Event Planner
Club: Houston Orienteering Club
International experience: This will be my first year racing at World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs

What other riding and types of racing are you involved in? Ultramarathons and 12-hour adventure races

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? Reading orienteering maps faster and making quick decisions.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? Meeting new people in this sport and competing for Team USA!

What’s a little known fact about you? I’ve been to all 50 states, and Denmark will be my 50th country!


Abra McNair, US MTBO TeamAbra McNair

YOB: 1982
Residence: Portland, OR
Occupation: Marketing/communications for Portland Bureau of Transportation's Safe Routes to School program
Club: Columbia River Orienteering Club (CROC)
International experience: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs, 2012-18; O-Ringen MTBO, 2017; MTBO World Cup (France), 2017

What other riding and types of racing are you involved in? I ride local MTB short track and cyclocross; and I try to get to all sprint foot-o races and tournaments in the Pacific NW.

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? This year I've added in more strength training and more hill rides on a road bike during the week when I can't get out on my mountain bike. I'm also reading through a sports psychology workbook that's helping me create some good mental mantras for races and race preparation.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? To revisit the great blending of aggressive riding and mental focus I felt in a few races at our April training camp. It was really exciting to see what I could do.

What’s a little known fact about you? I can write in cursive with both hands at the same time. An added bonus is that the right hand writes backwards, like a mirror!  It happens best on a white board. :)


Stacy StammStacy Stamm, US MTBO Team

YOB: 1988
Residence: Originally from Olympia, WA. Currently living in Driggs, ID
Occupation: Resort Guest Services
Club: Columbia River Orienteering Club (CROC)
International experience: This will be my first year competing at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs

What other riding and types of racing are you involved in?  I love 8–12 hour adventure races, and am working to get into racing enduros this summer.

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? Short, high-intensity bike training and lots of on and off trail navigation.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? Getting to race with a lot of other people who enjoy this sport, and getting to see how I compare to athletes internationally.

What’s a little known fact about you? I have webbed toes, it's probably why I grew up as a swimmer!


Dave Swanson, US MTBO TeamDave Swanson

YOB: 1971
Residence: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Data Analyst
Club: Minnesota Orienteering Club
International Experience: World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships, 2014-18

What other riding and types of racing are you involved in? Arrowhead 135 on a fatbike in the winter; Minnesota mountain bike series in the summer; gravel riding in the fall.

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? 10 days of training camp in Denmark and orienteering at local events and races.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? Showing new teammates what MTBO is really about

What’s a little known fact about you? I used to be a really good golfer and I had long hair in college.


Mark ThomsenMark Thomsen, US MTBO Team

YOB: 1977
Home: Alexandria, VA
Occupation: CyberSecurity Expert for the Federal Government
Club: Quantico Orienteering Club (QOC)
International experience: This will be my first year racing at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Champs

What other riding and types of racing are you doing? I've been participating in long-distance orienteering and adventure racing. I've also competed in several triathlons and have completed 10+ bike centuries.

What has been your training focus for WMTBOC? Adjusting to the faster decision making required to navigate in MTBO. Learning to quickly simplify my route choice has been an integral part of that.

What are you most excited about for the races in Denmark? The energy of an international sporting event! I'm also looking forward to meeting athletes from other countries and learning about their MTBO experiences.

What’s a little known fact about you? I served in the Navy in South Korea and Italy.


posted 22 June 2019