Brave University Cyclists Take On Buxton-Derby Bike Ride

Kedleston Road campus 504x257 Brave University Cyclists Take On Buxton-Derby Bike Ride

Date posted: 22 June 2006

Over 40 members of staff – some from the University of Derby’s main Kedleston Road Campus in Derby and others from its Devonshire Campus in Buxton, North Derbyshire – have celebrated National Bike Week with an exhilarating ride south.

It’s the second annual ride for staff to promote the use of bicycles to commute to work rather than cars – although few would regularly make the full trip from Buxton to Derby! They’re also raising money for the Derby Hospitals Charity 'Gamma Appeal'.

Last year, during National Bike Week, staff cycled from Derby to Buxton, and had a fantastic time. Some were cycling enthusiasts and many were complete novices. Some people enjoyed it so much they have since taken up cycling to work!

At 10am they will set off from the Campus in Buxton, the highest university campus in England, for their ride to Derby – a distance of nearly 45 miles!

It’s one of the most beautiful cycle routes in the UK. This year they're cycling in the opposite direction along parts of the picturesque High Peak Trail and the Tissington Trail, through Parsley Hay, Ashbourne, Osmaston, Mercaston, Weston-Underwood, Quarndon and, finally, the Kedleston Road Campus in Derby late in the afternoon … or evening.

People and bikes will be transported from Derby to Buxton (or Buxton to Derby if the staff are from Buxton) unless they plan to ride both ways! Refreshments will be available at the Devonshire prior to the start and when they finally reach Derby.

University Transport Manager James Brown, who organised the ride with members of the University’s Bicycle Users’ Group, said: “For those staff based at Buxton who are inspired to cycle to work from now on, from this summer they'll have the benefit of new bike shelters at the Devonshire.”

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