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  • Thinking of starting a charity event? Tips from the Calder Divide Challenge!
  • stwhannah
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    When Adrian Wright’s riding buddy, Will Norman, died of cancer during lockdown, he and his other mountain bike friends couldn’t mark his passing as th …

    By stwhannah

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    I absolutely love this bit:

    An event needs to be about something or someone. People want to connect to things that are real. They want to be able to read stories and feel a link to other lives. An event should celebrate your local area and be based on what is distinctive about where you live. Every patch of our land has a unique story, a natural feature, historical character or particular trail that is worth celebrating. As an event organiser your job is to weave these into a story that says to riders from across the country ‘this is what you experience if you travel up here to ride on our trails.’

    I think it sums up pretty well what I hope our adventure stories in the magazine achieve too.

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    You certainly couldn’t tell that it was the first time Adrian had organised an event. From start to finish we wanted for nothing apart from a fresh pair of legs.

    Coincidentally, it was also my first bike packing trip, the temptation of a local start and a campsite halfway round was impossible to resist. The friendliness of the event volunteers and fellow riders plus perfect weather made for a special weekend. As a bonus, we also got to explore and link lots of corners of our area that were as yet undiscovered to us. The drop down to Yateholme was a unexpected suprise.

    Thanks to all, maybe Jennride next…

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    I rode this event (and all of the route as not really biked in the Calder valley before). Aside from my complete lack of any riding preparation it was a wonderful event, lovely team at the start and finish, and at the overnight campsite too.

    Even though I did the “short” route I still clocked over 3000m of climbing in around 12 hours of riding (split between the two days).

    The whole event is what I love about small but superbly organised things like this, and I’d strongly recommend putting your name down for next year. I might even do some training and ride the long one in 2023.

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    Entries for next year have opened today and I’ve put myself down for the 126 mile gravel option. This year was superb and even though I only did the “short” route it was still a tough two days. I’d recommend it to anyone wanting to stretch themselves.

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