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Pedal Peak District gears up for National Bike Week

This is an archived press release

Friday 18 June 2010

17 June 2010

Pedal Peak District gears up for National Bike Week

Residents and visitors to the Peak District National Park are being encouraged to take to two wheels during National Bike Week.

To help cyclists on their way Pedal Peak District, a cycling project run by the Peak District National Park Authority, is holding cycling events during the week, which runs from 19 to 27 June.

John Fern, head of communications for the authority, said: “We hope people will enjoy the events and discover that cycling in the national park is a safe and fun way to get around.

“It is also a great way of burning off calories while seeing some of the finest scenery in Britain.”

The events will take place on:  

Saturday 19 June 10am-2pm Guided mountain bike ride for beginners

An easy off-road circuit around the reservoirs of Howden and Derwent, including an introduction to bike handling, maintenance and navigation. It starts from the cycle hire centre at Fairholmes.  Under 13’s must be accompanied by an adult and helmets must be worn by all. Cycle hire available.  Booking essential on 01433 651908.

Monday 21 June 11am to 1pm 5 miles to fabulous

This leisurely bike ride from Parsley Hay along the Tissington Trail will ease beginners into the saddle with a cycle ride through beautiful White Peak scenery.  The ride covers 5 miles at a gentle pace along a flat, traffic free trail. Learn how to handle a bike and how to use the gears and brakes with the support of experienced cyclists. Cycle hire available.  Call 01629 816297 to book.

Thursday 24 June 6pm to 8pm Women’s on Wheels (WoW)

Ladies only for a sociable ride from Hassop Station car park along a traffic free trail and quiet roads and aims to build confidence and fitness for new or occasional women cyclists.  Bring your own bike.  Booking essential on 01629 816297

Details of these and other cycling events being run by Pedal Peak District can be found at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cyclingevents

New or inexperienced cyclists can get advice and support by visiting the project website at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk  Everyone who registers on the website and completes a short survey is entered into a free monthly prize draw to win a bike worth £300.

This is an archived press release

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