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NYMBO League 2017

I need to start to put together a series of events for next year so please let me know if you would like to plan one on any of the following dates. I’m also very happy for anyone to suggest  any other areas or dates
Date                         Venue                                     Planner
March 18th            Cropton Forest ?                 ?
April 22nd             Yorkshire Wolds ?              ?
May 6th                  Howardian Hills                 Michael Brough
June 10th                Ribblesdale                         Alex Pilkington
July 15th                 Cleveland Hills ?                Jill & Conrad Ellison
August 26th          Malham                                ?
August 28th          White Rose, Helmsley     ?
September 9th     OMM Bike Wensleydale  Steve Willis
Saturday 10th       OMM Bike Wensleydale  Steve Willis
October 21st          Nidderdale ?                       ?
I will  be asking the planners to act as the day organisers as well which happens in most other areas.   I have now taken over as Captain of Richmond Golf Club  but I’m happy to co-ordinate the league again. It’s just that golf will have to take priority over mountain biking at weekends so I’m not sure how many events I will be able to attend. I will still look after the equipment and sort out the helpers beforehand and results, accounts and reports afterwards.  Dave Robertson is happy to continue to keep the web page up to date and John Dixon will sort out the results.

Cheers, Steve

Bullamoor results, map and comments

Here are the results


and the map


Thanks to John Dixon for an excellent course in pleasantly undulating terrain on a cold but dry day. Thanks to Jens for yet another excellent map and the Fox & Rabbit for a warm welcome where we could warm our feet while eating an excellent lunch. Congratulations to the winners – Andy Conn Vet Men 455, Adrian & Luke Parker M21 362, Jenny Sutton W40 317,Shaun & Jane Joughin X40 267, Phill & Luke Collings (in his first event) Gen 265. Hopefully we will get a similar turnout at our next event at Newton on Ouse  on December 10th.

Nidderdale Planner’s Comments

Planner’s Comments

I hope you enjoyed the excellent facilities at Sawley village hall with convenient adjacent parking and catering by the local ladies. The rain held off for most of you but there were some heavy showers towards the end of the day.

Conditions were much drier than anticipated as there had been no rain to speak of for 2 weeks so tracks that could have been a little muddy were not. Having the start in the centre of the map always gives more of a navigational challenge, I noticed quite a lot of hesitation as riders received their maps. Many riders chose to go south first, attracted by the closeness of controls; in fact the NE quadrant scored most points with 160, SE 115 and the other 2 quadrants 120 each. It is true that controls in the north were further apart but generally had faster routes between them.

Sadly vandals took a fancy to 2 controls – 38 was at a road junction, the SI box was stolen & the wire cut; 51 in the middle of nowhere completely disappeared, I will have a scout around this week to see if I can find any bits. This is one of the side effects of making the controls easily visible to riders, they are also often spotted by the public. 57 stopped working after 9 riders had passed through, presumably the battery gave out. If you have not informed Steve that you visited any of these 3 controls please let him know and he will adjust your score. Nobody visited control 32, a pity as there was a spot prize on it! There was one error in the map where the circle for 56 was drawn at the wrong bridleway junction (a parallel error as it is known in orienteering circles), I apologise for this oversight and hope that this did not cost you too much time.

Congratulations to the first 3 men: Graham Tibbot scored 405, Andrew Windrum 373 & Conrad Ellison 351; top ladies were Sue Booth on 269 followed by mixed pair Tony & Angela Brand-Parker.

Finally thank you to the control collectors Adrian Parker, Simon Coiley, John Rawden, Ray Morriss, David Lloyd, Andy & Corinne Parsons (only 1 of them under 50, where are the fit young riders at the end of the event?) You may not see much of me during the winter as I am having my ankle fused early November and will be in pot for a while. Hopefully it will then give me less trouble than it does now.

David Day

NYMBO Champions 2016

Congratulations to our champions

M18 Max Vesty

Gen Steve & Ben Collins

M21 Graham Tibbot

M40 Andrew Windrum

M50 Tim Evans

M60 Ray Morriss

M70 Roger de Faye

W40 Sheila Pearce

W50 Jill Ellison

W60 Karen Clark

W70 Karen Blackburn

X40 Julia Hargreaves & James Annan

X50 Angela & Tony Brand-Barker


NYMBO Winter Events (updated 7th November)

Here is the flier for the 4 events this winter.


SAT 19th NOVEMBER 2016      Fox & Hounds, Bullamoor, near Northallerton

SAT 10th DECEMBER 2016      TBC, Linton on Ouse, York

SAT 21st JANUARY 2017       Smiths Arms, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate

SAT 11th FEBRUARY 2017     Grapes Inn, Slingsby, nr Malton

SAT 18th FEBRUARY 2017      Malton area

Nidderdale Comments & Map

Nidderdale Organiser’s Comments

David Day planned an excellent course with plenty of route choice but probably enough distance for a 4 hour event which is why the scores were lower than usual. However, as most riders got back before it started to rain heavily, they were probably happy not to have to ride the extra hour. We were therefore lucky again with the weather and the tracks were still firm despite the previous day’s heavy showers.

