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Suitable for anyone who enjoys a reasonably active life. The pace is gentle and the terrain flat to undulating. Distances no more than 30 miles (50km).

Suitable for those with slightly more cycling experience. the terrain can be a little hillier than grade 1.5 and distances up to 45 miles (70km).

For the regular and reasonably fit cyclist. The terrain may include some challenging hills and distances up to 75 miles (110km).

These routes require a good level of fitness and stamina and feature challenging inclines and/or a longer time in the saddle. Distances can be up to 100 miles (160km).

THIS IS A SPONSORED CHARITY RIDE. Your entry fee only covers the costs of running the ride so please ask family and friends to sponsor you generously to make a real difference. THANK YOU.
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Sunday 19 May 2013

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This ride has now passed.

Thanks to everyone who came along to take part in The Peaks Challenge this year - the weather was lovely and nearly 300 people took part to raise money for Orchid - Fighting Male Cancer. The photos are available to view / purchase here:

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A great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular open scenery of the Peaks, taking in hills, dales and (on the dedicated family route) traffic-free cycle paths - as well as some of the prettiest villages in Derbyshire, such as Ilam, Chelmorton, Elton and Tissington.
The Peaks Challenge offers three circular routes, starting and finishing in the market town of Ashbourne, 'Gateway to the Peaks'. The challenging 49 mile route is all on road and ideal for dedicated cyclists. The 35 mile route is also on road. The 11 mile route has been devised specially for family and recreational cyclists and follows short on-road sections alternating with the Tissington Trail cycle path (which is unmetalled).
Enjoy a great day out and raise money for Orchid Cancer Care.
Enter as an individual or encourage your friends, family and colleagues to join you in a team.

‘Fantastic day and a challenging ride yesterday on the long route of peak challenge.
Some lovely scenery when I managed to lift my head up to enjoy it. Hopefully I'll be back next year. ‘ T.S

‘we had a fantastic day. Thank you to you all for organising a great event. We will be back next year ‘ G.W

Ride Details
StartAshbourne Recreation Ground, Cockayne Ave., Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1EJ
FinishAshbourne Recreation Ground, Cockayne Ave., Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1EJ
DistanceLong (on road) 49 miles; Medium (on road) 35 miles; Family route (road/cycle track) 11 miles.
Challenge Rating49 mile: 35 mile: 11 mile:
Getting There: CarFrom Manchester: A523 > A52
From Birmingham: M6 J15 > A500 > A50 > A520 > A52
From South East & East: Derby > A52
From North East: M1 > Derby > A52

Car Parking available (off Park Rd.) - £3.60 - all day
Getting There: TrainNearest train station is Duffield (12 miles). National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50
Start Times 08.00 - 09.30 OR family route 09.30 - 10.00
Other InfoRefill your water bottle and purchase food and drinks at the official refreshment stops along the route.
Remember to bring waterproofs as well as Suncream.

The Long and Medium Routes are ALL ON ROAD
The FAMILY Route is PART ON ROAD/PART ON THE TISSINGTON TRAIL cycle path (unmetalled track)

Minimum age 16 years on 49 mile, 14 years on 35 mile and 9 years on the 11 mile route. Riders under 16 MUST be accompanied by an adult over 18.

All riders are required to wear a helmet. A selection of helmets will be available for purchase on the day.
** We recommend that all riders have both bike and personal liability insurances as we cannot be held responsible for damage, loss or theft of your bike or personal items or personal liability.**
PricingEntry Pack (£17.00)
Family Ride (adult) (£8.00)
Family Ride (child) (£4.00)
Junior Entry (14-16 yrs) (£7.50)
Team Entry (per person - 6 minimum) (£16.50)



Orchid exists to save men's lives from testicular, prostate and penile cancers through pioneering research and promoting awareness.
Over 43,000 men will be diagnosed with a male-specific cancer in the next 12 months; from sons to grandfathers all men face the risk of prostate, penile or testicular cancer. Orchid plays a leading role in the fight against male cancer through research and awareness and by supporting patients
So please get as many sponsors as you can. You can set up an online fundraising page at

Your entry fee pays only for the safe running of the ride. Please ask your friends and family to sponsor you and help raise much needed funds– it makes a huge difference to Orchid’s work.
Registered in England with the Charity Commission No 1080540. Company Registered in England No. 3963360

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