Thanks to Richmond Golf Club for hosting the event and to the riders who all came back safely and still smiling. Most riders chose to go down to the Swale before heading east towards Skeeby, north towards Whashton before deciding whether to head west onto the Feldom Ranges and over the racecourse or just back to the finish and the bridleways were much better than expected after a wet week.
33 brave souls turned out in ‘heavy drizzle’ to brave the roads and tracks around the Scotts Arms at Sicklinghall. It is over 4 years since we last started at this location and now that the Bridges over the river are open I reinstated a few controls south of the river and in doing so made use of the excellent Muddy boots cafe at Harewood on one of the sighting trips. The event 4 years ago had high scores of 450 and given the weather and the restrictions on routes around the centre I think the slightly larger area worked. Given the amount of rain we have had over the last few months I was surprised it was only one or two tracks had gone from rideable to soft and one of these was due to Christmas tree harvesting.
Click here for the results.Congratulations must go to our Category winners, Ian Furlong on Senior Men with 375, David Day Veteran Men ( over 60 ) with 330, Andrea and Steve Foster in Mixed with 270, Phil and Olivia Ingham in Generation with 265 and Jo Anderson and Jemima Parker in Ladies with 259. Thanks to Steve for helping with Registration and the Scotts Arms for excellent hospitality and food.
Any score queries please e-mail me at email@example.com with your route and score and I will update, the result sheets were a bit damp.
Our next event is on December 14th – another 2-hour lane quest from Richmond Golf Course Oeganised by Steve Willis. We could do with some more planners for the 2020 summer series so if you fancy having a go please e-mail myself or Steve, you will be given lots of help and advice.
The dates for the Winter League have (mostly) been agreed, and all of the details are on the flier NYMBO Winter 2019-20 v3
23 November – Harrogate (Tim Evans)
14 December – Richmond (Steve Willis)
18 January – Grewelthorpe (David Day)
15 February – Northallerton (John Dixon)
14th March – Ilkley (Tony Thornley)
All events are the usual 2 hour treasure hunt format, with event centre from a local pub. All details, including the blank course map will be available about one week beforehand. Online entry via BMBO
Over the winter we’ll be planning the Main League events for 2020, and it would be good to get your feedback on your preferred event length from 2019 so we can see if we got the balance right or whether any changes are needed.
In 2019 we had 10 events, two were 3 hours; five were 4 hours; and three were 5 or more ( the two days at Swaledale offered options). Please vote in the poll and give any feedback in the comments box below. Thanks for your help!
Poll will close before the first winter event on November 23rd.
The weather on Saturday could not have been better for an October event, and certainly better than the wet Friday that Liz had to contend with for putting out controls. Thanks to Liz and Harry for their efforts in putting together an excellent and challenging course. Here’s her report:
I’m a very slow mountain biker and took on planning a NYMBO in the hope of getting some training in while recceing the course. I was forced to go to those 30-pointers that I usually don’t bother with and I seemed to spend a lot of time pushing my bike uphill into a prevailing gale.
There are a lot of good bridleways in Wensleydale but not a lot of bridges over the Ure so having the event centre by the Aysgarth Falls bridge gave more route choices immediately from the start. We needed to have the bridges at Worton and and Wensley on the map and I wanted to take the event as far as possible into Coverdale since I don’t think NYMBO has been there recently. This made for a big map and I probably did not need to fill all of it with controls. I haven’t seen the routes yet – did anyone beside me (putting out) and Harry (collecting in) go up Stakes Allotment? Anyway we both enjoyed the decent if not the climb up. (editors note – 7 riders went up to control 28 at Stakes Allotments, although the results two riders went from control 13 but did not get control 18 which seems odd)
The weather turned out pretty well in the end – just the sight of a bit of sunshine improves morale. I thought the Falls Cafe turned out an excellent venue and thank you to them for being so helpful at short notice when the alternative was not. The organisation for NYMBO events seems quite ..er.. relaxed and I was not sure how it was supposed to go but thanks to Steve, Dave and John who made that happen and to Tim for the map and rounding up a large band of helpers to collect in, and thanks to the helpers and especially Adrian and Ben for getting the tough 30-pointers. Also thanks to my partner Harry who ended up doing much more mountain bike training than me over the weekend.
I hope everyone enjoyed their day in Wensleydale – thanks for entering and turning up when the weather was not looking so promising.
Control map will follow shortly, but event results are here and final league is here
The results aren’t in their usual format at the moment – these will be updated at the weekend when the usual format will be available.
Here are the results from yesterday’s event in Wensleydale. The weather was kind compared to other days recently, and hopefully everyone had a good ride! Thanks to Liz for sterling efforts planning the course. Full report to follow.
Results are here (The results aren’t in their usual format at the moment – these will be updated at the weekend sorry for the delay).
The event planner is Liz Potterton who says “I think I’ve got enough far flung controls that no-one should cleanup but it might be a close thing.“Which is just what’s needed for the last event!
The event centre is the Falls Coffee Shop (GR 011884 Church Bank, Aysgarth DL8 3SR; Signposted off the A684 between Leyburn and Hawes) – note this change from the original location of the Aysgarth Falls Hotel.
Parking is in the pay-and-display car park on the road south from the Aysgarth Falls. The parking fee is a much-reduced £2 – there may be a parking attendant, in which case please pay them the £2 fee; if not please do not pay-and-display but get pay at the cafe. You can also order food for after the event. We have a separate function room for food and prize-giving afterwards.
League presentations will take place after the event finishes, please order food and stay to support the category winners!