Fagley Primary pedals ahead in cycling competition

Fagley Primary school (middle) were the overall winners out of five schools in Bradford.

19 July 2018

Fagley Primary was the winning school in our fourth annual inter-schools cycling event in Bradford last week.

Children from five Bradford Primary schools got the chance to try out competitive cycling at the Richard Dunn Cycle Circuit in Bradford on 11 July. Allerton, Bowling Park, Fagley (third last year), Reevy Hill and St Josephs (winners last year) took part in an individual Time Trial, a sprint, relay, team  time trial, handicapped and endurance races. Riders got points which went to an overall school score.

Fagley was the overall winner, while last year’s winners St Joseph’s put in some solid performances to place them firmly in the silver medal position and Reevy Hill took the Bronze position after a close final race with Bowling Park.

The event was supported by local club East Bradford Cycling Club, which loaned bikes and provided British Cycling qualified coaches to run cycle training between events. The team time trial was, just like the Tour de France, taken on the fifth team rider to cross the line. After some coaching each school rode as a team trying to be the quickest team to complete two laps.

Fagley Headteacher Chris Parfitt said:

“With the support of Sustrans we have really focused on developing and improving cycle skills for our children. In September we will have our very own cycle track in our school grounds. It's all very exciting. Future Olympian cyclists in the making - how proud we’d be at Fagley Primary School to achieve that”

Ian Cullen Event Organiser and Sustrans Active Travel Officer for Bradford and Keighley said:

“The enthusiasm for friendly racing and cycling in general was very high from all participating schools. Some of the children did well in the shorter sprint event events, while others did well in the longer endurance type events. From this experience many of the children can now progress on to local cycling clubs to make cycling a regular part of their active lifestyle”. 

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