Cycling mad students from Tupton Hall School were left spinning after winning gold at the Tour of Britain.
Five girls from Years 8 and 9 took part in the cycling event celebration as it rolled into Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground, touring the support village and competing in their own team pursuit race.
The girls have worked with British Cycling coach Dean Hughes who ran training sessions at Tupton Hall School last year. They also competed in the NED Go Ride event last summer and have been working hard during lessons and after school to develop their fitness and advanced skills in both track cycling and mountain biking.
“When we were offered the chance to compete in the Aviva Tour of Britain celebrations we jumped at the chance,” said Rob Moxon, head of PE at Tupton Hall.
“The girls were treated like royalty at the event, loaded up with a wealth of freebies and given the chance to walk around the support village. It was a fantastic experience.”
Then came the pursuit race. The 5 girls rode in formation, with the front rider peeling off one by one after each lap.
Despite strong competition and a crash on the second lap of the penultimate race, Team Tupton made it through a close final and came away with the gold medal.
TEAM: Elodie Edwards, Zoe Dunbar, Lois Green, Lauren Wheelwright, Courtney Bettney
WATCH THIS VIDEO OF THE TEAM'S EXPERIENCE AT THE TOUR OF BRITAIN: