Six-year-old super cyclist takes 50-mile ride in her stride

Alice Wigley at Beningbrough Hall. Photograph: Steve Wigley
8 Jul 2020 @ 9.35 am
| Community news

One York youngster has really got out and about this summer – going on a 50-mile bike ride in just one day.

Alice Wigley aged six, cycled an impressive 80km (50miles) on Saturday, 20 June, in a six-hour ride across part of the Vale of York.

With her family, Alice, who attends St Wilfred’s RC Primary Academy, set out from from Beningbrough Hall and took in a visit to Selby Abbey at half way, returning back to the start via the same route.

Over recent weeks Alice along with her younger brother Hugo have completed a number of training rides varying from 20km all the way through to 50km.

Shorter daily rides also helped build up her fitness.

Going further

Alice’s dad Steve says: “She had achieved something really quite amazing that not many adults can say they have done or some could do.

“She is our little cycling superstar and Naomi and myself are so very proud of her. Who knows what she may be capable of in the future?”

Alice said: “I really enjoyed the day, spending time with my dad but I especially liked the picnic and riding through wooded bits.

“I think I could go further – I’d like to cycle 100km next.”

Mum Naomi said: “With so many children having to stay at home at the moment, cycling for Alice has been a fantastic tool to help with her physical and mental health and break from the challenges of being at home so much.

“It’s wonderful to see that she gets so much enjoyment from just riding her bike.”