First biking festival is set for the Peaks

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The Peak District will be opened up to cyclists as part of the national park’s first ever cycling festival.

The Peak District Cycling Festival will be a nine–day celebration of pedal power spanning more than 60 rides and bike–related activities from September 7 to 15.

Everyone from beginners to experts can enjoy the huge spectrum of events on offer, from guided mountain bike rides and relaxed evening routes to more challenging time trials and road rides.

“We’re very keen to position the Peak District as the UK’s capital of cycling, and this new Festival is spearheading a number of initiatives to help achieve our goal,” said David James, Chief Executive of the tourist board Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.

Annie Last, Olympic–standard mountain biker and patron of the festival, added: “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.

“I was lucky enough to grow up here. Now, as a professional cyclist, I love to return between international events to train on a variety of roads, tracks and challenging trails in Britain’s first National Park, amid wonderful, yet accessible countryside.”

Bookings are now being taken for everything from basic bike maintenance and women–only rides to electric bike sampler sessions and a British Cycling–registered Cyclosportive.

Full details, including information on how to book, can be found at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/pdcf

Printed brochures are also available from tourist information centres.