The last few visits to Glentress have had us riding through snow – sometimes with little success! Now that Spring seems to finally arrived hopefully this weeks visit will be snow free – that should mean faster and drier! Have a look at the video to see one of the only ridable sections on ‘Hit Squad Hill’ with some of the seniors before the Easter Holidays.
To everyone interested in the Pump Track that is being planned in Lochend Woods -
There will be a site visit on Wed 4th July to discuss options for the proposed tracks layout and features. Meet at 5pm at the Stone on the corner of Kellie and Middlemas Roads. Everybody welcome!
For more information contact Mr Fendick.
Thank you to everybody that turned up to show their support at the Pump Track Party. It seemed to be a success – there was a brilliant turnout with people of all ages turning up to have a go. If there was more there would have been too many!
A big thank you to The Bike Track People for bringing their track along for the day and providing coaching and skills tuition. We’re looking forward to them bringing their timber trails along in September!
I should also mention that this would not have been possible were it not for the funding that we recieved from Sustrans – thank you!
As part of the DGS Olympic event, pupils were given the chance to race against each other on a short track on the school grounds. The course included a short sharp climb, some weaving in and out of trees, a short drop, some off camber turns and a couple of cyclocross style hurdles. Great fun was had by all – the sun even shone for a while!
Activity week saw two groups of S2s being given the chance to head out on the mountain bikes and climb Lammer Law (it’s quite a climb – so most of us walked most of the way!), before turning around and heading down for a fun descent. The weather started off a bit grey, but soon became impossible to see more than 5m in front! It made for some very interesting downhilling!
Another very important date for your diary!
Thursday 7th June
The Bike Track People are going to be coming along with one of their pump tracks for pupils to have a go and race on, as part of the whole school Olympics event. Not only that – they’ll be at the school until 8pm for people to come and have a go!
Not sure what a pump track is? Take a look at the video below, or YouTube ‘Pump Track’.
If anyone fancies having a go then it’ll be open to the public from 4pm to 8pm. Everybody is welcome – just turn up! No need to bring bikes or even helmet. All equipment and coaching will be provided. The event is to help raise money for the school bike club and the proposed pump track at Lochend Woods.
Two dates for your diaries!
Friday 18th May – S1 Mountain Bike Racing
Friday 25th May – S2 Mountain Bike Racing
Both events will be after school on Fridays, meeting by the PE backdoor / polytunnel, straight after school. If you have your own bike then bring it along, if not, then you will get an opportunity to test out the brand new Meridas! Once we’ve got everything set up we’ll have some warm up games and then start some races! Aim to finish at 2pm.
See Mr Fendick to put your name down.
For those of you that are interested, here’s a bit more information about what will be discussed at the first Bike Club meeting on Thursday 3 May.
What I would like is to be able to hand it over to you guys, the students.
- What will the name for the club be?
- When is the best time for the club/group to meet (Fri afternoons)?
- Designing a logo that can be used on all media (stickers, posters, banners, website, t-shirts etc)
- Events – races at Glentress and at school, pump track party, fundraising events, bmx at Musselburgh, mountain biking, trips to The Space at North Berwick, velodrome visit, bike polo, etc
- Bikeability (click on the link on the right for more info)
- Go-Mountain Bike (click on the link on the right for more info)
- Bike maintenance – we’ve got lots of nice and shiny bike tools to be used! As well as the new bikes that need looking after
- Fundraising – for a Dunbar pump track, other kit and equipment
Wow, what a result!
Dunbar Grammar School finished 8th overall at the end of the 3 week event. A huge well done to everyone that jumped on their bike or scooted to school. We saw some pretty cold and wet weather during March, which meant that cycling didn’t always seem to be the most appealing option. Everyone that cycled has earned points for their houses, which is great, but in addition we have prizes from Sustrans for being the regional winner! Hopefully the prizes will arrive soon and will be presented during assemblies – watch this space.