Project:
TRANS-PENNINE EXPRESS

Project:
TRANS-PENNINE
EXPRESS

PROJECT: TRANS-PENNINE EXPRESS

 

The ancient rivalry of Lancashire and Yorkshire and the lure of a well-earned objective – the pub – separated by a fairly lumpy bit called the Pennines. These 2 famous cities provide cracking start and finish points but the meat is very much in the middle.  

Riding out of Manchester in the dark of a winter morning, bedecked in December in Christmas lights, will add a tingle as you head to the snow-dusted peaks on the horizon. Approximately 80km of quality fat-tyre riding awaits, over 2 days. With Kinder Scout alongside, Jacob’s Ladder bridleway and Mam Tor on route, this is a rollercoaster ride to the Christmas lights on ’tother side in Sheffield. Leave Oasis behind and rejoice the Arctic Monkeys on the jukebox at the finish. It’s time to hang up your helmet and SPDs as we hand you a change of clothes and enjoy a wrap to the day in the pub. Stay as long as you want and collect your bike tomorrow, if you wish. We will be.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– World-first route
– World-class biking
– World-famous rock and pop cities
– World’s worst hangover (optional)

 

 

Friday 7th December
Option to meet the evening before your epic Peak District conquest: We’d suggest Sinclair’s Oyster bar, as we’ll start near here the following morning and because you can sit at the outside tables with your bike close by – especially useful if you are just off the train. Cheeky beers: Start as we mean to continue…

Saturday 8th December
The activity starts with bikes lined up beside pub tables at the iconic Sinclair’s Oyster Bar (not open in the morning but a classic gathering place). We then wriggle through the heart of the city centre and pick up the canal towpaths, trails and country lanes to the edge of the Pennines at Hayfield, and start heading up, and up. Tackling the classic Jacob’s Ladder from west to east, over the shoulder of Kinder Scout, and dropping into Edale for accommodation, a clean-up, and the pub! 30 miles of western massive complete! This ride involves a complex ride-out through city, urban, suburban, industrial, rural and then mountain environments – an ‘escalating’ ride over the Peak District massif. The guide will navigate this like a pro, leaving you to enjoy the riding and the banter.

Sunday 9th December
Arise at the late dawn, get fed and fettled – ready for the exciting ride off! It’s all downhill from here right? Well, not quite. There are some lofty edges and tough single and double tracks through the heart of the climbing edges. Stanage Edge will be calling you. If we left a little late in the morning for some reason (ahem) then we might be battling darkness past the Hallam reservoirs and weaving through post-industrial suburbia into Sheffield, and back to the bright lights of Christmas. Avoiding Santa’s grotto, it’s pub, pub grub and beer on our agenda – right in the centre of Sheffield. 20 miles of eastern massive complete! The first beer is on us. It’s the least we can do to reward you for your endeavours. The pub will be nearby for the train too, and your homeward journey complete with your memory medals of an outrageous weekend!

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle parallel support for the team, including transit back to Manchester for those that require it, to transport links. Should anyone bail from the trip then this same vehicle can also support you. We’d really like you to reach Sheffield though!
  • Accomplished guides that stay with you throughout.

The participant will provide:
Their own mountain bike, helmet, rucksack, cycling gear, footwear, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), and personal overnight kit and safety kit. A towel and a change of clothes for after the activity is also recommended – the support vehicle will take your holdall of casuals for the pub! The winter nature of this trip will require excellent bike lights and back-up headtorch. You should be familiar with your mountain bike and to consider modifications and accessorisations that make the bike fit for purpose, for the conditions. Bring your own energy snacks and drinks.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 7/10
This is a stern winter mountain bike challenge. Darkness is guaranteed. Snow and ice is likely. Bad weather is possible. Beautiful crystal-clear vistas are desired and distinctly possible!  You are required to be a competent mountain biker and to have rehearsed in winter with bike riding, bike clothing, walking, bike-carrying and camping.

