A brilliant day for the final event of the season and basic results here
NidderdaleResults Please let me know if there are any mistakes
Splits on the Ebor site here
Here is the map for those who couldn’t make it so that you can follow the routes Nidderdale MBO Map
Originally we were looking at Pateley Bridge for the event centre but having been there at least twice before, I really wanted a change. Meeting the lady running Dace Banks village hall at a seminar solved the problem, we just needed to find some parking and the sports field obliged. When I asked about refreshments, the ladies of the village hall were keen – what a good spread they put on at reasonable prices, thanks to all those who sampled their home made wares and made catering worthwhile for them.
Dacre Banks pushed the area further south than any previous events but the A59 was always going to be a natural boundary. The complex minor road network in the SE would pose some navigational challenges, I am sorry if you felt that the bridleways were poor – you should have seen the ones that I didn’t send you on! I personally have never seen the ground as waterlogged as it was this year, in fact I changed some control locations to avoid the worst areas.
Looking at the splits there is no commonality of routes, a lot of competitors concentrated on the S side but that area was surprisingly undulating. Overall winner M21 Rik Thompson 433 pts went E then clockwise, aiming to get them all I think because he didn’t miss any out until near the end, but ran out of time to achieve a clean sweep. Second was M40 Neil Reed 425 pts, he did the SE corner and then went clockwise, coming in from the NE to finish; M40 Stuart Pitches was 5 pts behind with a similar but slightly different route. A tremendous 4th overall from the Vesty generation pair scored 415 pts, they zig-zagged about in the S initially before picking up the NE corner to finish strongly.
First lady Dawn Westrum 371 pts was a comfortable winner of the female classes; mixed pair of Richard Butler/Helen Carter 343 pts just shaded the (much older) Fosters by 2 pts so moral victory to Steve and Andrea – 34 secs faster and they would have tied.
I had a big help from Alun Powell in putting out controls and the event would not have been possible if Barbara Willis had not found the missing clear, check and start blocks at home and couriered them to a meeting place just off the A1 from whence I was able to get them to Dacre Banks for exactly 10am – whew! NYMBO and NEMBOS participants must also remember that Steve Willis’s enthusiasm and dedication is the main reason that these events happen – Steve does not always get a competitive ride so a personal thank you Steve for making sure these events take place.
What a great day to finish the season. We have had a few wet days so it was great to have a beautiful autumn day in Nidderdale and another excellent course planned by David Day. Thanks as ever to the helpers who made everything run smoothly and Jens for a very clear and accurate map.
The event went well once Barbara had brought the start and finish blocks which I had forgotten!! Dacre Banks & Hartwith village hall made an excellent event centre and the refreshments were delicious.
Looking at the splits everyone went in very different directions but Rik Thompson chose the best route. Martin & Max scored remarkably well again and Ray Morriss rode well after injury. Steve & Andrea won the Mixed battle and I thoroughly enjoyed my ride on the lanes between Thruscross and Birstwith. Thanks to the riders who found the lost SI dibber and my watch.
Prizes were presented to the leading riders so thanks to Rob and Anne from Yorkshire Dales Brewery for the gift packs; Tony Harker from Muddybums for the Tshirts; Chris Lightfoot for engraving the glasses and John Dixon for the bike prizes from Halfords.
The winter events start on Nov 10th at the Hambleton Inn and the 2013 league will start again in March. Please let me know if you want to plan an event.