Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge


17 March 2018


Peak District, Derbyshire

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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.

Returning for 2018 - this event is now open for entry - sign up today for an early bird discount

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Sign up for the Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge

When: 17 March 2018

Where: Peak District, Derbyshire

This event has been revamped and is back for 2018. Choose either 37 or 69k routes on this mountain bike adventure. 

This is a tough, technical ride where you'll be faced with several climbs and rocky descents, but it'll all be worth it when you heroically cross that finish line knowing you've helped to fund research that saves lives. 

Register before 31 January 2018 and take advantage of our early bird offer, entitling you to a £5 discount on your registration fee. 

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Entry Fees

   Early bird entry fee  Standard Entry fee
 Adult entry  £25  £30

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

This is an event with a limited capacity (for health and safety purposes), 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. 

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

  • Free car parking

    be limited in wet weather

  • Downloadable GPX file and PDF route map
  • Participant photographer - photos will be available to view and download after the event
  • A medal for all finishers
  • Free water at the start and finish
  • Training guidance
  • Fundraising support
  • Medical support
  • Mechanical 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 Sports Club, Castleton Road, Hope, S33 6RD


No parking at Hope Sports Club, event car park will be at Hope College but there will be limited spaces available and we would suggest sharing lift where possible and using the local pay and display car parks in Hope. 

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.

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 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

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.

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

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