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Personal goals achieved in Peak District cycling challenge

Posted 24 July 2012
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Personal goals achieved in Peak District cycling challenge
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The names of a number of award winners in a cycling-based project have been announced by the Peak District National Park Authority.

Pedal Peak District is an initiative encouraging people to get into the saddle and whether that involves beginners on road bikes or experienced riders on mountain bike, the aim is to make getting around on two wheels increasingly popular.

Part of the initiative has seen investment in improved cycle routes, such as the opening up of the old railway tunnels on the Monsall Trail.

But it has also seen many people taking on a series of personal challenges, which involved riders logging on to the Pedal Peak District website earlier this month, stating their challenge and then subsequently logging their journeys.

This has led to 79,817 miles being covered by cyclists aiming at their goals, while their names were entered into a prize draw.

That has led to various individuals winning items such as free stays in youth hostels, free cycle hire and even a chance to go abseiling off one of the bridges on the Monsal trail.

Recreation strategy officer for the Peak District National Park Authority Carol Parsons said:"The website is a really good way to motivate people to set themselves realistic and achievable goals that make cycling part of their everyday life."

She added: "Challenges like this help to establish cycling as part of someone’s weekly routine and encourage people who have perhaps not cycled for a while to have the confidence to give it a go."

The prize draw may have come and gone, but people can still log on to the site and register their own challenges.

National park bosses believe many will be inspired to take to the saddle by the success of Bradley Wiggins in becoming the first Briton to win the Tour de France.

With the Olympics likely to bring many more cycling medals, the sport's profile may raise even higher in the weeks ahead.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801414193-ADNFCR