By Mike Rawlins
Over 500 children at four schools across Stoke-on-Trent were given a special preview of the upcoming Tour Series cycle race taking place in the city.
Riders from the Stone-based CandiTV Pinarello team visited Glebe Primary School in Fenton, St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Norton-le-Moors, Our Lady St. Benedicts School in Abbey Hulton and Eaton Park Primary in Bucknall, giving out caps and telling children about the event.
The Tour Series is a circuit race taking place in city centres across the country, and on Tuesday 16 June, the seventh stage arrives in Stoke-on-Trent.
CandiTV Pinarello are currently leading the ride, and their visits yesterday were to encourage children to take up cycling and to be mascots for the race next week.
Team Manager Phil Griffiths said: “We want to try and encourage as many people as possible to take up cycling, and that means getting out to schools and communities and telling them how much fun it can be, as well as a brilliant sport to watch.Ã‚ Ã‚ When the Tour Series arrives in Stoke-on-Trent, it’ll be like it’s coming to our own back yard, and we’re determined to do the best we can in front of what we hope will be a big crowd.”
Nicki Wilkes, deputy headteacher at Glebe Primary School, added: “It was great for the children to be able to see some of the bikes and equipment up close, and those who will be mascots on the day are really excited.Ã‚ Ã‚ It’s a fantastic event for the city and will really put us on the international map.”
Activities will be taking place throughout the day on 16 June, with a commuter challenge taking place from 8am, where a cyclist, a jogger, a motorist and public transport will compete for the fastest route from Trentham Hotel to Stoke’s Civic Centre.
A special biker’s breakfast will take place at 9am, where Crewe’s World Champion cyclist Shanaze Reade will make a speech.
Shanaze will again be the guest of honour at the official opening of Burnwood Primary’s new BMX track at 11am.
At 3pm, the 10 student mascots will lead children from 22 schools on a ride through the city centre.
And, after other events, the day will culminate in the Tour Series race itself, as 50 riders complete up to 50 circuits of Town Road, Old Hall Street, Cheapside, Stafford Street and Quadrant Road, from 7pm ““ starting and finishing outside the Potteries Shopping Centre.
Below are pictures from CandiTV Pinarello’s visit to Eaton Park Primary