Full speed ahead for first Peak cycling festival

Cycling enthusiasts are gearing up for some fun, fresh air and fitness during the first-ever Peak District Cycling Festival.

The nine-day celebration, which starts on September 9, boasts more than 60 rides and bike-related activities for people to try.

David James, chief executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s official tourist board, said: “We’re very keen to position the Peak District as the UK’s capital of cycling – including the world’s most cycle friendly national park, and this new Festival is spearheading a number of initiatives to help achieve our goal.”

Annie Last, Olympic-standard mountain biker and patron of the Peak District Cycling 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’d encourage everyone to get on their bike and book ahead to explore some of the best cycling country they’ll ever experience. It’s good for both the head and the heart – as well as the very best way to get around.”

Full details can be found at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/pdcf. Printed brochures are also available from tourist information centres in and around the Peak District.