This is an archived press release
Tuesday 26 May 2015
The Peak District National Park is asking visitors and residents to join the first National Cycle Challenge.
The Love to Ride Challenge, from June 8 to June 28, is being run by Love to Ride in partnership with Bike Week, Cyclescheme and the CTC, the national cycling charity.
The aim is to get as many people as possible to ride a bike and log their trip. More than 850 organisations and 4,000 people have already registered online. It is free for organisations and individuals to take part, with prizes including new bikes and trips to New Zealand, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, plus local prizes.
Love to Ride, the CTC and Cyclescheme together have 157 years’ experience of promoting cycling. The CTC has 67,000 members and was formed in 1878, Love to Ride have run Workplace Cycle Challenges on three continents and engaged 110,000 people, while Cyclescheme started nine years ago and has provided over 450,000 bicycles to commuters through a tax-free benefit scheme.
Carol Parsons, recreation strategy officer at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The Peak District is the perfect place for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in cycling. This is a great way to get active and explore this special place on two wheels.’’
The Peak District is home to miles of traffic-free cycling routes including the Tissington and High Peak Trails, which meet at Parsley Hay, and the quieter Manifold Track in the south-western Peak, running from Waterhouses along the old Leek and Manifold light railway line. It also offers a wide range of bikes from hire centres in Ashbourne, Parsley Hay and Derwent.
People can get involved by taking part in one of the events in the Peak District and Derbyshire Summer of Cycling, which runs from June to August.
Register here for the National Cycle Challenge
The lovetoride/peakdistrict online cycling community is part of our successful bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) Community Linking Places Fund tranche 2 – “Grants to support cycling in national parks - Pedal Peak II – Moving up a gear”.