Endurance rating 8/10
Participants should expect two strenuous long days. Day 1 is longer but Day 2 will be tough too, due to the cumulative attrition of all the fun and action. Whilst there will be variances in the groups abilities, we will manage the journey carefully to give the best possible day out. Think of yourselves as a team.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub/hotel in Sheffield to celebrate a job well done
  • Overnight B&B / Bunkhouse
  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle.*

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast prior to departure
  • Dinner at Edale
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the final pub during the trip, except 1 complimentary one that we will provide

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. We would advise in all cases that you augment this provision with your own foodstuffs. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

  • Overnight B&B / Bunkhouse costs in Edale

It is recommended that for those travelling, local accommodation is sought close in Manchester for the night preceding the Challenge and in Sheffield or Manchester for the night following the Challenge, depending on ongoing transport plans.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle, local to the Pennines, and to and from main rail/bus stations and airport in Manchester if practicable. Please enquire on timings.
  • Transit journey from Sheffield to Manchester.

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Manchester area
  • Onward travel from Sheffield / Manchester area – if using own transport.

How far is the route? Day 1 is 30 miles with 50% off-road. Day 2 is 20 miles with 50% off-road. Simples? You’d better believe it! You won’t want more miles with this trip! The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? It’s a toughie: You are required to be a competent, in-condition mountain biker and to have rehearsed in winter with bike riding, bike clothing, walking, bike-carrying and camping. You won’t need to be fast .. just strong of heart, mind and body.

Is it all cyclable? Well, nearly.. Some parts of the ascents will not be ridable and some parts of the descents will require your full attention. You’ve heard of hike-a-bike? Bike carrying and bike pushing is a thing when it comes to real mountains, and a bigger rucksack will help to spread the load with the bike across your shoulders and back. It’ll be worth it of course. You are going where few fear to bike tread. And in winter!

What type of terrain is it? This is rough and steep terrain, with a mix of mud, grass, rock and gravel. Some of the paths are maintained with slabs and steps. Add onto that some water, snow and ice, and this trip is truly adventurous.

What might the weather be like? That is hard to say until forecasting is available 10-days out. Even if bright in the day, temperatures will be low in the morning and likely plummet as darkness falls. If the weather is angry and windy then the guide will simplify the routing to endeavour to achieve grand days out, including some expert navigation. High-grade head and hand cover is essential, along with spares.

Good bike lights you say? Yes, these need to be minimum 500 Lumens, proven, fully charged, and with a backup second light such as a helmet light or and/or headtorch. Rear lights and good reflectivity are also crucial for the urban stages mainly.

What if I get lost? Unlikely, as you will be with qualified guides that will intend to keep the group together. If separations are required then the guides will have a plan for how to manage this.

What if I get hurt? Well, this is possible, though some of the spills on this terrain are on soft ground. Competent mountain bikers know how to crash and roll, and have been over the bars a few times. True? Then we want you, not beginners. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will be close in the loop to affect best responses. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will manage, escort you off, or come and get you.

Where will you stay? You have many choices in Manchester, especially apartments. Just picture… your bikes going up in the lift and a co-share of a vast post-industrial apartment between a few of you. We know this is brill – we’ve done it! At the Sheffield end you might repeat this easy luxury, or head off on a train for home. Accommodation is for you to book.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/accommodation/transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge is over? Sheffield Midland Station is the convergent point and your escape route. Though we can also take you back to Manchester to connect back to your transport links such as airport or rail station. Also, in central Manchester there are several secure underground long-stay car parks.

 


8/9th DECEMBER
2018 THE PENNINES

Manchester to Sheffield: Pub to Pub across the Pennines on mountain bikes!

MTB: 2 day
Mountain Biking, Guided

 What do these mean?
Technical Rating 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£199

Price is per person

8/9th DECEMBER
2018 THE PENNINES

Manchester to Sheffield: Pub to Pub across the Pennines on mountain bikes!

MTB: 2 day
Mountain Biking, Guided


What do these mean?

Technical Rating 7/10
Endurance Rating: 8/10

£199

Price is per person

The ancient rivalry of Lancashire and Yorkshire and the lure of a well-earned objective – the pub – separated by a fairly lumpy bit called the Pennines. These 2 famous cities provide cracking start and finish points but the meat is very much in the middle.  

