The Tour de France isn’t due in Sheffield until next year - but city pupils are already pedalling part of the route.
Children at Nether Green Junior School climbed Mont Ventoux, a famous mountain stage of the elite bike race, with a little help from Year 4 teacher Killian Lomas, himself a world mountain bike orienteering champion.
However, travelling to Europe wasn’t necessary on this occasion, as the young cyclists used a static bike and virtual computer programme.
Mr Lomas organised the challenge - which he called ‘Climbing for Climbing’ - to raise money for a new climbing frame for the school sports hall, as part of its annual Health Week.
The teacher, a member of the Great Britain mountain bike orienteering squad, fits training and competitions around his full-time teaching post, and has made it his mission to instil a love of cycling in his pupils, introducing Bike-It Breakfast and bicycle maintenance clubs.
He said the aim was for the children to make it to the top of Mount Ventoux at least once.
“Every child in the school got a chance to have a go and make their mark on part of the climb,” said Mr Lomas, who won a gold medal in the orienteering
So far £200 has been raised - and some glitches in the computer technology will see another attempt at the ride next week. Support is being provided by Sustrans and young people’s scheme Bike It.
Sue Jackson, Nether Green Juniors’ headteacher, added: “We’re very proud of Mr Lomas’ achievements. The children are certainly inspired by his commitment and success.”