Ovo Energy Womens Tour is a women's staged cycle race, which takes place in Great Britain. This year it took place between Monday 10th June 2019 and Saturday 15th June 2019, for the first time the event was six stages long. Oxfordshire hosted the third stage of the race on the 12th of June 2019. The race was 145.1km long and started in Henley On Thames and finished at Blenheim Palace. The aim was to encourage more women to ride on Britain's roads.
10-year-old, Alexa Lee had the honour of starting the race since she won this year’s design competition. Alexa, who attends Appleton Church Of England Primary School in Abingdon said “I wanted my cyclist to be going fast. I found it challenging to draw the cyclist pedalling and came up with a cyclist in flying motion. It ended up looking like she has a cloak. Like she is whizzing by. I love it. I used bright colours because the race is very exciting for me and my school friends.” She also added that she used bright colours to show that she and her school friends are very exited for the race. Alexa’s artwork can be seen at the top of the page.
Charlbury Primary School in Chipping Norton also got involved with the race by doing bike ability training which helps them cycle safely and with confidence. Beatrice Peters, who attends the school said “my dad really likes cycling and told me about the race. It is pretty cool and exciting that it is coming to Charlbury.”
When the race finished British Cycling ran activities for Bladon Primary, Woodstock Primary and Edward Field Primary. Children also got to ride a pump track, a grass course and some pupils got to take part in sprint races over the finish line. Pupils at Marlborough School got to cycle to the palace and then cycle down to the finishing straight
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Writen by Lucy Paintin, work experience student.