BHF Peak District Challenge Cancelled

The BHF Peak District Challenge has been cancelled, in news which we’re as gutted as you lot to learn.
The ride, which had originally been post-poned earlier in the year, was slated for October 21st, but owing to slow sign ups the charity has taken the decision to cancel the event this year.

Here at Peak District MTB we’re obviously disappointed. Such a high profile event showcasing the best of the Peak District’s trails is always welcome and the BHF’s route planning helped open doors for access. There’s also the small matter of £2 of every entry going straight to us – and we miss out on that now.

“The BHF ride being cancelled is a blow,” says Chris Maloney, Chair of Peak District MTB. “It’s a real shame the charity is missing out on an amazing fundraising event here in the Peak District, and we know a lot of riders were looking forward to enjoying the various routes planned.”

Feedback we’ve had from riders who were interested, but didn’t immediately sign up, was that the desired £350 fundraising target was off-putting during a cost-of-living crisis, there was also the challenge of the rescheduled date falling on half-term holidays for many.

“We’ve put a lot into promoting the ride amongst our members and have always had some great participation in the past,” Chris adds. “But in a tough economic climate we can understand people watching their wallets a bit more.

“But it has made us think what we can do for members. We’re looking at how we could use October 21st to celebrate mountain biking in the Peak District and raise a few pennies for the PDMTB pot. Watch this space.”

The BHF has contacted those signed up with details of how to transfer their participation to another event or get a refund.

We’ll look forward to welcoming them back and carrying on our great partnership in 2024.

18 August 2023