5th + 6th May 2018

Forest of Dean

South West England

Find as many checkpoints as you can in your allocated time, highest score wins!

FREE weekend camping with every event entry!*

Non-competitors welcome!**

*includes space for 1 x tent or caravan or motorhome

Bring your friends, family and everything you need for an epic weekend.
**Extra tents £10 for the whole weekend. Prebook here.

You choose how hard and far to go!

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We’re placed approx 60 checkpoints around the Forest of Dean. They all have a different values, your team needs to visit as many as you can in your time allowance. Do you go for the big points on the hard to reach trails and hill tops? or bag the easy points around the towns and coffee shops? It’s your call.

You choose; ride hard all day or stop for “refreshments” along the way. The team that collects the most points wins!

Get your mates together and give it a go!


Saturday night everyone finishes back at the campsite to get the BBQ’s going and relax. Don’t forget to bring everything you need for a crackin’ weekend with friends. There is a massive marquee with bar & catering should you need it.

Sunday, if the legs are still working you get a second go to increase your total with a different set of checkpoints to find.

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

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. Age Limits.

Teams – Long Score, 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.

Solo – All solo riders must be 18 years or over.

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 teams of two or solo riders, pairs must maintain contact (communicate by voice) throughout the competition. 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 and both team members must dib in the control box.  If one member of the team cannot continue the whole team is retired – the map provides an emergency telephone number. The only exception is in the case of an emergency, when competitors must exercise their own mountain judgment as to the appropriate action to take, including leaving 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. Teams 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

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.  We encourage you to carry a fully charged mobile phone for use in an emergency, but they must not be used for navigation.  You may also wear or carry a GPS device (i.e. watch) to track your run (for your use after the event) but again they must not be used for navigation.  Anyone found using their mobile phone or other electronic device for navigation purposes will be disqualified from the event.  We rely on the integrity of our competitors to follow this rule. (unless we remove all electronic devices from every competitor there is no other way for us to enforce this).

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 or charcoal BBQs at the event HQ/camping field.

14.  OMM Ltd reserve the right to use any digital media captured at the event for promotional/marketing purposes.



We’re delighted to be in the ancient and historic Forest of Dean in South West England!  The Event Centre will be located near Coleford at the Speech House Hotel, dating back to 1676 and regularly visited by King Charles II the Verderer’s Court still remains in current use.  The highest hill in the area is Ruardean Hill standing at 290m but do not let this fool you, there is lots of climbing to be done!


The Event HQ will be located at:

The Speech House Hotel
GL16 7EL

Access to parking and the Event Centre is clearly signposted into the field at the rear of the hotel.

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.

For any non competitors the friendly teams at both Pedal a Bike Away  and Dean Forest Cycles are a very short drive away.  They both have different types bikes for hire and Dean Forest Cycles also have e-bikes.

There are several biking and walking routes suitable for all ages right on the doorstep of the event centre.


Space for 1 x tent or campervan is included with each entry.

Family and friends are more than welcome to come along, but there is a small charge of £10 per extra tent or campervan space.   We’ve now made it possible to book your extra tent spaces online. So to ensure space for your supporters you should book in advance here.

Camping is in the same field as the Event HQ and you can park next to your tent. We provide toilets and water. No fires or BBQ’s (other than gas) please. You can also bring your campervan or caravan, just be aware there is no hard standing or electric hook ups.

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 here.



By Car.  Approx 30 -45 mins from M5/M50.  Do not park in the Hotel car park but follow signs to OMM festival parking.

Public Transport.

The following is for information only you MUST check with transport provider for current timetables.

By Train.  The nearest Station is Lydney 9.8 miles from the Event Centre by road and you can search the timetable here.  Information for local taxi firms can be found here

By Bus.  Local bus information can be found here


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 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.

Example Map:

Short Score

The Short Score – fixed period competition with time limits of 5 hours on the first day followed by 4 hours on the second where teams 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

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 teams accrue as many points as possible. Checkpoints are assigned points values based on location with competitors free to choose permitted 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. 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.



  • Helmet (MUST be worn at all times when riding)
  • Clothing suitable for riding
  • Taped seams waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm layer top
  • Whistle & compass
  • Map (as supplied)
  • First aid equipment
  • Survival bag (not a sheet)
  • Emergency rations
  • Pen/pencil (that can be used in wet weather)
  • Bike repair kit
  • Water carrying capability

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.

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.


All competitors are required hand a signed Kit Check List and Declaration to Registration before competing



At your allotted start time head to the start line with all your equipment.  You will be given any final information and your map  (a new one on each day), on which are all the checkpoint locations available for that day and how many points they are worth.  You will then dib your timing tag in the START box and your time will begin – please move away from the start line to do any planning of your route.

The 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.


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.  Pairs must finish together. Failure to finish as a team 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!

BMBO National Score League (Round 7)

bmboBMBO National Score League. (Round 7 – OMM Bike)

This year the OMM Bike score courses are part of the British Mountain Bike Orienteering (BMBO) league.

The overall winner at each event will score 100 points towards their league total. All other finishers who have registered their BMBO number on their entry will receive a pro rata percentage of the winners score. e.g.:- Winner scores 400 points = 100 points, so a competitor scoring 300 points will score 75 League points.

The national league runs throughout the year and includes events all over the country. You can find more information about the league and the BMBO here…


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 Times for OMM FESTIVAL


15:00 Registration, parking and camping opens

16:00 Food and bar available

18:00 R2T2 – Runners and riders 1 hour biking and running event.

22:00 Catering Closes

23:00 Bar Closes

23:00 Registration Closes


07:00 –  Registration opens

07:00 – 09:00 Breakfast available

08:30 – 10:15 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

10:15 Pre race brief for Marathon/Half Marathon

10:30  Trail Marathon/Half Marathon Start*

14:00 Food and bar open

22:00 Catering closes

23:00 Bar closes

*prize giving for the trail races will take place in the afternoon – timings TBC


07:00  Breakfast/hot food available

08:00-10:00 OMM Lite and Bike Starts

09:00-10:30 BOK Orienteering registration open

10:30 – BOK orienteering Starts

14:00 approximate time for OMM Lite/Bike 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 a parent or legal guardian must have parental consent.

Can I enter the OMM BIKE on my own?

Yes, solo riders are welcome. If you’d like to enter a team of three then email  If you’re looking for a partner for the event you can leave a message on the OMM Facebook competitors group.

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.

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 20 April 18.  Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing

After 20 April 18. Changes to any of your entry details and to the course you have entered can be made by emailing


For any cancellations received up to  6 March 18, a refund (minus 10% admin fee) 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

Race Coordinator:  Sion James

Local Facilitators: Gary and Team at Pedal a Bike Away

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

Infrastructure & logistics: Simon Peers and team, North Yorks Scouts

£60 pp

10th December – 28th February 2018

£70 pp

1st March – 1st May 2018


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

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