South Harringay race to the top

Reigning champions North Harringay were pushed into second place in the League competition by South Harringay at this year’s roller racing event.

In what is to become a regular winter fixture, 82 riders from eight schools (including newcomers St Mary’s and Our Lady of Muswell Hill) raced each other on fixed wheeled track bikes mounted on roller racing stations, while a computer projector displayed their progress over 500 meters.

The day’s top time was notched up by Risley, recording a very fast 34.06 seconds in the Year 6 Boys race.

Next up was South Harringay, achieving almost the same time in Year 5 Boys (34.62 seconds).

Stroud Green achieved the third best time, an impressive 37.06 seconds in Year 4 Girls.

But it was South Harringay who came top of the points leader board for the day, with 63 points. Stroud Green were second with 53 points, and Risley third with 50 points.

Surprise of the day was seeing North Harringay come joint 6th with just 33 points, and South Harringay knock them into second place in the overall standings.

The next round will be on 15th March at Ducketts Common.

Race results and points

Find out more about the Haringey Schools Cycling League. If you’d like your school to take part, see How to Join.

Escape from the rain

Rain might have stopped play on Friday — forcing us to cancel Round 2 — but some of our riders went racing in Wales, the Lake District and San Francisco, courtesy of Leigh Day Cycling’s Wahoo Kickr set up and the FulGaz app.

Alpe d’Huez anyone?

The next round will be roller racing at North Harringay Primary on 16th January.

Find out more about the Haringey Schools Cycling League. If you’d like your school to take part, see How to Join.

Record turnout for League opener

Nearly 70 riders took part in the 2018-9 League’s first race at Ducketts Common.

The 2018-19 season got off to a cracking start last Friday with the highest number of schools ever attending a League event.

Sixty-seven children from seven schools took part in a cyclo-cross race on Ducketts Common in brilliant autumn sunshine.

And if last Friday’s racing is anything to go by, the competition for the League trophy is going to be tougher than ever. Two schools, South Harringay and Chestnuts, showed that the days of the two-horse race between North Harringay and Risley could be over.

North Harringay were still able to dominate the day, however. They won eight of the 16 races, with 16 top three results, and notched up 174 points in the League table.

Second were South Harringay (145 points), who won two races and had 12 finishers in the top three. They nudged ahead of Risley (132), who also had two wins and three second places. Chestnuts in fourth with 127 points had three wins in the 24” races and two second and third places.

North Harringay out in front — but for how long?

St. Aidan’s and Coleridge drew with 88 points, with St. Aidan’s taking a first and second place in the Boys 24”, and Coleridge scoring two third places in the Girls and Boys 24”.

They may have come at the bottom of the table, but newcomers Stroud Green had an impressive first day’s racing. The only team to consist entirely of year 4 riders — fielding just two riders in the 26” races — they took a second and third in the Girls 24” and 26” respectively.

The school teams competed in 16 races across four categories, with each rider able to race twice. That we were able to accommodate so many riders and run the event so smoothly was down to the hard work of our coaches, parents and volunteers, and the great support from all the schools.

Round 2 will be in Finsbury Park on 7th December.

Race results and points
Total points per school

Find out more about the Haringey Schools Cycling League. If you’d like your school to take part, see How to Join.

NHP retain League while Risley rule at the Palace

Round 6 saw the League’s first visit to Alexandra Palace Park.

North Harringay became League champions for the fourth time after an afternoon of racing in sweltering conditions at Alexandra Palace Park. Risley Avenue came second, scoring the most points for Round 6. South Harringay, competing in their first League, took third place.

A total of 39 riders from four schools took part in the finale of the 2018 Haringey Schools Cycling League, racing on a challenging but fun cyclo-cross course in 30-degree heat.

With North Harringay almost out of reach at the top of the League standings, Risley were determined not to let them have it all their own way and fought hard to win the most points for the day.

Their chance came with the pursuit relay, which was neck and neck until Risley began to gain on their rivals towards the end. With just one rider left, NHP managed to claw back some of their lead — but Risley hung on just enough to take the win by a wheel length.

St Aidan’s Primary had a good day, with an emphatic win in the Boys 24” and taking 2nd in the Boys 26”. They just missed out in their pursuit relay which, in another close finish, was won by South Harringay. St. Aidan’s finished the League series in fourth place, above Coleridge and Chestnuts primaries.

A big thanks to the schools who’ve taken part this year and for all the help from support staff, volunteers and parents, and for the continuing support from Haringey Council. And not least, congratulations to the nearly 150 riders from six schools who competed so hard throughout the year and delighted us with some brilliant racing.

Next year’s calendar will be posted here soon. See you next term for Round 1 of the 2018/9 League!

Race results and points
Total points per school
Photos of Round 6

Find out more about the Haringey Schools Cycling League. If you’d like your school to take part, see How to Join.

Round 5: Back to the grass at Chestnuts

Inspired by the visit to the Herne Hill Velodrome last month, the League returned to Chestnuts Park for an afternoon of grass track racing.

Chestnuts, South Harringay, Risley and North Harringay primaries battled it out over 16 races, which featured the keirin, devil and a pursuit relay.

North Harringay dominated the day, winning nine of the 12 scoring races. Risley scored next highest in overall points, winning two and managing a top three in all but one race.

Full details of race results and points
Total points per school

The final event of this year’s League will be cyclo-cross racing at Alexandra Park on 6th July.

Find out more about the Haringey Schools Cycling League. If you’d like your school to take part, see How to Join.

Return to Herne Hill

Awesome day in the sun at the Herne Hill Velodrome last week. Twenty-eight riders from five Haringey primary schools took part in a day of coaching and racing at this historic former Olympic venue.

Children learnt to use track bikes on the banked course, riding close together, swapping turns at the front of the group… culminating in a very close pursuit race. Amazing confidence and ability shown by everyone. As one rider put it: “That was the best day ever!”

The racing didn’t count for League points, so the standings remain the same.

The next event will be grass track racing at Bruce Castle Park on 8th June.

Round 3: Rain? What Rain?

After being snowed off in March, the threat of heavy rain couldn’t prevent Round 3 from happening last Friday, which saw six schools battle it out on a damp and technical MTB course in Finsbury Park.

Fifty-four riders raced with fearless determination through a twisty, narrow track which was often slippery from the morning’s downpour. Some dramatic, close finishes were backed up by impressive bike handling and mercifully few crashes, despite the conditions.

Congratulations to Chestnuts who, making a welcome return to the League, came out on top with 79 points. They took both the Boys 24” races and had riders in the top three in five out of the day’s eight races.

North Harringay were close behind with 74 points, securing both Girls 24” races. Risley were on fighting form in the 26” races, winning one each of the Girls and Boys events. Coleridge and St. Aidan’s took once race each (Girls 26, Boys 26) while South Harringay fought hard to take 2nd and 3rd spots in the Girls 24 & 26.

Full details of race results and points
Total points per school

See the gallery page for photos of the day’s racing.

Standings after round 3

Round 4 will be at the Herne Hill Velodrome on 18th May.

Find out more about the Haringey Schools Cycling League. If you’d like your school to take part, see How to Join.