Helmsley & Ryedale MBO

Helmsley & Ryedale MBO

Planner’s Comments

I very much enjoyed planning this event. When I planned it in May we were going to be allowed to cycle past Duncombe Hall but late on Thursday the agent changed his mind so I had to move a control, resulting in Jens having to redraw the map. If this hadn’t happened I am sure one of the riders would have got all the points. The feedback from finishers was very positive & I think most people enjoyed themselves which was also helped by the good weather and reasonable track conditions.


Organiser’s Comments

Thanks to Michael Brough for planning an excellent course on the southern edge of the North York Moors and gaining permission to use the Duncombe Estate. The weather was perfect but some of the tracks were a bit wetter than we would have liked. Unfortunately, #31 wasn’t quite in the right place so if you couldn’t find it or wasted time looking for it please let me know so that I can adjust your score. I thoroughly enjoyed my ride and tried to stay on the plateau as much as possible. It wasn’t so I ended up descending quickly into some very steep valleys then climbing out very slowly . Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map; Michael for putting out all of the controls; Geoff Moorhouse, Barbara Willis & John Dixon for their help on the day as well as the control collectors.

It was Edwyn’s turn to win this time with an excellent score of 465; Sheila Pearce made it a double winning weekend with 325 points and the Brand-Barkers won their 3rd NYMBO event in a row with 320 points.

You can follow all of their routes using the splits file and course map (below).

I have planned the OMM Bike & Lite event at Hawes on September 9th & 10th. As usual there is a Long (7&5 hours), Medium (5&4 hours) & Short (3&3 hours) course each day and they all count in the NYMBO League. You can only enter the Long & Medium courses via the OMM web site and you can only enter the 3 hour courses on the BMBO web site. Camping is available all weekend so why not enter and enjoy some cracking trails in the beautiful northern Yorkshire Dales. If you don’t want to compete you can always help put out and collect controls!!

Don’t forget that I will be retiring as an organiser at the end of the season so the Nidderdale event will be my last. I would still like to hear from someone who is interested in taking on the coordinators’s role and riders who would like to plan and organise an event. I will still plan an event every year and ride whenever we’re not on holiday, seeing the family or playing golf!! 3 riders have already offered to organise events this winter and 5 next summer but we need someone to take over ……please!!

Hope to see you next month.




2 thoughts on “Helmsley & Ryedale MBO

  1. Steve Wood

    I went along the A170 and North up Riccal Dale then SW up the hill to control 55, I was intrigued to see a Bridleway sign pointing South, so looked on Streetview when I got home and found out that there is now a Bridleway linking Helmsley with Riccal Dale, very handy if you want to avoid the A170 iwhich can be busy at times. A big thanks to everybody for a superb event, an early off on the dry riverbed going from 36 to 58 wasn’t the best start but I was OK and enjoyed my ride.
    Link showing new Bridleway.


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