Tupton Hall quintet star at Tour of Britain

Tupton Hall pupils at the Tour of Britain.
Tupton Hall pupils at the Tour of Britain.

A quintet of cycling mad students from Tupton Hall School were left spinning after winning gold at the Tour of Britain.

Five girls from years eight and nine took part in the cycling event celebration as it rolled into Nottingham’s Forest Recreation Ground.

Tupton Hall pupils at the Tour of Britain.

Tupton Hall pupils at the Tour of Britain.

The girls also toured the support village and competed in their very own team pursuit race during the sixth stage of the Tour which worked its way through Derbyshire.

The girls have worked with British Cycling coach Dean Hughes who ran training sessions at Tupton Hall School last year.

Rob Moxon, who is head of PE at the Chesterfield secondary school, says the work with Hughes has helped them all improve their cycling skills and stamina.

They also competed in the NED Go Ride event last summer and have been working hard during lessons and after school to develop their fitness and advanced skills in both track cycling and mountain biking.

“When we were offered the chance to compete in the Aviva Tour of Britain celebrations we jumped at the chance,” said Rob.

“The girls were treated like royalty at the event.

“They were loaded up with a wealth of freebies and were also given the chance to walk around and explore the support village.

“It was a fantastic experience.”

Then came the pursuit race.

The five girls rode in formation, with the front rider peeling off one by one after each lap.

Despite strong competition and a crash on the second lap of the penultimate race, Team Tupton made it through a close final and came away with the gold medal.

The Tupton Hall team team comprised of: Elodie Edwards, Zoe Dunbar, Lois Green, Lauren Wheelwright and Courtney Bettney.

For more information on the school, you can visit the website at www.tuptonhall.derbyshire.sch.uk.