Y5 Bikefest Champions

30th April 2015

Our School had been invited to take part in a celebration of cycling to mark the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire called Bikefest so on Wednesday 29th April a small group of excited Y5 children set off on a minibus in the rain to Nostell Priory.   As we arrived on the field in front of the house to register the sun came out and we watched a display of stunt cycling in glorious sunshine.

The sunny weather continued for our first event – the sprint and hill climb.  Alex H, Alex B and Tyler were our representatives in this timed event.  They set off one after another on bicycles with electronic chips timing.  The three of them did very well, controlling their descent and cornering carefully on the wet grass.  The uphill pedal was very hard work for everyone taking part and the children from St Paul’s powered through strongly, finishing with a sprint along the tarmac.  We had to wait until the end to find out the winner for this event once all the times were compiled and sorted by the computer.

Then it was our turn to look around the cycle village. I enjoyed seeing the Tour de Yorkshire trophy and everyone else enjoyed the Supermarket Sweep game, which required very strong legs, and we were shocked to learn how much sugar was in some of our favourite drinks.  We enjoyed the free popcorn – a healthy snack! – and banana; and a few lucky people tried beating the best times on the stationery cycle challenge.

After that it was time for the Yellow Jersey race.  We had entered Ilkay and Katie in this event which was the longest of the races.  It was a hard race and again it was timed so we had to wait for our results.

The last race of the day was the British Cycling team relay race.  Matthew S, Matthew R, Shannon and Katie were our team.  Matthew S went first and managed to create an enormous lead.  Katie maintained the lead, and Matthew R increased it.  Shannon rode a storming last lap to bring us in in first place.  These four were very pleased to be given their medals straight away!

Next it was lunch and the medal ceremony.  We were delighted that Alex B had powered his way to third place in the Supermarket Sweep game and that Katie had achieved second place for her Yellow Jersey race – a real achievement!

Well done to everyone who went (with a special thank you to Mrs Holland who accompanied us).  We had great fun in the wind, rain, sun and drizzle taking part in activities which are quite different from those we normally have a chance to partake in at school. 


C M Somerville