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Will the OVO Energy Women’s Tour be passing your school in June 2019? Get involved and make the most out of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend women’s cycle race!

Will the OVO Energy Women’s Tour be passing your school in June 2019? Get involved and make the most out of the UK’s biggest free-to-attend women’s cycle race!

The 2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour will take place between Monday to Saturday for the first time, allowing schools to become even more involved in the race than ever before.

One of the highlights of the event is seeing thousands of schoolchildren line the route of each stage. We want to inspire youngsters to lead an active and healthy lifestyle – be it on two wheels or not.

Where to watch

You can watch anywhere along each stage. Our handy interactive maps of each stage (available after our national launch in Spring 2019) can help schools plan a day out to watch the action. You can use our race time timetables (available in August 2019) so you know exactly when the peloton is expected to pass you! Please check this regularly as it can change close to race day. 

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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 OVO Energy Women’s Tour 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 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!

Learn 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. Schools 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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