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Footballers don cycling gear to back campaign

Posted 29 July 2010
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Footballers don cycling gear to back campaign
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A group of professional footballers has backed a campaign to get more people riding bikes in the Peak District to improve their health.

The National Park Authority revealed that Sheffield United players are backing the Pedal Peak District scheme after manager Kevin Blackwell introduced mountain bikes to the pre-season training regime.

He stated: "I like to give the lads a change of scene to keep their training interesting so cycling in the Peak District was too good an opportunity for the players to miss."

Defender Matthew Lowton agreed, saying he preferred cycling to being in the gym, while goalkeeper Steve Simonsen said it was a good way to build up stamina.

The Pedal Peak District programme was launched earlier this month by the park authority, with a range of free events and an emphasis on encouraging those who do not normally cycle to take up the sport.

Another element has been the establishment of social women-only rides.

Posted by Dan Mirza