One of the most popular mountain bike events in the Peak District, this weekend’s British Heart Foundation Mountain Bike Challenge was a big success, with riders from across the country taking part.
Over 300 riders were out enjoying the Peak District trails, raising money for the British Heart Foundation (BHF). We’re delighted to report that the BHF have already exceeded their target having raised over £90,000 and counting.
“Pit yourself against the brutal terrain of Hope Valley in Derbyshire in this rocky, muddy, adrenaline pumping thrill of a day out” – BHF
The weather contributed to the amazing atmosphere – a sprinkling of snow on the ground with an icy start, then a thin blanket of mist at the other end of the Valley as the sun came through warming everything up.
Peak District MTB always supports this perennial favourite; our members regularly volunteer for marshalling duties, and this year was no exception. Volunteers are an essential part of making these events happen, and we are so grateful to those who marshalled and ‘swept’ the course at the end to make sure everyone was safely home.
“…thanks for your support on the Peak event this weekend. If you take a look on our Facebook group, the majority of the positive comments that come through acknowledge the support of our marshals out on the course – hopefully this illustrates how vital you are to the success of this event.” – Jack Stevens, BHF
Jeff King from Peak District MTB kindly took photos on the day. The photos are provided free to those pictured for personal use. If you like them, please consider donating to Peak District MTB to help our work improving mountain biking in the Peak District. You can access the photos via our Facebook albums.
See you all next year?
Thanks to the BHF who kindly donate to Peak District MTB to help us maintain the Peak District trails. Thanks also to James at Bike Garage who generously provided e-bikes to the sweepers.