Riding out of Manchester in the dark of a winter morning, bedecked in December in Christmas lights, will add a tingle as you head to the snow-dusted peaks on the horizon. Approximately 80km of quality fat-tyre riding awaits, over 2 days. With Kinder Scout alongside, Jacob’s Ladder bridleway and Mam Tor on route, this is a rollercoaster ride to the Christmas lights on ’tother side in Sheffield. Leave Oasis behind and rejoice the Arctic Monkeys on the jukebox at the finish. It’s time to hang up your helmet and SPDs as we hand you a change of clothes and enjoy a wrap to the day in the pub. Stay as long as you want and collect your bike tomorrow, if you wish. We will be.

If you can’t make our scheduled departure, we can run this adventure on a bespoke basis for you and your mates. A minimum of 6 people is required to run the trip. Email us to find out more.

Trip Highlights:

– World-first route
– World-class biking
– World-famous rock and pop cities
– World’s worst hangover (optional)

 

 

Friday 7th December
Option to meet the evening before your epic Peak District conquest: We’d suggest Sinclair’s Oyster bar, as we’ll start near here the following morning and because you can sit at the outside tables with your bike close by – especially useful if you are just off the train. Cheeky beers: Start as we mean to continue…

Saturday 8th December
The activity starts with bikes lined up beside pub tables at the iconic Sinclair’s Oyster Bar (not open in the morning but a classic gathering place). We then wriggle through the heart of the city centre and pick up the canal towpaths, trails and country lanes to the edge of the Pennines at Hayfield, and start heading up, and up. Tackling the classic Jacob’s Ladder from west to east, over the shoulder of Kinder Scout, and dropping into Edale for accommodation, a clean-up, and the pub! 30 miles of western massive complete! This ride involves a complex ride-out through city, urban, suburban, industrial, rural and then mountain environments – an ‘escalating’ ride over the Peak District massif. The guide will navigate this like a pro, leaving you to enjoy the riding and the banter.

Sunday 9th December
Arise at the late dawn, get fed and fettled – ready for the exciting ride off! It’s all downhill from here right? Well, not quite. There are some lofty edges and tough single and double tracks through the heart of the climbing edges. Stanage Edge will be calling you. If we left a little late in the morning for some reason (ahem) then we might be battling darkness past the Hallam reservoirs and weaving through post-industrial suburbia into Sheffield, and back to the bright lights of Christmas. Avoiding Santa’s grotto, it’s pub, pub grub and beer on our agenda – right in the centre of Sheffield. 20 miles of eastern massive complete! The first beer is on us. It’s the least we can do to reward you for your endeavours. The pub will be nearby for the train too, and your homeward journey complete with your memory medals of an outrageous weekend!

Rat Race will provide:

  • Vehicle parallel support for the team, including transit back to Manchester for those that require it, to transport links. Should anyone bail from the trip then this same vehicle can also support you. We’d really like you to reach Sheffield though!
  • Accomplished guides that stay with you throughout.

The participant will provide:
Their own mountain bike, helmet, rucksack, cycling gear, footwear, waterproofs (recommended with taped seams), and personal overnight kit and safety kit. A towel and a change of clothes for after the activity is also recommended – the support vehicle will take your holdall of casuals for the pub! The winter nature of this trip will require excellent bike lights and back-up headtorch. You should be familiar with your mountain bike and to consider modifications and accessorisations that make the bike fit for purpose, for the conditions. Bring your own energy snacks and drinks.

A full kit list will be circulated upon booking of the trip.

We have rated this challenge as Technical rating 7/10 and Endurance rating 8/10. What does this mean?

Technical rating 7/10
This is a stern winter mountain bike challenge. Darkness is guaranteed. Snow and ice is likely. Bad weather is possible. Beautiful crystal-clear vistas are desired and distinctly possible!  You are required to be a competent mountain biker and to have rehearsed in winter with bike riding, bike clothing, walking, bike-carrying and camping.

Endurance rating 8/10
Participants should expect two strenuous long days. Day 1 is longer but Day 2 will be tough too, due to the cumulative attrition of all the fun and action. Whilst there will be variances in the groups abilities, we will manage the journey carefully to give the best possible day out. Think of yourselves as a team.

