9th Hope Valley Mountain Bike Challenge

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The 9th Hope Valley Mountain Bike Challenge takes place on Saturday 26th September 2009. It offers a choice of two off-road routes of approx 20 and 38 miles around the Hope Valley.

For experienced riders the route is technical and takes you via Jaggers Clough, Edale and Jacobs Ladder to Hayfield returning via Rushup Edge and takes in Hollins Cross (Mam Tor) on the way back.

For a shorter day you can return from Edale still taking in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Peak District. As in previous years refreshments will be available at 3 main check-points along the route together with hot soup at the finish. It has been said that due to the amount of free cake and refreshments available en-route you can actually gain weight – despite the hugely strenuous challenge!

“It was probably one of the most varied and technical courses I have completed” and “I enjoyed the challenge and the refreshments kept me going – thank you for organising such a fantastic day” were some of the comments after the challenge in 2008.

Registration and car parking will take place at Hope Valley College. The start will remain the same, from Shatton, and the finish will be back at Hope Valley College. Advance registration is advisable – it will ensure your participation as well as assisting with organisation and catering.

The event is organised voluntarily by Hope Valley College and Hathersage school parents with all proceeds going to improving facilities for the children – last year over £1,500 was raised!

For further details and an entry form please e-mail . All telephone enquiries to Julie Colley on 01433 650104

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Cotic RocketMAXer. Schwalbe Magic Mary Purple Addix front. Maxxis DHR II 3C MaxxTerra rear. Coil fan. I have been a writer for nigh on 20 years, a photographer for 25 years and a mountain biker for 30 years. I have written countless magazine and website features and route guides for the UK mountain bike press, most notably for the esteemed and highly regarded Singletrackworld. Although I am a Lancastrian, I freely admit that West Yorkshire is my favourite place to ride. Rarely a week goes by without me riding and exploring the South Pennines.

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