It was great to ride a new area and extend the OvergroundUnderground programme. The tracks were very dry despite the recent rain which held off on Saturday. There were 3 very distinctive areas – the quiet lanes around Bentham, the superb singletracks around Austwick and the tough bridleways around Ingleborough and Whernside. I didn’t think anyone would clear up but Andy Conn nearly did!! It was a difficult course to get right as you had to commit yourself to going to Dentdale early on and it’s a long way back. You also needed to decide whether to get the easy points around Bentham and Austwick first or leave them until the end. Some riders got it right and some got it badly wrong
I had 4 great planning rides – the first one after theAGMin December which included the new Pennine Bridleway – and, judging by your comments, you all enjoyed the countryside. Unfortunately there were only 72 riders so we only just broke event. As we normally get about 130 riders further east I will have to consider whether we come back to Ingleton next year – or ask XCC if they want to plan it as 6 of the controls were inCumbria!!
Thanks to Jens for another excellent map, the helpers for making everything run smoothly and the volunteers who collected all the controls. The school made a great event centre despite the low toilets and not being able to park on the field.
Congratulations to the category winners especially Andy Conn who scored an incredible 489 points – 19 ahead of Andrew Windrum and 20 more than Graham Fielding (3rd overall and M50 winner). Ray Morris won M60 (and 4th overall) with 440 points; Helen Jackson & Paul Vousden won X21 with 395 points (and 7th overall) matching Simon Grainger’s winning M21 score; Sheila Pierce outscored the other women to win W40 with 365 points; James & Richard took advantage of the Vesty’s absence to win the Generation class with 350 points; and Karen & Steve pipped Chris & Ralph by 20 points in X50. John Dixon is adding your points to the league and I’ll post it on the web sites in the next couple of days.
There were only 3 riders who opted for the 2 hour course so it’s obviously not working. I have decided to scrap both Short Course Leagues with immediate effect and replace it with a Novice (2 hour) option which will be half price. I will alter the NYMBO and NEMBOS fliers this week.
There are 2 more events this month so please enter online asap or send me an email.
Saturday 16th June Kildale
4 hour NEMBOS league event –further south than last year so more stunning moorland, a few private estate tracks and an old railway line
Tuesday 19th June New Inn, Eccup (NOT Wednesday as previously advertised)
2 hour NYMBO Summer evening Score event around Harewood & Wharfedale
The next NYMBO League event is at Silton & BoltbyForeston Saturday 14th July
Hope to see you at another event soon.
PS Don’t forget that all events (3 hours of longer) that use Sportident are included in the BMBO National Rankings with your best 10 scores to count
PPS I am still planning the Polaris is in the Yorkshire Dales on Saturday/Sunday 22nd/23rd September and there will be 5 options – 7&5 hours with overnight camp, 5&4 hours without overnight camp, 4 hours on Saturday or 3 hours on Sunday, 40/20k fixed routes on Saturday and 30/15k fixed routes on Sunday. Plenty of choice for all abilities so why not enter?