It wasn’t just Chris Froome who was riding quickly across France this summer, twenty pupils with teachers and parents from Wellington School had their own mini Tour de France.
The Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils pedalled 650 km from Bordeaux to Caen in seven days, covering around 100 km each day.
The group avoided the larger towns and took to the quieter smaller roads, which made for much more pleasant cycling.
Pupils tested the full range of gears on their road bikes throughout the journey up France and made good time, arriving each evening at a campsite to rest up.
No finish on the Champs Elysees for these cyclists though, on the final day all the pupils jumped in to the English Channel at Ouistreham to cool off after the last leg of the tour.
Another Year 11 pupil, Christian Fieldhouse said’ A brilliant achievement to see so much of France. Bring on next year!’
Will Osborne, a Year 11 pupil at Wellington School said, ‘One of our teachers, Mr Carson’s, jokes really helped to keep me going.’
The aim for next year’s trip is to cycle in the other direction from Bordeaux to Barcelona so that the pupils can jump in the Med this time to cool off.