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Saturday 12th June 2021
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 - Event Postponed & New Virtual Challenge
In light of the fast-moving and ongoing Coronavirus pandemic we have made the very difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Sam Houghton Challenge. While all our efforts have been focused on holding the event, we must prioritise 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 the event day. With government limitations on gatherings in place to protect our emergency services it was felt the only responsible decision was to postpone the event until next year.
In the meantime, we are in the process of arranging the 'Virtual' Sam Houghton Challenge 2020 to encourage you to keep active. This will be in the form of a 'Two Hour Challenge' to ride the furthest you can in this time. The challenge will run throughout the month of June and more details are available on the 'Virtual Event' tab.
Any entries already booked and paid for the full event will automatically be carried over to the 2021 event and an email will be sent to all registered participants with further information on this and the process to follow to either keep or cancel your entry.
Thanks for everyone's understanding at this challenging time. Please keep smiling, keep riding and most importantly keep safe.
2020 Event T-Shirts Now Available
We've teamed up with Vinyl Bear again to offer exclusive event T-shirts.
In addition to the 100% organic cotton T-shirts, this year’s technical wicking tops are made from an environmentally friendly 100% recycled polyester!!
Vinyl Bear are also generously donating £4 from the sale of each T-shirt to Cancer Research UK so make sure you order yours by visiting the Vinyl Bear website.
And for a closer look, check out Vinyl Bear's facebook video.
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!