Local schools inspired by VELOTHON Wales

VELOTHON Wales is inspiring the next generation of cyclists to get on their bikes through British Cycling's Go-Ride Schools programme.

Local schools along this year's route have embraced next month's event with open arms with the help of a British Cycling qualified coaches and committed teachers. Padre Pio Roman Catholic school is just a stone's throw from the 140km course that will see thousands of professional and amateur cyclists race through closed roads on July 9th. 

The students were out in force to brush up on their cycling skills before they got a taste of VELOTHON Wales with a race around the school grounds. Usk Primary and Goytre Primary in Usk have also signed up to help kids believe they can become the next Geraint Thomas or Elinor Barker.

Mark Allen, Development Team Leader at Welsh Cycling said: "We're pleased to see local schools engaging with cycling, and supporting Velothon Wales this summer. 

"Padre Pio RC Primary School have joined our family of Go Ride School Clubs in Wales, and are running more cycling sessions for their pupils over the summer term, alongside our HSBC UK Go Ride Coach. Events like Velothon Wales are a great way to inspire more people in Wales to cycle, and we look forward to seeing more young people on their bikes this summer."

Around 15,000 riders will take-in the stunning scenery of South Wales next month along a gruelling 140km route and less challenging 110km course. And Torfaen council leader, Councillor Anthony Hunt believes the Go-Ride Schools programme will breed the next generation of cycling enthusiasts.

He said: "Cycling is a fantastic way for children to keep fit and healthy while enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. 

"I hope that that these skill sessions will give children more confidence in their cycling, and that they will be inspired to come out and cheer on the riders of the Velothon as they pass through Torfaen." 

The sessions at Padre Pio Roman Catholic School have been taken by British Cycling qualified coach Naomi Johnston and school staff member Andrew Day, who completed the 'Coaching cycling for schools' initiative. 

Andrew Day said: "I got the club together with the help of Naomi, who will be taking five sessions before we get a number of schools together for a cycling festival thanks to the Go-Ride scheme. The kids really enjoy it as it's different to their safe cycling classes. 

"You can see they feed off the Velothon being in their local areas, and getting into cycling early carries massive benefits to their health and lifestyle. The support from Welsh and British Cycling has been excellent, we showed the interest and they showed the support."

If you want to challenge yourself at this year's event, head over to www.velothon.com/events/velothon-wales/enter-now to sign up for the VELOTHON 110 before it's too late! Entries remain available in the VELOTHON 140.


Get into cycling this summer and find your local cycling club at: britishcycling.org.uk/clubfinder