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Pedal the Peaks in National Bike Week

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Friday 23 May 2008

23 May 2008

Pedal the Peaks in National Bike Week

Mountain biking is thrilling but daunting – so two free guided rides should help novice bikers get into gear for the Peak District.

The mountain bike beginners’ rides are on Saturdays, June 14 and 21, at the start and end of National Bike Week.

Guided by Peak District National Park rangers, they will set off from the Fairholmes cycle-hire centre in the Derwent Valley at 10am, returning around 2pm.

Taking riders on a 12-mile circuit of glorious scenery around the Howden and Derwent reservoirs, the route will give them experience of different surfaces and terrains.

Ranger Martyn Sharp explained: “We want to introduce people, including families, to basic mountain biking. We will include basic navigation, maintenance, bike handling skills and the Countryside Code.”

Older children are welcome, but under-13s must be accompanied by an adult.

The ride is free for those who bring their own bikes (which must be in good working order) and helmets (which are essential). Or there are different-sized bikes and helmets for hire at the cycle-hire centre. Riders need to bring their own food and weather-appropriate clothing.

Booking is essential, on 01433 651908.

This is an archived press release

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