On your bike! - Plenty of places to pedal in the Peaks

Fans Cheer on cyclists as they tackle the Holme Moss climb on the Tour de France Stage 2..6th July 2014 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Fans Cheer on cyclists as they tackle the Holme Moss climb on the Tour de France Stage 2..6th July 2014 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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It’s fair to say cycling is enjoying a boom right now - and nowhere more so than in the Peak District.

This year’s Tour de France may have only popped into the area for a small amount of time, but the legacy it has left behind is there for all to see.

Over the summer holidays there are a plethora of cycling-themed events for those wanting to imitate the professionals to those that just want to go for a quick pedal.

This weekend for instance, the Tour de Peak takes place with a family activity trail from Parsley Hay cycle hire centre on Sunday (August 17).

The main trail route is a relatively modest five miles in total, and takes in the Tissington Trail.

The more adventurous competitors can go for a nine-mile circular route, returning along the High Peak Trail. For more info call 01629 816211.

Those that fancy a longer route can test themselves in the Peaks Challenge bike ride from the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton.

The race, to be staged on September 14, provides a great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular open scenery of the Peaks.

There are three distances for competitors to choose from: 11-miles, 35-miles or 49-miles. To book visit www.bike-events.com/thepeaks.

For those of an extreme sporting nature, the summer holidays provide a weekly chance to not only cycle around the Peak, but also try their hand at abseiling.

Thornbridge Outdoors, based in Bakewell, is putting on a cycle and abseiling event every Wednesday throughout the summer.

The day provides an opportunity to combine a 10km cycle on the Monsal Trail followed by an abseil from a 25-metre viaduct into a gorge.

Bookings can be made by calling Monsal Trail Cycle Hire on 01629 810588 or by emailing cycle@monsaltrail.co.uk.

Finally, for those who prefer to take a watching brief, October sees the return of the Buxton Adventure Festival.

Among the highlights is a cyclists’ question time on October 12, which gives aspiring racers, club riders and beginners the chance to quiz a panel of experts, including Nigel Mitchell - Head of Nutrition at British Cycling and Team Sky, on bike-related queries.

For more information, visit buxtonadventurefestival.co.uk.