Results from today’s sunny event are here – much better riding conditions than the last time we were here! Full report to follow.
It’s three weeks until our next event in Nidderdale on Saturday 19th May. It’s a 4 hour event, and it’s planned by Neil Reed:
Needless to say that during the planning process in March and April the weather has been at best damp and the ground has been soft and slippery – although my so called racing tyres no doubt didn’t help in that respect !
The event area is essentially an 8 km radius around the registration and finish based at Grewelthorpe Village hall just south of Masham. The River Ure runs through the area with limited crossing points which could be a factor in route choice.
The controls are spread on a selection of roads, tracks and bridleways. I had initially envisaged it might be a “fast” course, however there are enough hills and given the current soft ground this might not be the case !
We hope to provide basic refreshments but I am reliably informed there is a café in the village that should be open all day.
Car Parking has kindly been provided by Newholme Campsite located approximately 500m south of the village hall. I will try to ensure the usual signage is in place.
Look forward to seeing you the event.
Thanks to Andy & Corinne Parsons for planning an excellent course, Tim Evans for an excellent map and everyone who helped.
Here is the map so that you can follow the riders’ routes – and/or see what you missed
Corinne and I had a really good day in the forest on Friday riding round in glorious sunshine getting the controls set up. I’m sure all the riders agree we could not have wanted a better day for the event.
It was quite surprising how much the tracks had dried up over the last few days. So much so that both the soft track around the far north east of the map overlooking Newtondale escarpment and the bridleway down to 55 at Cawthorne beck became unexpectedly enjoyable rides.
With the tracks having dried out I was anticipating that the fastest riders may have been just about able to clear the course in the allocated 3 hours. However the highest score was Mark Rowley’s 483 so gladly it was about right.
It was good to hear so many comments from riders on their return saying how they had really enjoyed their rides. There were a couple of people that struggled to find control 37 on the footbridge but those that did confirmed it was in the correct place.
It was a shame we only had 43 riders. Thanks to everyone for coming, and especially thanks to all the helpers. Thanks also to the Keldy Cabins site management for letting us use the cafe and their facilities.
The weather’s warmed up and it’s time for our first league event of 2018!
This is the first event in the 2018 NYMBO series.
The event centre is at KELDY CABINS YO18 8HW; 5 miles north of the A170 at Pickering.
3 hour event.
REGISTER 11.30 – 12.45 STARTS 12.00 – 13.00
There is a café at Keldy Cabins courtyard next to the start so should be hot drinks and snacks available before and after the event.
Event parking is on the forest road north of the cabins. Please be aware that this is also one of the possible routes for riders leaving the start or returning to the finish so take great care and give way to riders.
Andy Parsons’ planner’s update:
There was snow on the ground when I rode the course to check out control sites back in March. I’m sure the on the day the snow will be long gone and the routes a lot faster than I rode it. However, given all the recent rain the smaller tracks will be slow or very slow and so best avoided. Some of the steep sections of single track are very technical and slippery so please take due care, especially the routes down into Newtondale on the eastern edge of the map. The great thing about Cropton and Newtondale Forests is the network of gravel forest tracks with plenty of fast riding route choice.
Most of the controls are situated on or close to gravel forest roads or a minor road, which should allow you to take some fast routes around the forest. There are a few controls on potentially linked by softer route, so think carefully over the direction you travel to visit these. Even if there are shorter routes between controls cutting across between main tracks it will generally be quicker to take longer routes on harder tracks.
Thanks to Stage1Cycles for hosting the event and Tim for an excellent map. Fortunately, the snow had melted lower down so 27 of the original 30 controls were still accessible. (22, 27 & 17 were knee deep). Congratulations to local rider Mark Daniel who won overall and well done to Generation pair Steve & Ben Collins for finishing second. I thoroughly enjoyed planning the course in January and deliberately restricted the course to the roads in 2 valleys. The ford at Marsett was interesting and tested some riders resolve but well done for turning up and enjoying yourselves.
The date of the Ingleton event is definitely on Saturday 7th July.
Dave Robertson will update the web pages when he gets back from skiing.
Hopefully see you at the first league event at Cropton on April 21st.