This years Wharncliffe Weekender is destined to be a cracker!
Wharncliffe weekender 2009.
Here is Del's really rough guide to the weekend!
People often ask why's it called the weekender? Well it's called the Weekender as it's nice to have good fun day on Saturday followed by a few beers, chill, chat & then to bed. You can then wake up Sunday at your leisure chill for a while, go home or ride Wharncliffe with Peaty & the boys!
So what's going down at this year's weekender? Well, what isn't? Here's a rough schedule of events!
Please note some of the times may change depending on what time previous events end.
For those of you that have been before, you'll know things don't always run to time and the events are all about the smiles! There is also more for children and young people to do this year with a skills track for under 12s and various stalls, games and activities.
The site will be open from 9am. Don't worry if you're early, we'll be around from 8ish.
1st XC ride is for the hardcore folk. Think this will be 5 laps of the track about 25k, starting @ 11 AM
2nd XC ride of the day and the main event is the fancy dress ride 2 laps starting @ 2pm (APROX)
The rest of the day will compromise of:
Tug Of War (Afternoon)
Dual Slalom (Evening) Track open all day.
Space Hopper racing - Fastest time takes the prize! (Kid's competition too!) (All Day)
Motor bike trials featuring 2 of the UK top riders (3 shows?)
As well as these events, there will also be various stalls including:
Peaty's Car boot - Grab a bargain various new & used bikes parts & clobber.
Mrs Peat's Cake stall - Yes the ever popular cake stall is back!
The un-rideable 'bendy' bike
NWMTB Centre Repairs Tent - get your bike mended for free (well just a small donation!)
And to keep you fed and watered...
Double Dutch pancake bar
Irwin Tools stall
Bradfield Brewery real ale bar
Weekender bar - Lager, lager, lager
There are also activities especially for the youngsters, including skills training from the Forestry Comission and Sustrans:
Kids pump track
Kids stall and games
Assault course with space hopper racing
Plus other stalls TBC
Peaty's Sunday session. (AM)
Ride Wharncliffe with Peaty & the boys! Also a chance to fire some questions at Steve.
General Infomation & Press Release
This year we are having a total focus on the riding. There's the usual XC ride, but now with an added dual slalom track in the event arena.
In addition, we're having team events and loads more individual prizes as well as the usual fancy dress!
Hopefully all contributing to more money for Weston Park Cancer Appeal Fund!
Wharncliffe Weekender 2009 - Fourth on the 4th!
'Dr' Steve Peat has somehow found time to plan what is sure to be a mouth-watering 4th annual Wharncliffe Weekender, despite his hectic racing schedule and his new found profession, delivering babies! Little did Sheffield University know last year that the honorary doctorate awarded in 2008 was to pre-empt the delivery of son number 2. All this when the UCI Downhill World Cup is now in full swing with Steve having a blistering start and leading the points series with 2 wins and a podium in the 3 rounds so far. His win in Andorra has now established the Sheffield born rider as the most successful of all time with 17 World Cup wins. He's somehow finding time for the return of the ever popular event ......
The annual cross country mountain bike meeting, held in Sheffield is, again, receiving global interest and last year saw riders from across the UK & Ireland as well as further afield from the Canary Islands and even New Zealand! The charity event, which raises money for the Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity has been extremely successful over the past 3 years. The amount raised to date is £28,500 with last year's funds being specifically donated to the Teenage Cancer Unit at the hospital.
A visit by the Wharncliffe Weekender events team to the Teenage unit has strengthened their resolve to continue what is now becoming one of the most enjoyable MTB events in the calendar.
Steve Peat said 'We're stoked with the amount of money we've raised so far and can't believe the distance some of the riders travel to take part. We all say this event is easy to organize because we have so much fun. We're tweaking the plans for this year with the emphasis being solely on riding and old school MTB fun. We've even built a dual slalom fun track in the event field for people to play on. It's gonna be awesome so come along and help us raise loads of money!'
The event comprises of 2 categories. Firstly a fun race for children or the less discerning riders, almost all of whom will be in fancy dress and will this year incorporate a team event. Secondly, a senior event which is for the more serious rider. In addition to the actual riding, there will be camping, food all-day and many other fund-raising stalls and activities. In the evening, things will slow down with old school 'chill & chat'.
There are still plenty of places available for interested riders and people who may just wish to spectate or enjoy the other activities are gratefully welcome. The dates for the event are 4th & 5th July.
You will be able to download entry and sponsorship forms from the website and get all the latest info on the race running up to the event.
If you would like to sponsor the event, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Please mark the subject WW2009 so we can sort the real mail from the junk!)
or make a donation @ our Just Giving page