Inspiring the next generation of cyclists, Wiggle High5 visit Nidderdale school

The multi-national team of Olympian and world-class riders visited for a cycle skills session and question and answer assembly today.
The multi-national team of Olympian and world-class riders visited for a cycle skills session and question and answer assembly today.

Members of the world class women's cycling team, Wiggle High5  have been getting Nidderdale Primary school pupils into gear as part of a push to inspire the next generation of young riders.

Cheering students at St Cuthbert's Church of England Primary School in Pateley Bridge welcomed the multi-national team of Olympian and world-class riders, who visited for a cycle skills session and question and answer assembly today.

Cheering studentsCheering students welcomed members of the Wiggle High5 team

Cheering studentsCheering students welcomed members of the Wiggle High5 team

Put to the test themselves the members of the world number two professional team were also given a crash course in the Yorkshire accent by the children on the final day before the start of the Tour de Yorkshire's Women's Stage.

Wiggle High5 team member, Great Britain, Lucy Garner said: "All them were really sweet, cheering us in when we arrived.

"The kids gave us some Yorkshire accent lessons, it was really funny with some of the international riders having a go.

"Audrey (Cordon-Ragot) did some skills lessons with them, they all did did really well getting between the cones."

The team were given a crash course in the Yorkshire accent by thechildren

The team were given a crash course in the Yorkshire accent by thechildren

Lucy was joined at the school by teammates Giorgia Bronzini, Jolien D'hoore, Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Claudia Lichtenberg, Emma Johansson and coach Rochelle Gilmore to help children with their coordination and bike handling. The team also shared how they themselves first got into cycling.

Ms Garner said:"Its been really nice to be with them at that age, its around then that I started cycling myself.

"I started because it was a social sport and you are able to chat along the way or go anywhere you want. It's why I like road cycling, you get to see the country and explore."

Excitement has been building at the school for some time as the date for the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire counts down. Offering a chance to meet some of the team's riders has earned them some new supporters in the crowd on Saturday.

Lynette Brammah, Head Teacher at St Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School said: “The children are cycling mad so it’s been an incredible experience for them to meet some of the best cyclists in the world, ahead of the Tour de Yorkshire. It’s fueled their passion for the sport and the race, which passes nearby.

"I’m sure they’ll be out on the streets on Saturday cheering the team’s name.”

Taking the time out for the visit on their final day before the race Ms Garner and the team have been contemplating the challenges ahead, and enjoying the sights of preparations to mark the historic event.

Ms Garner said: "I feel pretty relaxed ahead of tomorrow but I know it will be difficult. I would love to be doing the same course as last year but I will be doing what I can.

"A lot of people do not realize that is a different course and think there will be no problem, asking if we will do better than last time.

"I think tomorrow we will be sat with our legs up watching the men's race, but today we have been able to go riding around the course. We can see how packed out these villages are for the day."

The women’s race of the Tour de Yorkshire takes place tomorrow, taking in a route between Tadcaster and Harrogate over 122.5km.