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Harrogate students trace cycling routes

Arthur Cheek and Fin Pickard prepare to complete their rides for the My Beautiful Bike Ride project, which they are taking part in along with Tom Hooren. All three are Rossett School pupils. (S)

Arthur Cheek and Fin Pickard prepare to complete their rides for the My Beautiful Bike Ride project, which they are taking part in along with Tom Hooren. All three are Rossett School pupils. (S)

To celebrate the everyday cyclist ahead of the Tour de France, three Rossett School students are being commissioned by Harewood House to trace the average route for cyclists around the historic building.

Year 8 students Fin Pickard, Arthur Cheek, and Tom Hooren were chosen to be part of the Arts Council project, called My Beautiful Bike ride, to commemorate the sporting event coming to Yorkshire next weekend.

As part of this, the three boys have been cycling their favourite routes with cameras attached to their helmets, and the resulting films are now being put together, complete with interviews from the participants, to provide a key insight into the everyday cyclist. These will be shown at Harewood House on July 11.

Rossett maths teacher Philippa Everingham said: “I got involved in the project when I was getting some information on the Tour for my form’s assembly presentation on bike safety.

“I spoke to someone who asked if I was interested in getting some pupils involved in the project at Harewood and I jumped at the chance as my background is in museums as well, so I was pretty keen to grab this opportunity as I know what an incredible place Harewood is.

“The boys have all been very enthusiastic about the project and have enjoyed being part of such a big event. We can’t wait to see the finished product when the premiere takes place at Harewood in a few weeks’ time.”

The project has been organised by Nicola Stephenson, Harewood’s exhibitions and projects producer.

She said: “We want to show how all sorts of people see and experience the world from their bike - for pleasure, on the way to work or school, as part of their job.

“The Tour de France is one of the world’s greatest sporting events, demanding Herculean levels of fitness, endurance and determination.

“But we also want to celebrate the individual pleasure and endeavour of the ordinary cyclist - the ride that seems something special because of the view you see, the way it makes you feel, that person you met or the secret place or route that only you know about.”

After the films are premiered next month they will be shown at a special exhibition at Harewood House for the next four months until November 2.

 

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