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Polly Hetherington, Harry Ainsworth and Caitlin Simper all set for the first ever Tour de Coke.

Wakefield College apprentices from Coca Cola will put their pedal power to the test when they take part in the inaugural Tour de Coke. Engineering apprentices Polly Hetherington, Harry Ainsworth and Business Admin apprentice Caitlin Simper will represent Team Wakefield when they battle it out with over 100 Coca Cola employees from across the country at Mallory Park, near Leicester this weekend. 

The Tour de Coke sees coca cola employees from three regions come together to take part in a day of cycling competitions which include sprint and endurance events on the 1.3 mile track. Prizes up for grabs include signed goodies from double Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott 

Organiser Pat Smith, Operation Excellence Team Leader at Coca Cola Enterprises said: “This is the first time we have organised anything like this and we’re all looking forward to a really good day. It’s great we can promote cycling, team-building and competition all at the same time. I'm hoping we get plenty of friends and families down to the track to cheer our teams on.”

John Eastwood, Wakefield College’s Head of Apprenticeships and Commercial Training said: “We’re delighted to be backing team Wakefield in the first ever Tour de Coke and it’s great to see our apprentices are involved with the competition as well. We work closely with Coca Cola Enterprises and we’re proud to be a headline sponsor on the shirts.”

The popularity of cycling has dramatically increased thanks in part to the recent success of the Summer Olympics and the Tour de France. Employers including Wakefield College and Coca Cola are also signed up to the Cycle to Work Scheme – a tax free imitative which promotes healthier journeys to work and helps reduces environmental pollution.

The event takes place at Mallory Park Circuit on Saturday 7 May from 10:00am. Organisers are offering free entry for all spectators and will also be allowing members of the public to use the track at the end of the day for a small contribution towards the Special Olympics Charity.


CONTACT: For more information email, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 3 May, 2016

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