|Riders lining up waiting for their turn up the hill.|
The new season for the Young Hackney Primary Schools Cycling League started on a glorious October afternoon within the beautiful autumnal setting of Springfield Park. The sun shone down on the 92 riders from nine different schools who had come to battle their way up the Springfield Hill Climb.
|The dreaded start line.|
|Off to a flying start|
|A rider concentrating on her gears.|
One at a time the riders tackled the hill with the year four riders going first. With such a steep hill gear selection is vital - at the bottom it is not too steep but as it curves its way up it becomes steeper and steeper before levelling off again at the summit. So selecting a good gear to start in is vital as this enables the riders to get up a bit of speed before hitting the steeper section - somewhere in the middle of their gears say 3 or 4.
|Year 4 girls results|
|Year 4 boys results|
|Many riders had to jump off and run the last section.|
Even with the great gears available now on bicycles some riders still found the steepest sections too much and that it was quicker for them to jump off and run with the bike to the finish. In fact some riders ran a long way up the hill gaining pretty fast times!
|Year 5 boys results|
|Year 5 girls results|
|Closing in on the finish - hands on the hoods.|
|Out of the saddle riding - hands on the drops.|
|In the saddle riding|
|Shifting the bike side to side to increase power in the pedal strokes.|
|year 6 girls results|
|Year 6 boys results|
|Eye on the finishing line|
|Looking ahead past the finish line|
|The medal winners|
The League standings after round 1 -
Well done to all the riders and helpers for making it another great event - see you at the next one.