Food and Bev

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Complimentary alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink for all group members in a pub/hotel in Sheffield to celebrate a job well done
  • Overnight B&B / Bunkhouse
  • Savoury and sweet snacks, sports drinks (isotonic and carb-based), water and hot drinks from flasks whilst on the route, provided from our mobile ‘pit stop’ vehicle.*

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Breakfast prior to departure
  • Dinner at Edale
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks at the final pub during the trip, except 1 complimentary one that we will provide

*Some Gluten-free and Vegan provision will be made although if you have food intolerances please do ensure you check with us on our provision as you may need to augment with your own supplies. Please contact us with any specific dietary requirements. Please note that the provision whilst on the route does not consist of ‘full meals’ and will be more snack-based grab n’ go options, to reflect the journey being undertaken. We would advise in all cases that you augment this provision with your own foodstuffs. We would also advise that if you have sports nutrition products that you know work for you, please bring them with you.

Accommodation

  • Overnight B&B / Bunkhouse costs in Edale

It is recommended that for those travelling, local accommodation is sought close in Manchester for the night preceding the Challenge and in Sheffield or Manchester for the night following the Challenge, depending on ongoing transport plans.

Transport

Provided within the trip costs are:

  • Full on-course support by our vehicle, local to the Pennines, and to and from main rail/bus stations and airport in Manchester if practicable. Please enquire on timings.
  • Transit journey from Sheffield to Manchester.

Participants will cover costs for:

  • Travel to Manchester area
  • Onward travel from Sheffield / Manchester area – if using own transport.

How far is the route? Day 1 is 30 miles with 50% off-road. Day 2 is 20 miles with 50% off-road. Simples? You’d better believe it! You won’t want more miles with this trip! The route will be shared in full in advance of the Challenge commencing.

How hard is it and how fit do I need to be? It’s a toughie: You are required to be a competent, in-condition mountain biker and to have rehearsed in winter with bike riding, bike clothing, walking, bike-carrying and camping. You won’t need to be fast .. just strong of heart, mind and body.

Is it all cyclable? Well, nearly.. Some parts of the ascents will not be ridable and some parts of the descents will require your full attention. You’ve heard of hike-a-bike? Bike carrying and bike pushing is a thing when it comes to real mountains, and a bigger rucksack will help to spread the load with the bike across your shoulders and back. It’ll be worth it of course. You are going where few fear to bike tread. And in winter!

What type of terrain is it? This is rough and steep terrain, with a mix of mud, grass, rock and gravel. Some of the paths are maintained with slabs and steps. Add onto that some water, snow and ice, and this trip is truly adventurous.

What might the weather be like? That is hard to say until forecasting is available 10-days out. Even if bright in the day, temperatures will be low in the morning and likely plummet as darkness falls. If the weather is angry and windy then the guide will simplify the routing to endeavour to achieve grand days out, including some expert navigation. High-grade head and hand cover is essential, along with spares.

Good bike lights you say? Yes, these need to be minimum 500 Lumens, proven, fully charged, and with a backup second light such as a helmet light or and/or headtorch. Rear lights and good reflectivity are also crucial for the urban stages mainly.

What if I get lost? Unlikely, as you will be with qualified guides that will intend to keep the group together. If separations are required then the guides will have a plan for how to manage this.

What if I get hurt? Well, this is possible, though some of the spills on this terrain are on soft ground. Competent mountain bikers know how to crash and roll, and have been over the bars a few times. True? Then we want you, not beginners. You can call 999 if it’s a true Emergency but our team will be close in the loop to affect best responses. We have First Aid trained staff on the trip with a medical kit. So if you need assistance we will be there; similarly if you need or wish to withdraw from the route, we will manage, escort you off, or come and get you.

Where will you stay? You have many choices in Manchester, especially apartments. Just picture… your bikes going up in the lift and a co-share of a vast post-industrial apartment between a few of you. We know this is brill – we’ve done it! At the Sheffield end you might repeat this easy luxury, or head off on a train for home. Accommodation is for you to book.

What is included? Check out the tabs above to see what we provide on kit/ equipment and what is included as far as food/accommodation/transport is concerned. You can download the full trip notes file HERE.

How do I get back after the Challenge is over? Sheffield Midland Station is the convergent point and your escape route. Though we can also take you back to Manchester to connect back to your transport links such as airport or rail station. Also, in central Manchester there are several secure underground long-stay car parks.