A triple gold medal 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, who struck gold in tandem track events at the Beijing and London Paralympics, will partner Visit Peak District and Derbyshire’s chief executive, David James, to cycle a mountainous 53 miles on Wednesday alongside four fundraisers from The Camping and Caravanning Club.
The gruelling Derbyshire leg is the fourth stage in a six-day, 420-mile challenge, undertaken as part of the celebrations around National Camping and Caravanning Week, which is now into its 14th year and celebrates the nation’s love for camping and the outdoors.
The riders are raising money for Sustrans, a charity which campaigns for alternative methods of transport including bike, foot and public transport.
The team start today in Oxfordshire and will finish in Scarborough on Friday. They will be dressed in traditional 1900s style cycling clothing - tweed suits, bloomers and breeches to pay homage to the club’s founder member and avid cycle-camper Thomas Hiram-Holding.
Anthony, who is originally from Chapel-en-le-Frith, 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.”
David said members of Visit Peak District and Derbyshire were delighted to be welcoming the cyclists to the Peak District.
He added: “Their arrival is particularly timely as we speed ahead with our own Peak District and 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.”