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Competition winner urges people to ‘Get on your bike!’

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Friday 30 July 2010

30 July 2010

Competition winner urges people to ‘Get on your bike!’

Roz Hart tries out her prize bike in the Derwent Valley
A Sheffield mum hopes to get more people cycling in the Peak District after winning a £300 mountain bike.

Mum of two Roz Hart, a part-time teaching assistant at Ecclesall Junior School, won the bike in a monthly draw after signing up to the Pedal Peak District campaign.

Roz, 46, who also works one day a week at the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-operative shop in Sheffield, said: “‘I’m delighted to win the bike - I never usually win anything!”

Having started cycling in 2003 to help her recovery from illness, Roz is now keen to share her passion and hopes she has inspired the children she works with.

“I’ve taken Year 5 children cycling on the Monsal Trail from Great Longstone to Bakewell and back,” she said. “Most of them have never cycled in the Peak District and it’s amazing how many haven’t even been on a bike before.

“I’ve also introduced friends to cycling. The Tissington Trail is always popular with them as it’s quite flat and there’s no traffic. We sometimes park at Hurdlow and go on a circular route using quiet country roads through the villages as well as the trail. We always find somewhere nice to stop for tea and cake!”

Roz has plans for her new bike: “I’m giving my lovely new Claud Butler bike to my husband so that he can join me for cycle rides in the Peak District. I’m looking forward to lots of rides out this summer.”

Roz’s advice to people who have not ridden a bike before or for a long time is “Get on a bike and enjoy the fresh air. It’s so peaceful and relaxing and good for you physically and mentally. Cycling really is an excellent way to get rid of stress.”

To spur you on, people who sign up to www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk and complete a quick survey can be entered in the monthly draw to win a bike as Roz did. They can also log their progress as they clock up the miles.

Pedal Peak District is running free courses to give people the opportunity to try cycling, build confidence or learn bike maintenance. Details can be found on the website or by emailing pedal@peakdistrict.gov.uk  

This is an archived press release

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