Tony Thornley ran an excellent event yesterday, which included some great mapping.The updated results are here.
Here’s his report:
“Thank you all for coming and for the many kind comments.
An especial thank you to my beautiful assistants, Pete and Ali, and to Tim for printing the maps.
The church car park donations raised £50 for which thanks to all who contributed.
I hope the map worked well for you. I’ve always felt it would be better to make the viable routes, whether road or off-road, clearer for MTBO events, and to give more cyclability information. From the routes (below) you can see that both Ian and Al did their best to avoid the really miserable tracks across Ilkley Moor and around points 16 and 26. I don’t think anyone got to 16 but one or two made 30 by the Twelve Apostles.
The challenge was to decide the best route at the outset. Most people opted for the North loop and then used the road route via 25 towards Riddlesden. Very few people got down to the canal, although it is very fast going. Rob King gets the prize for the longest distance cycled without getting any points – from 26 to the finish.
I hope no-one had too many problems with the awful bit of bridleway down from Langbar at point 24 back to Addingham. I deliberately extended the map to give the option of using the road to the NW; although a lot longer and not flat I suspect it may be quicker.
Hope to see you all, virus permitting, at the Washburn Valley event on April 18th.
Ilkley showing winners routes
Pickering Forest Organiser’s Comments
Pickering Forest Finish
Thanks to Michael Brough for another excellent course in a great forest which was somehow still enjoyable despite the very wet conditions. Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map, Barbara Willis and John Dixon for helping on the day and Ray Morriss, Andrew Windrum, Peter Swanborough and John Rawden who helped Michael collect the controls in after they had finished.
Congratulations to Andrew Windrum winning M40 (and overall) with an impressive ride visiting almost all of the controls for 495 points; Tim Evans M50-403; Sheila Pearce W40 (and first Woman)-344; John Dixon winning M60 for the first time this year-314; Steve & Andrea Foster X50 and first Mixed -293; Chris & Roy Partington Gen-210.
You can follow their routes using the splits file and course map here.
2015 Cropton and Newtondale 30000 Working Drawing with Controls 1st August
It was disappointing that there were only 56 riders and we need to start increasing our numbers if we are going to break even this year so please let your friends know about our events. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride despite the weather. The tracks were really tough so I didn’t have the time to get over to Needle Point once I crossed the road unlike Andrew Windrum.
We have got 4 more events this month!!
Sunday 6th September – Moors Marathon – 4 routes of 100/75/50/25k starting from the Fox & Rabbit with all profits going to the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team. Commemorative mugs for all finishers. We have only got 25 entries so please enter online or email your details if you want to reserve a map. I still need 2 more control marshals if you would like to help.
Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September – OMM Bike in Swaledale and all courses on both days are included in the NYMBO league. You can enter the Polaris, Long or Short courses on the OMM event site at www.theomm.com until Sept 11th. Youcan enter the 3 hour course on either day at www.bmbo.org.uk until Sept 16th. We have already had 75 pre-entries (as well as 150 runners) so it promises to be a great weekend. I have planned the courses and Jens has drawn the map.
Sunday 27th September – Cleveland Hills. Conrad & Jill have planned a cracking course from the Lord Stones Cafe at Carlton Bank.
I hope you can make it to one or more of them.
Sorry for the delay in publishing the map, you can download it by clicking on the image – please note it’s a bigger file than usual so may take some time.
Other details for Saturday are in yesterdays post
Maps for Sunday are here
Dalby Forest MBO 21-Sep-14
The map without controls for Dalby isn’t available yet, my apologies, but instead here’s a copy of the 2011 map which has a similar competition area with Parking, Registration and the Finish at the Fox and Rabbit but the Start 3km away at Seivedale.
Here are some notes from Dave Lloyd:
As ever, Dalby will offer a choice of wellmaintained forest roads and world class single track although some of the previously used smaller paths and rides have either disappeared or are likely to be affected by seasonal undergrowth.
The start is in the forest at the foot of Sievedale and will be marked from the event centre (so please allow 15 minutes) but the Finish will be back at the Fox & Rabbit.
Some footpaths around Low Dalby and Adderstone Rigg are pedestrian only and will be marked as out of bounds, as will a small area of Sneverdale Rigg above Go Ape. A paintball area is being developed near Dixon’s Hollow and the single track may have diversions.
These will be signposted in the forest but not marked on the map. There are no controls sited directly on the single track route but if you choose to use it you must ride in the direction indicated at the entry points and obey any deviation signs.
Moors Marathon Routes
Can be found here:
Maps for both of this weekend’s events are below.
It’s not too late to enter online – just click the link above to be directed to the BMBO site for online entry.
Details for the events are on the detailed fliers in the Events section.
If you’re coming to Wykeham on Monday the event centre is at Hackness Village Hall and it is definitely a good idea to avoid Scarborough on a bank holiday.
Steve will signpost the route through Forge Valley from East Ayton on the A170.
Anybody using the A64 should turn left 1 mile north of the Staxton roundabout and follow the B1261 through Seamer and Irton to East Ayton.
Anybody coming from the north should leave the A171 between Cloughton and Burniston.
Our popular feature from last year is back! You can now check out the area map for Sutton Bank this weekend, without controls of course!
Fingers crossed for a good weather forecast and great riding conditions – there’s still time to enter if you haven’t yet!
Just 5 days to go until the final NYMBO League event of 2013. Online entry closes on Wednesday and can be done here. Entry on the day is also available, but it would help if you email Steve so we print enough maps.
Don’t forget that this event starts earlier than usual between 10.00 and 11.00am
There is no slip road to Masham from the upgraded A1(M) so please leave the A1 at Leeming Bar from the north or the A61 from the south.
Please park in the square which is 400m south of the A6108 Ripon to Leyburn road and pay 50p in the honesty box for parking in the square.
Registration is in the Methodist Chapel on nearby Park Street where refreshments will be on sale before and after your ride.
This is the last event in the National (BMBO) and Regional (NYMBO) leagues so please stay for the prizegiving at 3.30 to congratulate the category winners.
Will all 2012 BMBO champions please make sure that their trophies are returned at or before the event?
Masham Moors is a varied area – there are some farm lanes and minor roads, some exposed moorland bridleways – make sure that you come equipped for North Yorkshire weather in October. Expect a few hills in the south and west side of the map.
The A6108 passes through the area, control location does not encourage competitors to make much use of it but be aware that it is the busiest road on the map. It is however wide and has mainly good visibility.
The bridleway to the west of Slipstone Crags in Colsterdale has been deeply eroded by motorcycles and water, be prepared to walk if using the worst section – marked on the map with black lines across the bridleway; there is a route choice which avoids this damaged section. Also in Colsterdale there is a ford at Gollinglith Foot – if river levels are high, a footbridge to the south would be a safe crossing point.
Here’s the map without controls for you to look at – click on the map to get the full image.