Paralympian Gold Medallist And Tourism Head To Join Charity Cyclists In Peak District Challenge

A triple gold medalling winning Paralympian and a local tourism Chief Executive are joining a team of Camping and Caravanning Club charity cyclists to tackle some of the most famously steep roads in the Peak District on a tandem bicycle.

Anthony Kappes

Anthony Kappes MBE, who struck gold in tandem track events at the Beijing and London Paralympics and who is originally from Chapel-en-le-Frith, will partner Visit Peak District & Derbyshire’s Chief Executive, David James, to cycle a mountainous 53 miles on Wednesday 28th May alongside four fundraisers from The Camping and Caravanning Club.

Notable destinations along their route will include: Chatsworth, Grindleford, Hathersage, Castleton, Blue John’s Cavern, Peveril Castle, Winnats Pass, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Hayfield and Glossop.

The gruelling Derbyshire leg is the fourth stage in a six-day, 420-mile cycle-camp challenge, undertaken as part of the celebrations around National Camping and Caravanning Week (26th May – 1st June), which is now into its 14th year and celebrates the nation’s love for camping and the great outdoors.

The riders are raising money for Sustrans, a leading UK charity which campaigns for alternative methods of transport including bike, foot and public transport.

The cycle-camp challenge commences on Sunday 25th May at Wantage in Oxfordshire, the site of the Club’s inaugural meeting, and will finish in Scarborough on Friday 30th May, where the exhausted riders will be led over the finish line by Club President and TV presenter, Julia Bradbury.

Making the journey much more challenging for the team will be their choice of traditional 1900s style cycling clothing; they will be dressed in tweed suits, bloomers and breeches to pay homage to the Club’s founder member and avid cycle-camper Thomas Hiram-Holding.

Hiram-Holding founded the Club in 1901 and over the last 113 years it has expanded from just six members to more than half a million.

David James Chief Executive of the Peak District Tourist BoardSaid David James: “As close working partners with The Camping and Caravanning Club., we are delighted that the Peak District will be welcoming the cycle-campers taking part in this imaginative ‘Year of the Bike’ challenge.

“Their arrival is particularly timely as we speed ahead with our own Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling, which includes more than 100 events and activities for all ages and abilities – including key events such as the vintage cycle festival L’Eroica Britannia in June and the Tour de France’s Le Grand Départ in July – and runs till October.

“Cycling is a great way to appreciate and enjoy some of the area’s classic landscapes and attractions as part of a relaxing and revitalising short break, and Anthony and I look forward to joining the Club Challenge team to pedal through some of our finest scenery on Wednesday May 28,” he added.

Anthony Kappes MBE, who has years of experience cycling the hills and dales of Derbyshire, said: “I grew up on the fringe of the Peak District, and discovered a sport that has given me a lot of pleasure over the years here.

“It’s an excellent place to cycle, on everything from relaxing trails and quiet roads to more demanding upland routes, and it will be a great pleasure to ride alongside The Camping and Caravanning Club team on its journey through some of the most varied and beautiful scenery in the country.”

Further detailed information on the route and the Club Challenge team can be found on the Club’s new dedicated challenge website: http://www.clubchallenge2014.co.uk

Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, said: “Cycle-camping is a huge part of our heritage, so it seemed only fitting that in the ‘Year of the Bike’ we really set out to complete a challenge in memory of our founding member, Thomas Hiram-Holding.

“I know sections of the route are really tough, but I’m confident that our team of cycle-campers will be able to pull together and complete the course. Cycle-camping is very popular with Club members, it’s a fantastic way to explore the British countryside at minimal cost!”

The Club is raising money for key partner, Sustrans, which is the UK’s leading charity actively campaigning to provide the public with the opportunity to choose to travel by foot, bike or public transport. To support The Challenge, visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/campingandcaravanningclubchallenge

There are plenty of opportunities to support the Club’s Challenge Team by following them on its social media channels (www.facebook.com/thefriendlyclub, http://www.twitter.com/campandcaravan, http://www.youtube.com/thefriendlyclub and searching for the hashtag #needfortweed.

ENDS

For further information please contact:

KIMBERLEY KEAY AT THE CAMPING AND CARAVANNING CLUB

E: Kimberley.keay@thefriendlyclub.co.uk or 02476475224

KELLIE HINDLEY OR JACKIE DUFFY AT SHOOTING STAR PR

E: kellie@shootingstarpr.co.uk  M: 07563 618763

E: Jackie@shootingstarpr.co.uk M: 07967 715773

Notes for Editors

  1. PHOTO CALL: Anthony and David will be available for photographs with the Club’s cycle-camp challenge riders at Chatsworth House, Bakewell, Derbyshire at 11.15am on Wednesday 28th May.  For more information contact Kellie or Jackie on the numbers above.
  2. Sponsors of The Challenge include: Swift, Halfords, Vango, Elddis, Jaguar Land Rover and Marquis Motorhomes.  Anthony and David’s tandem bicycle is being provided by Monsal Bike Hire.
  3. Television presenter and first female Club President, Julia Bradbury will lead the riders over the finishing line at the Club’s Scarborough NCCW hub event campsite on Friday, 30 May.
  4. For those interested in staging their own cycle-camping challenge, the Club and Sustrans have provided a Tour of Britain resource, which will allow you to plan your trip: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/tours-walks-trails/cycling-tour-britain/
  5. Additionally, if you’d like to watch some of the world’s best cyclists ride through the UK for the start of the Tour in July, book a pitch with the Club: http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/ukcampsites/holiday-ideas/tour-de-france/
  6. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 113-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, now runs and manages a further 16 Camping in the Forest touring sites.
  7. http://www.realrichness.co.uk tells why our members are happier and healthier.
  8. http://www.newtocamping.co.uk incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays
  9. Visit Peak District & Derbyshire – the area’s official tourist board – works with VisitBritain, VisitEngland, Derbyshire County Council, all local authorities in the Peak District and Derbyshire, tourism business partners and surrounding tourism organisations that share the Peak District. It is committed to the successful and sustainable development of tourism.

The Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling is being staged in partnership by Derbyshire County Council, the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derby City Council, High Peak Borough Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and Derbyshire Sport, with involvement from the private sector, plus PR and marketing support from Visit Peak District & Derbyshire.

It encompasses the entire Peak District tourism destination – including the Peak District National Park (parts of Derbyshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and Yorkshire), the whole of Derbyshire and Derby, and through the forthcoming phase two of the Pedal Peak District project in 2015, signposts better cycling links to surrounding cities.

For further information about all the exciting events throughout the Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling, visit www.summerofcycling.co.uk.

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