Cropton Forest Map and Report

Thanks to Andy & Corinne Parsons for planning an excellent course, Tim Evans for an excellent map and everyone who helped.

Results including split times here.

Here is the map so that you can follow the riders’ routes – and/or see what you missed

Cropton Final map

Planner’s report:

Corinne and I had a really good day in the forest on Friday riding round in glorious sunshine getting the controls set up. I’m sure all the riders agree we could not have wanted a better day for the event.

It was quite surprising how much the tracks had dried up over the last few days. So much so that both the soft track around the far north east of the map overlooking Newtondale escarpment and the bridleway down to 55 at Cawthorne beck became unexpectedly enjoyable rides.

With the tracks having dried out I was anticipating that the fastest riders may have been just about able to clear the course in the allocated 3 hours. However the highest score was Mark Rowley’s 483 so gladly it was about right.

It was good to hear so many comments from riders on their return saying how they had really enjoyed their rides. There were a couple of people that struggled to find control 37 on the footbridge but those that did confirmed it was in the correct place.
It was a shame we only had 43 riders. Thanks to everyone for coming, and especially thanks to all the helpers. Thanks also to the Keldy Cabins site management for letting us use the cafe and their facilities.
Andy Parsons


Cropton Forest event – Saturday 21st April – map now available – enter now!

The weather’s warmed up and it’s time for our first league event of 2018!

Enter online here by midnight Wednesday – save £1, secure your map!

Don’t forget to renew your BMBO membership before the event even if entering on the day

This is the first event in the 2018 NYMBO series.
The event centre is at KELDY CABINS YO18 8HW; 5 miles north of the A170 at Pickering.
3 hour event.
REGISTER 11.30 – 12.45 STARTS 12.00 – 13.00
There is a café at Keldy Cabins courtyard next to the start so should be hot drinks and snacks available before and after the event.

Event parking is on the forest road north of the cabins. Please be aware that this is also one of the possible routes for riders leaving the start or returning to the finish so take great care and give way to riders.

Andy Parsons’ planner’s update:

Cropton Forest March 2018

There was snow on the ground when I rode the course to check out control sites back in March. I’m sure the on the day the snow will be long gone and the routes a lot faster than I rode it. However, given all the recent rain the smaller tracks will be slow or very slow and so best avoided. Some of the steep sections of single track are very technical and slippery so please take due care, especially the routes down into Newtondale on the eastern edge of the map. The great thing about Cropton and Newtondale Forests is the network of gravel forest tracks with plenty of fast riding route choice.

Most of the controls are situated on or close to gravel forest roads or a minor road, which should allow you to take some fast routes around the forest. There are a few controls on potentially linked by softer route, so think carefully over the direction you travel to visit these. Even if there are shorter routes between controls cutting across between main tracks it will generally be quicker to take longer routes on harder tracks.


Hawes Comments, Results and Map.

Thanks to Stage1Cycles for hosting the event and Tim for an excellent map. Fortunately, the snow had melted lower down so 27 of the original 30 controls were still accessible. (22, 27 & 17 were knee deep). Congratulations to local rider Mark Daniel who won overall and well done to Generation pair Steve & Ben Collins for finishing second. I thoroughly enjoyed planning the course in January and deliberately restricted the course to the roads in 2 valleys. The ford at Marsett was interesting and tested some riders resolve but well done for turning up and enjoying yourselves.

Hawes Results

Hawes Winter MBO Course.jpg

The date of the Ingleton event is definitely on Saturday 7th July.

NYMBO 2018 Poster

Dave Robertson will update the web pages when he gets back from skiing.

Hopefully see you at the first league event at Cropton on April 21st.

Map for Hawes Saturday 10th March now online

It’s the final ‘treasure hunt’ format MBO event next Saturday 10th March, lets hope the adverse weather conditions of the last few days will  have passed. Online updates on this website, Facebook & Twitter in the event of any need to cancel.

Event flier with all the usual details can be found here.

Event centre: Stage1Cycles, Station Yard, Hawes DL8 3NT

REGISTER 9.15 -10.15 STARTS 9.30 – 10.30

 Save £1 and enter online here by midnight Wednesday

Updated: Note that you’ll have to pay for parking in Hawes. Rather than the usual pub, this time around the post-ride lunch will be in the Stage1Cycles cafe, link here. 
This event has be planned by Steve Willis, who’ll be fresh back from his Antipodean adventure looking tanned, relaxed and shivering in the cold!!

Kettlesing Results

Thanks to all the brave souls who turned out to the rain that wasn’t forecast , which thankfully cleared up. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves, the feedback seemed positive.

results here

I have enjoyed planning this event although weather conditions have resulted in the planning being a bit later than I wanted and I ended up in a snow storm two weeks ago, you can see the ride on viewranger and some of the clues including a few that I decided against

I still find new locations and things I hadn’t seen before. I had forgotten how undulating the valley was but managed to ride down all of the bridleways I attempted bar one so made that clear to you all. I decided to reduce the area from the last event 4 years ago and looking at the scores I think I got it about right, I haven’t checked if all the controls were visited but I know all the 30 pointers were visited but nobody visited them all. I also took out some controls last week as some of the bridleways were pretty grim. Congratulations to the category winners and commiserations to Ian Nixon who was on for the win but had a series of mechanicals 1 hour 48 minutes in when climbing the hill out of Darley so had to limp back and arrived 32 minutes late. Please could the winners post your routes.

Thanks must go to Bridget my long suffering better half for helping out with Registration along with Simon Coiley and to the Queens Head for excellent facilities, a very cordial welcome, and superb food. They would like us back!



Control map here