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Pedalling pensioner's prizewinning success

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Friday 25 June 2010

25 June 2010

Pedalling pensioner's prizewinning success

Retired refinery worker Richard Tibbles is planning a summer full of cycle rides in the Peak District after winning a £300 bike in a competition.

Richard, who lives in Darley Dale with his wife Pamela, won the Claud Butler mountain bike in a competition after signing up to the Pedal Peak District website at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk

Designed to encourage more people to go cycling in the national park, the website allows you to log cycling journeys and works out how many calories you have used.

Pedal Peak District is run by the Peak District National Park Authority and supported by Cycling England and the Department of Transport. The project aims to encourage people who have never cycled or have not done so for a long time to have a go at cycling and then make it a regular part of their lives.

Richard said: “I heard about the Pedal Peak District cycling project and thought it was a good thing so I registered on the website.  I didn’t think I’d actually win though!”

Richard and Pamela like to cycle rather than go for a walk as they’ve found they can travel further and find it easier on their joints.  Richard had bowel cancer 10 years ago and cycled to get fit again after surgery.

Richard said: “I am looking forward to getting out on my new bike with my wife as much as we can.  We like to do circular tours of about 12 to 15 miles and our favourite rides are on the High Peak and Tissington Trails where there’s no traffic.  We take our time and have a picnic on the way.

“On the Pedal Peak District website you can find out where to cycle on traffic free trails so we can plan a nice day out for ourselves.  We like to be out in the fresh air and cycle for pleasure as much as to keep fit.  And it doesn’t cost anything in petrol!”

“I’m really pleased with my new bike and I can’t think of anything better to do this summer than ride it and clean it.”

Pedal Peak District is running free courses over the summer to give people the opportunity to try cycling or learn bike maintenance or build confidence. Details of events can be found on the website www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk  Free cycle training can also be offered to novice groups in term time midweek - email pedal@peakdistrict.gov.uk

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