OMM BIKE NORTH YORKSHIRE
17-18 September 2016
60 checkpoints of different values are spread out around the trails and paths near the event centre. You can ride as a team or solo and have to find as many as you can in the allotted time using the OMM BIKE map. The most points wins.
To score points you need to find the checkpoints, not easy, as the course planners like to give you multiple options to get to them. They’ll tempt you get a big 50 pointer by putting in view on top of a hill or at the bottom of a valley. You (or your team) have to choose which checkpoints to go for, which routes to take and then return to the campsite before your time runs out.
Some focus on riding hard and collecting all the checkpoints.
Others focus on the social side of things making the most of the Saturday evening and stopping for lunch during the day.
It’s up to you how far you go, the most important thing is that you enjoy your weekend.
Terrain: Trails, Paths, Bridleways.
Route: You decide!
Distance: You choose! Clear the course or get 1 checkpoint and go for lunch.
Skills required: Map reading, route selection….intelligence.
Campsite: Park next to your tent, bring you BBQ and be comfortable.
Friday and Saturday evening is all about the campsite. Relaxing with friends after a day in the hills. You can park next to your tent and bring everything you need for a comfortable weekend. We have a 50ft marquee with catering and bar on site that everyone is welcome to use.
OMM Bike Competition Rules and Code of Conduct
In order to conduct the competition on a fair and equal basis for all participants, and ensure safety, it is necessary to apply rules governing a competitor’s conduct, clothing and equipment. These rules, which are set out below will be STRINGENTLY enforced. Anyone found to be in breach of these rules will be automatically disqualified from the current event and potentially banned from future events.
1. THE GOLDEN RULE: Once registered, competitors must report to the event headquarters and return their scoring tag by 17.00 hours on the Sunday whether they have completed the course or not. Without it the team is deemed missing and will be searched for!
2. Long Score and Wild course, all competitors must be 18 years old on the date of the competition. In the Short Score, all competitors must be 14 years on the day of the competition and the combined age of the team must be at least 35 years. Any competitor under the age of 16 must have parental/guardian permissions.
3. At least one member of the team must be able to read a map using a compass, without the aid of GPS devices
4. The event is for both solo riders and teams of two. Teams must maintain contact (communicate by voice) throughout the competition and both team members must visit the control sites together carrying all their equipment. ie: rucksacks must be in possession of the teams at all times. The map provides an emergency telephone number.
5. This is NOT an open access event. All competitors must keep to public or permissive rights of way (as per event map). Out of Bounds areas and compulsory crossing points are also marked on the event map and must be respected.
6. Teams must carry or wear the equipment and clothing on the official kit list. This is the absolute minimum for safety and survival.
7. No dogs are permitted in the competition area.
8. Competitors must not seek to obtain unfair advantage by searching for courses or inspecting the competition area before the event. Note: Access permission to the competition area is restricted to the weekend of the event only.
9. Use of GPS and mobile phones is not allowed. Mobile phones, including those with a GPS function, may be carried, but must not be used for navigation purposes. Any team found doing so will be disqualified.
10. Competitors who, in the opinion of the organisers, act in such a way to bring the event into disrepute or unnecessarily endanger other competitors or race officials will be disqualified and may be banned.
11. Competitors must permit the examination of their equipment by race officials at all times.
12. On completion of the course all competitors must still be in possession of sufficient rations for an emergency.
13. No open fires permitted anywhere on the course or at the Race HQ.
14. OMM Ltd reserve the right to use any digital media captured at the event for promotional and/or marketing purpose
We are pleased to announce that this years event centre will be the New Inn & Cropton Brewery. The New Inn is a traditional, relaxed, family run pub. They pride themselves on offering quality food, drink and accommodation, with an atmosphere you can escape to and thoroughly enjoy.
We have exclusive use of their new camping field for the weekend with catering and bar facilities provided for by the New Inn itself.
The OMM take pride in being known as the gold standard for ecological responsibility in the outdoor event industry and the use of the beautiful North York Moors is with the permission of The Moorland Association who carry out vital conservation work all around England and Wales.
