The first round of the 2016 Interschool Cycling Competition was held on Sunday in cool weather. The morning was wet, but thankfully it dried out well before the start of the round.
We had a strong line up for the Individual Time Trial with new riders through to seasoned pro’s all aiming for a personal best time.
Both Josef and Kirby from Russell Lea Infants’ School set benchmarks in their first ever ITT at Lansdowne. After two more events, Josef’s near perfect score of 59 points from a possible 60 bolstered the Russell Lea point-score, moving them in to third place overall.
Returned riders Lana and Eva from Meriden and Santa Sabina College appear to have entered into a local derby against regular riders Sophie and Georgia from Burwood Girls and Rosebank College.
Concord West Public School moved into first position on the leaderboard. Young Liam knocked 46 seconds off his PB to record an average speed of nearly 20km/h. -Pretty good for a year one kid! Team-mate Alexandra, was plagued with a chain that kept dropping. -I blame the chain, it couldn’t possibly be the mechanic 😉
Sarah and Sam both laid down great ITT times for St Peter Chanel, putting them in second place. The best thing about this competition is that kids get to compete against others of similar ability. This means that kids who discover cycling later than other kids still have a chance in a group of riders at about their level, rather than throwing them into a group of kids the same age with much more experience. Conversely, champions like Sarah are mixing it with the A grade kids, many of whom are a few years older than her, yet she keeps charging back at them. -Go Sarah!
Our southernmost represented school, Lucas Heights Community School, was well represented with a solid first ITT time set. -Lets see if they can break their record.
William from Trinity Grammar was the fastest boy. He managed to maintain an average speed of over 30km/h and joined four other riders in the sub-four minute club. -Four of the top five riders are within 2 seconds of each other. I’m going to have to update my spreadsheet to record down to milliseconds! Trinity Grammar are in third place behind Burwood Girls in second and Knox Grammar who are leading in the Secondary School’s Cup.
The following kids broke their previous personal best times in the Individual Time Trial:
Aliyah, Narwee Public School
Charlotte, Concord West Public School
Flynn, St George Christian School
Liam, Concord West Public School
Remi, Boronia Park Public School
Sophie, Burwood Girls High School
Tom, Knox Grammar School
Victoria, Newington Public School.
A big welcome to the kids who set their first Interschool Cycling personal best:
Eva, Santa Sabina College
Josef, Russell Lea Infants’ School
Kirby, Russell Lea Infants’ School
Sam, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School
Sarah, St Peter Chanel Catholic Primary School
William, Trinity Grammar School