Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge


12 March 2016


Peak District, Derbyshire

Take on the brutal terrain of Hope Valley in Derbyshire and see if you can conquer the technical route and rocky terrain of one of the toughest off-road rides in the UK this spring. 

Places are limited so choose from our two exciting routes and sign up today.

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The Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge

When: 12 March 2016

Where: Peak District, Derbyshire

Sold Out

The Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge has now sold out and registration has closed. Thank you to everyone who has signed up and joined the Heart Riders Team, we can't wait to see you on the start line. 

Please accept our apologies if you have missed out, but we still have places available in a wide range of other events, including our London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride.

Please also note that it will not be possible to register on the day of the event. 

Your entry includes

  • Free car parking - this is in a field and will therefore be limited in wet weather
  • Downloadable GPX file (on the day tab) and PDF route map
  • Participant photographer - photos will be available to view and purchase after the event
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Free water at the start and finish
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical support      

This mountain bike adventure has been revamped and is back for 2016 with 38 or 70k routes to choose from.  

Listed as grade four in difficulty, this is a tough, technical ride where you'll be faced with several climbs and rocky descents. It'll all be worth it when you heroically cross that finish line knowing you've helped to fund research that saves lives. 

Due to the challenging nature of this ride, you must be at least 14 years old to take part. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the event

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event, but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research.

Contact us

If you would like more information on this or any of our other events, please get in touch Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00:

Tel: 0845 130 8663
Email: [email protected]

Start and finish

Hope Valley Sports Club, Castleton Road, Hope, S33 6SD


Parking is limited at Hope Valley Sports Club, and there is NO parking available at Hope College. We suggest using the pay and display car park in Hope, just a few minutes away from the event start.

Raise money

Your fundraising helps our researchers make more discoveries and keep more hearts beating. Once you're registered we'll send you a welcome pack full of sponsorship forms and helpful ideas to help you raise as much as possible. 

Create an online fundraising page - it's the easiest way to get sponsored. Share your page on Facebook, Twitter and by email so your family and friends can sponsor you.

Take a look at our fundraising guide for more inspirational ideas to boost your fundraising.

Create your fundraising page

Get fit for your challenge

These are challenging routes and you'll need to have a very high level of fitness to take part. Plan your training with expert tips and advice in our cycling training zone.

Being active is an important part of reducing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Get more heart health tips.

Make sure you have the right kit

Take a look at our recommended cycling kit list for what to wear on the day and what to bring with you. Why not treat yourself to some new gear from our online shop? You'll receive your participant number in the post just before the event.

British Cycling membership

British Cycling membership includes insurance and they’ll donate £4 for every Ride Membership Package our riders sign up for. Find out about the great membership benefits.

Get your family and friends involved

Your family and friends could be part of the action as well. Why not ask them to take part with you, or they could come and help on the day. Volunteers are vital in making our events a success.

At the Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge

 07:00  Car park opens
 07:00  Registration opens
 07:30  First wave of participants set off
 09:30  Start line & registration closes
 17:00  Event finishes
 18:00  Car park closes

You can start at any time between 07:30 - 09:30. Riders will be set off in small, staggered groups throughout this time-frame. A safety briefing will be provided to each group before departure. 

The routes

Please be aware that due to safety issues, the longer route distance has changed from 80K to 70K. The shorter 38K route remains unchanged.

Both routes start in Hope Valley, pass Upper Derwent & reach Langsett Resvoir. A detailed route map and GPX files will be available to download before the event.

The event is fully marshalled for your safety, and roaming first aid and bike support is provided.

General Facilities

There is limited parking at Hope Valley Sports Club, so we suggest using the pay and display car park in Hope, opposite Woodbine Cafe. The cafe will be open from 7am serving hot drinks and breakfast. 

Please not there will be NO parking available at Hope College.

On the day there will be toilets at the sports club. 


Refreshments will be available to purchase at the start, finish and at various points along the route. Water will be available at all marshal points. 


Your friends, family and pets are very welcome to join in cheering at the finish line at Hope Valley Sports Club.

Please note, pets may not take part in the actual event. 

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