This is an archived press release
Tuesday 17 August 2004
17 August 2004
Tour of Britain brings biking bonus for pedal-pushers!
Half-price cycle hire and the chance to win a prize bike - that's the wheel deal for spectators when the cycling Tour of Britain rolls into the Peak District next month.
Anyone with a liking for biking should pick up a discount leaflet when the 96 top-class speedsters race their way over the Snake Pass towards Sheffield on Thursday 2 September or from Bakewell to Matlock and Ashbourne on Friday 3 September.
The leaflets will be given out along the route and Peak District National Park Authority cycle hire centres will accept them throughout September.
The centres are at Parsley Hay near Buxton, Derwent near Bamford, and Ashbourne. In addition to a 50% discount on cycle hire, everyone taking advantage of the offer will be entered into a free prize draw to win a new £250 bike from race sponsors Raleigh or Giant.
The Tour of Britain, formerly the Milk Race, is returning after an absence of five years with 16 elite teams, some of whom took part in the recent Tour de France. They will battle it out over five days of rugged riding, finishing in London on 5 September.
The Yorkshire-Derbyshire sections will be among the toughest in the race, with steep ascents and descents amid some of the most beautiful terrain in the country.
Spectators could get the chance to see top track rider Bryan Steel, fresh from the Athens Olympics, and if they go along to the Bakewell Agricultural Centre from 10am on September 3 they can watch the riders sign on for Stage 3 - the Derbyshire stretch.
The start is at 10.30am and they are expected to reach Matlock by 10.50am and Carsington/Ashbourne between 11.05am and 11.15am.
Peak District cycle services manager Robert Dallison said: "This is a rare chance to see world-ranking professional cyclists racing amid the splendours of the Peak District. And for those who want to try out cycling for themselves on our safe, traffic free cycle trails, this discount offer is the first step towards pedal power."
The centres offer a wide range of quality bikes - new every year - to suit children or adults, with child buggies, tandems, trikes, duet wheelchair cycles and hand-cranked cycles, together with free helmet loan, maps, locks and carriers.
The High Peak and Tissington trails, which meet at Parsley Hay, offer 30 miles of cycling through stunning limestone scenery - or you can get onto the 13.5 mile Tissington trail at Ashbourne. The Derwent trail offers the chance to cycle beside the historic Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs and through picturesque woodland.
In addition, for those essential re-fuelling stops along the way, the Pedalling Picnics, Biking Banquets leaflet issued by Peak District Cuisine spotlights 19 top-class cafes, pubs, restaurants and accommodation within a short sprint of the Tissington and High Peak trails.
For full details log on to www.peakdistrict.org or contact Tourist Information Centres around the Park.