PUPILS from nine Cheshire schools made more than 11,000 journeys by bike over three weeks last month.
Youngsters took to two wheels as part of national cycle race Big Pedal, which saw more than 800 schools compete across the country.
The race, organised by UK charity Sustrans and funded by the cycle industry through Bike Hub, aims to inspire children to cycle more often.
Chester winners were Hoole Church of England Primary School, who were placed 105th out of 828 taking part nationally.
Sustrans Bike It officer for Chester Lydia Wilde said: “It was brilliant to see bike sheds and playgrounds full of bikes from children who had got to school under their own steam.”
Other competing schools were Newton, Dee Point, Guilden Sutton CE, Cherry Grove and Highfield Community Primary Schools.
They were joined by Mill View, St Werburgh’s and St Columba’s and St Oswald CE Aided Primary School.
Pontrhydyfen Primary School in Port Talbot, Wales, claimed first prize for the fastest national time.
The race followed a format similar to the Tour de France. Cyclists took part in different stages each day, from long flat sprints to steep climbs.
The more children, parents and teachers who cycled into school each day, the quicker the time awarded to the school.
“The race has encouraged many children and their parents to use two wheels instead of four on the school run, demonstrating how easy it is ,” said Lydia.
More information is available at www.thebigpedal.org.uk.