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Saturday 11th June 2022
Welcome to The Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge
The Challenge is a timed mountain bike ride starting and finishing at the Mill Yard, Staveley and covering the Longsleddale, Kentmere & Troutbeck Valleys and taking in Garburn Pass. It is organised in memory of Sam Houghton, a keen mountain biker who sadly lost his battle against cancer and died aged only 22 in May 2006. All proceeds from this event will be donated to Cancer Research UK.
Coronavirus Update – 2021 Event Postponed
Following the Government announcement last month where the restrictions on large gatherings will not be lifted until 21st June at the very earliest, we have taken the very difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge.
We have been actively considering several options including hosting a smaller event, strict social distancing or moving until later in the year. However, after careful consideration we have concluded that it wouldn’t be possible to retain the spirit and atmosphere that makes the day so special for all involved, whilst prioritising the health and wellbeing of participants and their families, as well as the army of helpers and volunteers who kindly give their time to make sure things run smoothly on the day.
Any entries rolled-over and paid for from last year will automatically be carried over to the 2022 event and an email will be sent to all registered participants in the coming weeks with further information on this and the process to follow to either keep or cancel your entry.
After the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s event, we were desperate to be able to welcome everyone back this year, but with such a fluid situation, we hope everyone can appreciate why we’ve had to postpone again this year.
We are already planning to make next year’s Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge extra special and can confirm that it will be held on 11th June 2022; make sure you save the date! We’re really looking forward to seeing you all again then.
The final total raised for the 2019 Sam Houghton Mountain Bike Challenge was...
This brings the overall total raised since 2007 for Cancer Research UK to a staggering...
A massive thank you to everyone who has ever ridden the event, stood in the rain/sunshine marshalling, sponsored a rider, baked a cake, bought a raffle ticket, donated a prize, drunk a pint of Mud Sweat & Gears or lent their support in any way at all; this wouldn't have been possible without each and every one of you!