St Augustine’s Academy, Dunstable were treated to a visit from British Cycling Go-Ride Coach, Catherine Ruffley.
The event was organised by Sustrans Bike It Officer, Richard Noon in partnership with Public Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, where cycle coaching sessions were run for Year 5 and 6 children. Pupils rode lightweight Chris Hoy mountain bikes with powerful disc brakes and 24 gears, all supplied for the day by British Cycling. The 3 fastest boys and girls will form a school team who will compete in the Dunstable Schools Cycling Competition in June where they will face 11 other school teams. The best overall team at this event will go on to compete at the County School Games in Bedford. Pupils commented on how encouraging the teachers were; the event was enjoyable, interesting and helpful - cycling made them happy! Several said “The best part of the activity was the races!”
St Augustine’s Academy will be taking part in the Big Pedal 2017, where schools across the country are encouraging children, teachers and parents to jump on their bikes and scooters. The national challenge, run from Monday 20 to Friday 31 March, will see participants across the UK leave their cars at home and get on their bikes and scooters for their journeys to and from school. For more information visit www.bigpedal.org.uk