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Extreme biking on display at Belmont Castle

PUPILS at Belmont Castle Academy in Grays were treated to breath-taking displays of bike stunt action by brothers Danny and Ash Butler and their Extreme Mountain Bike Show on Wednesday (28 January).

The brothers thrilled the children with their “bike dancing” and exceptional control skills, and also explained the importance of riding safely, basic bike maintenance and wearing correct clothing such as helmets, gloves and cycle shoes.

The school won the treat for racking up the most mileage during the Tour of Britain Bike It race last October.

Sustrans Bike It officer Hannah Brittain set Thurrock schools a challenge to cycle, scoot or walk a collective 840 miles in two weeks – the distance of the Tour of Britain 2014.

Nine schools took part with Belmont travelling an outstanding 5,610 miles.

Hannah said: “I always enjoy visiting Belmont as the pupils are so enthusiastic about cycling and scooting.

“Bike It champions Angela Miles and Sarah Judd worked very hard to encourage everyone to get involved in the challenge which played a key role in the school’s winning the top prize.”

And the vice principal of the Parker Road school Jackie Croom added: “The children really enjoyed the show which was well deserved.

“Cycling and walking is healthier for them and eases congestion around the school which helps everyone.”

Danny and Ash gave a second performance of their two-wheel feats at Orsett C of E primary which won the prize for the highest percentage of participants in the competition.

The brothers will be returning to Thurrock this summer as the top prize for The Big Pedal competition which runs from 2 to 20 March.

The Tour of Britain Bike It competition was funded by Travel Thurrock, the council’s sustainable transport team, as part of the Bike It project.


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