Cycle Tour Yellow Fever!
Year 7 students at Hedingham School had a very exciting PE lesson this week when, instead of playing rounder’s on the school field, they lined the road outside the school to cheer on the elite women cyclists of the world as they took part in the Tour of Britain. The students, armed with their yellow tour flags, got into place shortly after 10.00am and got more and more excited as dozens of police motorcyclists, with blue lights flashing, came roaring through to block the roads ahead. As the outriders tooted their horns and blasted their sirens, the children shouted louder and louder! Then came some of the tour cars, and then finally the cyclists; flying past in a matter of seconds dressed in myriads of colours of Lycra. Some of the students waved their flags so hard that the ends flew off! Twelve year old Megan Foord from Halstead said, ‘It was overwhelming to see them all come through together and I so enjoyed being part of it all.’
Following the cyclists came the team cars with thousands of pounds worth of cycles loaded onto the roofs in case any rider needed new wheels during the138 km race which continued on to Sudbury and then down to the finish on Clacton seafront. The race, Stage 2 of the 5 stage event, started in Braintree town centre at 10.00am. Taking part were 93 riders in 12 of the top 13 teams in the world with 11 current national road champions racing, including decorated Paraolympian, Dame Sarah Storey. Sadly Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead, who is Commonwealth Champion and yesterday’s winner, had pulled out of the race due to a crash that occurred seconds after she won the first stage of the Tour in Aldeburgh yesterday.
After all the excitement, the students went back to their lessons and peace descended once again on Castle Hedingham. Tia Wilkin who is 12 years old and lives in Castle Hedingham commented, ’It was really exciting to see the Tour and I have nearly lost my voce from shouting so much!!’