Cycling challenge needs you

Cycling challenge the Peak District 100 will take place this summer and children’s charity Action Medical Research is calling for riders to sign up now for the tough one day cycling event on Sunday, June 19.

There is a choice of a 100-mile or a shorter, but still challenging, 100km route, setting out from the HSBC Sports Club in Dore, on the outskirts of Sheffield. The ride takes in stunning scenery and unparalleled cycling terrain. 

Both distances promise awe-inspiring views as cyclists tour the beautiful national park. It’s a hilly ride, with challenging climbs on both routes, including the “back side” of Mam Tor and up Froggatt, and both pass through the Hope and Goyt Valleys and the Derbyshire Dales.

The event is fully supported, with feed stations, buffet lunch, marshals and mechanics, and – new for 2011 – chip timing. It is part of the charity’s popular RIDE100 Series of over 20 one-day bike rides taking place in stunning cycling locations around the UK.

Cyclists participating in the Peak District 100 will be raising money to help fund medical research into conditions affecting babies and children. Research currently being supported by Action Medical Research includes work around premature birth, cerebral palsy, meningitis and epilepsy, as well as some very rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

Among the research the charity is currently funding is a project taking place in Derby and Nottingham. This is a three-year study looking at the role of inflammation in pre-term labour (a major cause of infant death and disability).

For more information about the Peak District 100 and to register, visit the website action.org.uk/peakdistrict100