Going downhill fast at 76

This is Andy’s video announcing the resumption of Alan’s Challenge. It’s a light hearted look back and at what might happen – well worth pausing your busy day for about a minute. Further down the page you can see how it ends.


26th July 2021

Today’s 1 min video was once a Roman road & appears in a few of the Enduros. I like it because of panoramic views, a wide track, long stretches of rough terrain with occasional deep throughs and is challenging to balance speed with the varying conditions. If you haven’t already, please Donate

Then and now

In the Autumn of 2020 my plan was to ride all 19 of the Peak District toughest rides with a view to raising money for local charities.  I had a dust up with a delivery van but after an overnight stay in hospital the pain was all gone inside three months. Since then I have been working to get fit, adding, then increasing the number of rides and waiting for Covid19 restrictions to make a resumption realistic.

Release from Lockdown Step 3, 21st June, let’s go.

Over 500 km

19 of the Peaks toughest

Mountain bike rides

....Now all done, but plenty of time to Donate

The Challenge

To reflect my sometimes eccentric character I hope that by challenging myself, at 75, to ride all 19 Enduros of the High Peak, some of the toughest off-road bike rides in the UK, you will support me to raise funds for two charities on the front-line helping the people of Buxton and High Peak and Connected Buxton.

Raising money for

the local community

> Connex Community Support
> Buxton Street by Street
> Breadline
> Connected Buxton
Alan's Challenge - Peak District Enduros

Who Benefits

Your donations will go to Connex Community Support and Buxton Street By Street who provide practical help to the needy and vulnerable people of Buxton and nearby villages.  Recently they have chosen to support a new front-line initiative, Breadline, set up in response to an increasing need driven by the financial effects of the pandemic. Funded entirely from public contributions, Breadline offers emergency hardship grants, in the form of vouchers, to local residents of Buxton who, for whatever reason, have fallen on hard times. 

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My Supporters

> Greggs
> Pooles Cavern
> The Green Man Gallery
> The Billarettes
> The Alans Challenge Team

My Supporters

The Billerettes – Along with the High Sheriff of Derbyshire, the Billerettes in typical style, helped to make Launch Day a lot of fun and then followed up with a big donation
Greggs – We had a lot of fun at their shop, lovely snacks en-route rounded off by a huge donation from the Boss
Poole’s Cavern – what an experience to ride out of the Cavern! Their send-off and support contributed to a very rewarding day.
The Green Man Gallery – A representation of Buxton’s talented arts and craft sector gathered in this great art exhibition centre to wave me off on ride 4.
Alan’s Challenge Team – Alison, Andy, Jeremy and Andrea, so talented, so much time and effort I can never thank them enough. Please make their efforts even more worthwhile by making a donation

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The Inspiration

> Enduro – Buxton and the Goyt Valley
> Enduro – Mam Tor Classic
> Enduro – Gradbach
> Enduro – Cut Gate Special
> Enduro – High Peak Circuit

The Inspiration

Starting 21st June, I will finish all 19 Enduros listed in the two books. Here I’ve chosen a selection from my first 11 completed rides.

No.1 Buxton & the Goyt. My local training run. Fast rugged descents, great views
No.3 Mam Tor Classic. The longest, great views, long challenging downhill, tiring
No.4 Gradbach. Massive changes in the terrain, challenging, the most tiring
No.8 Cut Gate Special. Avoid the wet season, tracks disappear, falls a plenty
No.10 High Peak Circuit. Up & Down 4 sides of Hayfield, fantastic views, challenging

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