The day after Britain’s most successful Olympian of all time, Sir Chris Hoy, announced his retirement from cycling, coaches from Manchester velodrome visited Stockport Grammar to introduce our year six pupils to racing and inspire them to become cycling stars of the future.
Delivered as part of British Cycling’s Go-Ride development programme for young people, the session focused on how to race a bike – instead of just how to ride one.
After setting up a course on the Junior School field, coaches Joe and Chris used a series of drills to teach the children how to beat their competitors by getting the most out of their bikes, ending with races and time trials to leave them all itching to try the sport again.
Adam Gillespie from Y6B told us why he’d had such a great time:
I thought it was great, it had interesting challenges. I like the fact that we were racing and not just pottering around on bikes!
Daniyal Behiyat, also from Y6B, was another big fan of the activity:
I learned a great deal during the session, a lot was packed into the 45 minutes. The races were fast, fun and exciting!