Thirteen Students attended the launch of the Cycle London event in a stormy Harrogate yesterday. The first stage of their cycling journey which will hopefully end in each one of them completing 46 miles, through the streets of London, culminating in crossing the line on The Mall.
And what a start – Dame Kelly Holmes!!!!
The day started with a brief introduction then a nutrition talk from the cycle land speed record holder, Guy Martin who explained what was needed to train then ride the race. It was amazing to see just what you could and could not eat to help you build up energy levels during the race. Dame Kelly Holmes also mentioned what she had done last year when she competed in the race for the first time.
The second session was on motivation which involved all students including Mr Mcvittie spending five minutes looking at times when they had to change their attitude and direction in order to achieve a new goal. This emphasised the start of this journey and how they were going to have to prepare in the forthcoming months. Some interesting examples and encouragingly everybody took part willingly.
The final part of the day was all about the bike. They showed us the bike, its features and then some safety tips. Then helmets on and out for a practice on the roads of Harrogate. Hopefully we will not have the same weather in july – wind , hail, snow! Everybody at least got a chance to sit on their bike and ride in convoy for a short time before the inclement weather beat us.
The bikes followed us home and have been stored at St Marys in preparation for the months ahead.
Good luck to all riders and we cannot wait to cross that line on the Mall.