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Cyclists on the trail of 10,000-mile celebration

This is an archived press release

Friday 5 August 2005

5 August 2005

Cyclists on the trail of 10,000-mile celebration

Cyclists can pedal through the Peak District National Park as part of a series of celebration rides to mark the 10,000th mile of the National Cycle Network.

The Trailblazing Rides across the country in September will include a London to Preston ride (Sept 10 - 18) which takes in the Tissington and High Peak trails (Ashbourne to Buxton) on September 16.

Cyclists can take part in just a one-day ride or do the whole trip, with campsites arranged along the way. The ride will culminate in a weekend "2move" Festival in Preston to celebrate the 10,000th mile in 10 years.

Other Trailblazing Rides include the Trans-Pennine Trail (north-south) from Leeds to Chesterfield via Barnsley on August 23 - 24, weekend rides from Manchester, Kendal and Chester to Preston on September 17 - 18, and Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish rides.

Peak District National Park cycle services manager Robert Dallison said: "I'll be taking part in the ride when it comes along the Tissington and High Peak trails, and I'd urge anyone with an interest in getting out into the fresh air in beautiful countryside to do the same.

"Cycle trails are the ideal way to enjoy exercise in the countryside - they're safe, traffic-free and our cycle hire centres offer excellent bikes for children and disabled people too. The 10,000th mile of the National Cycle Network is certainly something to celebrate."

The events are organised by Sustrans, a National Lottery-funded charity which encourages people to walk, cycle and use public transport. More details are available on the www.sustrans.org.uk website, or phone the Information Line on 0845 113 0065.

This is an archived press release

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