Hartford and Northwich schools take part in a Rollapaluza racing bike competition
19 February 2013
Schools across Hartford and Northwich have taken part in a Rollapaluza competition – racing sprint distances on static bikes.
The competition, which involves classmates cheering on participants, pop music and an MC, was organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council and the charity Sustrans.
The events were held at St Nicholas Catholic High School, Charles Darwin Community Primary School, Hartford Manor Community Primary School, Hartford Primary School, The Grange Junior and Senior Schools, St Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School and Hartford Church of England High School.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is working in partnership to deliver a programme with Sustrans that enables children and students to travel to school by foot, bike or public transport in order to reduce congestion outside school gates.
The project is funded by the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and is called Access to Education.
Councillor Lynn Riley, Executive Member for Community and Environment attended some of the finals and said: “The wonderful Rollapaluza events gave everyone at each of the schools the opportunity to get on their bikes and if we ever doubted the Olympic legacy, the finals were just as exciting.
“It was also good to see the girls pushing the boys and their performance was outstanding in all ages. Nationally there is a reduction in girls riding bikes but this event gave them the chance to see what fun they can have keeping fit.
“The races were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who came along and each winner received a medal, a certificate and a goodie bag.”
Added Sarah Diamond from Sustrans: “Walking and cycling to school is a great way for our children to get the exercise they need every day to keep healthy, and research shows it allows them to become better students in the classroom. And let’s not forget it’s fun too.
“We hope that events such as this really raise the profile of cycling and give pupils the chance to engage in a unique and exciting activity.”
Each rider was given coaching and advice and all receive a time card with their time and speed.