VIDEO: HVMRT’s 2016 Rescue Rides

HVMRT’s 2016 Rescue Rides event passed off successfully on Sunday, attracting 124 cyclists from across the region to help raise funds for the team.

The final fundraising total is yet to be tallied up, but is expected to be in the region of £2,000.

The Rescue Rides encompassed five routes, covering various distances and terrains, and using ski slope-style colour gradings to denote their difficulty:

• RED Road Route, 40 miles with 4,761 feet of ascent taking in Chew Valley, Holme Moss and Castle Hill
• BLUE Road Route, 22 miles with 2,372 feet of ascent taking in Chew Valley, Meltham and Holt Head
• RED MTB Route, 32 miles with 5,300 feet of ascent taking in Diggle Edge, Lark Hill, Castleshaw, Willykay Clough, Wessenden Valley and Harden Moss.
• BLUE MTB Route, 15 miles with 2,470 feet of ascent taking in Wessenden Valley, Harden Moss and Royd Edge.
• GREEN a Family friendly Route, 7 miles long taking in easy tracks and quiet roads.

All routes started and finished at the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team’s headquarters on Manchester Road in Marsden, giving riders an opportunity to meet the team and enjoy refreshments.

The weather remained fair for most of the day, but a stiff headwind proved the biggest challenge of the day for mountain bikers on their final climb up Wessenden Head Road.

Despite this, comment from the riders has been overwhelmingly positive, in both praise for the routes and the support of team members throughout the day.

HVMRT would like to thank everyone who joined in and made the event such a success… and we look forward to welcoming you all back for next year’s event!

Thanks are also due to filmmaker Roger Kinder, who once again has surpassed himself in documenting the event. his video of the day can be viewed on Vimeo here.

Holme Valley MRT Rescue Rides 2016 from Roger Kinder on Vimeo.

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