Youngsters raced in the cycle tracks of Tour de France’s cycling heroes after speeding to victory at a major contest.
Several schools rode on the waves of success of the legendary race’s sprint through Yorkshire to be crowned victors in this year’s Jet2holidays West Yorkshire School Games.
During the games at Leeds Metropolitan University they demonstrated their cycling prowess and put Kirklees on the map as the heartland for cycling champions while competing against 77 other schools from around the county.
Seven students from Colne Valley High School swept the board in the cycle cross events after coming top in all categories.
Year nine pupils Emelia Clarke and Eddie Townend were named overall individual champions while Kade Edwards gained silver and the Kirklees A team, which included the trio and Aidan Tippett Morre, also earned gold in the team relay.
Meanwhile, Netherthong Juniors and Brighouse High School came second and third in the individual event.
Colne Valley High School spokeswoman Charlotte Westwood said: “The school were very proud to have four of their year nine students represent Kirklees at the games and to come away with such fantastic results.”
They were just some of the talented pupils at the event which saw over 1,200 young people come together to take part in 12 different sports.
Run by West Yorkshire Sport, the contest is part of the Sainsbury’s School Games, a national Olympic legacy programme that aims to bring thousands of young people together through sport.
Kirkburton Middle School students proved themselves as boccia stars after gaining first place while excitement over Wimbledon and the upcoming Commonwealth Games had a positive effect on Honley High School who came second in tennis and athletics and at Kirkroyds Infant School in New Mill which came first in mini tennis.
And pupils and teachers did cartwheels over their gymnastics success after six schools came in the top three in their categories.
Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury came first in the disability group while Huddersfield Grammar School came top in level two foundation and Lindley Juniors came third in the advanced section.
Hartshead came third in level three advanced and Newsome High School came third in the level three foundation category.
Salendine Nook High School took third place in cheerleading, Fixby Junior and Infant School earned second in netball, Christ Church Academy got gold in tag rugby and Fieldhead Primary Academy came third in tri-golf.
London 2012 Team GB Judo champion, Sophie Cox, who congratulated the winners, said: “Sport is great for competitiveness but also raises aspirations and helps young people have an aim and goal in life.”
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