Sutton Bike It Plus school wins cycle championships

Dorchester winnersDorchester Primary School’s Team 1 are the new Sutton Primary Schools Cycling Champions, following their win on 12th March at Sutton Grammar School’s Walch Memorial Sports Ground, Cheam.

Now in their ninth year, the Championships have changed slightly over time, and are currently for teams of four (two boys and two girls) from Years 5 & 6 in primary schools in the London Borough of Sutton. Each team member competes in a Cross-Country Race and a Skills Test. A Road Safety Quiz completed earlier in school also counts towards the competition.

Last Wednesday morning, the mist cleared and the sun shone on nearly a hundred excited children as they competed in the cycling elements of the Championships.

Get set- riders get ready at the start line of the cross country cycle race
Get set- riders get ready at the start line of the cross country cycle race

The Cross-Country Race was split into four, all hotly contested – with
only a few pile-ups!  There was enough time at the end to have an extra
(non-Championship) race for the top five from the earlier races, with small
prizes from British Cycling.

cycle limbo in the cycle skills test                      P1020668

The Skills/Road Safety element of the competition was won by Team 2 from Harris Junior Academy, Carshalton. One team member was first overall in the Skills Test, and two others had scored maximum marks in the Road Safety Quiz. The Team was awarded the prestigious Moore Cup, originally donated by a former Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Moore, to the school with the most children to achieve the old cycling proficiency, but now awarded to the school that does best this element of the Championships.

As well as the Championship Trophy, Dorchester Primary also won the chance for a group of children to try track riding at the famous Herne Hill velodrome, used in the 1948 Olympics. This prize was donated by Sustainable Transport Sutton.

1st Dorchester Primary School, Team 1
2nd Harris Junior Academy Carshalton, Team 1
3rd Devonshire Primary School, Team 2

Winner of Moore Cup for Skills & Road Safety
Harris Junior Academy Carshalton, Team 2

All children in the top three teams won miniature trophies to keep, plus goody bags from British Cycling.

By Ali Jafarey , Bike It Plus Officer – Sutton