It had been a long time between rounds after the school holidays and the some winter touring putting a big break into the Schools Cup series.
Round 8 brought our triathlon friends with fifteen kids from four schools, many of whom had never participated in a cycle race before, although many had experience in triathlon/duathlon. -Thanks Robyn. There were also five riders from three more schools ranging from “fun rides with mum & dad in the park” experience to kids who have raced a couple of times.
We timed our new starters on the same day that we started taking manual entries for the Student Championship. -Our registration desk was smashed, but we still managed a 3pm start.
With over 40 kids lined up for a TT, Murphy messed with my laptop after we had already committed to 30 second (tight) intervals. Fortunately we had a backup computer. We call her Mel.
Robyn helped immensely working with us to integrate the tri kids and the cycle kids into the scratch races, while Gay worked her magic to calculate the handicap manually.
I saw so many great efforts, but not knowing the names made it difficult to take mental notes, so its a straight up top three report for this round
Junior A Scratch
1st William – Trinity
2nd Chris – Knox Grammar
3rd Thomas – Patrician Brothers – Blacktown
Junior B Scratch
1st Tom – Knox Grammar
2nd Peter – William Clarke College
3rd Alexandra – Concord West Public School
Junior C Scratch
1st Emma. – Northmead Public School.
2nd Liam – Northmead Public School.
3rd Josef – Russell Lea Infants’ School
Handicap – A/B
1st Tom – Knox Grammar
2nd Alexandra – Concord West Public School
3rd Sophie – Burwood Girls High School
Handicap – B/C
1st Lucas – Eastwood Heights Public School
2nd Lauren – St John Vianni – Doonside
3rd Grace – St John Vianni – Doonside
It was great to see so many kids racing while still keeping it fun and having a good time. All the kids and parents were smiling by the end of it.
Here are a few quotes from the day’s events. My favourite was Bella’s.
The kids just have so much fun!
Enjoyable afternoon – Liam loved it, thanks all!
Emma’s first ever scratch bike race and I’m not sure I can cope with such nail biting finishes, well done Emma on your first win. And well done Liam on getting Emma back in the handicap race.
I was shocked to hear that Jamie (St Michael’s) was in year 5. She spoke with the maturity of a year 7 kid and took care of every job I gave her.
(S)he fell asleep as soon as we got home.
Finally, here are the PBs for the time trial:
Personal Best (two in a row)
Concord West – Liam
Eastwood Heights – Lucas
Claremont Meadows Public School – Caleb
St John Vianni, Doonside – Grace
St John Vianni, Doonside – Lauren
St Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney – Jonathan
Newington Public – Victoria
St Scholastica’s – Caitlin
Trinity Grammar – William
Welcome to the following who posted their first PB:
Knox (primary) – Hudson
Northmead Public School – Alannah
Northmead Public School – Emma
Northmead Public School – Florence
Northmead Public School – Holly
Northmead Public School – Kayla
Northmead Public School – Liam
Northmead Public School – Maddison
Northmead Public School – Ruby
Northmead Public School – Tia
Northmead Public School – Tom
Patrician Brothers, Blacktown – Thomas
Prouille Catholic School – Indigo
St Michael’s Primary, Blacktown – Georgia
Strathfield North Public – Elena
Strathfield North Public – Jemma
William Clarke College – Elenor
William Clarke College – Erica
William Clarke College – Peter
William Clarke College – Tahlie