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Event has wheel appeal

PUBLISHED: 11:53 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:03 13 July 2010

John Etheridge in action.

John Etheridge in action.

Over the past four weeks the Year 5/6 class at Gresham Village School have been participating in the Go-Ride cycle programme run by British Cycling.

The Go-Ride programme is a groundbreaking initiative that hopes to find and develop future World and Olympic cycling champions.

Over the past four weeks the Year 5/6 class at Gresham Village School have been participating in the Go-Ride cycle programme run by British Cycling.

The Go-Ride programme is a groundbreaking initiative that hopes to find and develop future World and Olympic cycling champions.

Trained British cycling coaches Mark Wyer and Simon Edwards have delivered the four two-hour sessions on our school field on the last four Tuesday afternoons. They provided enough cycles and helmets for the whole class.

The sessions covered a wide range of cycling activities which catered for all abilities. The activities included fun games, slalom, obstacle courses and team games.

As well as participating in fun activities the children also learned how to use their brakes and gears properly and how to control their bikes.

Mark and Simon talked to the children about professional riders Bradley Wiggins and Shanaze Reade and the children got the opportunity to participate in some Olympic-style events.

At the end of the four sessions the children were given information about local cycling clubs including Norwich Stars Cycle Speedway Club and Norwich Flyers Speedway Club in which they were invited to join. They were also presented with certificates and a goodie bags.

Comments from the children included: 'really fun', 'fabulous', 'awesome', and 'good as we learned so much in such a short time.'

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