Let’s Ride to celebrate 2015 Olympic Day

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23 Jun 2015 Cycling Australia

Cycling Australia (CA) and Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) Media Release

Students from North Narrabeen Public School celebrated 2015 Olympic Day celebrations on Monday, with CA and the AOC organising a special Olympic Day pilot session of the new ‘Let’s Ride’ program.

On June 23 1894, the modern Olympic Games were born, and to celebrate this milestone in sporting history, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) encourages the world to get active on Olympic Day.

The AOC supports this internationally recognised celebration of the Olympic Movement, by promoting healthy and active lifestyles to the youth of Australia through National Federations and Olympian school visits.

CA's new ‘Let’s Ride’ program aims to develop a generation of children that love riding their bike by ensuring every child has both the ability and opportunity to enjoy riding a bike safely.

Over the last twelve months, CA has undertaken an extensive research and development process resulting in a new national junior riding program ready for launch in Term 3: Let’s Ride!

Let’s Ride is a six-week after-school program, held on school grounds, delivered by CA-accredited instructors and supported by CA, the Australian Sports Commission and state and territory cycling associations. 

The one hour session started with the students testing the “ABC” safety of their bikes; Air pressure, brakes and chains, before launching into riding around the school’s basketball court.

Obstacle courses, pack riding and braking were incorporated into the session, mixed in with lots of games and competitions, all with the purpose of educating students on the importance of safe riding.

Kieran Donohue, CA's National Participation Coordinator - Junior Program, was confident that the ‘Let’s Ride’ program will help more Australian kids stay active and embrace cycling and bike riding.

Today's involvement with the Australian Olympic Committee's Olympic Day celebrations will hopefully inspire more kids to get on their bikes, get involved in the Let's Ride program,” he said.

Donohue hopes the program helps find Cycling Australia the next future Olympic champion or Tour de France winner!

“Who knows, we might even see the next Anna Meares or Cadel Evans getting their start with one of our Let's Ride programs!”

Donohue also explained that finishing up the first ever Let's Ride program at Narrabeen with an Olympic Day celebration was the perfect way to wrap up the program.

“The riding skills of all of the participants have progressed so much over the past six weeks and many are now riding their bikes to and from school or with their families on the weekend,” he said.

The program will launch nationally in Term 3, and Donohue hopes it will enable more kids around Australia to be taught the skills to ride a bike safely and skilfully, providing them with a new mode of transport or recreational activity, and perhaps even driving more children to pick up cycling as a competitive sport.  

Learn more about Let’s Ride here.

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