Attleborough school gears up for bike race

Pupils from Attleborough Junior School have been learning about cycling ahead of next week's 2016 Av

Pupils from Attleborough Junior School have been learning about cycling ahead of next week's 2016 Aviva Women's Tour. At the front are Year 4 pupils Lucy Dayles, nine, and Lillianna Goss, eight. - Credit: Archant

It's an event which will see thousands of people lining the streets to cheer, shout encouragement and feel the thrill of bicycles whizzing by at high speed.

And the 180 pupils at Attleborough Junior School will among the most enthusiastic spectators of the Aviva Women's Tour race, which is set to pass through the market town on Wednesday, June 15.

The school's Year 4 and 5 pupils have been learning about cycling by completing 'challenge packs', and they have also been decorating three bicycle wheels which they will display as the racers pass by.

Teacher Allison Barker said: 'The race has created a real buzz around the school.

'We feel very honoured that the course is going by so close to us.

'It's also been a great opportunity to focus on a different sport, because they can all enjoy cycling.'

Year 4 pupil Finlay Page, nine, said he was looking forward to watching the race.

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He said: 'Last year we saw the Tour of Britain and it was really good.

'We saw loads of cyclists go past and it was my mum's birthday so it was extra special.'

Another pupil, Ashleigh Aldred, nine, said: 'We've been doing a timeline of the race and some maths to see how much all the distances from the different stages are together.'

Classmate Kester Twiddy, eight, said: 'I'm looking forward to see all the bikes move swiftly past.

'Cycling keeps you fit, and every day after school I go on my BMX and ride around the block.'

Nine-year-old Elly Phipps said: 'They're going to go right past the school, so it will be exciting.

'It will also be good to see all the tyres around Attleborough.'

Acting headteacher Gayle Long said: 'Our school always tries to be a part of the community as a whole and is pleased to be a part of this event.'

The cyclists are expected to start passing through the town just before 1pm as part of the Southwold to Norwich stage of their tour.

-For more information about the Aviva Women's Tour, see page 8 of today's Mercury.

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