Sustainable transport charity Sustrans is launching a virtual month-long world race with cycling adventurer Alastair Humphreys.
The initiative, aimed at inspiring school children to get on their bikes, is targeting 20,000 children from 140 schools. Pupils will get the chance to take part in a virtual race across the globe covering 46,000 miles, following in the footsteps of Humphreys four year ride through 60 different countries – an achievement described by Sir Ranulph Fiennes as “the first great adventure of the new millennium.”
Alastair Humphreys said: “It is fantastic to be able to team up with Sustrans and use my own adventure to encourage children from across the country to choose cycling as a real alternative for the school run,” said Alastair Humphreys.
“Cycling to school is a great way for young people to get fit and healthy. I would encourage as many pupils as possible to join their Bike It Officers in this great challenge. Good luck to all those taking part and I look forward to tracking your progress around the world."
Bike It Officer Kathy Bashford enthused: “This unique race will act as a great way for the whole school community to join together as they take on other schools from across the country. The most important part of the month long race will be to show pupils, parents and teachers how easy choosing two wheels instead of four for the journey to school can be."