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Schools’ Resources

One of the highlights of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is seeing thousands of schoolchildren line the route of each stage.

One of the highlights of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain is seeing thousands of schoolchildren line the route of each stage.

We want to inspire youngsters the length and breath of Great Britain to lead an active and healthy lifestyle – be it on two wheels or not.

Helped by our official mascot ToBi, we work with local authorities and schools in England, Wales and Scotland to engage children and get them excited for the race’s visit.

Below are just a few ways to get your school involved with Britain’s leading stage race: for more information, contact your local authority.

Schools in Cumbria can check out Active Cumbria’s Tour of Britain website here.

How can my school get involved?

  • Allow pupils to get creative by giving them the opportunity to design cycling jerseys, bunting, flags, banners and/or posters to be displayed ahead of/on the day of the race’s visit.
  • Enhance their geographical knowledge: why not ask pupils to locate towns, cities and famous landmarks visited by The Tour of Britain on a map of the UK?
  • Get pupils to research Britain’s most famous riders to inspire youngsters and give them positive role models.
  • Promote the health and lifestyle benefits of cycling: why not look into riders’ diets and show how easily they can be transferred into everyday life?
  • Why not let children ride into school one day? Or hold special PE classes that involve bikes?
  • Most importantly, check out our Stages page from August to download our daily timetables (ETAs) and plan your day!

Once the excitement of the race has passed, introduce cycling to your school with fun activities for every age group!

Learning to ride
HSBC UK Ready Set Ride is a simple learn to ride programme for kids aged 18 months to eight years, created by British Cycling together with the Youth Sport Trust. We want schools and families to introduce pedalling to playtime and be part of a child’s learn to ride journey, helping them to become confident and happy cyclists for life.

There are three simple stages which focus on the fundamental movements required to gain coordination, balance and confidence on two wheels. All of the games and activities can easily be delivered by teachers and school staff without training – plus you don’t need any bikes to get started.

Visit readysetride.co.uk/schools to find out more and get started today. Parents can also buy discounted bikes and helmets from Ridgeback Bikes!

Cycle skill coaching
HSBC UK Go-Ride is a fantastic addition to the curriculum and with a few simple steps your school could soon offer inclusive cycle coaching to pupils, encouraging a healthy lifestyle, active learning and physical literacy.

Whether youngsters aspire to become the next Laura Kenny, Geraint Thomas or Quillan Isidore – or simply need support in getting active and riding confidently, your local British Cycling development team can provide all that’s needed to introduce cycling to your current physical education provision.

Explore the offer and how your school can get involved at britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride-for-schools

Clubs for kids
Did you know that there are over 350 cycling clubs just for kids in the UK?

Local clubs are fantastic places to get out on a bike, with expert coaching, a gang of riding buddies and access to some amazing cycling facilities. Sessions are often weekly, plus there are cycling holiday camps where youngsters can spend the holidays on two wheels!

With most of the Great Britain Cycling Team starting out in Go-Ride Clubs, they are a great place to start for aspiring champions.

Find your school’s nearest club at britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride and share with your students!

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Start
Pembrey Country Park

End
The City of Newport
Distance
174.8km
Start
Cranbrook

End
Barnstaple
Distance
174.9km
Start
Bristol

End
Bristol
Distance
128km
Start
Nuneaton

End
R. Leamington Spa
Distance
183.5km
Start
Cockermouth

End
Whinlatter
Distance
14km
Start
Barrow-in-Furness

End
Whinlatter Pass
Distance
168.3km
Start
West Bridgford

End
Mansfield
Distance
215.6km
Start
London

End
London
Distance
77km