THE starter’s flag has dropped on a challenge for Warwickshire school children to get creative for the leading female professional cycling road race in the UK cycling calendar.
The OVO Energy Women’s Tour will be making a welcome return to the county in June for a third year.
Primary school children are being asked to take part in competitions to design the start flag for the event and the Warwickshire stage winner trophy.
Youngsters can work in any medium to draw the image and the winners design will then be used in the cycling event.
The winner of the trophy competition will get to go along to the race and present their trophy to the winning cyclist, while the winner of the flag competition getting the chance to start the race.
Both artists will also win goody bags.
Last year’s winners were Ava Grimes from St Benedict’s School in Atherstone and Abigail Briggs from Tysoe Primary School.
Monica Fogarty, joint managing director for race hosts, Warwickshire County Council, said: “The event has fast become one of the highlights in the Warwickshire calendar and that is why we want to celebrate it anyway possible and the competitions are the perfect way to get children involved.
“They are a great way to encourage young people to get creative and be part of such as a massive event.
“Each year schools have been extremely supportive of the design competition and the race and we would urge them to get involved once again.”
Warwickshire will host the third stage of the event on Friday, 15th June.
It will start in Market Square, Atherstone in the north of the county, and will weave its way through Warwickshire in a 151km route, ending in Royal Leamington Spa – making the Warwickshire stage the longest of the 2018 event.
All competition entries must be posted to Aaron Corsi, Warwickshire County Council, Infrastructure and Regeneration, PO Box 43, Shire Hall, Warwick, CV34 4SX.
The closing date for entries is Wednesday, 16th May, with judging taking place on Tuesday, 22nd May.
For more details about the competitions, downloading template or entering, see www.warwickshire.gov.uk/womens-tour/competitions