We’re looking for a couple of you to help out with the British Heart Foundation Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge on April 2 – and we’ve got a great offer to tempt you along.
We need a couple of sweepers – those who ride along after the last of the participants and gather up a few signs*. It’s a nice little job and means you get to enjoy the ride and put something back.
But to make it even more appealing, we’ve arranged for the two volunteers to be provided an eBike for the day, free of charge**, courtesy of Peak District MTB partner, Bike Garage in Bamford.
“The BHF have been a great supporter of what we do at Peak District MTB,” says James Irwin, committee member and owner of Bike Garage. “So it’s great to be able to support them in any small way. We’re looking for marshals and a couple of sweepers to help out on the day and I’m pleased to be able to offer a couple of bikes to the volunteer sweepers.”
We’ve already had a number of volunteer marshals, but you can still get involved – there’s a goody bag for them too with food and PDMTB merch.
“The BHF Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge is a highlight on our yearly calendar,” says Andy Wood, PDMTB committee member who looks after our relationship with the BHF. “We’ve enjoyed working with them on shaping the route, helping them out with marshals and seeing so many of our members taking part.
“And that relationship has meant that we’ve been able to work with them to open up permissive access and build links into landowner communities. It’s all for the good of our members.”
So how would you like to be one of our sweepers for the day? A great role for a couple of mates, eh? Get in touch with Andy on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know why you want to do it.
*Please note, the role of sweeper requires a good level of fitness, skill and dependability. You will be requested to support other riders on the day and maybe needed to help to gather up some waymarkers en route. Full briefings and guidance will be provided by the BHF.
**A small, refundable charge maybe required to a credit/debit card for insurance purposes.