Thanks to Alex Pilkington for another excellent course in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales including some very interesting controls. This was the first event in the Overground Underground Festival so check out their web page for the programme of outdoor activities for the rest of the summer on http://www.ogug.co.uk/
Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map, Geoff Moorhouse, Karen Blackburn and Michael Brough for helping on the day and Dave Lloyd, Andy & Corinne Parsons, Ray Morriss, Roger Pilkington and Tim Evans who helped Alex collect the controls after they had finished as well as Graeme Fielding and Martin who hadn’t even ridden in the event.. Thanks also to Chris & his staff at Knight Stainforth Caravan Park who welcomed us to their site and cafe so if you want to go back for a more leisurely visit check out http://www.knightstainforth.co.uk/
Congratulations to Graham Tibbott for visiting all but 4 controls as well as the other category winners – Mark Chryssanthou M40, Tim Evans M50, Ray Morriss M60, Geoff Moorhouse M70, Dorothy Pelly W50, Clive & Sarah George X40 (on a tandem), Steve & Ben Collins (Gen). You can follow their routes using the splits file and course map on the NYMBO site.
It was great to be riding on dry tracks in the sunshine for a change although it still felt cold when riding downhill. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride as usual and, being non-competitive, decided to ignore Penyghent and headed south to visit 2 of the interesting controls starting with 54 in the incredible limekiln, through Settle then the lovely network of singletrack bridleways near Austwick before finishing with 53 at the awesome quarry.
There were 3 controls that caused problems so I have sent 32 and 34 back for re-programming. Sadly, 38 was vandalised during the event so will need replacing at the cost of the event profit. A few riders got lost on Foxup Moor but I hope it didn’t spoil their rides. Some riders couldn’t find 57 but it was straightforward if you were on the right bridleway.
The next NYMBO event is at Kildale on Sunday 12th June where Conrad & Jill have planned an excellent 3 hour course on the Clevelend Hills. You can make it a full weekend as Andrew Windrum has planned 3 sprint MTBO events in Bishopwood, Wheldrake and Allerthorpe on Saturday 11th
Finally, a reminder that Matthew Streets & Pete Swanborough are fundraising for the local hospital unit. Matthew’s daughter, Grace, was born last year with a rare medical condition called Congenital Hyper Insulinism. She is still doing ok but needs ongoing care so they will be riding three long distance MTB events to raise funds.
Hope to see you at another event soon
You can find the results with splits here
And here’s the map: