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Hassop Station Cycling Saturdays

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Tuesday 16 November 2010

16 November 2010

Hassop Station Cycling Saturdays

Residents of Bakewell and surrounding villages and visitors can learn how to ride a bike or maintain a bike at Hassop Station this winter.

A basic bike maintenance course and Bikeability training are being offered, free of charge, by Pedal Peak District, the National Park Authority’s cycling project, in partnership with Pedal Ready Cycling Training cooperative from Sheffield.

The sessions are every Saturday from November 20 until December 11 starting at 10am at Hassop Station, near Bakewell, (DE45 1NW for satnavs). The venue is being provided for free by Hassop Station bookstore and café.

Booking is essential, as spaces are limited, on 0114 2412775 or start@pedalready.co.uk .

Carol Parsons, training organiser, said: “Make the most of training this winter and you’ll be all geared up ready to pedal next spring. Bring your own bikes for the family sessions, basic maintenance courses, games, and road riding tips. It’s a great alternative to seasonal sofa loafing!”

David Bocking, Pedal Ready trainer, said: “The basic maintenance course is a 1.5 hour session every Saturday for four weeks. We'll be working under an awning, outside but sheltered, so people need to wear warm clothes.

“The cycling skills training will be in the car park and on the Monsal Trail. There will be cycling games and activities working towards Level 1 Bikeability. Depending on the weather and people’s skills, we’ll also do trail rides and Level 2 road skills training for children and adults.”

Roz Hart, from Sheffield, a Pedal Peak District participant, said: “I attended a basic bike maintenance session this summer. The instructor was polite, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. All the basics were covered and I now feel a great deal more confident about carrying out essential repairs to my bike. It also means that if I have a problem whilst out on a ride, like a puncture, I know that I can get the bike working again, and won't be stranded. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anybody.”

The training is suitable for families, groups of adults or anyone who wants to get more confident with cycling. Children, including groups of children, must be accompanied by an adult.

Carol said: “The emphasis is on flexibility, offering what people need to get them going on their bikes, and having fun! There will always be wet weather activities - including basic maintenance help and advice.”

Participants must wear suitable clothing and be prepared for winter weather conditions.

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