Kesgrave High School marks 100 days until Tour of Britain 2017 and Suffolk route map
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The school is one of around 50 in Suffolk where some of the world’s best cyclists will fly past on Friday, September 8 when Britain’s premier road cycling race takes over the county.
Schools are urged to hold cycling activities in the lead up to the event, such as cycle awareness days, road safety sessions, bike engineering, and arts and craft.
Just over 60% of Kesgrave High School’s 1,800 pupils cycle to school every day, the highest proportion in Suffolk.
Deputy headteacher Tim Legg hopes the Tour of Britain will inspire even more people across Suffolk to take up cycling.
He said: “As a school which actively promotes cycling, we are incredibly excited to see the Tour fly past our school gates. Students loved the experience of the Women’s Tour (in June 2015) and it is fantastic to see top class athletes up close.
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“Cycling pays a huge part in the life of the school and community, so anything we can do to inspire the next generation of cyclists is hugely important to us.”
The Tour of Britain is visiting Suffolk for the fourth time. But, for the first-ever time, the Suffolk stage will be contained entirely in the county. The route starts in Newmarket and finishes in Aldeburgh, passing through Bury St Edmunds, Framlingham, Ipswich, Kesgrave, Woodbridge, and dozens of villages.
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Andy Jarvis, strategic director for Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: “With 100 days to go until the Tour, it’s fantastic to see young people leading the way to promote cycling as the most popular method of travel.
“Unlike many other sports, cycling is so accessible to everybody and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people and anyone interested in taking up the sport the chance to see athletes on their doorstep.
“Throughout the Women’s Tours, Kesgrave gave amazing support and we hope once again their enthusiasm will inspire the community to get behind this exceptional event.”
Abdul Razaq, director of public health at Suffolk County Council, said: “Cycling provides a great way to be physically activity and we hope the Tour of Britain will inspire many more residents to get on their bikes and help to make Suffolk England’s most active county.”