VIDEO: Cycle kids test themselves in the ‘velodrome’

Energetic children escaped the heat today with a session on the velodrome racing game set up at Doncaster Museum.

Two bikes were set up in the Chequer Road foyer to enable children over the age of eight to race against each other in the electronic veldodrome.

The faster they pedalled, the quicker they reached the finish line.

Among those having a go were Sprotbrough children Jacob Hand, 12, and his sister, Bethany, eight, pictured here, who both enjoy cycling.

More than 50 children turned up for the event with some children enjoying several runs on the bikes.

Get Cycling officer Simon Rigby said: “We have had some children who had never ridden a bike before and weren’t sure which way to pedal.

“Anything that enhances the appeal of cycling is a good thing, especially for kids who can be seen to be having fun. There’s a lot of potential in something like this.”

Get Cycling was set up to encourage more people to cycle for pleasure and tours the country with events where people can try different types of bikes, such as tricycles, recumbents and KMX karts.

Next month Cusworth hall Museum is hosting three other Get Cycling events - a pedal power Scalextric on Aug 5, a Penny Farthing display on Aug 12, and a Bike Tryout Day on Aug 19.

Our video shows Hatfield children Oscar McGrath, seven, racing against his sister, Heidi, five.