“The Moorland Association represents the owners and managers of heather moorland and helps them conserve them to optimise the public benefits which they provide including carbon sink and storage, drinking water supplies, flood minimalisation, a suite of breeding birds particularly Merlin, Curlew, Golden Plover, Green Plover and Ring Ouzel, preservation of buried archaeology under the peat and the Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Listed Structures across the moors, maintenance of public access for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and various motor vehicle users and the disabled.
All this management is made possible on the majority of moors from the income derived from grouse shooting which pays the wages of the moorkeepers that manage the landscape and habitat not just to produce a croppable surplus of grouse each year but also to facilitate and conserve all these public benefits and to facilitate sheep grazing.
Owners and managers of heather moorland on the North York Moors welcome well organised events such as this one organised by North Yorkshire Mountain Biking Orienteering and OMM and hope that all the participants, whilst respecting and appreciating the management put into the moorlands, have a thoroughly enjoyable event and visit.”
For more information visit http://www.moorlandassociation.org
SCORE COURSES (points based competition):
Competitor will be given a map when they register, on it are all the checkpoint locations available during the event. They don’t know which checkpoints are active and how many points they are worth. When they reach the start line competitors are given a list of the the active checkpoints and their values for that day. The competitor/team that collects the most points in the time allowed wins. One benefit of the score course is that you don’t have to stay out for the whole time allowance and can finish when you choose.
Short Score – 5 hour day 1, 4 hour day 2 The Short Score – fixed period competition with time limits of 5 hours on the first day followed by 4 hours on the second where competitors accrue as many points as possible. Checkpoints are assigned points values based on their location and teams are free to choose their route to gain the highest score possible. Points are deducted for being outside your allocated time limit at a rate of 2 points per minute or part thereof. This course is as challenging as you choose to make it and is perfect for first time competitors or those wishing to take a more relaxed approach to the competition. You will still need to be able to read a map.
Long Score – 7 hour day 1, 5 hour day 2 The Long Score – fixed period competition with a time limit of 7 hours on the first day and 5 hours on the second day where competitors/teams accrue as many points as possible. Checkpoints are assigned points values based on location with competitors free to choose routes for the highest score. This course tests navigation ability and is as physically as challenging as you choose to make it. Points are deducted for being outside your allocated time limit at a rate of 2 points per minute or part thereof. Riding experience and fitness is required. Teams with members under the age of 18 must have competed on the Short Score or similar courses in the past.
Wild Course – 7 hour day 1, wild overnight camp, 5 hour day 2 The original mountain bike orienteering event in the UK, now in it’s 29th year, is a true test for you. Carrying safety and overnight kit you will race across the beautiful terrain of Yorkshire collecting as many points as you can before camping out at a predetermined remote location. Not wanting to remove all creature comforts we bring milk and beer to the site in the evening prior to you heading out for a second day of riding. What’s more there will be hot food waiting for you on your return to the HQ for before heading home.
This list should be seen as a minimum requirement only. Check the weather forecast, your previous experience and use sound judgement for the kit you should be wearing and carrying. The organisers reserve the right to disqualify any competitors who, in their opinion, do not have the necessary kit to survive in an emergency situation. Cotton clothing is not suitable, so Jeans, T Shirts Sweatshirts etc… are not permitted!
EACH COMPETITOR MUST WEAR OR CARRY THE FOLLOWING:
Spare warm kit should be waterproofed (e.g. in a drybag).
You do not need to bring all your kit to registration for checking, however random kit checks may be carried out at any point during the event.
Wild Course Competitors also require:
Spare leg cover
Spare base layer top
Head torch capable of giving useable light for a minimum of 12 hours
Insulated sleeping bag
Tent with sewn in groundsheet
Food and cooking equipment including stove (with sufficient fuel)
PUNCHING AT A CONTROL POINT
Each control site will have a red & white board numbered 1-60 with a Sportident control station. Each competitor will be issued with an SI-tag. SI-tags are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end. The SI-tag is dibbed into the hole in a control station in order for competitors to register that they have visited the control. The control station gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that the dibbing has been successful.
In the unlikely event that the controls station doesn’t register, please record your visit on your map by writing the 3 letter word in the space provided and report the fact when you download.
