CHRISTMAS has come early for a young cyclist who has been rewarded for his dedication to pedal-power.
Alex Jones, a student at Bede Academy in Blyth, won a new mountain bike in a competition open to children at local schools.
The more often the youngsters cycled to school, the greater their chances of winning and Alex, who rides his bike to Bede every day, was the eventual winner.
The 11-year-old, who lives in Plessey Road, said: “I used to have a blue BMX and rode it every day. But my new bike is fantastic. It’s got gears and really good brakes and goes much faster.
“I think cycling’s good because it keeps you healthy and it’s better than going to school in the car.”
Andrea Jeffrey, travel plan coordinator for Bede Academy, said: “We encourage all students to walk or cycle to school if distance allows or to use public transport, and we actively discourage those who live nearby to travel by car.”
It also hosts a number of initiatives to teach children safe cycling, bike security, how to get off stabilisers and bike maintenance often in partnership with cycling route charity Sustrans.