Surrey school children have been set the challenge of designing the Škoda King of the Mountains jersey for this year’s Tour of Britain.
The ‘polka dot jersey’, as it’s often referred to, is awarded to the best climber in the race.
It follows the announcement that Surrey will host the final stage of the national cycle race on 16 September, just weeks after the Olympic cycling road races and time trials take place in the county.
Surrey County Council teamed up with official jersey sponsor, Škoda, yesterday (9 May) to launch the county-wide competition at The Priory School in Reigate, Surrey. The youngsters were joined by cyclist Simon Holt from Team Raleigh-GAC for a question and answer session.
Students aged seven to 16 have until 27 June to enter. The winner will have their design made up and will be invited to present it to the rider crowned Škoda King of Mountains at the Tour’s official prize giving.
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “We’ve brought the Tour of Britain to Surrey as it will generate huge economic and sporting benefits for the county. It’s fantastic to see so many children showing an interest in cycling. You never know, today’s event might have inspired the next Mark Cavendish.”
Emily Dymond, Communications Manager for Škoda UK, said: “As official vehicle sponsor and official sponsor of the King of the Mountains jersey, we wanted to recognise the part families play in making The Tour of Britain such a huge success. We hope that families from across the UK will once again be drawn to each of the Škoda King of the Mountains climbs to witness the action first hand.”
The eighth and final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain will cover more than 90 miles of Surrey roads starting in Reigate before finishing on Guildford’s cobbled High Street.
Dorking, Shere, Mayford, West Horsley, Ockley, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, Witley and Bramley are also on the route.
For more information journalists can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email email@example.com
Škoda UK Press Officer, Lindsey Reaney on 0121 384 9719 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Full entry details and more information can be found in Škoda King of the Mountains jersey competition packs which are being dispatched to all 417 Surrey schools this week.
Škoda has a long association with cycling, dating back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mlada Boleslav in the Czech Republic.