Here is the map so that you can see where the riders went
Thanks to Steve Roberts & Karen Clark for yet another excellent course, Jens for an excellent map, Frank Appleton & Karen Blackburn for helping before the event and Dave Evans, David Lloyd & Garry Wright who collected the controls with Steve & Karen so that I was back in York by 6.30.
I thought the area looked very large but, with calm and dry conditions, Andrew Windrum might even have cleared up. There was plenty of route choice and it was interesting to se that Andrew W and Andy C set off and returned in totally different directions. Most riders seemed to enjoy the event despite the wind, rain and punctures. It is an interesting area with great views and good tracks (when you can lift your head up to look). I enjoyed my ride but would have preferred to have had fewer punctures.
Unfortunately, from the splits it looks as though some riders have been taking illegal shortcuts. It is difficult to marshal or prove so please email me if you went along the footpath between 53 and 54 or through Thirkleby Manor between 48 and 55. I know they are tempting but using them gives all mountain bikers a bad name as well as an unfair advantage over those riders who stick to the rules. This time I will just deduct the points for the control after the shortcut. In future, it will mean disqualification.
Congratulations to Andrew Windrum winning M40 and overall with 445 points; Tim Evans M50-390; Nathan Parker M18-364 (and 5th overall, 1 place ahead of his Dad); Steve Wood M60-330; Andrea & Steve Foster X50-295; Dave Winterborne M21-294; Sheila Pearce W40-also 294.
Just a couple of admin comments. Please can those riders whose membership has lapsed rejoin? If you have changed or lost your SI card, please can you update your details on the BMBO web page?
I have 2 items of lost property so please contact me if you lost a Garmin Etrex 30 on the Wolds or left a pair of shoes at Grewelthorpe last October!
Our next event is at Lofthouse in Nidderdale on Saturday 18th April.
The following weekend (25/26th), I have planned the OMM Bike & Lite events at Bamford in the Peak District. It’s a 2 day event with 7,5&3 hour options on Saturday and 5,4&3 hour courses on Sunday. Entries still available at www.theomm.com
Hope to see you there.