Surrey student George Barton-Wood, 14, proved himself picture perfect last week as he claimed top prize in the ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey design competition.
In May, official jersey sponsor ŠKODA teamed up with Surrey County Council to launch the county-wide competition, challenging Surrey students to design the famous ŠKODA King of the Mountains jersey – awarded to the best climber in the elite British cycling race.
George Barton-Wood presented the King of the Mountains winner with the official jersey, sporting his design, at the Tour of Britain which concluded on Sunday in Guildford. More than 700 Surrey students aged 7 to 16 submitted entries to the competition, to win the chance to have their designs used on the Tour of Britain King of the Mountains jersey, presented to the successful rider at the Tour's official prize ceremony on 16th September.
Other winners selected by the panel of judges included Max Charles, 11, of Powell Corderoy School in Dorking, who scooped the top prize for the Key Stage Two category. Max and his family received tickets to attend the final stage of this year’s Tour of Britain as guests of ŠKODA. Ella Woods, 10, of Reigate Priory School and Charlotte Ainslie, 16, of Sir William Perkins’s School, both received Highly Commended awards and also received prizes.
The competition followed the announcement that Surrey would host the final stage of the national cycle race on 16th September, just weeks after the Olympic cycling road races and road cycling time trial events took place in the county.
The eighth and final stage of the Tour of Britain covered more than 90 miles of Surrey roads, starting in Reigate before finishing on Guildford’s cobbled High Street. Dorking, Shere, Mayford, West Horsley, Ockley, Cranleigh, Dunsfold, Witley and Bramley were also on the route.
ŠKODA has a long association with cycling, dating back to the start of the company in 1895 when the founders Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement began manufacturing bicycles in their home town of Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic.
Check out our competition to win a King of the Mountains jersey courtesy of Skoda: