Swaledale Weekend Report – results are here
Thanks to Steve Willis for planning the two events at the weekend. Control maps below, here’s his report:
Thanks to Stuart & Brenda and their staff at Dales Biking for a great event centre and it was brilliant to be riding in Swaledale so soon after the devastating flood.
By Saturday the tracks had dried out well and the weather was perfect. I thought I had made the area large enough to prevent Graham from clearing up but he visited all 30 controls with 13 minutes to spare!
Thanks to Simon Coiley, David Day, John Dixon, Sheila Pearce, Dennis Jaques and Will Wilson for helping me put out the controls on Friday
For Sunday, my thanks to Will Wilson, Dennis Jaques, Sheila Pearce, John Dixon and Mike Barnard for helping me put out the controls on Saturday and the Dales Bike Centre for another warm welcome.
The weather was even better than Saturday which made it hard to believe how bad the storm had been a month ago. Incredibly, the bridge over Cogden Gill had been replaced so we could get onto Redmire and Preston Moors although most riders opted for the Swale Trail as a gentle start. I didn’t have a cunning plan. I just check out the bridleways then spread out the controls on the better ones. Graham and Mark both left out one (different) control so hopefully the course was just the right length.
Sadly, #51 was stolen before the early riders arrived but Carl Vincent found it in the river so was able to replace it for the later riders. Please accept my apologies for #31 being on the wrong gate and for the incorrectly drawn track NE of #56. I hope it didn’t spoil your ride.
Congratulations to the Combined Winners who received a voucher for one night’s stay at the Dales Bike Centre.
Senior Men – Graham Tibbot
SuperVet Men – Bob Cherry
Ladies – Clare de Faye
Junior – Jake King
Mixed – Jason Locke & Ruth Moulton
Thanks to Jeff Harris, Will Wilson, Vicky & Eddie Loftus and especially Erica Tibbot who helped me collect in Saturday’s controls on Sunday morning. Then Jeff, Will, David, Sheila, Dennis, Liz, Mike & Martin who collected in Sunday’s controls so that I could leave by 6.00.
NEXT EVENT: the final league event at Aysgarth in Wensleydale on Saturday 12th October.
Dates of the Winter Lanequests will be available soon.