Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge


Saturday 16 March 2019


Hope Valley, Peak District

Our award winning, technical mountain bike challenge is back for 2019!

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

This event has now reached its capacity and registration has closed

More event details

When: Saturday 16 March 2019

Where: Hope Valley, Peak District

Sold Out

After a bumper registration period, we are delighted to confirm that all places on this event have now sold out and entry into the event has now closed. There will be no on the day registration available. 

Due to health and safety guidelines, and licence agreements relating to route permissions, we have a strict capacity of 500 participants on this event, and do not have the option of exceeding this.  

If you've missed out, please accept our apologies. Entry for the 2020 event will be opening shortly. Or if you can't wait that long, why not check out our London to Brighton Off-Road Bike Ride, Europes biggest charity mountain bike event - or our Manchester to Blackpool Night Ride

We'd also like to say a big thank you to everyone who's signed up - by taking part and fundraising you're helping us to beat heartbreak forever. It's going to be an amazing day of riding and we can't wait to see each and every one of you on the start line.

The Challenge

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 2019.

Please be aware the information including times & locations are still being confirmed and are all subject to change. 

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

  • Fully signed and well marshalled route
  • Complimentary Water
  • Complimentary snacks at rest stops including TORQ energy bars & gels
  • Free massage when you finish
  • PDF Route map
  • GPX and maps of route (available under 'on the day' tab)
  • Access to a range of training and fundraising resources to help you reach your goals
  • Medical Support
  • Mechanical Support
  • Medal for all Finishers

For further information about the event, please check out our FAQs document.

Our award

At the end of 2018, we were incredibly proud that this ride was voted event of the year by the members of Peak District MTB.

It's an incredible privilege for us to receive such an accolade from such a large organisation who are doing so much important work in one of the U.K's best spots for mountain biking, and we would like to thank their members.

It's also a testament of the work we're doing on our Off-Road events, trying to offer you the unforgettable & enjoyable mountain bike days out that our participants are looking for. 

More information about the award, and their work can be found on Peak District MTB's website. 

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. 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.

Join the conversation

Keep abrest of the latest updates, logistical information and chat to fellow participants by joining our event Facebook page. It's a great way of building excitement ahead of the day and gives riders the opportunity to share preparation hints and tips with one another. 

Join the page


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 

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!    

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.

At the Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge

 06:30  Registration opens
 07:30  First wave of participants set off
 09:15  Registration closes
 17:00  Event finishes
 18:00  Car park closes

You can start the ride at any time between 7:30 and 9:30. There will be a short safety briefing before you depart.

Each rest stop will have a cut off time that you must try to make. If you fall behind these cut off times our helpful team of marshals and our ride support team will advise you of your options.

The routes

PDF Route map

GPX Files

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. 

Refreshments & Facilities

Food and drink will be available to purchase at the start/finish and at some of the rest stops. There will also be complimentary snacks, TORQ products and water at all rest stops. Please make sure you bring cash with you on the day.

Toilets will be available at the start, finish and at rest stops along the route.

What support can I expect?

You will be fully supported at this event with an experienced medical team, marshals and a fully signed route.  Support vehicles will also be available to collect you and your bike from our rest stops should you find you are unable to complete the challenge. 

Mobile bike mechanics will ae available along the route and will be stationed at our rest stops. We would recommend you bring a puncture repair kit and some spare inner tubes as in some instances, it may be quicker for you to deal with small punctures yourself.  Our mechanics will check your bikes over and fix small repairs for free, but if any extra parts are needed you will have to pay.

Massage therapists will be waiting for you at the finish line and will tend to any aching legs. All riders are welcome to a complimentary massage, please bear in mind you may have to wait during busy finish times.


Dogs are welcome at the finish site, but must be well behaved and/or kept on a lead during busy periods of the day and near the finish gantry.

We encourage all friends and family to come down and cheer you on. There will be lots of things to keep the entertained at the finish site, and we will be updating our website and Facebook page with more details closer to the event. 

Further questions

For all further information about the event, please check out our FAQs document.

Other useful information