CYCLING: Parents’ Auxiliary for Cycling (PAC)
The PAC was formed in 2010 by a group of enthusiastic parents keen to support and promote the sport of cycling at Scotch. Cycling became an official summer sport at Scotch three years ago and is proving a popular alternative to the traditional school sports.
In first Term the team trains every Saturday morning at Hawthorn Velodrome and around Kew Boulevard. Keen parents are encouraged to come and join the boys, either to help out or to enjoy a sociable pedal with other parents. Two further training sessions are held during the week.
Welcome Barbecue: Early in first Term on a Monday evening after cycling training, the PAC holds a Welcome Barbecue for the cycling team and their families at Scotch. This is a great way to meet some of the other parents whose sons are involved in cycling across all Year Levels.
Australian Schools Cycling Cup (ASCC): The ASCC, held in late March, has been the focus for the team but unfortunately sponsorship difficulties mean that the event has an uncertain future. Alternative events are being considered. Parents are invited to attend events during the day and stay overnight with the team if they choose.
End-of-season celebration: The PAC has an informal end-of-season celebration for the cycling team and their families in the last week of first Term or early in Term 2. This evening provides an opportunity for the team and their families to celebrate the highlights of the season.
Family Day: The PAC runs a stand at Scotch Family Day in September including a ‘1 km time trial’ competition to provide information about cycling at Scotch and to generate interest in the sport.
OVERVIEW OF THE SPORT
Cycling is a summer sport in Scotch and is therefore available in first Term culminating in the ASCC competition or another suitable event at the end of Term. Scotch also fields a team in the Victorian Schools Cycling Cup, held during August with finals in October.
Training commences again in Term 4 but is not compulsory. Many of the boys also compete in club, state and national level events throughout the year.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Come along on Saturday mornings for a ride with the boys and other parents. Join in and help out with the various activities. Everyone is very welcome to join us and share your ideas and enthusiasm.