Peak District backdrop for toughest event of the RIDE100 series | Action Medical Research

Peak District backdrop for toughest event of the RIDE100 series

3 May 2011

Tough terrain and stunning scenery are on offer in the upcoming Peak District 100 ride in aid of children’s charity Action Medical Research on Sunday 19 June. The event is billed as the most challenging of the charity’s RIDE100 series and it’s not too late to sign up.

There is a choice of a 100-mile or a shorter 100km route, both starting and finishing at Dore on the outskirts of Sheffield and heading into the National Park. It’s not called the Peak District for nothing so expect plenty of thigh-burning hills and thrilling descents.

Both undulating routes include challenging climbs at Mam Tor and Frogatt, and pass through the picturesque Hope and Goyt Valleys and the Derbyshire Dales. Overall climbing distance is 2,600m on the 100-mile route and 1,700m on the shorter option.

The event is fully supported, with feed stations, lunch, marshals and mechanics, and chip timing.

Mark Trott, UK Cycling Development Manager at Action Medical Research says: “Cycling in the Peak District is an awesome experience and we’ve put together an event that will push people to the limits. The National Park provides some of the most challenging cycling terrain in the UK and you’ll need to have put in some serious hill work to overcome the climbs that you’ll encounter. The rugged features of the Peaks is a great backdrop to any cycle ride and whether you choose the 100km or 100-mile route, finishing will fill you with a great sense of achievement.”

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.

The event is part of the charity’s RIDE100 series of one-day bike rides taking place across the UK. A total of 22 events are offered in stunning cycling locations.

For more information and to register, visit the website

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For more information about the Peak District 100 contact

Val Hogg, Peak District 100 event manager at Action Medical Research
T 01977 609212

For further press information on Action Medical Research cycling events and accompanying photography, please contact:

Clare Airey, Senior Press & PR Officer
T 01403 327480

Action Medical Research has 30 years experience in organising successful bike rides. Routes are monitored and clearly signposted. Snack and lunch stops are provided and medical and mechanical staff are on hand at all times.

Action Medical Research is the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children. We know that medical research can save and change children’s lives. For nearly 60 years we have been instrumental in significant medical breakthroughs, including the development of the UK polio vaccine and ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.

Today, we continue to find and fund the very best medical research to help stop the suffering of babies and children caused by disease and disability. We want to make a difference in:

•    tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
•    helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
•    targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

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