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Take up cycling and move into autumn on two wheels

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Thursday 19 August 2010

19 August 2010

Take up cycling and move into autumn on two wheels

Free events will encourage new or nervous cyclists to get out and about in the Peak District National Park this autumn.

Pedal Peak District, a cycling project run by the Peak District National Park Authority, is putting on guided rides, cycle skills training and bike maintenance workshops for residents and visitors.

Event organiser Carol Parsons said: “All the events have a relaxed and sociable atmosphere aimed at building beginners confidence. We’ve had people come along who had never ridden a bike before and they’ve learned how to ride within a few hours.”

All the events have friendly, expert cycle guides to provide advice and support, and all are free (though normal charges apply for bike-hire).

Carol said: “The rides, training sessions and maintenance workshops are proving popular. People are finding that the events are a great opportunity to build their cycling confidence and learn new skills.”

Booking is essential on 01629 816331 or e-mail pedal@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Thur Sept 9: Women on Wheels, 6- 8pm from Parsley Hay cycle hire centre.

A 10-mile sociable ride through impressive scenery to Biggin and beyond. The ride will use fairly flat traffic-free trails and quiet roads.  It aims to build confidence and fitness for new or nervous women cyclists. Bring money for a drink stop. Maximum 15 spaces.

Thur Sept 30 and Thur Oct 28: Women on Wheels, 11am-1pm from Hassop old station car park.

A 10-mile sociable ride through beautiful scenery along traffic-free trails and quiet roads.  Designed to build confidence and fitness for new or nervous women cyclists. Bring your own bike (no bike-hire available), suitable clothing and money for a drink stop and/or lunch afterwards at the Hassop Station café. Maximum 15 spaces.

Basic bike maintenance - Wed Sept 22, 1.30-4pm at Ashbourne cycle hire centre, and Thur Sept 23, 10am-12.30pm at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre.

Does the thought of getting a puncture put you off cycling? Do you know how to adjust your brakes? Book yourself onto a free basic bike maintenance course with an experienced cycle mechanic on the cycle hire team. This introductory course covers lubrication, brake pads, gears and punctures. Bring your own bike in a clean condition to work on.

Wed Oct 13:  Get into cycling - beginners cycle training, 1-3pm from Parsley Hay cycle hire centre.

Traffic-free cycle sessions aimed at beginners and people of all ages and abilities, especially lacking in confidence and cycle skills. It will cover balance, control and offer advice about cycling on local roads, equipment and accessories. Bikes are available for hire. Limited places available.

For more information, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cyclehire or www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk

This is an archived press release

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