Places for the Steel Valley Ride are filling up fast

Thanks to everyone who has entered the Steel Valley Ride so far.

It’s a little over a week since entries opened and we’ve had a fantastic response, meaning that there are now only a handful of places left before we hit the first 50 entrants.

Get your entry in quickly if you want to be in with a chance to win the Bontrager Flatline shoes donated by Trek Sheffield (the first 50 entries to the event are being entered into a prize draw to win the shoes).

Funds raised by entering the event go to help conservation in the north Sheffield/Dark Peak area through the Steel Valley Project and the BMC Mend Our Mountains campaign for Cut Gate.

Click on our ENTER page for details on how to get involved.


Bontrager Flat Line Shoe
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BMC Mend our Mountains


5 reasons to enter the Steel Valley Ride

Steel Valley Ride - route


Entries for the 31-mile Steel Valley Ride, a mountain bike challenge based in the Peak District, opened last week and places have already started filling up.

There are lots of great reasons to sign up for the event but if you’ve been dragging your feet, here are 5 reasons why we think you’ll want to get involved:

1. The awesome route

With over 3,500 feet of climbing the route is a great challenge, not for the faint-hearted!

Covering 31 miles through the dramatic landscape of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park, it goes over the technical terrain of the iconic Cut Gate before dropping down to the Derwent Valley on a descent which will fuel your adrenaline.

It then climbs up to Whinstone Lee Tor and onto the flowing bridleway (recently repaired by Moors for the Future) to Cutthroat Bridge, where there will be a feed station. To return to Stocksbridge, the route travels on quiet roads and lesser known bridleways around Strines.

Steel Valley Ride route

2. Doing your bit to help conservation in the area

Your entry fee goes to help raise funds for 2 worthy causes.

The ride is being held by the Steel Valley Project, a countryside management charity which works to improve the environment for people and wildlife in the Upper Don area (north Sheffield) with the help of volunteers and your entry fee goes to support this work.

This year a proportion of the entry fees will also go to the British Mountaineering Council ‘Mend Our Mountains’ Cut Gate project.

As an extra bonus, you have the opportunity to claim your entry fee back by raising over £100 in sponsorship for the Steel Valley Project (terms apply).

BMC Mend Our Mountains Cut Gate

3. Support to ride the route

The entire route is on bridleways and roads which are open to anyone to ride at any time, so you might ask why you would to pay money to ride it on an organised event.

Well, aside from the fact that you’re contributing to charity, the clue is in the word organised!

  • There will be signs and marshals along the route, so you won’t need to worry about route finding.
  • There will be a feed station part way through to keep you fuelled and to help stop you from the dreaded bonking, when your legs turn to jelly and there’s nothing left in the tank.
  • There will be a sweeper at the back who may be able to help with minor mechanicals to get you back up and riding – but in the event they can’t (or if you are struggling to complete the ride) we’ll have transport available to get you back to the the event HQ.
  • You’ll be riding with other people who share your love for mountain bikes and adventure!

Feed station

4. The event HQ

At Trek Sheffield in Fox Valley, the event HQ is a great place to start and finish a ride.

There will be free parking available for everyone entering the ride and the Fox Valley shopping area has plenty of shops and cafe’s available for either yourself or friends/family coming along to support you.

A free cup of tea or coffee will be waiting for you at the finish line and bike washing facilities are available for you to get your bike shiny and clean before taking it home.

There’s also an awesome bike shop where you can check out some lovely new kit to reward yourself!

Fox Valley Retail Park

5. The chance to win a pair of Bontrager Flatline shoes

After reading the first 4 points, we know you’ll need no added incentive to click through to the ENTER page.

However, to sweeten the pot even further, the first 50 entries to the event will be entered into a prize draw to win a pair of Bontrager Flatline shoes (donated by Trek Sheffield) which retail at £119.99

Bontrager Flat Line Shoe

With the number of places limited and entries selling fast, if you’re thinking about getting involved we urge you to act quickly.

Head over to our ENTER page for details on how to enter.




The Steel Valley Ride is on Saturday 14th July 2018

The Steel Valley Ride, a 31 mile mountain bike challenge which goes through the dramatic landscape of the Dark Peak returns on Saturday 14th July 2018 after a break last year when we marked the Tour de Yorkshire in Stocksbridge with a gravel ride.

The mountain bike route travels over the technical terrain of Cut Gate and Derwent Edge, before following some of the lesser known bridleways around Strines.

Funds raised from the event will go towards the Steel Valley Project, a countryside management charity, working to improve the environment for people and wildlife in the Upper Don area. For more information on the charity visit

A proportion of the entry fee will also go to the current BMC Mend our Mountains Cut Gate project.

Click on the ENTER page for further details on how to get involved. Places are strictly limited, so enter early to avoid disappointment.

Steel Valley Ride image
Top of Cut Gate