Our third round of the series kicked off with a very long line of time trialists on Sunday. Some seasoned pros and first year beginners joined a few new kids from the Sans Souci Boys Brigade, friends of friends and siblings who were entering their first events.
We had five more schools join us this week with All Hallows Five Dock, Blakehurst Public School, Penshurst Public School, Ramsgate Public School, and St John Vianney – Doonside coming together to make a field of 25 schools.
Anyone who knows me would agree that I’m passionate about developing cycling. I’m always trying to convert commuters into racers, road racers into track racers, walkers into recreational riders. -Basically anyone who will listen will find out why they need to be trying their next two wheeled challenge. The thing that excites me the most, is seeing regular kids with no competition experience jumping on whatever bike they have and just having a go. I’ve really enjoyed the InterSchool Cycling series so far, but I have to say Round 3 has been the best.
When we arrived at Lansdowne, there was already a Kids on Bikes session running for the Boys Brigade in the couple of hours leading up to our events. The kids were regular kids from regular mums and dads, riding regular bikes. Their parents weren’t wearing the silly little cycling caps. (Sorry Tom & James, to be fair you guys manage to pull off that look better than most). There was no tight fitting lycra or carbon bikes worth more than the car they were transported in. Their computers were at home for reading email and doing school work, not on their handle bars to measure their heart rate and altitude. They didn’t try to look pro sitting on their top tube waiting for their event to start. These were regular kids. It was great to watch them having a go and seeing them hit the line with smiles wider than their faces. It was great just watching them have fun.
One of the mums came over and proudly said “I can’t believe he couldn’t ride a bike before today, not only is he riding but he is in this event”. -To top it off, she mentioned some serious health issues he had to overcome to be there. I was so touched to hear what he had achieved and overcome. I jokingly said he couldn’t use his health as an excuse any more. I have to say, the kids from Blakehurst, Penshurst, and Ramsgate Public Schools made my day. Also we can’t forget Christopher who took part and helped move St George Christian School from 13th to 7th place. Thanks for brining these guys along Flynn. I hope we see them next week.
St John Vianney Doonside, hit the ground running with both Grace and Lauren claiming their participation points, and then taking first and second place respectively in the scratch race. They also earnt points in the B/C handicap with Lauren taking the win and Grace taking a respectable 6th in a massive field.
Boronia Park Public School are performing well with just one rider, making them the highest ranking one-rider school. Imagine where they would be if they had a second rider! Remi achieved his third successive personal best time in the ITT, followed by a win in the scratch race and fourth in the A/B handicap.
The Eastwood Heights Public School kids have done well to hold on to third place. Despite each of their riders missing a round at some point, they have managed to hang on to third place and put a gap into fourth placed St Peter Channel. Between Lucas, Charlotte and Arnie they managed to take a top 5 place five times in their respective scratch and handicap events.
Rosebank moved from 5th to 1st in the Secondary Schools Cup point-score when Ginger joined Georgia. Russell Lea Infants’ must be the smallest school in the competition, yet they sailed straight past Eastwood Heights and Concord West Public Schools to take first place overall when Harper & Riley joined Kirby & Josef. All four kids achieved top ten places at some point in the day. Three of the Russell Lea kids earned points for PBs, which always helps on the point-score.
A record seventeen PBs were set, not just because of the large number of new starters, but also from regular riders. Georgia put in an amazing effort to take 10 seconds off her PB after having already taken 22 seconds the week before. Kirby, Lana and Remi are the only remaining kids to have recorded three PBs in a row. Lets see if they can make it four in a row next week!
Congratulations to the following riders who each recorded a PB in the ITT.
Personal Best, three rounds in a row:
Russell Lea Infants’ School – Kirby
Meriden – Lana
Boronia Park Public School – Remi
Personal Best, two rounds in a row:
Rosebank College – Georgia
Santa Sabina – Eva
St John Vianni, Doonside – Grace
Concord West Public School – Julia
St John Vianni, Doonside – Lauren
Eastwood Heights – Lucas
Knox Grammar School – Tom
Welcome to the following riders with their first PB:
All Hallows Catholic Primary School – Callum
St George Christian School – Christopher
Rosebank College – Ginger
Russel Lea Infants’ – Harper
Penshurst Public School – Jordan
Ramsgate Public School – Karl
Russel Lea Infants’ – Riley