As part of the Welcome to Yorkshire’s trophy tour around Yorkshire last week, the University welcomed over 50 schoolchildren to the Bodington Cycle Circuit to have a go at cycling and see the famous Tour de Yorkshire Trophies up close.
Pupils from two local schools; Yeaden Westfield Junior School and Meanwood Church of England Primary School, came to the Bodington Cycle Circuit. Here they had a cycling session coached by two international cyclists, followed by the chance to see the trophies up close and ask questions. Their hour-long coached cycling session was led by Jacob Regan and Chris Young, both of who have represented the UK in international cycling events and won British titles.
Suzanne Glavin, Head of Sport and Physical Activity at the University of Leeds, said;
“We are thrilled to been able to host the Tour de Yorkshire Trophies at the University of Leeds cycle circuit and give children from two local schools the opportunity to check out the trophy and enjoy a morning being active on bikes in a safe, traffic-free environment with the added bonus of coaching from two international cyclists.”
Each year in the lead up to the race, both the men’s and women’s trophies visit each of the start and finish locations on their very own tour. The trophies have followed the route of the tour by visiting Beverley, Doncaster, Barnsley, Ilkley, Richmond, Scarborough and Halifax, finishing in Leeds. The Tour de Yorkshire is now less than two months away, taking place on Thursday 3rd May – Sunday 6th May. With Leeds hosting the grand finale on Sunday 6th May where the race will finish on The Headrow – on exactly the same spot as where the Tour de France started in 2014.
Leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake said:
“The trophy tour is a great way for communities to get involved and build excitement in the lead up to this year’s Tour de Yorkshire, and we are very excited that Leeds is hosting the last leg of the race.”
Bodington Cycle Circuit
With excitement about the Tour de Yorkshire building in the county, the University encourages members of the local community to come and have a go on the cycle circuit which is the perfect safe, traffic-free environment for anyone wanting to learn to ride a bike or train to improve their skills.
The circuit is one of the longest in the country at one-mile-long (1.6km), completed last year it sits next to The Brownlee Centre – the UK’s first purpose-built National Elite Training Centre and home to Leeds Triathlon Centre.
The facilities, which are open to sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities, has a full programme of activity. This includes “Pay and Pedal”, HSBC Breeze Rides for women and girls, para-cycling coaching sessions and special training sessions for elite athletes as well as University and local clubs.
Bikes for children and adults are available to hire, along with hand cycles, trikes and tandems for use by riders with disabilities.
Find out more and plan your visit on the Bodington Cycle Circuit webpage.