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.
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).
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!
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!
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
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.