Take part in national park Bike Week events
This is an archived press release
Friday 15 June 2012
Cyclists of all abilities - or those who fancy giving it a try - are being encouraged to take part in a Bike Week event within the Peak District National Park.
Two events are being organised and led by the Peak District National Park Authority’s rangers as part of the Pedal Peak District project, which aims to encourage people to take up everyday cycling.
And many other events are being run by other organisations for Bike Week, which takes place between Saturday (16 June) and Sunday 24 June.
Bike Week is the UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event with almost half a million people expected to take part in events across the country.
Carol Parsons, who runs the Pedal Peak District project for the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The aim of all these events is to get more people cycling, more often.
“People often like the idea of cycling but just need that bit of encouragement to give it a go if they haven’t done it for a while.
“The Peak District National Park has lots of brilliant cycling routes that offer an amazing backdrop and make your ride more interesting.”
To help people make cycling part of their daily routine the Pedal Peak District website has an online monitor so cyclists can set themselves a goal, ride and record their trips. Those who do this by Sunday 7 July have the opportunity of winning prizes – ranging from free family cycle hire to bike tools, to lunch for two.
More than 2,000 people have already registered and recorded their cycling journeys by visiting the website at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk
Once people are registered they can take part in the events being held in the Peak District National Park which are:
Saturday 16 June - Introduction to Mountain Biking 10.30am - 2.30pm
Join Peak District National Park Authority rangers for an easy off-road introduction to bike handling, maintenance and navigation in the stunning surroundings of the Upper Derwent Valley, suitable for families. 11 miles long. Bike hire available on site (ID required). Children under 14 to be accompanied by an adult.
Booking essential on 01629 816 211 (available Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm). Further information can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/rangerwalks
Saturday 23 June - Introduction to Mountain Biking 10.30am - 2.30pm
Join Peak District National Park Rangers for an easy off-road introduction to bike handling, maintenance and navigation in the stunning surroundings of the Upper Derwent Valley, suitable for families. 11 miles long. Bike hire available on site (ID required). Children under 14 to be accompanied by an adult.
Booking essential on 01629 816 211 (available Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm). Further information can be seen at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/rangerwalks There are other cycling events happening in the Peak District during this period including:
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June - 2nd Annual White Peak Loop Ride
Join Peak Cycle Links for a relaxed ride around the White Peak Loop. For more information and to sign up visit www.chain-events.co.uk/new_peak.htm
Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 June - Evans Cycles Rideit! Peak District
Choose from three mountain bike courses on Saturday or four road sportive distances on Sunday.
For more information and to enter visit www.evanscycles.com
Sunday 24 June - Pedal in the Peaks 9:30am
This Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust charity cycle ride starts and finishes at Carsington Reservoir, and takes in 35 miles of the beautiful Peak District with 25 miles being off road.
For more information and to enter www.derbyhospitals.nhs.uk/about-us/derby-hospitals-charity/peaks12/