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Leeds pupils take part in 200 mile Yorkshire cycle relay

Leeds pupils have taken part in the 2019 Schools Yorkshire Tour this week, a 200 mile cycle relay which aims to encourage more pupils to cycle to school and improve cycle skills.

Pupils from various schools across the city have been transporting the baton from school to school, starting at Guiseley Primary School in the north of the city and finishing at Co-op Academy Priesthorpe on the Bradford border.

Children and young people from over 125 schools across Yorkshire are taking part in the cycling relay which covers 11 local authority areas over the next 3 weeks. Over 1250 children will take part in the event.

The relay began on Monday 10 June outside York Minster as part of national Bike Week (8th – 14thJune) and will culminate in Doncaster on Tuesday 2 July.

Pupils from primary, secondary and SEND schools in Yorkshire will be passing the baton over 200 miles to its final destination.

The baton will pass through York, North Yorkshire, Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Wakefield, Barnsley, Sheffield and Rotherham local authority areas before it is ultimately handed back to Doncaster Council and Peter Dodd (Welcome to Yorkshire) at the final event at Cast in Doncaster.

Schools who have taken part in the ride will be invited to the event to welcome home the baton as it completes its journey across the county. Dame Sarah Storey will also be attending the final event.

Organised by 11 local authorities and various partners (City Connect, West Yorkshire Police, British Cycling, Sustrans, Welcome to Yorkshire), the aim of the tour is to encourage more young people to take up cycling by promoting it as a fun, everyday method of transport.

The event has been supported by YPO and HSBC.

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