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Wellington Schools Cycling

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  • SCHOOLS – WSC Hill Climb Championships
    Wainuiomata Hill, Gracefield
    01 Aug, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Wainuiomata Hill, Gracefield, Gracefield Road, Gracefield, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
    It's all about the legs! Who can be the fastest up the Wainuiomata Hill? Better still - can you beat your time from last year?
  • SCHOOLS – Round 3 TTT (new date)
    Remutaka Forest Park
    08 Aug, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Remutaka Forest Park, Coast Road, Wainuiomata, Lower, New Zealand
    3 of 3 in the Wellington Schools TTT Series (rescheduled from June 20th)
  • Giant Wellington MTB Spring Series – Series Entry
    Wainuiomata Trail Park
    05 Sep, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Wainuiomata Trail Park, Waiu Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014, New Zealand
    Get into the first race or the whole 5 race series!
  • Giant Wellington MTB Spring Series – R1: Wainuiomata Trail Park
    Wainuiomata Trail Park
    05 Sep, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Wainuiomata Trail Park, Waiu Street, Wainuiomata, Lower Hutt 5014, New Zealand
    Get into the first race or the whole 5 race series!
  • Giant Wellington MTB Spring Series – R2: Rangatuhi, Porrirua
    Te Rangituhi, Raiha St, Porirua
    19 Sep, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
    Te Rangituhi, Raiha St, Porirua, Raiha Street, Elsdon, Porirua 5022, New Zealand
    Spacious trails and a few surprises on the short loop for the kids.
  • Skoda North National Schools ROAD Championships
    Timaru
    02 Oct, 9:00 am – 03 Oct, 4:00 pm
    Timaru, Timaru, New Zealand
    Run by Cycling NZ this event includes individual and team races
  • Giant Wellington MTB Spring Series – R3: Tunnel Gully, Upper Hutt
    Tunnel Gully, Mangaroa, Upper Hutt
    03 Oct, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Tunnel Gully, Mangaroa, Upper Hutt, Remutaka Hill 5018, New Zealand
    A new venue in 'the modern era'. Quite a different course design, so our pre-ride is recommended (10am 26/9).
  • Giant Wellington MTB Spring Series – R4: Belmont (Stratton St)
    Woolshed, Belmont (Stratton St)
    31 Oct, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Woolshed, Belmont (Stratton St), Belmont, Lower 5010, New Zealand
    After a pause, get back into some technical trails.
  • Giant Wellington MTB Spring Series – R5: Makara (Karori West Normal School)
    Makara Peak - Karori West Primary School
    11 Nov, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Makara Peak - Karori West Primary School, 19 Allington Road, Karori, Wellington 6012, New Zealand
    The final in the 2021 Spring Series, tipped to include some new tracks (TBC).

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 can also 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 Cycling NZ Schools. 

If you can’t form a school team, not to worry, you can still enter the individual road events.

In 2011 the Wellington Schools Road Cycling Champs had 120 kids racing in grades of U13, U15, U17 and U19. The North Island Schools Road Champs had 600 riders competing, and National Schools Champs in Manawatu they had 900 kids attending. This is one of the biggest competitive cycling events in the country.

There is also a North Island Schools Track Cycling Champs held in Cambridge at the Avantidrome between Terms 2 and 3.

Mountain biking has also become part of the Schools Cycling scene with the PNP Cycling Club holding a Spring Series and Wellington Mountain Bike Champs. There is also a Cycling NZ National MTB Champs each year.

More info

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

Gary Gibson (PNP Junior Coach) 021 173 4406 or juniors@pnp.org.nz

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.

There are courses for BMX, Mountain Bikers and Road Riding to suit kids of all levels.

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.