Cycling relay to pass through national park
This is an archived press release
Wednesday 18 April 2012
A trail in the Peak District National Park will be used as part of a three day relay cycling event to mark 100 days before the Olympic Games starts.
Ten cyclists carrying models of the Olympic torch will be joined by students from different schools across Derbyshire to take part in the 100-mile relay cycling event.
The event begins and ends in Derby and will take place from today (Wednesday 18 April) until Friday 20 April.
Over the three days the relay will move across the county and stop at places including Chesterfield, Ashbourne, Bakewell and Buxton. Pupils from schools in each area will take part.
The Peak District National Park Authority is supporting the initiative which will see the cyclists use the authority-owned Monsal Trail, one of the best used cycling routes in the country. Its cycle hire service will also provide disability bikes for some of the participants to use.
The authority’s chief executive Jim Dixon will meet some the cyclists as they leave for the stretch from Bakewell to Buxton on Thursday 19 April. This will include a group of adults with learning disabilities, who attend sessions based at the Medway Centre in Bakewell.
Jim said: “The event aims to raise awareness of the Olympics and Paralympics to pupils in schools across Derbyshire.
“It is also a great opportunity to promote the fantastic off-road cycling routes that young people and adults have on their doorstep in the Peak District National Park.
“We hope that by taking part in the relay people will be encouraged to make cycling part of their everyday life, with all the health benefits that brings.
“The best legacy of the excitement around the Olympics would be for people, young and old, to cycle more as part of their lifestyle and for leisure.”
The ten riders taking part include Derby County Football Club’s chief executive Tom Glick and vice president of operations John Vicars, along with Phil Basterfield, partnership development manager for the Amber Valley School Sports Partnership; Leon Taylor, a 2012 Olympic torch bearer and Great Britain athlete; Rory Slater, the Derbyshire 2012 legacy coordinator and Adam Biggs, of Derbyshire-based Forme Cycling.