Saddleworth Roatary Club and the Clarion Cycle Club, organisers of the challenging Turnpike Cycle Challenge are hoping for a record turnout at this tear’s event on Sunday 17th June.

The challenge starts in Diggle and follows a circular 25 mile route across the Pennine Moors.

Over the years, the event has attracted a wide range of abilities and bikes and has been particularly popular with family groups. Refreshments on-route and support from bike mechanics and vehicles means anyone with a pedal  bike can have-a-go.

Jon Stocker, spokesperson for the Roatary Club said, “Chris from Clarion and I are looking forward to running the fourth Turnpike Challenge on 17th June. Each year we have been delighted to see the number of riders taking part increase.

“The route starts out from Diggle Band Club at 8.30am, and from there the cyclists go to Greenfield, then over the Isle of Skye road to Meltham and then back via Linthwaite and Standedge to the Band Club for very welcome pie and peas and a cup of tea. Rotary volunteers man the route to make sure no-one goes off track.

“The event raises funds and awareness of Prostate cancer.  Each year the ride takes place on Fathers’ Day which makes this particularly poignant. All we need is a bit of that Saddleworth sunshine and we will have a great day!”

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This year’s ride details::

  • Start and finish at Diggle Band Club, Saddleworth, OL3 5PJ
  • 25 mile ride on A and B roads, which includes two moderate climbs onto the Pennine Moors
  • Half way refreshments/aid point
  • Roaming van and for mechanicals and returns to base
  • Start time is between 8:30 a.m and 9:30 a.m  on Sunday, June 17.
  • End of ride hot food, tea and cakes


  • Road, Hybrid  or Electric bike in full working order
  • Riders must wear helmets to validate insurance cover
  • On line application £12:50
  • On the day             £15:00.



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