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Cycling fun at Peels on Wheels event

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Aiahah 11 and Adam Hussain, four, from Undercliffe Aiahah 11 and Adam Hussain, four, from Undercliffe

WHEELS were in motion today for a day of Tour de France-inspired family fun at Bradford's Peel Park.

Bradford Council teamed up with a host of community and sporting partners to organise the 'Peels Wheels' event, celebrating the iconic cycle race coming to the district next month.

Hundreds of cyclists, non cyclists and families went along to join in a variety of cycle-based challenges in the sunshine.

Among the attractions were BMX taster sessions, computerised roller racing, Learn to Ride sessions, a multi-seater Megabike, and a treasure hunt.

Other more novelty cycling adaptations include smoothie-making bikes doing a roaring trade with youngsters working up a thirst and pedal powered Scalextric racing.

There was something for everyone, even for those not caught up in the Tour De France frenzy who did not want to get on their bikes - face painting, bouncy castles, crafts, magic theatre and bird of prey demonstrations were just some of the non-cycling activities.

Alison Llewellyn, 46, and her son Jake, 11, from the Bolton Junction area of Bradford were there on their bikes.

Mrs Llewellyn said: "We've done the treasure hunt and had a go at making a smoothie so we've been having fun.

"It's lovely to see everyone out on their bikes in the sun."

Kim Hart from Bradford Council's Road Safety Unit was helping run the Treasure Hunt. She said: "We've had lots of takers for it. The idea is to encourage people to explore the park and learn a few cycle safety facts at the same time."

Helen Simpson from East Bradford Cycling Club said the sunny weather was powering up lots of enthusiasm for activities, including one where a static bike was linked up to a computer to see how fast people could cycle 250 metres - one six-year-old managed it in 18.11 seconds.

Adam Tasker from the Cycling4All initiative in the city was there with bikes, including trikes, for people of all abilities to try.

"Our message is that cycling can be inclusive and really is for all. It's been a great atmosphere. There's been hundreds of people in the park and there's been all sorts of wheels - there's been one guy going round on his rickshaw giving people rides," he said.

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