YOUNGSTERS URGED TO ‘GO-RIDE’

21 Oct 2005

CyclingWelsh Cycling yesterday unveiled a revolutionary new cycling programme set to shift uptake in Wales up a gear and unearth a new breed of cycling superstars.

At Bodnant Junior School in Prestatyn yesterday (20th October), Sports Minister Alun Pugh praised the Go-Ride programme which is taking cycling into primary schools across Wales. A keen cyclist himself, the Minister was eager to meet the enthusiastic young riders and pass on his passion, which has seen him cycle the length and breadth of Wales.

He said, "Go-Ride is a great way of introducing schoolchildren to cycling and encouraging them to enjoy the sport as a healthy pursuit. Teaching them basic skills at and early age and stressing the importance of staying active means they are more likely to take this message forward and become active adults.

"If we can improve the fitness of the Welsh nation we will make great strides in improving our health – a key objective of Health Challenge Wales."

Coaches from Rhyl cycling club were also on hand to take the newcomers through the basics and whet their appetite for the ten week coaching session to follow, which will be taken on by a teacher at the school.