Three of our students were among a group of girls who formed a peloton in front of the elite riders competing in the UK’s first Women’s Tour. The Grand Depart of the Friends Life Women’s Tour took place in Oundle, where thousands watched the cyclists, including world champion Marianne Vos and Olympic silver medallist and British national champion Lizzie Armitstead, set out on the first stage which finished in Northampton.
Erin Miller, Megan Piper and Linda Krasniqi from Year 7 were part of the group that led the opening lap and the girls were pictured in television coverage. Teacher Miss Warman said: ‘It was an incredible experience for them to be involved in such a high profile sporting event which attracted a crowd of thousands and lots of television coverage. They looked great as they led the riders out and the atmosphere was amazing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them and they definitely enjoyed being a part of it.'
The girls were selected to take part, along with other young riders from schools including Oundle and King’s Cliffe and King John, as they had taken part in cycling races as part of the School Games programme the previous day. They, along with Connor Furey, James McIntyre and Luka Sabadi, competed against their peers in sprint and endurance events. Connor came first in the sprint and second in the endurance event. He was placed second overall in the boys’ category while the Brooke Weston team, as a whole, finished fourth.
Miss Barber said: ‘They did really well in the event, which was set up by British Cycling. We selected students who turn up to practices and try really hard in lessons. The three girls especially are full of determination and guts and you definitely need that in cycling.’