Families can now sign up for Derbados2022 - a day of biking fun in early April.
The community event with pedal power, organised by the DerbyshireInstitute of Sport, Huub and Cycle Derby, is encouraging everyone of all ages and abilities to join in. It is on Sunday, April 3 between 10am and 4pm and starts from Markeaton Park in Derby.
Everyone who enters, no matter what distance they tackle, receives a free T-shirt. All under-12s get a medal too.
Cycle Derby is giving visitors the chance to try out a range of standard and inclusive bikes that cater for all ages and abilities.
The event, which has the backing from nine times Paralympic medallist Martin Mansell, takes in a 5 parks challenge. Participants can go the distance (11 miles) or stick to the city park course which is around a mile.
Derbados is a joint project with the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS)and HUUB and for 2022 includes the support of Cycle Derby.
They want to encourage people of all ages and abilities to cycle, get fit, enjoy being outdoors and join the biking community in a fully inclusive event. It is part of the countdown to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games this summer and comes in DIS’s tenth anniversary year.
For the adventurous, the 5 parks challenge is an 11.8-mile (19.4 km)circular course across the city of Derby. It takes in Darley Abbey Park, Alvaston Park, Bass Rec, Markeaton Rec and returns to Markeaton Park.
All 24 sponsors feature on the coveted Derbados2022 T-Shirt. Every child under 12 receives a medal for free too.
DIS’s managing director Chloe Maudsley said: “We are delighted to bring Derbados back. It has always been a hugely popular event and focuses on families getting on their bikes to raise money for the DIS and to promote cycling.
“We’re asking families or individuals to sign up, come along and have a super day. It will help them feel fitter, get back in the community after a difficult couple of years and enjoy some fresh air. Our generous sponsors have again allowed us to offer a free T-Shirt to all.”
Cycle Derby’s Mark Smith said:“Cycle Derby is delighted to support our partners DIS by hosting the 5 parks ride.
On this short ride that links key city parks, families of all ages and abilities will be able to experience the physical and mental benefits plus the freedoms cycling brings.
“Cycle Derby has a fleet of over 40 inclusive bikes, many of which will be available on the day for families to try in the beautiful setting of Markeaton Park.”
Martin Mansell, a nine times Paralympic medallist in swimming, said: “As a former Paralympian I’m extremely pleased to be associated with this new cycling initiative which provides opportunities for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities to take part in a physical activity which is both cardiovascular and socially engaging.
“We have to remember all Olympians and Paralympians at some point, no matter which sport they represent, started out at a grassroots level – it is where it all begins.I am delighted to be part of a family event that promotes inclusivity and the many benefits of cycling for all.”
Prices are £12 for two adults and up to four children, £5 per adult, £3 for youngsters under 17. Book at https://www.derbyshireis.co.uk/derbados