Bike Week at East Barnet School!

Bike shed during bike week
Bike shed during bike week

In June East Barnet school saddled up and celebrated its very first ever Bike Week, coinciding with the national event. Here students had the chance to take part in an action-packed week of daily cycling activities which were met with an enthusiasm which only grew as the week went on.

Monday launched with a Key Stage 3 assembly on the upcoming Tour de France race. This included a video of the Tour de France highlights of 2013 which you can see here .  All students also had the opportunity to have their bikes safety checked for free by Dr Bike and security marked by the police.

Come Tuesday students were using 100% green, pedal power to make an array of tasty smoothies during lunchtime. Over 50 students took their turn to pedal the smoothie bike while many more stayed to enjoy the fruits of their classmates’ labour.

Girls Mountain Biking Session
Girls Mountain Biking Session

The beautifully sunny Wednesday saw a girls-only group take to the school’s mountain biking track for a special coaching session with Bike It Plus’ very own James Scott who is a qualified MTB coach.  James said:

It’s great to see East Barnet school taking full advantage of  their amazing Mountain Bike facility on the grounds and that pupils are not afraid to tackle the track and learn new skills. The 1hr girls MTB session was a great success. The girls picked up the basics very quickly and this allowed us to ride the harder parts of the track and look at slightly advanced skills. I’m sure this school will be producing MTB stars for the future.  

Great feedback considering that  it was the first time on the track for some of the girls!

After an enormously busy start to the week Thursday was comparatively quiet, with just a puncture repair lunchtime workshop. The week ended on a particularly loud note however, with the school’s inaugural Inter-House Cycling-Olympics fundraiser on Friday.

Here Argentina (Chama house), Namibia (Murray) New Zealand (Tutu) and Bhutan (Keller) competed for Gold in 5 cycling games which included a tense time trial on the mountain bike track. In the end the year 9 boys of Argentina soared to victory. Awarded for their triumph with medals,  they also won the  fundraised entry fees to support their house charity – the Jack Cecup School.

Inter-house Cycling Olympics
Inter-house Cycling Olympics

So that was Bike week! It was brilliant to see the buzz around cycling build throughout the week – by Friday the bike sheds were full, the school’s  bi-weekly bike clubs were packed to the brim and the list for the Olympics far oversubscribed. I look forward to seeing the school build on their successes in the next year. And, who knows? Perhaps it will be the start of an annual inter-house cycling tradition.