Pro-riders taking part in the Redditch Tour Series this May took time out of their busy schedules to meet schoolchildren in the town.
The Redditch Ovo Energy Tour Series is just seven weeks away and returns to the town on 10 May.
Sponsors of the race were in Redditch at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre on 21 March.
After the launch, the pro-riders Ben Manfield-Yorke from Morvelo Basso who is based in Bridgnorth and local girl, Beth Crumpton from Storey Racing went to visit Matchborough First School Academy and St Stephens C of E School where hundreds of local children got the opportunity to quiz the riders on road safety, training and what it's like to be in a race.
Beth Crumpton said: "It's fantastic to get out and meet so many enthusiastic and excited young people; it's an honour to go into schools and talk about a sport I am so passionate about – seeing young people get inspired to cycle more.
"It's a tough but great course. There's a climb in nearly every corner so you have to watch the speed and have good technique. It has something for everyone so people love racing here.
"I always love racing in Redditch because it's my hometown. Racing on the day makes all the training worthwhile. It's nice to see familiar faces as everyone comes out to watch and cheer."
Ben Manfield-Yorke added: "I'm so excited to ride the course for the first time - everyone says it's amazing, especially the technical corner."
Beth and Ben's top tips for budding cyclists were to have fun, be safe and always wear a helmet. Both schools will be taking part on the Tour Series day and cheering on their new favourite riders, Beth and Ben.