• The Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, returns to London on Monday 7 July 2014
• School children across London are invited to get involved and take part in four Tour de France art competitions
To celebrate the world’s greatest cycling race returning to the capital on Monday 7 July, Lloyd Warbey, presenter of Disney’s Art Attack, and Transport for London (TfL) are calling on school children across London to take inspiration from the world’s best cyclists rolling through the city’s streets and get arty.
The capital’s students are being challenged to craft cycling creations in four separate competitions:
• Students aged between 7 and 11 are being asked to design a banner and a cycling jersey. The winning banner design will be displayed at the Tour de France Fan Parks and the winning jersey design will be printed onto a jersey for the artist to keep
• Students aged between 11 and 14 are being asked to submit their designs for a cycling poster. The winning design will be displayed in secondary schools in London
• Students aged between 7 and 14 are being asked to design a piece of artwork which could include land art or a sculpture. The winning piece will be brought to life and displayed at key landmarks across London.
Lloyd Warbey, presenter of Disney’s Art Attack, said: “As a born and bred Londoner, I am thoroughly excited about the great Tour de France coming to the capital on Monday 7 July, and the chance to be involved with the Tour and children’s art was one I could not turn down. I’m looking forward to seeing the best cycling art London’s pedalling Picassos have to offer.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “The inspirational Tour de France returns to London on Monday 7 July and will encourage Londoners and visitors to experience the capital on two wheels. Lloyd has seen some really big art attacks and I cannot wait to see how these competitions will provoke the artistic talent of London’s youngsters.”
The winners of each competition will be judged by a panel, including Lloyd, and will win a range of fantastic prizes to inspire and encourage more cycling including cycling equipment, official Tour de France merchandise, framed artwork and the chance to have the art displayed at London landmarks and City Hall. For information on how to enter, go to http://www.staccreditation.org.uk/school/cycling.php. All four competitions close on Friday 30 May 2014.
The Tour de France – the world’s largest annual sporting event - comes to London on Monday 7 July after two stages in Yorkshire. Around 200 elite cyclists will travel from Cambridge, through Essex, into London before a spectacular finish on The Mall. The iconic Tour de France will draw people onto the streets of London from near and far, and help to inspire more people to take up cycling.
A detailed map of the Tour de France Stage 3 route, along with more information about the event, can be found at www.tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance .