Pupils have the chance to design a winning jersey
CREATIVE schoolchildren are being offered the chance to design the winner's jersey for a nationwide cycle race.
Earlier this month the Advertiser revealed the Tour of Britain will pass through Dorking on the final day of this year's event in September.
To celebrate the event coming to Surrey for the first time, the county council has asked local school pupils to design the "King of Mountains" jersey.
The jersey, which the chosen artist will present to the race winner, is awarded to the rider who accumulates the most points by being first to reach various summits.
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Jack Simons, 16, a student at Therfield School in Leatherhead, said: "It really is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.
"I can't imagine a bigger thrill than having a world-class cyclist sporting your design at one of the biggest events of the year.
"It's a great opportunity for us students to get creative and imaginative with our designs, as there will be thousands of people watching who will see what you have fashioned."
Jack added: "This is our chance to be a part of Mole Valley's sporting history."
After students aged seven to 16 submit their designs for the jersey, two winners will be chosen by a panel of judges representing event organisers, sponsors Skoda and the county council.
The families of both winners, one from the primary age category and one of secondary school age, will then be invited to the race's final stage on September 16.
Helyn Clack, Surrey County Council cabinet member for 2012 Games, said: "We've brought the Tour of Britain to Surrey as it will generate huge economic and sporting benefits for the county.
"It's fantastic to see so many children showing an interest in cycling."
The news is another boost for local cycling enthusiasts, who will also see the sport's finest compete during the Olympic road races on July 28 and 29.
Entry forms for the jersey design competition are available from schools and must be submitted by June 27.