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Cumbria School Children to Start & Finish the Tour of Britain

August 24, 2016

The world's leading cyclists competing in the Tour of Britain race in Cumbria are to be waved off at the start and greeted at the finish line by cycling-inspired designs produced by two Cumbrian school pupils.

The winning designs for the starting flag and stage winner's jersey for the Tour of Britain Stage Two, Carlisle to Kendal stage taking place on the 5th September have been announced.

The two winners were plucked from over 1700 entries in a Tour of Britain primary schools competition run by Active Cumbria as part of Cumbria County Councils Public Health & Communities directorate.

The winner of the official starting flag for Carlisle was 7-year old Chloe Brakewell from Crosscrake CE Primary School Kendal. Chloe and her family will be given VIP treatment on the day of the race and also gets to keep a replica of her winning flag design – which Chloe describes as 'I drew some wheels and the man riding the bike. Then I drew some grass with the sheep, lots of steep hills and a wall by the road'

Jersey design winner Katie McNee, who is aged 9 and attends Rockcliffe School near Carlisle, will see her design turned into the actual shirt which will be presented to the winner of Stage Two at the stage finale at Kendal. Her design is shaped around the Cumbrian landscape on the back features a cyclist ready to go up a steep mountain. Katie gets to keep her own replica of the jersey, and will be a VIP guest with her family at Kendal.

Hillary Swan, Katie’s Mum said:

“Katie is absolutely thrilled that she has won this competition, and she is very excited to be able to present the jersey to the winner of the Tour of Britain Stage 2 in Kendal.  This will be a wonderful experience we shall never forget”.  

Cllr Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member responsible for schools, said:

"Congratulations to both of the winners who have represented the County in their designs, I’ve been really impressed with the standard of entries from schools across Cumbria, the number of entries to this competition is a fantastic result and real evidence that holding the Tour of Britain in Cumbria touches people of all ages. I hope that plenty of young people are inspired to cycle themselves as a result of learning more about the Tour and the benefits of cycling."

Find out more about Stage Two, Carlisle – Kendal here