We had another fantastic trip to Newport Velodrome just before half term. Everyone managed to ride a fixed wheel track bike. Some pupils even managed to go up the scary banking!
A fixed wheel track bike has no brakes, as you rotate the pedals the back wheel goes round – if you stop pedalling, the back wheel stops going round! In theory you could pedal and move backwards although this is not recommended! Furthermore, your feet are strapped tightly onto the pedals using toe-clips and straps. If you are not used to it, this feels a bit weird and scary too.
It would be true to say that all the pupils and some of the staff were a bit anxious when they first tied riding these bikes around the steeply banked and scary track but imagine the sense of achievement when you “crack it” and gain confidence!
Everyone had a great day and wanted to go back asap!
Thanks to the coaches from the Velodrome who were full of praise for our pupils, to Mr Peacock for organising the trip and to Mr Bevan who came on his day off – that’s dedication! Maybe if we get a sports hall, Mr Barlow can fundraise for a velodrome next!