Bradfordians urged to get on their bikes for 'Peels Wheels' event (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Bradfordians urged to get on their bikes for 'Peels Wheels' event
2:42pm Wednesday 18th June 2014 in News
Bradfordians are being invited to get on their bikes this Sunday as a Tour de France-inspired family fun day rides into the city's Peel Park.
To celebrate the iconic cycle race coming to the district, Bradford Council and a host of community and sporting partners have joined forces to organise the 'Peels Wheels' event.
Up to 1,000 cyclists, non cyclists and families are set to take part in a variety of cycle-based events and other family fun day favourites from 11am to 4pm.
Among the attractions will be BMX taster sessions, computerised roller racing, 'Learn to Ride' sessions, adapted bikes, a multi-seater Megabike, and a treasure hunt.
Other more novelty cycling adaptations include smoothie-making bikes and pedal powered Scalextric racing.
For families and children not caught up in Tour de France fever, there will be face painting, bouncy castles, crafts, magic theatre and bird of prey demonstrations.
Councillor Andrew Thornton, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Environment and Sport, said: "This will be an absolutely amazing event for families, whether they want to get on their bikes or not to take part in any of the cycling events.
"It will get everyone in the Tour de France spirit, and show that bikes can provide lots of fun as well as serious road racing.”
The event is being supported by the Friends of Peel Park, BMX Bandits, Safe2cycle, Becycling, Cycling4all, East Bradford Cycling Club, Otley Road & Barkerend Environmental Group, British Cycling and Tulip Toppers.
Disability cycling club Cycling4All, based at the University of Bradford, will bring a range of adapted hand-bikes, tandems and tricycles to the event, running a fully-inclusive cycling area with members of British Cycling and Bradford Disability Sport and Leisure.
Project co-ordinator Adam Tasker said: "We are trying to offer a taste of the Tour de France for everyone, and Sunday should be a real celebration of cycling in Bradford."
Members of the East Bradford Cycling Club will be on hand to run the roller-racing element of the day, involving computerised time-trials where cyclists sprint off against each other over distances of up to 500m.
"The rollers are always very popular and people enjoy the full-on nature of the fast and furious sprints," said club secretary, Helen Simpson.
"Club members have been out to schools with the rollers a lot more in the build up to the Tour, and there are generally more cyclists out on the roads, which is great for the sport.
"Peel Park is a lovely park for cycling, and any event that gets more people out on bikes can only be a good thing.
"But Sunday is a day for the whole family with lots activities for non-cyclists too."
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