SCHOOL children at Burley Oaks Primary school are being awarded with their very own UCI World Championship rainbow t-shirt for their achievements during the lead up to the UCI World Championships last month.

The framed UCI t-shirt, signed by local legend and former world champion Lizzie Deignan, Dame Sarah Storey, and several other professional cyclists, is being presented to the school on Friday after they won the Bradford inter-schools cycling competition.

Children from 12 primary schools recreated a number of professional race formats in the lead up to the departure of the women’s Elite race from Bradford.

The teams of eight boys and eight girls from each school took part in Individual Time Trials, Team Time Trials, Individual Pursuit and an Endurance Race - with three schools racing each day. Burley Oaks Primary School was the overall winners of Bradford Council’s interschool cycle competition based on their team’s performance .

Burley Oaks assistant headteacher Anna Greenwood said: “This was a fun and well organised event which gave children the opportunity to improve their cycling skills, learn how to race competitively and develop teamwork. It was a pleasure to watch how our children worked together to achieve such impressive cycling times when lapping the track. We have a first class cycling curriculum at Burley Oaks having developed this across all years so it has been particularly special to be able to bring our children to a large competitive event where they have been able to apply their skills and be so successful. We are very proud of them all.”

Year 6 pupil Charles Scott, winner of the boys individual time trial race and part of the team time trial added: “It was amazing to take part in a world wide event here in Bradford. I would definitely take part in it again, as the venue and being able to represent my school felt amazing. Receiving my medal standing in front of everybody will always be a special memory.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, portfolio holder for healthy people ad healthy places, at Bradford Council said:“The team from Burley Oaks Primary School deserve this award for the excellent team performance they put in when taking part on this competition.”

The presentation will be made by Ian Cullen from Bikefutures who has coached cycling to many children from around the district and who organised the event.