Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge


17 March 2018


Peak District, Derbyshire

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Our most technical mountain bike challenge makes its long awaited return in 2018! 

This March, pit yourself against the brutal terrain of Hope Valley in Derbyshire in this rocky, muddy, adrenaline pumping thrill of a day out. 

Just 100 places remaining on this event - sign up now to avoid missing out

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When: 17 March 2018

Where: Peak District, Derbyshire

Put your mountain bike skills to the test and take on the tough climbs, mud and rocky terrain of our most technical Off-Road Bike Ride – sure to challenge even the most experienced riders!

Whilst it won't be easy we can guarantee it'll be worth it. With the adrenaline pumping through your veins as you cycle against a backdrop of panoramic views across the beautiful Peak District, aiming for an unrivalled sense of achievement at the finish line - this is a unique adventure that's not to be missed in 2018. 

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Entry Fees

  Standard Entry fee
 Adult entry  £30

Due to the challenging nature of this ride, you must be at least 18 years old to take part.

This event has a strictly limited capacity (due to health and safety). It will sell out, and places will be sold on a first come, first served basis. If you wish to take part, it is therefore recommended that you sign up as soon as possible in order to avoid missing out. 

There are two routes to choose from - 37 or 69km.

Your entry fee covers the cost of organising the event but it's the money you raise that powers our life saving research, we are therefore asking all participants at this year's event to try and raise at least £100.


Your entry includes

  • A fully signed and well marshalled route
  • Mechanical support throughout the ride
  • Free car parking (may be limited in wet weather)
  • PDF Route map
  • Downloadable GPX File - 37km route - 69km route
  • Participant photographer - photos will be available to view and download after the event
  • Extensive training guidance and pre-event support
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Complimentary water at the start and finish
  • Medical support    

Contact us

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

Tel: 0300 330 3322
Email: [email protected]

Start and finish

Hope Valley College, Castleton Road, Hope, S33 6SD


The event car park at Hope College will have limited spaces available Please consider lift sharing as well as the local pay and display car parks in Hope where possible.

Raise money

Completely planned, organised and managed by the British Heart Foundation, this event exists in order to raise funds for our life saving research. Research that will, one day, put a stop to the devastation caused by heart disease. This year we are asking you all to try and raise at least £100 to make a difference. 

Creating an online fundraising page is the easiest way to raise money. It takes a few minutes to set up and a link can then be easily shared with your friends and family on social media and by email. Remember, you're taking part in an amazing challenge - people will want to support you. 


Take a look at our fundraising guide for other ideas, tips and support to help you smash your target.


This is a difficult ride and it's therefore essential that you're sufficiently prepared for the day and our Off-Road Bike Ride preparation zone is here to help. 

Here you'll find lots of information about training, nutrition and what to expect - so you can turn up on the big day fully trained, fuelled and with the right kit, equipment, bike and tyres.


We'd also highly recommend the articles our friends at Bike Radar have put together on preparing for your first MTB event and the final checklist before the day.


If you're on Strava, make sure you tick you're attending the event in our Strava club in order to communicate with fellow participants and share training distances, routes and times ahead of the big day.

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.

Get kitted up 

Want to show the world that you've joined the fight against heart disease? We have a full range of kit in our online cycling shop. Whether you're after something to wear on your training rides, an accessory you need or a gift for a loved one - start browsing and find something for you today. And with all proceeds going towards our life saving heart research, it gives the term guilt free shopping a whole new meaning!   

You're a Heart Rider - spread the word

Signing up for this challenge is no mean feat and we want you to tell all your friends and family just what you're doing and why. To help you spread the word we've created a range of social media profile pictures for you to use. Choose your favourite, upload it and start telling everyone what it means to be a Heart Rider. Don't forget to include a link to your JustGiving page

Get your family and friends involved

Our events cannot happen without the help of our fantastic volunteers. If you would like to help out in the lead up to this event or on event day then please get in touch with us and we will send you more information.

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At the Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge

 06:30  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

Both routes kick off with a brutal climb up the natural phenomenon that is Mam Tor - a tough start but you'll be rewarded with a rough rocky descent of Pin Dale once reaching the summit. You'll then spin past the mine works, to the foot of the imposing Shatton Moor, which is your next leg burning challenge. Only a few will pedal the whole way up - can you? This will be followed by a long descent down the far side that will probably see the fastest speeds of the day, before country lanes bring you to the first and much welcomed refreshment stop at the valley bottom. 

A good off-road cycle path warms the legs back up as it skirts the scenic Ladybower reservoir before the climbing starts again, heading up the wooded hillside, on permissive paths, to Wooler Knoll before dropping down the rock infested track back to Hope. This is where riders taking on the longer route will peel off to follow the old Roman Road, weaving along a rutted track with spectacular views, before facing a tough technical climb to Hope Cross that will be followed by a long rocky descent down potato alley, which will have brakes steaming and forearms pumped by the bottom. You won’t need the brakes after crossing the A57 however, as it’s a big lung up Rowlee, that will allow them to cool, ready for the fast and furious Lockerbrook descent - be aware here lies roots and rocks keen to get in your way and throw you from your bike.    

At the bottom there is a chance to relax, but not rest, as a fast spin on the tarmac around the peaceful Howden reservoir, the northernmost point follows, before heading back off-road on the other side of the reservoir, to the much welcomed refreshments at Fairholmes café. With caffeine and snack levels replenished the steep Hagg Side climb awaits; keep something in reserve for after the smooth, steep start as you’ll need some strength for the rocky finale. Soak in the views (and oxygen) as you traverse the ridgetop, as the most technical descent of the day awaits, Hagg farm; a superb rocky hairpin trail that will challenge the best of riders. It’s now a smooth cruise along the reservoir before scaling the hillside to Wooler Knoll once again. At least you know what's in store this time. And this time you get to continue down to the very bottom of the rocky descent, back to Hope, to finally finish this monster ride. 

What support can I expect?

All participants will receive a full safety briefing before starting the ride. 

The route is fully signed with marshals also present at any key junctions to help ensure your safety. Roaming first aid and mechanical support will also be available all day, as well as recovery vehicles to collect you should, for any reason, you need to drop out of the event. Make sure you make a note of the Emergency contact number provided at the start of the event - as this will be your means of contacting us should you need any support. 

General Facilities

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 College.

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Welcome to the club

Introducing our exclusive 500 club, for those who smash the minimum sponsorship target for an event and go on to raise over £500.

Your fundraising will make a significant difference to the BHF as we continue our fight against heart disease. The BHF currently supports 2,500 healthcare professionals working with people affected by cardiovascular disease, funding over 1,100 research projects to help us reach our ultimate goal – the end of heart disease and to the devastation it causes.  

If you have £500 or more (excluding GiftAid) pledged by your supporters on your JustGiving page firstly congratulations you are amazing! You'll now be eligible to join the 500 Club and receive your exclusive BHF jersey

For teams to be eligible there must be at least £500 or more (excluding Gift Aid) pledged per person, along with the names of all eligible entrants showing on the team fundraising page and each individual needs to fill in a separate form in each case to claim the 500 club jersey.

(E.g A team of 4 would need a minimum of £2000 (exc Gift Aid) pledged on their team page)

How do I claim?

Complete our form to request your jersey

Size Chart

Chest Size (In) 33-35 35-37 37-39 39-41


Chest Size (Cm) 84-89 89-94 94-99 99-104 104-109 109-114

Note: Due to the fit being small, we recommend ordering one size up to your usual size.

Frequently asked questions regarding the 500 club

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