Wood End Academy holds its second Cycling Olympics!

After the success of the first cycling olympics at Wood End Academy in the summer, the school held its second successful event of this kind today.  Despite the cold and grey weather children at Wood End Academy greatly enjoyed riding their bikes in the playground and taking part in bike games and competitions.

17 brilliant cyclists in Year 5 and 6 showed off their cycle skills in a number of cycle challenges, including the Olympic Ring, Turtle Race, Grandmother’s Footsteps, and the Boomerang Race. Children were competing in 6 teams, and each team was assigned a country and collected points for their teams. The races were very competitive and all young cyclists did their best to win. However, there was a plenty of good humour too and it felt as if the spirit of great London Olympics was present throughout the event.

The three teams with the most points will be revealed tomorrow in a special assembly and rewarded with prizes. The team which came first will be presented with gold medals.

We were so glad that the event finally happened! The children had to wait nearly a month for the event to take place as it was originally scheduled for October, but had to be rearranged due to heavy rain. We were all holding our fingers crossed for a dry weather this morning and finally we made it!








Ethan rides his bike to school




It takes a brave man to think he can add to a classic song. Cat Stevens’s legendary song Father and Son speaks of the relationship between the two with lyrics such as ” get a girl, settle down ..if you want you can marry” , ahh so here comes the courageous bit. How about if we add “get a bike and learn to ride” , somewhere along Steven’s  journey of life. When I became a father, getting Ethan on his bike was without doubt.Just when and how.Even being an experienced and lifelong cyclist left me in a cold sweat, thinking of him on London’s busy roads.Working as a cyclist in a professional capacity only slightly cushioned the impact of the dreaded day when we would venture onto the wilderness of London’s  open  roads.

I made this video of Ethan riding to school as part instructional and inspirational, so parents may gain courage and comfort in the fact that such things are possible.Ethan learnt to ride when he was  4 years old. He was on roads by the time he was 5 . We are lucky to live in a quiet suberb of london. At first I chose days and times when I new there would be less traffic on the roads. I took Ethan to a local cul de sac where he could get a feel of the road and the be amoungst the enormity of cars and trucks.

I took Ethan out as often as possible, not always for fun rides but as way of getting to the library, shops etc.With every venture  I could see the desire to ride getting stronger. Now riding is his accepted and indeed his preferred way to get around.

I must say getting to this point where we are today has not been plain sailing, far from it.There have been many  stressfull times for us and still though he looks amazing on the bike , there are times when boys-will-be-boys and the freedom of an open road is too irresistable.

I can only hope that Ethan continues riding throughout his life but if not at least I tried and I will always love him …Dad