Cyclists urged to visit Peak District for bike challenge

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Peak District residents and visitors are being urged to join the first National Cycle Challenge next month.

The challenge, running from June 8 to June 28, is aimed at getting people riding their bikes and logging their trips.

More than 850 organisations and 4,000 people have already registered online.

It is free to enter, with prizes including new bikes and trips to New Zealand and Amsterdam available.

Carol Parsons, recreation strategy officer at the Peak District National Park Authority, said: “The Peak District is the perfect place for people of all ages and abilities to get involved in cycling.

“This is a great way to get active and explore this special place on two wheels.’’

The Peak District is home to miles of traffic-free cycling routes including the Tissington and High Peak Trails and the quieter Manifold Track in the south-western Peak, running from Waterhouses along the old Leek and Manifold light railway line.

To find out more about the challenge and cycling in the Peak District visit www.lovetoride.net/peakdistrict or www.summerofcycling.co.uk