Big biking challenge for cycle week

Brigshaw High School collectively cycled 1000 miles for Bike Week. Cammi Hewitt and Sinead Brown get ready to cycle. (P543A326)
Brigshaw High School collectively cycled 1000 miles for Bike Week. Cammi Hewitt and Sinead Brown get ready to cycle. (P543A326)

Pupils at Allerton Bywater’s Brigshaw High School got on their bikes in a bid to clock up the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Students and staff took up the challenge to cycle 1,000 miles during National Bike Week, by riding their bikes to school and logging their miles, as well as having a go on the school’s static bikes to bump up the miles.

Cycling fever also spread across the school as the curriculum was taken over with bike-themed lessons across many subjects.

Brigshaw also worked with sustainable transport charity Sustrans and Leeds City Council, to provide rollerbike sessions where students could attempt to ‘beat the teacher’ in virtual velodrome competitions.

Malcolm Shepherd, Sustrans chief executive, said: “Evidence shows how children who cycle to school regularly are more active and better learners – so it’s time for us all to get on our bikes.”

The school didn’t quite make the 1,000-mile target, but Simon Riley, vice-principal said the week was “great fun” for students, while student Luke Hayes managed 250 metres in just 13.01 seconds on the virtual velodrome.

Mr Riley added: “The week was a great way to kick start our aim to be a cycling community.

“It has even inspired me to cycle to work from York! We have a big cycling year ahead of us, culminating next summer with Brigshaw supporting the Tour de France departure in Leeds.”

As well as the bike week, Brigshaw has also recently opened new bike sheds to allow more children to ride to school, and it received a visit last month from five-times Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault as part of a delegation promoting next year’s Yorkshire leg of the Tour.