This sport is BIG. It’s HUGE. You wouldn’t believe it until you’ve been to the National Schools Road Cycling Champs!
Around New Zealand every centre brings their schools together to race bikes. Wellington is no different. The PNP Cycling Club holds regular events for riders to attend over the Schools cycling season between May and October. Schools Cycling is all about Teamwork; much like rowing is teamwork, but cycling doesn’t have a boat to hold the team together. This is where the skill and fun starts as you form strong bonds working together to bring your team home in one piece.
Schools form their own Groups or Clubs. This usually takes a teacher or two interested in cycling, a few parents as helpers, a good group of keen, young cyclists and you’re away. The School then becomes members of CyclingNZ Schools. There are a number of schools around the greater Wellington region who have teams going away to events: Scots College, Samuel Marsden, St Matthews (Masterton), HIBs and more are forming all the time as Wellington grows rapidly as a centre.
If you can’t form a school team, not to worry, you can still enter the individual road events.
In 2011, the Wellington Schools Cycling Champs had 120 kids racing in grades of U13, U15, U17 and U19. The North Island Schools Champs have 600 riders competing and National Schools Champs, in the Manawatu, have 900 kids attending. This is the biggest competitive cycling event in the country.
There is also a North Island Schools Track Cycling Champs held in Cambridge at the Avantidrome between term 2 and 3.
Wellington Schools Cycling is currently run on this website: http://groupspaces.com/WellingtonSchoolsCycling/
To find out more about the Schools Cycling Calendar go to: Wellington Schools Cycling Facebook Page
For more info on the Nationals and to register with the NZ Schools Cycling Assoc: NZ Schools Cycling
Rules for Junior Gearing: Junior Gears
Contact our Wellington Representative for the NZ Schools Association:
Contact Gary, the PNP Junior Coach: Tel 386 1262 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington Schools Cycling
Training in schools
When starting up a school team, the school may well require the help of professionals to give instructions on cycle skills and road safety.
Often when a school creates a cycling team or Club it increases the interest of cycling all around the school and more kids start riding to and from their school. This is often a good time to get in the instructors from Pedal Ready to teach the kids the necessary skills to travel to and from their home to School.
There are courses for BMX, Mountain Bikes and road riding to suit all kids into cycling.
Courses in Grade 1 (school grounds) and Grade 2 (on Road) can be undertaken depending on the age/experience of the riders. Pedal Ready is a cycle skills training programme funded by Sport Wellington/Kiwi Sport and the Road Safety Trust with support from the Sustainable Transport team at Greater Wellington. To find out more go to Pedal Ready.