Beginners welcome at Peak District Cycle Festival

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Tuesday 27 August 2013

Annie Last

Anyone keen to learn mountain biking has an ideal opportunity on the first day of the Peak District Cycling Festival - Saturday 7 September.

A “Guided Mountain Bike Ride for Beginners” offers the chance to learn mountain biking around Ladybower Reservoir, over which the World War 2 Dambusters honed their navigation skills.

Pennine Way ranger Martyn Sharp will lead the 12-mile ride, starting at 10am at Fairholmes Cycle Hire Centre in the Upper Derwent Valley, and finishing at 1pm. Novices will learn handling, maintenance and navigation.

People can bring their own bike and helmet or hire them from the cycle-hire centre, but they must book on the ride (which is free) on 01629 816211.

A free guided ride the following day covers different historic ground – “On the Trail of Chatsworth by Bike” is for people who want to improve their skills. Peak District National Park ranger Terry Page leads the 15-mile strenuous, but not technically difficult ride, on the Chatsworth and Haddon estates, mainly on bridleways.

The ride starts at Bakewell Old Station at 10.30am on Sunday 8 September, finishing at 3pm. Booking is not required and people should bring their own bike and helmet.

The nine-day Peak District Cycle Festival offers more than 60 events for all abilities from beginners right through to experts. Organised by the Peak District National Park Authority in partnership with tourism and cycling organisations, the festival aims to encourage more people to enjoy cycling.

Patron of the festival is 23-year-old Annie Last, an Olympian mountain biker who comes from the Peak District and rides for the Trek Factory Racing team. Annie said: “The first-ever Peak District Cycling Festival offers a fabulous opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy fun, fresh air and fitness surrounded by some of the UK’s most breathtaking landscapes.”

For a full list of Peak District Cycling Festival events go to

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