Junior road and schools cycling
PNP runs social and competitive road cycling for juniors under the umbrella of the Wellington Schools Cycling organisation. The road season generally runs through winter with a mix of bunch rides, time trials and hill climbs, and weaves wider regional and national events into the calendar for young riders to take part in.
All abilities are catered for, for ages about eight years old and up.
Wellington Schools Cycling
Wellington Schools Cycling is part of the nationwide Schools Cycling NZ organisation which provides a framework for national and regional racing based around school teams.
Schools can also form their own groups or clubs, and it only 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 can then become member of Cycling NZ Schools.
PNP will support individual riders to represent their learning institution and there's no barrier to taking part in our events and rides.
Updates and news: Wellington Schools Cycling Facebook Page
For more info on the Nationals and to register with Cycling New Zealand Schools: NZ Schools Cycling
Rules for Junior Gearing on Page 14 & 33: Junior Gears
Wellington Representative for the NZ Schools Association
Mark Donald 021 269 9674 or markandgill.donald[at]gmail[dot]com
Wellington Schools Timed Records
Here are the current fastest times for the courses used in the Wellington area: Wellington Records
Training in schools
When starting up a school team, the school may require the help of professionals to give instructions on cycle skills and road safety.
Often when a school creates a cycling team or club, the level of interest in cycling increases across the school and more kids start riding to and from school. This is often a good time to get in the instructors from Pedal Ready in to teach the kids the necessary skills to travel safely to and from their home to school.
Training, skills and rides
Regular group rides for juniors take place on weekends - get in touch with the PNP Coach on the link below if you'd like information on the next ride. Check out this video if you're not sure what to expect.
There are currently 20+ road bikes available for rental to riders starting out in this sport. These bikes range from the very small to large bikes. Most are set up with junior gearing for CyclingNZ racing rules and each come with their own saddle-pouch with spare tube and tyre levers. All you need is a pump to go with the bike and you’re set to go. These bikes are Club owned, but are rented out on very affordable and negotiable terms.
The PNP Club owns a collection of cycling shoes and pedals that may set you up for your first training ride. We try our best to offer this equipment for you to try out on a trial basis to see if this is a sport you would like to invest in. Please make enquiries to see if a bike is available for you to try out. We expect riders to join the club as part of the rental service.
Winter Spin Classes
During the winter months, from the start of Term 2, indoor spin classes will commence. The days and times are as follows:
Tuesdays 5.30-6.30pm: beginners/intermediate roller interval sessions. Coach: Gary Gibson
The roller sessions are primarily about keeping cycling fit over winter and to help with your training for the Schools road cycling season. Here's what the spin classes are like.
Indoor Training on Rollers or Wind-trainers
Here are a selection of different training programmes you can use at home, indoors on a wet night. There are three interval programmes, each of different intensity, plus a recover session for the day after a hard ride. Please download these pdf’s, print them out and stick on your wall, next to your indoor trainer. While these are designed for use on rollers, you can easily adapt them to suit a wind-trainer. Obligatory loud music is a must while training.
Contact Gary, the Junior Coach: Tel 021 173 4406 or firstname.lastname@example.org