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Get on your bicycle for Bike Week

This is an archived press release

Friday 14 June 2013

Families, friends and individuals are encouraged to take to two wheels in the Peak District to celebrate National Bike Week, June 15 to 23.

Cycling is a fun activity for all ages and abilities and you don’t have to own a bike to join in. Hire a bike for half price at the National Park Authority’s cycle hire centres at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay, Monday to Friday, June 17 to 21. Opening times and addresses at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/visiting/cycle

Swapping regular car journeys for cycling saves on fuel costs, improves fitness and is good for the environment. For people cycling to work there is useful advice at www.pedalpeakdistrict.co.uk/toptips/everyday-cycling

Local events during Bike Week include:

Saturday June 15, Women on Wheels: Cycles Cotton & Cheese!
11am - 4.30pm A leisurely 12 mile cycle ride to build confidence and fitness of female riders, led by a Peak District Ranger through the White Peak and South West Peak landscapes. Enjoy a rest stop in a characteristic Peak District village where refreshments can be purchased. Suitable for occasional or regular cyclists. Minimum age 10years (depending on cycle ability). Undulating with a few short steep climbs and country roads. Meet at Parsley Hay cycle hire centre grid ref: SK1464 6376. Post code SK17 0DG. Bring money for car park (bike hire if need or bring own bike & helmet) and refreshments, suitable clothing & footwear.

Sunday June 23 Endurance Fuel Peak Epic sportive Three routes offer hilly climbs for two-wheel challengers. The longest route weaves across the Peak District on small country lanes on 14 categorised climbs (over 20 actual climbs) including Longstone Edge, Higger Tor, the infamous Winnats Pass at Castleton, plus the Cat and Fiddle near Buxton. When riders reach the finish they will have ascended 4000 metres in just 162km (100 miles) - the equivalent of 3 times up Ben Nevis! The medium route is 100km long ascending 2100m, and the mini route is 60km with 1200m of climbing. All rides starts and finish at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre. For more information on the event visit:  www.peakepic.co.uk

For more events visit www.bikeweek.org.uk

Looking ahead, the first Peak District Cycling Festival runs September 7 to 15 and promises a celebration of all things cycling with over 60 rides and activities on offer throughout the Peak District National Park. With rides from 6km to 160km there are options for everyone. The printed programme is now out and available from visitor centres and online at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/pdcf

For more information on cycling in the Peak District National Park contact Carol Parsons, Recreation Strategy Officer, 01629 816297 or email Carol.Parsons@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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