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Pro-cyclists hope to inspire next generation

Published May 16, 2019 11.51am


Two professional athletes paid a surprise visit to a County Durham school to inspire and teach pupils the importance of cycling safely, ahead of a major cycling event in the county this weekend.

Tour Series x Bikeability

Hannah and Jack hope to inspire the Year 1s to keep up cycling

Pro-cyclists Hannah Farran from team Boompods and Jack Rees from team Ribble were joined by our road safety team to deliver Bikeability Balance Training to Year 1 pupils at St Mary Magdalen RCVA Primary School in Seaham. 

Hannah and Jack are both from teams competing at this year's OVO Energy Tour Series which will see teams of professional cyclists take on Durham City's cobbled streets in a thrilling test of their skill and speed.

The pair delivered a full school assembly showing what life is like as a professional cyclist, hoping to inspire the next generation and then joined the pupils, aged five and six, outside for their Bikeability Balance Training.

As part of the training the pupils are shown the basics of riding safely then using a series of games and balance bikes, which are bikes without pedals that help teach children balancing and steering, the instructors develop the pupils' handling and awareness skills. Some of the children may even progress to pedal cycling at the end of the course. 

Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for tourism, culture, leisure and rural issues, said: "The Tour series is coming to Durham as part of #Durham19, our fantastic year of culture set to showcase all our county has to offer and it's create unforgettable experiences for our communities. We hope that thanks to Hannah and Jack the Year 1 pupils at St Mary Magdalen will feel inspired to carry on cycling to keep up their fitness as they grow, and of course to have fun."

The Tour Series takes place in Durham City Centre on Saturday, 18 May. For further details visit the Tour Series website, Round Four - Durham.

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