Sprocket Rocket—A Fun Way to Help Kids Hone Their Cycling Skills

Sprocket RocketSport Northern Ireland/Activ8 has teamed up with Cycling Ireland to produce a Sprocket Rocket info card.

Designed for teachers inspired by the Giro d'Italia to bring cycling to their schools, the card outlines games and activities, which can be delivered by teachers as an introduction to Sprocket Rocket—Cycling Ireland's fundamental cycling skills programme for children age 5–11.

A Sprocket Rocket session focuses on four basic cycling techniques: balance, braking, cornering, and pedalling. The young rider is brought through three progressions in each of these skills. The programme has a strong emphasis on fun learning and supportive coaching, whilst instilling confidence and competence in kids on bikes.

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Renowned Artist Deepa Mann-Kler Celebrates Cycling Through Art

Deepa Mann-Kler graphicArtist Deepa Mann-Kler, a judge for Activ8's recent Giro Design a Jersey Competition for primary school pupils, has her own commitment to the Art of Cycling—fittingly the title of her current exhibition at the Titanic Belfast, running until 15 May 2014.

A "Meet the Artist" reception, also at Titanic Belfast, will be held on Friday, 2 May, and exactly one week before the Giro d'Italia Big Start kicks off in Belfast on 9 May.

A devoted cycling enthusiast, Deepa beautifully captures the movement, speed, and joy of professional cycling.

"My new exhibition celebrates all that is good about cycling here, and the Giro D'Italia," says Deepa. "I love cycling and I first exhibited with the Tour of Ireland in 2009 when Mark Cavendish raced. Then, in 2011, I was commissioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale, Switzerland to paint a gift for their main sponsor, Tissot. Some of my cycling subjects to date include [cyclists] Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche, Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Flèche Wallone, to name a few."

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GO PINK Friday with Sustrans Giro Challenge

PupilsPS01-Sustrans-webJoin 49,000 pupils across Northern Ireland cycling, scooting, and walking to school for the GO PINK day this Friday, 11th April. Sustrans have fabulous prizes up for grabs—are you up for the Sustrans Giro Challenge?

Register today at girochallenge.sustrans.co.uk.

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Sport Northern Ireland Announce Giro d'Italia Jersey Design Winners

Twist with EntriesSport Northern Ireland Announce Giro d'Italia Jersey Design Winners

After viewing thousands of extremely impressive entries, Sport Northern Ireland has announced the six winners of the prestigious Giro D'Italia 'Design a Cycle Jersey' primary school competition.

The very worthy winners are: Patrick Boyd (10) of Ballyholme Primary School; Joshua Clark (8) of Camphill Primary School; Jonathan Dawson (7) of Knockloughrim Primary School; Holly McNaughton (11) of Glencraig Integrated Primary School; Aoife McTaggart (8) of St. Columba's Primary School; and Rebekah Needham (9) of Howard Primary School.

The winning designs will be used to create custom-made t-shirts for Activ8's Wildcat mascots, Twist and Bounce, and will be worn during the Giro D'Italia in May.

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Sport Northern Ireland gear up for Giro d’Italia school art competition

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Sport Northern Ireland gear up for Giro d'Italia school art competition

Sport Northern Ireland is gearing up to judge a staggering 3,700 design entries for its Giro d'Italia school art competition.

Team Sky cyclist Philip Deignan and renowned local artist Deepa Mann-Kler have joined the Sport Northern Ireland team with Chief Executive Antoinette McKeown to judge the Activ8 school "Design a Cycle Jersey" competition ahead  of the Giro d'Italia Big Start in Belfast (9-11 May 2014).

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