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Personal goals set wheels in motion

This is an archived press release

Monday 23 July 2012

Cyclists taking part in personal challenges have pedalled 79,817 miles thanks to an initiative run by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Pedal Peak District helps more people discover the benefits of cycling.

The project’s website – at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk - provides cyclists of all abilities with free information, support and incentives to encourage them to go cycling more often.

Between 16 June and 8 July anyone registered on the website was asked to set themselves a personal cycling goal and then log the journeys they did. Everyone who did was entered in a draw to win prizes donated by local businesses.

Carol Parsons, recreation strategy officer for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The website is a really good way to motivate people to set themselves realistic and achievable goals that make cycling part of their everyday life.

“All the cyclists that have taken part will benefit by improving their health and reduced their CO2 emissions. Challenges like this help to establish cycling as part of someone’s weekly routine and encourage people who have perhaps not cycled for a while to have the confidence to give it a go.

“We are very grateful to the companies who donated the fantastic prizes that our dedicated cyclists have won.”

The winners were:

  • Sophie Nicholls, of Long Eaton, and Chris Johnston, of Monyash, who both won two pairs of tickets to visit the Heights of Abraham
  • Alison Bagley, of Stockport – who receives a free night’s stay for up to four people at a YHA's Peak District youth hostel
  • Christine Gray, of Belper, who won free cycle hire for four from Carsington Sports and Leisure
  • Clare Kelly, of Sheffield, who receives two places on a Peak Walking Adventure's guided nature walk in the Peak District
  • Debbie Ashworth, of Spondon, who gets a full day’s cycle hire for two at Monsal Trail cycle hire
  • Derek Gillibrand, of Dore, who receives a Haynes Bike Book and some bike lights
  • Jake Parry, of Heage, who gets a family ticket to climb the tower at Derby Cathedral
  • Paul Ashmore, of Stockport, who won a family abseil off Millers Dale Bridge on the Monsal Trail
  • Shirley Johnston, of Monyash, who gets lunch for two at Hassop station cafe on the Monsal Trail

One of the winners, Sophie Nicholls, 29, of Shakespeare Street, Long Eaton, said: “I'm fairly new to cycling and a new bike has given me lots of motivation. I just need to find a few more 'flat' routes until I get my fitness up.

“I think that Pedal Peak District is a great website. It is nice to see how much CO2 you've reduced or Jaffa cakes burnt.”

Although the competition has finished anyone who has been inspired to give cycling a go by the success of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the Tour de France can still register at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk to log their trips and see how many miles they can ride.

This is an archived press release

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