Steve Peat’s annual cross country mountain bike event, the Wharncliffe Weekender has gone global - sort of. This year the Sheffield-based charity event, which raises money for the Weston Park Cancer Appeal Fund, has received interest from every continent as word gets around the international mountain biking community about the meeting and the worthy cause it supports.
Hosted by three times downhill world cup mountain bike champion, Peaty, in his local training grounds of Wharncliffe Woods, over the past two years the weekend has raised a total of £15,500 for the Appeal Fund. This year, the management team is hoping to double that total.
Speaking about the thousands of hits on the event website from all parts of the globe, Steve Peat said: “We are all truly amazed at the amount of interest this year's event has attracted. I have utilized all my contacts within the mountain bike world to spread the word and cannot believe how many people have visited the site and are planning to attend the event.”
The event has two distinct elements. There will be a fun race for children and the less serious riders, almost all of whom will be in fancy dress, as well as a senior event which is for the more experienced rider or fitness fanatic.
In addition to the actual riding, there will be camping, food outlets and many other fund-raising stalls and activities. In the evening, things will spice up with a fully licensed bar, marquees, local live bands and DJs on their purpose-built stage as well as a pyrotechnics display by one of the James Bond Film set technicians.
There are still plenty of places available for interested riders and those who may just wish to spectate and enjoy the other activities – all are welcome. The dates for the event are July 12 and 13. Click here to visit the Wharncliffe Weekend website and sign up for what promises to be a great couple of days.