Leeds pupils get into gear for first ever ‘Tour de Garforth’

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Pupils from seven Leeds primary schools have saddled up to cycle 18 miles around east Leeds in the first ever Tour de Garforth.

The inaugural event, which aimed to promote local routes and encourage children to cycle, saw 37 year six pupils from Ninefields Primary, Strawberry Fields Primary, Green Lane Academy, East Garforth Academy, St. Benedict’s Academy, Aberford CE Primary and Micklefield CE Primary take to two wheels on Friday.

The event gave the children the chance to put into practice the skills they had learned during Bikeability cycle training sessions at school, which taught them about riding safely on the road.

The youngsters were also able to meet and get to know each other on the ride before they all head to secondary school in September.

Teachers from the schools and local police officers also got involved in the ride, which Bikeability instructors from Cycle Leeds helped to organise.

Jillian Sabourn, headteacher at Ninelands, said: “We have been through Parlington Woods and under the tunnel in the dark one-by-one. The children were squealing loudly and got covered in mud - they were loving it.

“Ninelands came up with the idea but Cycle Leeds have made it happen and they have made it a reality.

“We want to promote cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle for our children as it’s part of our philosophy.”

She added: “We also want them to know where the local cycle routes are around Garforth and show where they can go.

“Hopefully now they can carry on and go out cycling with their families.”

Headteachers at the seven schools hope to make the Tour De Garforth an annual event and invite even more schools in the area to get involved.

The schools are also encouraging as many children as possible to join them on the Leeds Sky ride on July 17.

For further information visit goskyride.com/leedsSkyRide.

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