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Student learns to ride bike for charity event

posted 5 Dec 2017, 03:14 by Tim Williams   [ updated 5 Dec 2017, 03:15 ]
A teenager who has never ridden a bike is taking on a 46-mile charity cycle. When the opportunity arose for students at Nightingale Academy, in Edmonton, to take part in the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 46, Gualter Amando volunteered without hesitation. It was only later he confessed he had never learnt to ride a bike. The Year 11 student said: “I want to try something new. I’m a little bit nervous, but am looking forward to learning to ride a bike. “I had a bike when I was about seven, but it got a puncture and so I never learnt to ride it.”
The school has secured 11 places in the exclusive, balloted event which will see riders journey from Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to The Mall in July next year. Students will each receive a £700 bike set up to their personal specifications, training and motivational talks and food nutrition courses. Nightingale spectators will be able to watch from a VIP both on the day. The preparation begins with a launch party in December at Prudential head office, before fitness testing and a visit to the velodrome in January.
The ride was created specifically for newer and younger cyclists and offers an introduction to cycling on traffic-free roads. Simon Hoang, Greenhouse Sports coach who works at Nightingale, said: “This is an exclusive event. “It’s all part of our mission to develop our students as a whole. It will help them with social interaction and the discipline of organising a training plan and sticking to it. It will be a great team-building experience as well as giving them a taste of success which will be brilliant for them.
“I am proud of them all, but particularly of Gualter who, on top of all of this, has to learn to ride a bike to begin with.”