Thanks as ever to Jens for another excellent map; David Day for putting out all of the controls; Geoff Moorhouse, Karen Blackburn, Michael Brough & John Dixon for their help on the day; then Dave Lloyd, John Rawden, Ray Morriss, Simon Coiley, Adrian Parker, Andy & Corinne Parsons for collecting them in so that we could leave by 3.00.

It was great to see over 70 riders for the final event of the season including quite a few newcomers. Congratulations to Graham Tibbot (M21) who won with 405 points and turn the tables on Andrew Windrum (M40-373); Conrad Ellison rode well to finish 3rd overall with 351 in M50; followed by Ray Morriss (M60-255) & Roger de Faye (M70-245) In the Women’s section, Sue Booth won W50 with 269, Jo Anderson & Jemima Parker won W40 & Karen Blackburn W70 with 190, followed by Clare de Faye (W60-174) then Heather Tufts (W21-170). Angela & Tony Brand-Barker came back from Lithuania to win X50 with 268 (50 points ahead of Steve & Andrea Foster). You can follow all of their routes using the splits file and course map.


I enjoyed my ride as it brought back pleasant memories of the tracks I used to ride regularly from Aldborough when I first started mountain biking. I chose to ride the bridleways rather than take the quicker road options which cost me time but were far more enjoyable. I stayed south of the main road and finished on the very interesting and scenic causeway below Sawley Hall.

Unfortunately 2 controls (38 & 51) were stolen, 57 wasn’t working properly and 56 was in the wrong place. (David put it where he had marked it on his planning map and hadn’t noticed that Jens had drawn it on the final map). So not the best way to finish the season and please accept our apologies. Hopefully, I have amended all of the scores but please let me know if I have missed you out.

Prizes were awarded to the leading riders at 1.30 so thanks to Rob & Anne Wiltshire at the Yorkshire Dales Brewery who are happy to sponsor the league again next year.

The next event will be a 2 hour Lanequest MBO near Northallerton on Saturday, 19th November. (Details on the BMBO and NYMBO web sites). John Dixon, Andrew Windrum & Tim Evans have volunteered to plan 3 of the 4 winter events so please let me know if you would like to plan the February event in the Malton/Pickering area.

Hope to see you at another event soon


BMBO Newsletter

Here is the latest newsletter

-AGM Reminder –

This year’s AGM is on Saturday 6th November at Slitting Hill Village Hall after Midlands event. The MBO National League prize giving will be held before the AGM commences. Further information can be found by clicking the link:-

If there are any more committee position nominations, please get them to me by Saturday 1st October.

All members are welcome to attend the AGM and we would love to hear your thoughts, views and opinions on how BMBO is run and what improvements can be made to make British Mountain Bike Orienteering better and more inviting to others.

-League Updates (as of 11/09/2016)-

The final event in the MTBO league took place in Hamsterley Forest at the wee! kend. Phil Collins produced some challenging courses that made good use of the extensive single track in the forest. The League prize giving took place immediately afterwards. Congratulations to Ian Nixon and Charlie Somers Cocks who both retained their overall titles. Also well done to Killian Lomas, Tim Evans, Steve Willis, Ben Houlihan and Mary Carrick who won their age classes. The event also substituted for the Middle Distance Championship due to the cancellation of the final event. MBO Score star Graham Tibbott showed his versatility by winning the title in his first ever MTBO event. Charlie SC took the honours in the women’s race.
Many thanks to the planners of this year’s events for all of their hard work without which it would not happen.

MBO Score
Just eight events remain in the MBO Score League. Remember that it is your best 10 events that count including a maximum of 6 from any one local league.
Prize giving for the MBO Score League will take place at the Cannock Chase Event on 6th November and will ! be followed by the AGM.

As always the full leagues can be viewed on the Results Leagues tab or
(Article submitted by Tony Brand-Barker)

-New Zealand MTBO Championships-
Just a REMINDER too that both the North Island Champs and NZ Champs take place on succeeding weekends from 12th to 20th November 2016 on some of the best MTBO terrain in this beautiful world! These incorporate the first two World Masters Races of the 2017 season and give at least five fabulous races in 9 days of NZ. On a personal note the legendary MTBO terrain “Marquita’s Garden” for the North Island Champs is probably the best MTBO terrain I’ve ever raced on! This then moves onto Rotorua the following weekend where the terrain ranks amongst the very best mtb riding in the world and is a place of pilgrimage for all mountain bikers. “This is My Church” 🙂
(Article submitted by Keith Daws! on)

-World Masters Series 2017-
In order that people can plan ahead here are the dates so far in the new 2017 season starting in New Zealand in November 2016. As in previous years the format will be 15 races in total with the 7 best performances to count in five year age categories. There will be two counting races at each event except for the World Masters Champs where there will be three counting races. Please note the points and prizes are awarded in FIVE year age classes.

