Steel Valley Ride 2019 event overview

Steel Valley Ride
“Another great event and well organised. Thanks again to everyone who makes it possible and organising it. Absolutely loved it!”

The third Steel Valley Ride mountain bike event took place at the weekend and what a day!

With all 150 places on the event selling out by early June, the stoke was high this year. Leading up to the big day, our social media was full of comments from people training and getting ready for the ride.

Registration on the day opened at 9am but with enthusiastic riders arriving much earlier we decided to open at 8.15am to help get people through the process. With the first rider briefing scheduled for 9am, it meant a little waiting around afterwards, but luckily the sun was shining!

Once rider registration had closed and the event sweeper was on his way, it was time for the team to drive to Cut Throat Bridge to set up the feed station (mile 18). Back at event HQ, Andy (manager at Trek Sheffield), drew the winner for a pair of Bontrager Flat Line shoes which had been kindly donated by Trek Sheffield for the first 50 entrants. Congratulations go to Kevin Hilton who had a nice surprise on his return.

By the time riders started arriving at the feed station, the weather had changed and there were reports of strong winds and horizontal rain high on the moors around Cut Gate. Luckily, the weather improved and with the fun descent of Whinstone Lee Tor leading into the feed station, there were lots of smiles on arrival.

After the feed station, the route covers quiet country roads and bridleways around Strines to weave back towards Stocksbridge. However, an unexpected last minute diversion was required when our marshal encountered a burning car in the middle of the road.

His quick thinking meant that the fire brigade were soon on the scene and the route was diverted to avoid the obstacle. If you wondered why your GPS was showing you off-route around Broomhead reservoir, that was the reason!

Around 3 hours after the first riders had left, we started seeing people arrive back at event HQ. As people leave at different times over a 1 hour period, there are no prizes for being the first back. All riders are winners, walking away with a free Trek water bottle!

Thanks to our event partners and volunteers

We run this event to highlight awareness of our charity and to raise valuable funds to support our countryside management work in the area. For our small team of Steel Valley Project employees, it’s lots of work but also hugely enjoyable and rewarding.

However, an event of this nature simply could not take place without the support and goodwill of our event partners and volunteer marshals.

Trek water bottlesMassive thanks goes to Trek Sheffield in Fox Valley Stocksbridge, who once again gave up part of their workshop area for our event HQ, supplied limitless cuppas for our event team and donated a free water bottle for every rider on their return. Their behind the scenes support for this event must also be recognised, they really do help us to put on a great day.

Our volunteer marshals are also integral to the event. Without them, we would not have the resources for people to be stationed at key points on the route or to help at the feed station – so a big round of applause for anyone who gave up their Saturday to get involved 👏

Special thanks must go to Ride Holme mountain bike guide, our route sweeper for the second year running. Jason, otherwise calling himself the ‘grim sweeper’ for this event, provided morale support for anyone riding at the back and also collected all the route signs/any litter, ensuring that nothing was left behind in the countryside. He rode the full 31 miles, but the nature of a sweeper means carrying more weight and spending longer on the route than anybody else!

“Thank you to all involved in organising such a good event, well signposted and great marshals.”

It was also great to get event photographers SportSunday involved for the second year running. Their images of riders coming down Whinstone Lee Tor will give anyone entering the event a great reminder of the day and the opportunity to own a professional picture riding their bike. In case you missed it, event pictures can be found via this link here.

Big thanks to Liberty Speciality Steels for providing free parking for all event participants in their staff car park and also Dransfield Properties Ltd who arranged for the event team to have parking in Fox Valley itself.

We’d also like to give thanks to everyone who shared details of the event on their social media, helping 2019 to be the first year that the event sold out.

What did the event participants think about the day?

We received tons of fantastic comments from riders on the day, plus via social media after the event. Whilst there are too many to list, hearing and seeing each one makes our efforts worthwhile, so thank you!

“Awesome day. Thanks to all involved.”

“Really enjoyed it! Same again next year.”

“Thanks guys. It was a top event as usual.”

“Cracking ride. Loved it!”

“Cracking day out on the MTB at the Steel Valley Ride.”

“Cracking riding up over Cut Gate on the Steel Valley Ride. Great event too.”

“Great event, thanks to all the volunteers.”

“Another great edition of the Steel Valley Ride yesterday. Thanks to all the Steel Valley Project organisers and all the marshals who endured on a day of all weathers. Roll on next year!”

“Great day riding with the Steel Valley Project ride.”

“Top ride on one of my favourite routes.”

“Easily the toughest ride I’ve done, brutal climbs, amazing descents, great company and some crazy weather. Had a fantastic time today, thanks Steel Valley Project.”

“Great event, enjoyed it.”

“Good event, thanks to all involved.”

“We really enjoyed the event and will definitely do it again. Thanks to you and the team.”

“Great event organised by the Steel Valley Project.”

It’s also worth noting that a Peak District National Park Ranger commented on how polite and courteous everybody was.

Final thanks

Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who entered the Steel Valley Ride, supporting our work. Particular thanks go to those people who took the time and trouble to set up event sponsorship pages to help raise more money for our charity.

Staying in touch…

If you missed out on a ticket this year and want to be kept in the loop for any future events, keep an eye on this website and our social media pages:

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSteelValleyProject

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesteelvalleyproject

Twitter: https://twitter.com/steel_valley

To find out more about our conservation and countryside management work, take a look at our website: www.steelvalleyproject.org

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

Steel Valley Ride
Photo credit: Ride Holme & SVP staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Steel Valley Ride: Event Information Pack

SVR Information Pack

Steel Valley Ride: Saturday 20/7/19

With just a few days to go until the 2019 Steel Valley Ride, the final preparations are well underway.

Event Information Packs were emailed out to all riders last week, but if you’ve mislaid your email, you can download a copy by clicking on this link: Event Information Pack 2019.docx

Please arrive with plenty of time to spare on Saturday morning as we have a lot of riders to get through the registration process.

Event photographers SportSunday Event Photography will be taking pictures around mile 18, on a fast downhill section (Whinstone Lee Tor) as you descend towards the feed station. Get your smile ready for the camera 😎 📷

The pictures will be available to view on their website from Sunday afternoon/evening.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday…. 

 

The Steel Valley Ride is back…

Cut Gate

ENTRIES NOW OPEN

The 2019 Steel Valley Ride will take place on

Saturday 20th July 2019

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This 31 mile mountain biking fundraiser will follow the same route as previous years, starting and finishing in Stocksbridge.

Riders will head towards Langsett and then tackle the technical terrain over Cut Gate before dropping down the adrenaline fuelled descent into the Derwent Valley. From here, the route climbs back up to Whinstone Lee Tor where riders get to enjoy the superb flowing bridleway down to Cutthroat Bridge. The return to Stocksbridge is then on quiet roads and lesser known bridleways around Strines – watch out for the final sting in the tail.

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: https://www.sportsunday.co.uk/

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 www.steelvalleyproject.org

We also post regularly on our social media channels:

Like our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheSteelValleyProject

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/steel_valley

Any future events will be posted on our main website, Facebook, Twitter and our Instagram feed:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thesteelvalleyproject

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

Steel Valley Ride images

 

 

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.