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On Thursday 5 May a group of keen young mountain bike riders from the Junior School entered themselves into a School Sports Mountain Biking Competition. This is the first time St Peter’s College Junior School has attended a mountain bike competition and I was lucky enough to help on the day. The race format consisted of a 2-hour period where the teams of riders took it in turns to complete as many laps as possible on a designated track in Craigburn Farm. Teams were made up of up to four riders from Years 5 or 6 and our team consisted of two Year 5 students and one Year 6 student.

Meet the team:

  • Lucas Cech (Year 5)
  • Thomas Wallett (Year 5)
  • Ewan Woodall (Year 6)

The students battled challenging weather conditions with it being sunny one minute contrasting to the downpours of rain the next making the track more technical. Our students fought hard from the start to get out near the front for some highly contested clear track. The boys rode their hearts out for the whole race ending with some very tired but highly satisfied lads. Their final standing was tenth out of the over 65 teams that entered; an amazing achievement and I’m sure they can’t wait for the next event.

A big thank you to our great pit crew of parents who were ready with warm jumpers, motivation and high energy snacks ready to fuel the students up after each lap.

This great effort from all involved has now sparked interest from both Senior School and Junior School students alike. I’m sure our next competition now being paved by these young pioneers will look a lot different with more and more interest.

Tim Hennekam
Outdoor Education Facilitator