School cycling moves up a gear in High Peak

Ruth Taylor out and about on her bike in the Peak District.
Ruth Taylor out and about on her bike in the Peak District.

Exciting cycling events and competitions for kids are launching across Derbyshire thanks to a former mountaineer joining the schools sports partnerships team.

Ruth Taylor, of New Mills, has been brought in to the role at the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership (RDSSP) to boost children’s participation in cycling events.

The 37-year-old previously worked as climbing instructor at the National Mountain Sports Centre in Plas y Brenin, but after spinal surgery Ms Taylor developed a fondness for cycling.

Ms Taylor is now keen to get more youngsters involved in cycling and is brimming with ideas of how to achieve it.

She said: “At the moment we’re working to arrange the Bikeability scheme across the county and an Early Rider programme for young children to learn core biking skills including balance, co-ordination, agility and confidence.

“I think cycling is a life-skill, it’s like swimming.

“Every child should know how to cycle as it’s something you can use forever, and it helps with coordination, balance and it gives great independence.”

These new schemes hope to draw on the surge of interest in cycling generated by the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tour de France visiting the UK.

Ruth will be working one day a week with the RDSSP and a further two days every week with Derbyshire Dales District Council.