SIX-time Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy spent the morning coaching children and answering questions during a visit to Ysgol Tir Morfa.

Pupils at the Rhyl Community Special School made sure they were well prepped when the champion pedalled in on Wednesday, April 10.

The school had won a poetry competition run by Evans Cycles and as a reward, were treated to a visit from Sir Hoy.

Rhona O'Neill, headteacher at Ysgol Tir Morfa, said: "He was just a really nice person, absolutely lovely.

Rhyl Journal:

Chris Hoy gave a masterclass. Picture: Geoff Abbott

"He had a tour of the school and met all the pupils and staff. He then did a question and answer assembly with the whole school followed by a cycling coaching session with the class, about 14 or 15 pupils.

"He then joined the winning class to listen to the poem they had written and answered any questions. The session lasted about 45 minutes.

"The children have carried out a lot of preparation over the past few weeks. It was heartwarming seeing what information they had retained.

"We had his book in school and he kindly signed that.

"There was a lot of excitement prior to his visit, a real buzz. You could feel it."

The Bike to School poetry competition was held to celebrate the benefits of cycling.

Rhyl Journal:

The wining poem by Dosbarth Llandegla at Ysgol Tir Morfa. Picture: Evans Cycles/Twitter

In the winning poem, by Dosbarth Llandegla at Ysgol Tir Morfa, children penned: "If cyclist ruled the world, there would be no cars, lorries would be banished, maybe to Mars.

"If cyclists ruled the world, pollution would disappear, with everyone riding bikes, the air would be clear.

"If cyclists ruled the world, people would be healthy, no money spent on petrol, this would make u s wealthy.

"If cyclists ruled the world, pot holes would be no more, we'd get there much quicker, but our bums would be sore.

"If cyclists ruled the world, it would be a better place, let's all get on our bikes, it'll put a smile on your face."

Ms O'Neill said: "We couldn't believe it when we were told we had won.

"It gave us a chance to highlight our recycle project - we get bicycles from the public and fix them up, maintain them and service them.

"One pupil could not cycle when Sir Hoy came but was cycling by the time he left, which was wonderful to see.

"Sir Hoy is absolutely a firm favourite. He was amazing with all the staff and pupils."

During the visit, Sir Hoy carried out a lap around the yard and gave advice as pupils whizzed off on their bikes.

Sir Hoy tweeted: "A wonderful school with some incredible kids. Thanks for the warm welcome and the chocolate cake."