Children who learned how to handle a bike as part of developing their cycling confidence had the chance to put their newly acquired skills to the test at a competition.
More than 100 pupils from three schools took part in the Inter Schools Cycling Competition held at Edith Weston Primary, in Oakham, They competed in a relay, slow race and slalom- aimed at testing skills including they learned in the preceding weeks.
The project was held in conjunction with Rutland Roleur Cycling Club who spent five weeks at the schools providing training to the pupils.
School leader and PE coordinator Jo Appleton said: “The competition was all about testing the skills they were taught during the pre-competition training. The project was absolutely fantastic in terms of moving children on in their skills sets. And the children really loved it.
“It was not just about cycling to school but trying to get them to see that bikes can be used in many ways.”
Mrs Appleton said Storm Chaplin, 11, a Year 6 pupil, who was nervous about riding a bike, having fallen from it as a child, not only learned to ride but also took part in the competition. “That’s what it was all about; helping children to become more confident in their use of bikes,” she said.