Steve’s unearthed these two great photos from the Polaris event in 2004! They are super examples of the terrain you could be riding for the events this weekend – there’s still time to enter online, and checkout the blank course maps. Steve’s planned two fantastic courses, with times to suit all abilities. Camping and great facilities available, plus a decent weather forecast – what more could you need?
Swaledale is open for business again and is still a great area for mountain biking. Some of the tracks have been badly eroded but many of the bridleways and (permissive) estate tracks have been repaired by the farmers, gamekeepers and National Park. All of the estates are happy for us to ride at the weekend but please make sure that you stick to the public bridleways and permissive tracks.
The Richmond to Reeth road is open again as the temporary bridge over Cogden Gill is in place. The upper bridge above the Youth Hostel is still closed to vehicles but may open before the weekend and is passable with care on bike or foot. The A course has been reduced to 6 hours (from 7 hours) on Saturday.
On Saturday, you will be north of the River Swale using a variety of bridleways, tracks and minor roads in Swaledale and Arkengarthdale as well as the surrounding moors.
A – 6 hours B – 5 hours C – 3 hours D – 2 hours (Newcomers/Non-Competitive)
On Sunday you will be south of the River Swale in Swaledale, Apedale and Wensleydale as well as on the surrounding moors.
A – 5 hours B – 4 hours C – 3 hours D – 2 hours (Newcomers/Non-Competitive)
Registration opens at 09.30 each day with start times between 10.00 and 11.00.
Courses A, B & C will count for the NYMBO League but only the A course will count towards the National League.
Prizes for combined scores over 2 days on Courses A & B and smaller classes will be merged. Trail runners are welcome on all courses.
Camping available on Friday and Saturday – £5 per tent/caravan per night payable on arrival. Bunkhouse accommodation available at Dales Bike Centre
Meals available all morning and afternoon but you’ll need to go to one of the pubs for an evening meal.
Please contact Steve Willis by email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help at the event centre or collect in controls.
Derwent Valley planners report, results and course map
Hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend of MBO, thanks for all your positive comments at the finish, initially I thought that the area for the White Rose event may have been too small, but Ian managed to get them all with a 13-point penalty so it looks like it was about right, maybe if it wasn’t so hot he may have made it without any penalties, congratulation to Ian and all the other class winners.
I was really happy with the new areas we used, Keld Runnels Road through Scalby Nabs, and Raincliffe woods, especially the B/W at the top of Raincliffe Woods from #16 – #12 them down to #26 then the dart down by the old quarries to the car-park in Forge Valley; if anyone is tempted to go back for a ride in Raincliffe Woods please do stick to the bridleways as this is community woodland managed by the local community for the pleasure of everyone and the bridleways really are the best bits for bikes.
Unfortunately, one rider had a nasty crash on Lang Gate the decent to Wrench Green, thanks to those who stopped to assist, deserving of a special mention is Rob Howlett who rode back to HQ to pick up his car to go back for the riders partner whilst the rider was on their way to hospital, Rob then both bikes and the partner back to HQ and then drove the their car to hospital (thanks also to John Smales for bring Rob back HQ from hospital). I’ve heard from the rider’s partner and thankfully there are no broken bones, but cuts and badly bruised; the good news is that Ifor found the riders sunglasses in the parking field which they had given to their partner for safe keeping when they left for hospital, who then lost them, but has now arranged to collect from Steve at Swaledale.
Thanks to Chrissie at Forest England and James at Dawnay Estate, for access to Wykeham Forest, thanks to Steve, Dave & John for manning registration/download, and Brendon, Dave, Ian, Simon and Tim for collecting controls, thanks also to Tim for the map; thanks to EBOR members for their assistance on the day, in particular John Smales the event co-ordinator for the White Rose.
All the farmers I spoke to in the area were really welcoming of the event and I’ve had no adverse comments since the event so thanks to everyone for that and taking part in the right spirit which make it all worthwhile.
May you always ride in sunlit forests (may be just not so hot, although it was a bit cooler in the shade of the forest?)
PS if I’ve forgotten to mention anyone, sorry, writing this is the worst bit I’d much sooner be out in the forest!
I hope you all enjoyed the Malham event and thank you for all the positive comments at the finish despite many visibly suffering in the heat!
With the very wet run-up to the event I was getting concerned as to what state some of the tracks may be in come race day. Even on Thursday afternoon when I started setting controls I was in the wind, rain and even clouds! Luckily come Friday and the weather came up trumps, even if it did manage to over-do it a little!
This year I tried to tighten up the course while still giving varied route options and hopefully a little head scratching. With the same start each year it’s hard to change things too much but with all the excellent riding together with the gorgeous scenery I don’t think It’s really a bad problem to have.
Well done to all for successfully battling the heat. It was also good to see quite a few new faces trying the 2 hour course. Congratulations to all the class winners and to Graham Tibbot who took the overall honours. Graham went for a brave start straight over the top to Arncliffe Cote then a figure of 8 east to west with an equally bold finish over the Stockdale Lane climb.
I’d like to thank the many people contributed as usual to make the event possible:
Chris Wildman and the Malham Show team for their help with the venue together with Rob Ashford from the Dales National Parks.
Steve Willis as always for all his help with the organisation. Steve again and John Dixon for manning the registration and download.
Tim Evans for his help and producing another great map.
Finally, massive thanks to all the control collectors below who after such a hot day went out and got them back in time for Jeff Harris to take away and set out for his event on Monday:
Jeff H himself who came over specially, Graham & Erica Tibbot, Tim Evans, Dave & Gabe Collins, Neil Reed and Rachel Drew who wanted to get even more for a nice ride out! (sorry Rachel).
Results for today’s event at Malham are here. Hope to see you on Monday in Scarborough!
Both the course maps for the August Bank Holiday weekend events are now available, details below, hope to see you at one or both of our events.
Saturday 24th August: Malham
Blank Map below; online entry is open until midnight Wednesday; Simon Coiley has planned a great course with a 4 hour time limit.
Monday 26th August: Scarborough (NYMBO at the Eborienteers White Rose Weekend)
Blank map below; online entry open until midnight Friday; Jeff Harris has planned this 3 hour event, in a location where I don’t think we’ve had a NYMBO event before.
Registation and start times, plus location information are all in the main flier here
20190824-Malham (PDF course map)20190826WhiteRose (PDF course map)