Event Headquarters

Hawes Event Field
Brunt Acres Road

Entries are now closed to prepare the start lists. If you would like to enter please email to arrange an entry. See you in Hawes!!


You can check the results and see photos from a great (if a little wet!) weekend here.

A weekend mountain biking, camping and

exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

The Challenge: 

30+ checkpoints of different values are spread out around the trails and paths near the event centre. Teams or individuals have to find as many as they can in their allotted time using the OMM BIKE map. The riders that collects the most points over Saturday & Sunday are the winners.

The competition area is based at Hawes in Wensleydale and includes 9 other dales. They are connected by an excellent network of bridleways and some private (but permissive) estate tracks as well as public footpaths. You may also see the largest natural lake in Yorkshire and the shortest river. You are guaranteed 2 cracking days of biking so we hope to see you there.

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.



Route: You decide! The paths and trails to take is up to you.

Distance: You choose! Clear the course or get 1 checkpoint and go for lunch.

Terrain: Trails, Minor roads, Bridleways.

Skills required: Teamwork, route selection….intelligence.

Campsite: Park close to your tent, bring your 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 close 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.  As well as sports masseurs on hand to ease those aches and pains ready for Sunday.

“Great fun, excellent training for the October OMM”
LITE Yorkshire 2015
“Great event, superbly organised, very friendly and welcoming. When’s the next one?”
Peak District 2014
“Never done an event like this before, was surprised how much fun it was with the navigation and finding our route. Would recommend it.”
Yorkshire 2014

Event Details


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 download (and on Sunday return their scoring tag) by 17:00 hours whether they have completed the course or not. If this is not done the team is deemed missing and will be searched for!

2. Long Score and Wild camp 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 not competing with their parent/guardian must complete a parental consent form.

3. Riders (at least one member if in a 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.  If in a team they must maintain contact (communicate by voice) throughout the competition. Both team members must visit the control sites together and  if one member of the team cannot continue the whole team is retired (the map provides an emergency telephone number).  In the event of accident or illness use all available aids and seek assistance. You should use your mobile phone if you are carrying one, to call for assistance. If you are riding as a team stay with your partner whenever possible, the only exception is in the case of an emergency when you have no mobile phone and you judge the appropriate action to take would be to leave a partner in a warm safe environment to seek help from others.

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. Competitors must carry or wear the equipment and clothing on the official kit list. This is the absolute minimum for safety.  A signed kit list and declaration form must be handed in at registration.  Helmets must be worn at all times when riding.

7. Well behaved dogs are welcome at the event HQ but must be kept on a lead at all times.  Dogs are NOT allowed to accompany competitors on the course.

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. We encourage you to carry a mobile phone but this should only be used in an emergency and 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/marketing purposes.



We’re delighted to be back in the rugged and beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park!  The Event Centre will be located in Hawes, this magical little market town is England’s highest, set 850 feet above sea water.  The name Hawes means a ‘pass between mountains’ and it stands between the stunning Buttertubs and Fleet Moss.


The Event HQ will be located at:

Hawes Event Field
Brunt Acres Road

Access to parking and the Event Centre is through the Dales Countryside Museum carpark.

There will be a big heated marquee with plenty of seating, catering and bar, sports massage, toilets and water. We’ll also have a pop-up shop with a selection of OMM gear and other outdoor supplies.

Helen and Mike at Stage 1 Cycles, alongside being our excellent local facilitators, will be on hand to assist with any last minute bike issues and their cycle shop full of supplies and bikes for hire is only a 1 min walk away.


You can camp next to the Event HQ marquee and can park within approx 100-200m of your tent.    There is a small hardstanding area for campervans and some overflow area when that fills.

Camping for competitors over the weekend is included in your entry fee.

