The Steel Valley Ride is back for a third year! A mass mountain bike challenge, the event takes riders on a 31 mile route that includes over 3,500 feet of climbing- definitely not for the faint-hearted.
Set to satisfy any hardy riders' thirst for adventure and leave you feeling stoked on the descents, the route takes in the dramatic landscape of the Dark Peak area of the Peak District National Park and then goes over the technical terrain of the iconic Cut Gate before dropping down to the Derwent Valley.
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 help riders replenish their energy, before the return to Stocksbridge via quieter roads and the lesser-known bridleways around Strines. The whole route will be clearly sign-posted, with marshals on course.
Run by the Steel Valley Project, was originally established in 2016 to launch the Little Don Link multi-user trail in Stocksbridge. Funds raised at the event go directly back into the countryside management charity, who are working to improve green spaces in Stocksbridge, Bradfield and the surrounding areas. This year, proceeds will also go towards BMC's Mend our Mountains Cut Gate campaign, which is raising money to improve the boggiest sections of Cut Gate.
The ride will start and finish at Trek Sheffield, located in the Fox Valley shopping development in the centre of Stocksbridge (on the outskirts of Sheffield). Ample car parking will be available on site and transport links to the Event HQ are good: just 10 minutes drive from the M1 and rail links to Penistone, 4.5 miles from the Event HQ.
There are also plenty of cafes, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants nearby and bike washing facilities will also be available at Trek Sheffield.