|Event Name:||South Devon Summer MBO|
|Time Limit:||3 hours, Family fun event|
First Mountain Bike Orienteering Event in the South Hams – started at Dartington Primary School
Sunday saw the very first mountain bike orienteering event run by Kris Pratt and son Ross Pratt of Pedal Mad, in the South Hams.
Despite the wet weather at the start of the day, a motley crew of experienced orienteers, elite cyclists, families and complete beginners took part in this new event for the area. Each solo or team competitor were given a map with control points marked on it, and were sent out to navigate around the Dartington, Totnes and Ashprington area to find the orienteering style control points and gain points for each one, within a set time limit. The fun event meant that families with young children could take part over a shorter time of under 2 hours and those who wanted a bit more of a challenge entered the more competitive event and had 3 hours to visit as many controls as possible.
The BMBO, British Mountain Bike Orienteering association helped with advice and the online booking of the event, Exeter Orienteering club helped with the provision of markers and road signs were provided by British Cycling.
The event was the idea of Kris Pratt a keen cyclist himself, who has more recently completed in the gruelling Dartmoor Classic, run by the Mid Devon Cycling Club, of which 9 yr old son is a member of the Abbrook Aces, the youth section of the club. The event was aimed not only at elite cyclists, and to provide a new challenge more locally, but also a ‘fun’ category and ‘team’ category meant that the event is accessible to people who have never taken part in a cycle event before, involving younger members of the family too, adding an element of comraderie and fun by riding with your friends rather than being out there by yourself.
One person from British Cycling came along and took part in this event to see what it was like and thoroughly enjoyed it, saying “the route was a great choice with stunning views”.
‘Sadly the downside of the event was finding out that someone had stolen one of the large red & white orienteering flags that were lent out for this first event from the Allaleigh area. If anyone does come across one lying around it would be really great if they could get in touch with Kris at the contact below, so that we can come and pick it up. Some of the riders had spent some much used time looking for this particular control point which meant that time was lost to reach all the control points in the limited time period, other than that, everyone came back with a smile on their face’
The first event winners were:
Fun Category – Corinne Sri Widada & Adam Pratt from Kingsbridge
Competitive Team - Richard Kromhout & Will Kromhout
Competitive Solo - Mike Wimpenny
All those who took part enjoyed the event and were already asking about the next. The next event will be held in August, with more details to be had by becoming a facebook friend of Pedal Mad, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our web site www.pedalmad.co.uk for more info.
Photographed – right to left at the start/finish venue at Dartington Primary School
Richard Kromhout & Will Kromhout, Isaac Flynn, team competitive winners, fun event winners Corinne Sri Widada & Adam Pratt, Bob Flynn, Jayne, Ella and Colin Jarvis with organisers Ross and Kris Pratt.