2017 Race Season
New Zealand Rotorua 19/20th November 2016
Portugal April 1st/2nd 2017
Denmark MTBO Camp 26/30th April
Czech Rep Pilsen 5-9th July
Austria Vienna 15/16th July
France Orleans 29th July-4th August

We are currently examining a number of options for an event in May/June in Central Europe with Poland a possibility. Sadly it has been deemed that the planned race in Turkey would not attract sufficient competitors in the current political/! security climate despite the excellent event this season.

There w! ill now be an opportunity to MTBO for 11 days out of 12 in early July by connecting Czech Pilsen event and Austrian WRE event and training days near Vienna thanks to my club OLT TransDanubien. Book your holidays now for 8 races (including 4 World Masters Series!) and 3 training days all in one unprecedented MTBO Gift for you! All leading up to the World Masters Championships in late July/Early August in Orleans!
(Article Submitted by Keith Dawson)

**News articles published on the BMBO website will now be going out with these ‘news bulletins’ & the frequency will depend on the news posted. Members and organisers are more than welcome to post news articles (keeping it relevant) or send articles direct to me for either the website or email bulletins.**

Best Regards from the BMBO Committee

Samantha Leight
British Mountain Bike Orienteering

OMM Bike Comments

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all of my rides checking all of the bridleways and controls this summer but the weather and track conditions at the weekend couldn’t have been any better. The bridleways across Levisham Moor and Glaisdale Moor are 2 of my favourites in England. I hoped that I had made the optimum route long enough so that no riders would be able to clear up on either day. Mark McPhilips tried his hardest and only left out one control on Saturday but he left a few more out there on Sunday. I placed all of the controls on routes that could be reached by bike but hopefully gave the runners plenty of opportunities to use public footpaths as short cuts. Thanks to Karen & Richard Clark for checking out many of these. The favourable comments from many Bike & Lite competitors suggest that I succeeded.

Thanks to North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Forestry Commission and the Countryside Landowners Association who were happy for the event to go ahead. We will be making donations to them and the Scarborough & Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team who would have been there if we had needed them. Thanks also to the gamekeepers who were happy for us to use many of the private tracks across their grouse moors.

It was great to see 130 riders competing at the same time and using the same controls as 170 runners as well as no litter or open gates when we collected them in. It’s a pity that only 8 riders made it to the Wild Camp so we will need to consider whether to continue with this course next year or open it up to runners!!

Thanks to Jens Strain and Harveys for 2 excellent maps. I’m sorry that there were 3 corrections but we only got permission to use the permissive bridleway through RAF Fylingdales, the track though Low Staindale and the track near Lastingham after the map had gone to the printers. Thanks also to John Rawden, Ray Morriss, Dave Lloyd, John Dixon, Michael Brough, Zoe Cowgill, Steve Kendall, Sheila Pearce and Lynn Lloyd for helping me put out and collect in the controls, the OMM team for their hard work organising the excellent event HQ and Phil Lee and his staff at the New Inn.

Sion James is planning the Spring event so I won’t get my monthly rides around the Derbyshire Dales this winter but I will look forward to competing in the Brecon Beacons. However, I will be planning the September event in Wensleydale so I can check out the bridleways closer to home this summer.

Hope to see you again next year or at a NYMBO event soon

Steve Willis

Course Planner

NYMBO League Positions

Here is another updated league after the OMM Bike weekend with one event to go at Nidderdale on Sunday, 9th October

Apologies to Rik Thompson, Karen Blackburn, James Annan & Julie Hargreaves and Max Vesty for getting their scores wrong


7 categories have already been decided except for the minor places but there will be some keen competition in M50 M70 W60 and X50 so hope to see you there

Please let me know if there are any errors or omissions

OMM Bike Results

Here are the links to the results



Full report later

Here are the scores for the NYMBO League based on the best points per hour.


On Saturday Max Vesty scored 450 points which equals 750 for 5 hours and 1050 for 7 hours

On Sunday, Tim Evans scored 481 points which equals 640 for 4 hours and 800 for 5 hours

I have only worked out the scores for riders who have featured in previous NYMBO events this year. Please let me know if I have missed you out or made any mistakes. John Dixon will work out the League scores which I will post so that you can see how hard you need to ride at Nidderdale.