This year Parkinson Lane have taken the bull by the horns and have entered competitive cycling. Our Friday Racing Club have entered and raced in three venues so far, Cyclocross at Newsome Park in
Leeds, The West Yorkshire Cyclocross Championships at Huddersfield Sports College and most recently the Rapha Cyclo cross event at Shiben Hall Estate on October 17th.
Parkinson Lane was unique in that we were the only school to enter students. The rest of the riders came from weekend regional cycling clubs. Our children rode their hearts out and thoroughly enjoyed
the challenges that racing against elite riders presented. The hope is that the children will be encouraged to cycle more out of school and re-enter the races next year in fighting form.
A special well done to Lyba Arshid who represented the girls under 12 racers – she never gave up!
Well done to the Parkinson Lane champion Shoaib Mahmood who battled the boys under 12’s category and made a respectable finish.
In addition to a yearly racing club, Ms Taylor is running a Bike Skills club on Tuesday mornings. This is for children identified as needing exercise and for others to hone their present skills ready
to join the racing club later in the year.
Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed their sessions and the demand is high as other children are asking if they can cycle too. A message to year 4 – Get on your bikes at home and start riding in the park
ready for LOTS of cycling in year 5!
In the winter months Ms Taylor will start balance bike sessions in the hall for the younger children (Reception to Y1) and will hopefully include a Year 3 cycling OOSH for the first time.
There are two sessions of Bikeability booked for November. It is hoped that the rest of year 6 will book on the course. Bikeability teaches cycling proficiency and road sense to children. They will
be qualified once they pass their level 2 to cycle to school in the spring and summer. Children who ride to school regularly will receive a prize for their initiative – this could be a lock, helmet,
gloves or tools. Come on kids, let’s ride!