The route will take in Holme Moss. Photo: Michael Ely CC-BY-SA-2.0

The route will take in Holme Moss. Photo: Michael Ely CC-BY-SA-2.0

Mountain rescuers will tackle a tough cycling tour around the Peak District to mark their organisation’s 50th anniversary.

Representatives from the seven teams in the Peak District Mountain Rescue Organisation will cycle between each of the bases on Saturday and incorporate the gruelling climb up Holme Moss that will be used by the Tour de France the following weekend.

The event will involve 35 people and covers about 142km (88 miles), starting at the Uppermill headquarters of Oldham MRT, then over to the Woodhead team’s base near Holmfirth, doubling back to Holme Moss and Black Hill, into Glossop, Hayfield, home to Kinder MRT, Buxton’s base at Dove Holes, back into Edale for a visit to the team’s Hope base before a long final section to the Derby team’s headquarters.

As well as marking the anniversary, riders are using the event to raise cash both for the umbrella organisation and individual teams.

A spokesperson from the Kinder team said: “If you see 35 people on bikes, dressed in matching red cycle jerseys following a mountain rescue vehicle on Saturday, please give us a shout of encouragement. I think we’ll need it.”

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