Bikes are the go, say pupils

By Amy Shanks

Four Haumoana School pupils who completed a 40km leg of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge last year are encouraging others to dust off their bicycles.

Bike Wise Month is a national initiative which promotes cycling as a healthy, fun and safe way to travel, throughout February.

The motivated group of Hawke's Bay boys already have those practices in place, after being encouraged by their teacher, David Barclay, to take up cycling about 1 years ago.

"They are young and see me cycling and enjoying it, which makes them want to try it," Mr Barclay said "It gives you a sense of achievement when you reach your destination - getting in a car is so easy but biking is more rewarding."

Ten-year-olds Will Tidswell, Wesley Akeripa and twin brothers Noah and George Barr all cycle to school and often spend weekends riding together. "I was enthused by my teacher and I like to do my best at sports," Will said.

"We did train (for the Taupo Cycle Challenge) quite a lot so we had an idea of what we were in for."

The group attended organised training sessions on Thursdays, Sundays and during their holidays to build up fitness and endurance.

"It's good, because we push each other," Wesley added.

For Noah the exciting thing about cycling was completing a challenge, while his brother, George, found biking uphill relaxing.

"When we bike to school it's about 5km if we are on our road bikes or 3km on our mountain bikes," George said. "We have both."

The group hoped to compete in the Taupo Cycle Challenge again this year.

For information on Bike Wise events organised for Hawke's Bay this month, head online to:

- Hawkes Bay Today

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