Mountain bike event raises funds for local area

Steel Valley Ride 2018

The Steel Valley Ride has taken place, the riders have completed their 31 mile challenge and the event signs have been collected in.

All that remains now is for us to tell you a little more about the day and how much money you helped to raise.

On the day…

Firstly, massive thanks must go to Trek Sheffield who gave up part of their shop on Saturday to host our Event HQ. They made us feel welcome with day-long access to tea and the Mountain Biking World Cup Downhill event streaming on tv!

Just under 90 riders completed the gruelling Steel Valley Ride in sunny conditions and soaring temperatures.

Some finished in an impressive 3-4 hours, whereas others made use of the whole day. Everybody deserves massive congratulations for fulfilling their own challenge whether it was to finish quickly – or just finish, push their daily mileage or raise money for charity.

However, a special mention must go to one lady who entered on her own after stopping smoking and starting mountain biking only 5 months before completing the Steel Valley Ride. She dug deep during the ride and refused to give up, inspiring many people on Saturday.

Back at Event HQ, whilst the riders were out on the moors we asked Stocksbridge Mayor, Cllr Julie Grocutt, to draw the two winners for the Bontrager Flat Line shoes (donated by Trek Sheffield for the first 50 entrants) and the £50 Trek Voucher (donated by Stocksbridge Town Council for the first 100 entrants).

Congratulations go to Jonathan Lambert who won the shoes and Rachel Young who won the voucher.

Steel Valley Ride prize draw

However, everybody received a little something on the day as all returning riders were given a free water bottle, donated by Trek Sheffield. With such high temperatures, many waived their complementary hot drink and made use of this instead.

Big thanks to all our volunteer marshals who were located at Event HQ, around the route and at the feed station. They helped to make the event such a huge success. We received many positive comments from people about our marshals when they returned from their ride or later on social media, some of which can be read at the end of this post.

Event photographs taken on the route can be found here:

Raising funds for charity…

We run the Steel Valley Ride to raise awareness of the Steel Valley Project and let people know about the countryside management work we undertake in the local area. We also use the event to raise valuable funds to help us continue with ongoing projects in the area.

However, this year was extra special!

The Steel Valley Ride route goes over the iconic Cut Gate bridleway in the northern Peak District. Cut Gate is considered to be one of the best singletrack routes in the country, but has short sections of muddy bogs – known locally as the ‘Bog of Doom’ (although to be fair, the sunny conditions over recent weeks have made the BOG more of a desert).

A local group comprising Peak District MTB, Ride Sheffield, the Peak District National Park Authority and Moors for the Future worked hard to get the repair of Cut Gate included on the British Mountaineering Council’s Mend Our Mountains campaign this year – and we wanted to support this campaign by donating a proportion of the entry fees.

We’re therefore pleased to announce that £468 will be going to Mend Our Mountains.

Big thanks to our event partners and supporters..

An event like this would be impossible to run without support from local businesses and people in the community. Thank you to everyone who helped us out, whether directly or indirectly through sharing our social media posts.

However, particular thanks must go to the following:

Trek Sheffield: for their support throughout the event (helping with the promotional video, donating a prize draw for the first 50 entrants, donating free water bottles for all participants, hosting the Event HQ and offering post ride refreshments)
Liberty Speciality Steels: who provided free car parking for all event participants
Dransfield Properties Ltd: who provided free car parking in Fox Valley for the event volunteers

Stocksbridge Town Council: who donated £50 (given as a prize draw for the first 100 entrants)
Ride Sheffield, Peak District MTB, Keeper of the Peak: who helped massively with promotion of the event in the local mountain biking community
Ride Holme Mountain Bike Guiding: for being the route sweeper, clearing the course of direction signs and providing morale support for riders towards the back of the bunch

Extra special thanks go to our volunteer event marshals on the day. You all helped to give the riders taking part a great experience and played a huge part in making the event so successful.

Some of the event feedback…

We’ll finish this post with just a few of the lovely comments we received after the event:

“Absolutely brilliant ride.”

“The hills were very hard work but the amount of variation in terrain, signposting, friendly marshals, feed stop and organisation were brilliant.”

“Many thanks to all involved. Great route and the halfway flapjacks and water were sublime.”

“Big thanks for putting on the Steel Valley Ride today. It was very tough but really well organised. The guys at the feed station couldn’t do enough for us.”

“Thanks for a well organised route today. Great directions and well stocked refreshments, just when they were needed.”

“Great ride, thanks a lot to all involved.”

Keeping in touch…

For more information on the conservation and countryside management work we carry out in the Stocksbridge and north Sheffield area, keep an eye on our main website

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See here for more information about volunteering with The Steel Valley Project.

Steel Valley Ride images



Event Volunteers Needed

We’re currently looking for Event Volunteers to help with the Steel Valley Ride on Saturday 14th July 2018.

If you would like to get involved in this exciting event, please click on the link below to download and complete the Event Volunteer Form:

Event Volunteer Form 2018

Completed forms should be emailed back to or you can drop it off at our office in Stocksbridge (address on the bottom of the form).

Various roles are available:

  • Marshal
  • Feed Station Volunteer
  • Event HQ Volunteer

Send us an email if you would like more information before completing the form.

Thank you 🙂

Enter now for the chance to win a £50 Trek voucher

Steel Valley Ride

It’s just a little over 2 weeks since entries opened for the Steel Valley Ride and we’ve been amazed by the response.

The number of people who have signed up to take part is now over 50, but don’t worry if you think you’ve missed out on being part of the early entry prize draw because last week we managed to arrange another prize draw thanks to a donation from Stocksbridge Town Council.

It means that we can now offer the first 100 entries for the Steel Valley Ride the opportunity to win a £50 voucher to spend in Trek Bikes (which handily is the ride HQ, so the winner could call in after completing the challenge and treat themselves to something lovely).


Trek Gift Voucher - STC
Win a £50 voucher to spend at Trek Bikes

If you’re still wondering whether to enter, it’s worth knowing that the overall number of places available is limited, so head over to our ENTER page soon to make sure you don’t miss out.

You might also want to read our previous post which gives 5 good reasons why we think you’ll want to get involved.




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
Win me!

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