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Monkton pupil becomes one of the youngest to cycle Mont Ventoux in France

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Seven year old Miriam from Monkton is believed to be the youngest ever cyclist to conquer one of the toughest challenges on the 'Tour de France' by cycling up Mont Ventoux.

Miriam Goode together with her Mum Miranda and 10 year old sister Poppy spent a month training for the challenge this summer in the Provence region of southern France.

Mont Ventoux is 1912 metres high and has become known in cycling circles as the “Beast of Provence” and ‘Le Géant de Provence’.

Seven year old Miriam and her sister rode Frog ‘Team Sky’ bikes, and Miriam took along her favourite toy 'Bear Bear' as a mascot in her back pocket. On completing the challenge she was met with applause and cheering from other cyclists at the summit.

After completing the epic cycling feat Miriam said, "I enjoyed the challenge and that people were so amazed and taking photos of us.” and Poppy added, “The best bit was going through the woods and getting to eat lots of sweets to keep up our energy!" Both girls set off early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day and arrived at the top of the Mountain  within two hours and twenty minutes. Their mum cycled alongside and their dad Jonny was in a support car close behind.

It is thought that Miriam could be the youngest to cycle up Mont Ventoux at the age of just seven. Her achievement has been recognised across the cycling community, with messages of congratulations and a tweet of support from the Team Sky, Tour de France rider Luke Rowe.

Miriam and Poppy both attend Monkton Prep School, where their parents Jonny and Miranda are the boarding houseparents and regularly organise triathlons and charity events at the school, including staging a ‘Bath-2-Sydney’ cycle challenge held at Odd Down Cycle Track in 2016.

Dad Jonny said, “We are so delighted with both Miriam and Poppy’s efforts. Both feel extremely proud of what they have achieved and loved the fact they were the youngest cyclists on the mountain!”

He added. "Monkton is a school where we encourage all the children to participate in as many sports as possible, whatever their level and ability. As well as the traditional team sports, we want the children to have the opportunity to experience Triathlons and Biathlons, learning to love exercise and making it part of their daily lives as they grow up."

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