Get in saddle for challenge

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CYCLISTS will take on the Hope Valley Mountain Bike Challenge for the 11th year on Saturday, September 24.

The challenge offers a choice of two off-road routes around the scenic Hope Valley, and is organised by volunteers in conjunction with Hope Valley College.

All proceeds go to the college, the Edale Mountain Rescue Team, and other local charities.

For experienced riders, there’s a 30-mile technical route via Jaggers Clough, Edale and Jacobs Ladder to Hayfield, returning via Rushup Edge and Hollins Cross.

For a shorter day in the saddle bike-lovers can return from Edale on a 16-mile route that still takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Peak District.

Refreshments will be available at three main checkpoints together with hot soup at the finish.

Bike Club development officer Gavin Wood, based in Sheffield, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get out on their bikes and sample some of the best mountain biking the country has to offer, whilst also helping raise money for local charities.”

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