After finishing on day 1 you will be directed to the download station where you will dib your tag and be given a print out showing the controls visited with points and split times. Please move away from the area THEN check your printout. If anything is wrong or you need to report having to punch manually, proceed to the enquiry point. Make sure to keep your tag on overnight to use on the second day. At the end of day 2 you will follow the same procedure and your SI-tag will be removed.
The SI tag will be attached loosely to your wrist at registration using a tamper proof wrist strap. This must remain attached all weekend and be cut off you either when you finish or if you retire but only at the Event centre. You will be at risk of disqualification if you remove the tag from your wrist. You will quickly get used to carrying the tag on your wrist. Wrists do swell during exercise and providing it has been attached loosely; you will hardly notice that you are wearing it overnight. If you lose, break or take a tag home with you the charge will be £35.00 the use of your own SI-tag is not allowed.
The tag has your team number printed on it and is the only way we can tell who is still out on the course. All tags MUST be returned to the event centre by 17.00 hours on the Sunday before you leave the competition area: Missing tag = Missing team = Search party.
The finish point will be shown on competitor’s maps. Teams must finish together or be disqualified. After you have finished, please go immediately to download where you will be given your score printout, then make your way to the food area, show your printout and enjoy some well deserved hot food and drink!
Key dates & Times for OMM LITE
Friday 16 September 2016
15:00 Registration opens
16:00 Food and bar available
22:00 Catering Closes
23:00 Bar Closes
23:00 Registration Closes
Saturday 17 September 2016
07:00 Registration opens
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available
09:00 – 10:00 Long Score start open
10:00 – 11:00 Short Score start open
16:00 Food and bar open
20:00 Catering closes
23:00 Bar closes
Sunday 18 September 2016
07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available
08:00 – 09:00 Long score start open
09:00 – 10:00 Short Score start open
13:00 Hot food available
14:00 approximate time for Prize Ceremony
When do entries close?
We will close online entries on 5th September 2016, but please do get your entry in early to avoid disappointment as for LITE & BIKE events we limit entries to 150 teams only.
When am I allocated my start time?
This is done at registration and we try to be as flexible as possible and allocate a time that suits you. See ‘Key Dates and Times for start windows.
What’s the minimum age for taking part?
You need to be 14 years old to enter and the combined age of the team must be at least 35 years. Any competitor under the age of 16 must have parental consent and ride as a team.
Can I enter the OMM Lite on my own?
No, we do not allow individual entries. However, if you’d like to enter a team of three then email [email protected]
Do i need to carry a tent and sleeping bag like the October OMM?
All teams will return to the overnight campsite after Day 1 so there is no requirement to carry overnight kit. If you are entering the Wild Course yes, you will need to carry overnight equipment (see Kit List)
What maps will I be using?
1:40,000 either Harveys or OS maps.
If you have a question that hasn’t been answered in the Event Details pages please do email [email protected]
NAME AND COURSE CHANGES
Up to 6th September 2016. Changes to names and to the course you have entered can be made by logging into your OMM account.
After 6th September 2016. Changes can be made at Registration. The competitor must present himself/herself at registration in order to complete the necessary paperwork. Emergency contact name and number will be required.
CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT OF ENTRIES
For any cancellations received up to 4th July 2016, a full refund is made. After this date we cannot offer a refund as we have already paid for your attendance. The event is run on a not for profit basis and one of the ways of keeping the costs as low as possible is to agree numbers as far in advance of the event as possible, hence why it becomes more expensive to enter as we get closer to the event. For these reasons we are also unable to defer entries to future events.
ORGANISATION AND PLANNING
The organisation of the competition is conducted by a small army of unpaid volunteer helpers drawn from a
wide variety of clubs and organisations, including the many faithful stalwarts who help out every year and without whose experience it would not be possible to conduct such an event. These teams of volunteers allow us to keep the entry fees as low as possible to benefit you.
The officials listed are the principal organisers and team leaders:-
Event Director: Stuart Hamilton [email protected]
Event Communications : Emma Gill [email protected]
Event Planner: Steve Willis
Event catering: TBC
Infrastructure & logistics: North Yorkshire Scouts