Egerton youngsters help to launch new cycling event for Knutsford

CYCLING mad youngsters at a Knutsford primary school were treated to a lesson in all things bike related at the launch of a new challenge coming to the town later this year. A special assembly was held at Egerton Primary School on Friday dedicated to cycling and in particular the launch of the Cheshire Sportive, which will raise funds for the Egerton Schools’ Foundation.

14 Jul 2016

The Cheshire Cycling Sportive event, taking place on September 11 2017, is a 65 mile cycling challenge through many of Cheshire’s picturesque villages includes Swiss Hill, a testing 30 per cent cobbled climb, and the spectacular Goyt Valley, using British Sky Cycling Team’s favourite training roads.

All profits from the event are being donated to the Egerton School’s Foundation, a mutually beneficial partnership between Egerton Primary School Knutsford and Egerton Primary School in Njoro Kenya, a school originally founded by the Egerton Family of Tatton Park.

Dan Boardman, organiser of the event and an Egerton parent, said: “I had the idea to create the Cheshire Sportive as I was riding pretty much that same 65-mile route myself regularly, and thought it would make a fantastic sportive event.  “It’s such a beautiful and varied ride with plenty of famous stretches incorporated such as the cobbled climb at Swiss Hill and the Cat and Fiddle section into the Goyt Valley.

“The opportunity to donate proceeds to the Egerton Schools’ Foundation, which has such important roots in Knutsford, gives the event a global perspective and extra purpose to those who enter. We are looking forward to a spectacular day for all who take part.”

To show their support for all the cyclists in the Sportive, on the same day children and parents from Egerton Primary will be cycling, scooting and walking two miles together to Tatton Hall the home of the Egerton Family and hopefully raising some funds of their own all set to go to the Egerton Schools’ Foundation.

So far the foundation has achieved a great deal with exchange visits between the teachers of both schools happening every year and success in securing a grant that enabled them to create a school library complete with full time librarian at the Kenyan school.  Along with Egerton parents many businesses including Barclays and Roberts Bakery have supported the foundation for several years, joining teachers on the educational trips, transforming classrooms & donating computers to help increase the impact of this truly unique partnership.

Egerton headteacher Alison Hooper added: “This partnership provides a unique and significant contribution to global learning in both schools that makes it real and current. The historical connection enables the children and the Knutsford community to appreciate the legacy of the Egerton family.

“Dan’s idea of organising this cycle ride will contribute to sustaining this important work as well as inspiring children to continue to enjoy cycling!”


Cllr James Power, chair of the Tour of Britain Sub Committee on Knutsford Town Council, attended the school’s assembly and talked to the children about the real passion for cycling in Knutsford generated from the upcoming visit of the Tour of Britain in September.  “The Tour of Britain will inspire the next generation of cyclists and encourage people to make the most of Knutsford’s stunning parks and cycle routes,” he said.  “In my view, Knutsford is one of the best places to experience this race, not only will the cyclists pass through the town two times, we also have a “Cycle Fest” on the Heath which is a “pop up” festival for families and cyclist enthusiasts to enjoy.”

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