Wednesday, 12 July 2017

More photos from the league finale

Here's a selection of photos by Roderick from the last round of this years league - he has many more if you want to contact him. 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Millfields at the Double

Year six boys about to start a race

 The final round of the 2016-17 season Young Hackney Primary Schools Cycling League was held last friday 30th June at a busy Hackney Downs. Perfect conditions for grass track allowed us use the track bikes this time and all riders had the opportunity to to get to grips with fixed gear riding before the racing began.
First up were the year 4 girls in their 3 lap scratch race - Ishanna from Jubilee won out over ado from Kingsmead - Sophie and Lolo.

Year 4 girls results
 In their second race - the elimination race the places were reversed for 1st and 2nd with Sophie taking top spot.

Year 4 boys podium

The year boys saw two storming rides by Arlo from Gayhurst to take first in both races with Fergus from Millfields taking 2nd and Zain - Gayhurst 3rd again in both races.

Year 4 boys results
 The year 5 girls saw Ashleigh of Millfields finish first in both scratch and elimination races with Laila-Grace - Millfields 2nd in the scratch and Ruby - Gayhurst 2nd in the elimination, Laila was 3rd in the elimination and Carmen form park wood was 3rd in the scratch.
Year 5 girls results
year 5 girls podium
 The year 5 boys saw a 1-2 for Millfields in both races with Milton leading Kaspar from Mylo of Jubilee in 3rd.
Year 5 boys results
Year 5 boys podium
 In the year six girls Anna from Jubilee took 1st in both races -carrying on the good form she showed the previous week as part of the Hackney Borough's winning team for road cycling at the London Youth Games. second was Molly from Gayhurst and Maia from Jubilee was third.
Year 6 girls results
In the year six boys scratch Nikita from Parkwood showed a quick acceleration on the penultimate lap to win the scratch race from Robin - Millfields and Milo - Jubilee.In the elimination Robin held on to win from Milo with Pon from Gayhurst coming third.
Year 6 boys results
year 6 boys podium
 All this meant that the final league results could be tallied up  with Millfields once again being crowned champions. Well done to all who took part with special mentions to Laurie who represented  Southwold all by himself, and Abdullah who represented Olive School by himself in their first outing at the league.
Final league standings for 2016-17 season
League winners for 2016-17 - Millfields Community School Cycling Team
Thanks to Russell, prosper and all at Young Hackney for their help this year. Bring on next season

The winners get their hands on the shield

Monday, 15 May 2017

Grass track season is back

Friday 12/5/17

Coaching point number 1 - keep your head up when starting race...

The first Grass Track event of this years league took place on Friday 12th of May at Hackney Downs. Conditions were a bit damp so the years 4 and 5 riders were using their own bikes this time. Seventy seven riders from eight schools showed up with each rider racing twice. The format for the day was Keirin heats followed by a 3 lap scratch race to place the lower finishers and the top six riders taking part in a keirin final. With three first round heats per age group and gender that meant for a lot of races to get through.

Parkwood riders keeping an eye on the racing

Keirin is the Japanese word for fight - and is where this particular track race originated. Over there it has a big following among the gambling fraternity and on hard tracks the riders follow  a derny - which is a small motorbike for a number of laps gradually getting faster. At a certain point the derny pulls away to leave the riders sprinting for two laps to the finish. We didn't have motorbike but we did have Russell our local British Cycling Go-Ride coach step as and ride around on bike in front of the riders getting a good work out.

Coaching point number 2  - wear gloves...
The first two riders form each heat went through to the finals. In the year four girls Ishanna from Jubilee won the final followed by Olivia from orchard and Sophie from Kingsmead. Milla from Gayhurst won the scratch race to take 7th place in the standings overall.
Coaching point number 3 - the fastest way round the track is on the inside closest to the cones...
 The year four boys final was won by Nicholas from Millfields followed by team mate Jimme then Arlo from Gayhurst. Gabriel from Jubilee won the scratch race.
Coaching point number 4 - make sure your number is pinned on correctly otherwise you might not get a result...
Coaching point number 5 - adjust your saddle to the correct height
- this will give you optimum power for  when pedalling ...

The year 5 girls was won in a commanding fashion by Laila-Grace  from Millfields followed by team mate Ashleigh then Ruby from Gayhurst. Scarlett also from Gayhurst won the scratch race.
Coaching point number six - get low on your bike and keep on the saddle when cornering on slippy grass ...

The year 5 boys race saw a 123 for Millfields with Milton racing away followed by Kaspar then Solomon. Gabriel from Gayhurst won the scratch race.
Coaching point number seven - when posing for a team photo get your race face on...
 The league standings are unchanged since round six with Millfields extending their lead at the top.

Year 4 boys podium - clearly enjoying it

Year 5 girls podium - too cool for school

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Lights, Camera - Action!

A little bit of Hollywood style glamour was visited on the YHPSCL last friday 10th march. As round six took place on Hackney Downs we had a film crew recording the mountain bike training and racing for a film that will be used to promote the league at the upcoming Hackney Cycling Conference.  100 year four and five riders from nine schools turned up ready to try out their ready position.

Once they had signed on the riders were split into their age and gender groups and went off with coaches to learn and practise mtb techniques - following this it was time to race with year 4 girls going first over four laps of the circuit.

Lolo from Kingsmead and lena from Jubilee got stung starts and held on to come first and second whilst Justine from Grazebrook steadily worked her way up through the field to come third.

Year 4 girls results.

Next to ride were the year 4 boys - Arlo from Gayhurst may look small in nature but he has a big engine and he left the rest behind as he stormed off to victory, meanwhile behind him Joseph from Grazebrook lost a shoe on the first lap but remarkably continued on to gain second place closely followed by Zane from Gayhurst in third.

Year 4 boys results

Next for their close up were the year five girls and the win once again went the way of the Kingsmead girls with Myesha leading from start to end. She was joined on the podium with Hanna from Jubilee and Amelie from Grazebrook in 2nd and 3rd.

Year 5 girls results

The year boys race was the final race of the day and looked to be going the ay of Jubilee as Milo raced off and was quickly lapping back markers. not one for easing off he kept going hard and a mistake on a corner meant he went down and out of the race. This left the way for a trio of Millfields riders to come through to take the top three spots - well done to Jimme, Nicholas and Louis.
Year 5 boys results

This leaves the table looking like this after six events with three to go -