You are more than welcome to bring along family or friends to support you at no extra charge, BUT spaces for extra campers are limited so if you are bringing non-competitors along and didn’t let us know on your entry please let us know by emailing

If you’d like to sleep in a little more luxury then you are welcome to stay in one of the many B&Bs or hotels in the area.  Lots more information Hawes and the Yorkshire Dales here.


By Car.  Whether you’re travelling east from the M6 or west from the A1, you’ll arrive in Hawes in approx. 50mins after a stunning drive through the Dales.

Public Transport.

The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables or changes and that cycles are allowed before travelling.

By Train.  The nearest Station is Garsdale approx 10 miles from the Event Centre and you can search the timetable here. The Little White Bus company run a shuttle from the station to Hawes.

By Bus.  There are several bus services to Hawes, take a look at to see if any meet your needs.


SCORE COURSES (points based competition):

In a change to previous OMM Bike events competitors will be given their map at the start line (a new one on each day), on it are all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth.  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.  Blank maps of the area will be available on Friday night in the Event HQ marquee.

OMM BIKE PeaksShort Score

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

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

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 you can drop off milk and beer at registration to be delivered 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.



  • Helmet (must be worn at all times when riding)
  • Taped waterproof jacket
  • Taped waterproof trousers
  • Clothing suitable for mountain biking
  • Warm layer top
  • Whistle & Compass
  • Map (as supplied)
  • First aid equipment
  • Pen/pencil and paper capable of being used in wet conditions
  • Survival bag (not a sheet)
  • Emergency rations
  • Water carrying ability
  • First Aid Kit
  • Bike repair kit

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. should not be worn!

Any decisions to reduce the amount of kit you need to carry (e.g. in exceptionally warm weather) will be posted at Registration and on the information board on Saturday morning.

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)

All competitors are required to sign a Kit Check and Declaration Form and hand to registration before competing



Each checkpoint will have the standard orienteering orange and white sign with control station attached to it. Each competitor will be issued with an SI-tag. SI-tags are small plastic pegs which have an electronic chip in one end. Your SI-tag should be dibbed into the hole at each control station in order for competitors to register that they have visited the control; it gives an audible bleep and a visual flash to confirm that the dibbing has been successful.

In the unlikely event that the control station doesn’t register, please record your visit on your map by writing the 3 letters shown on the control box into the space provided and report the fact to the marshals and after you pass through the finish.

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 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.  If you are in a team you must finish together, failure to do so will lead to disqualification.  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!


The prize ceremony will follow the hot meal and will be held in the marquee at approx. 14:00 on Sunday.  Details to follow…


Key dates & Times for OMM BIKE


15:00 Registration opens

16:00 Food and bar available

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes


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


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 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 not competing with there parent or guardian must have parental consent.

Can I enter the OMM Bike on my own?

Yes, you can enter the Bike course as a solo but you must be 18 or over.  If you’d like to enter a team of three then email

Do I need to carry a tent and sleeping bag like the October OMM?

Unless you have entered the Wild Course you will return to the overnight campsite after Day 1 so there is no requirement to carry overnight kit.  Wild course competitors see kit list additions in the the section above.

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



Up to 1 Sep 17.  Changes to your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing

After 1 Sep 17.   Changes can be made at Registration.   Emergency contact name and number will be required.


For any cancellations received up to 10 Jul 17, 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.



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

Event Coordinator : Emma Gill

Event Planner: Steve Willis

Local Facilitators:  Helen and Mike, Stage 1 Cycles, Hawes

Event catering: Matt and Fi, The Old Post Office, Ingleton

Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and the team from North Yorkshire Scouts

£60 pp

12th June – 25th July  2017

£70 pp

26th July –  27th August 2017


  • Includes entry into the event
  • Friday night camping at event centre
  • SPORTident timing chips
  • Bespoke OMM BIKE maps
  • Saturday overnight camp
  • Hot meal after the event
  • Free parking at event centre

Entries are now closed to prepare the start lists. If you would like to enter please email to arrange an entry. See you in Hawes!!

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