School holidays are finally getting into top gear – so it’s the perfect time to take to two wheels and make the most of the Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling.
With almost 200 miles of traffic-free tracks and greenways in Derbyshire and more than 70 miles of traffic free trails and routes in the Peak District National Park, there’s plenty of scope to get on your bike amid some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside.
Whether you’re keen to get in the saddle and have a go yourself or stand on the sidelines to watch the action unfold, there’s a lot to look forward to from now until October.
This Sunday (July 27) sees the first-ever Buxton Spa Sportive, featuring three scenic race routes and some famous climbs in the High Peak and Staffordshire Moorlands, starting and finishing in Buxton’s historic Pavilion Gardens.
Both relative beginners and experienced cyclists are poised to take part in the Staffordshire Cycling Festival Sportive, starting and finishing at Shugborough Hall, on August 1 and 2.
Families will enjoy a Teddy Bears Picnic Ride at Rosliston Forestry Centre in the National Forest on August 14, or a Family Treasure hunt at Penistone, near Sheffield, on August 13.
Anyone looking for a low-key challenge can join an Over 50s Tootle Along at Penistone on July 30 or a Cycle to the Cinema event at the Moorland Discovery Centre in Edale on August 26.
Major events on the horizon are the Grindleford Goat and Chesterfield Spire Autumn Rides on September 13, Peak District/Staffordshire Moorlands Cycle Sportive on September 14, Cycle Derby Sportive on September 21, Bikefest at the Big Shakeout at Great Longstone from September 26 to 28 and the Buxton Adventure Festival on October 11 and 12.
“It’s been a great Summer of Cycling so far, thanks to headline events such as the hugely successful L’Eroica Britannia and triumphant Tour de France, and there’s much more fun to come, for people of all ages and abilities,” said Anthony Kappes, triple gold medal winning Paralympic tandem cyclist and joint ambassador for the Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling.
“Whether you’re a complete beginner or have plenty of experience, there’s excellent cycling on everything from safe, traffic-free trails to more demanding upland routes, plus plenty of organised events and activities to enjoy – all amid some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.”
For full details – including free-to-enter competitions, special offers, cycle routes and lots more information, visit www.summerofcycling.co.uk or follow the Twitter feed #summerofcycling. You can also browse or download a brochure from the website, or pick up a copy from tourist information centres in and around the area.
For further information, please contact Janette Sykes, PR Manager, Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, on 07792 924839 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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High resolution digital images are attached for print media and websites. Captions: Cycling at Derwent: Safe, off-road family cycling in the Derwent Valley; Anthony Kappes: Triple gold medal winning Paralympic cyclist and joint ambassador for the Peak District & Derbyshire Summer of Cycling, Anthony Kappes.
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.