40 school children given the chance to ride through Richmond Park with the multi-awarded Olympian

LONDON. Monday 9th December 2013:

Today, Sir Chris Hoy kick-started the seasonal celebrations for 30 children from St. Mary’s and St. Peter’s Church of England Primary School with a Christmas-themed bike ride in Richmond Park.

The winning class, from a local Richmond-Upon-Thames school, was chosen by Hoy following the submission of poems and drawings to a competition with the theme, ‘memories of my first bike.’ The competition was run by Evans Cycles and designed to celebrate the joy of cycling and share these great memories.

Highstreet cycle experts, Evans Cycles, has a long-standing partnership with Hoy who is tasked with inspiring the next generation of cyclists. He comments, “the effort that went into each competition submission was phenomenal. I remember my first bike – a BMX that I was given when I was seven years old – and how excited I was to start riding it. Hopefully riding with these children today will go some way to deepen their enthusiasm for the sport.”

The winning entry was an advent calendar that had a photo and story from each child in the class underneath every window and will be displayed in the Evans Cycles in Kingston, until Christmas along with the other entries.

“At Evans Cycles we believe in selling proper bikes for little riders to help them experience the joy and freedom you get from cycling. But we wanted to go further than that this Christmas. We wanted to find a way to go beyond the humble bicycle and really excite kids about the sport – so we gave them the opportunity to ride with one of cycling’s greats,” says Gareth Evans, Marketing Manager, Evans Cycles.