Tour de Bega sees Mumbulla pupils weave through town

Mumbulla School for Rudolf Steiner Education hosted their biannual “Tour de Bega” on Thursday, getting year 4, 5 and 6 pupils up on their bike seats and all over town. 

The pupils resembled Tour de France cyclists in the European countryside as they rode across the Bega bridge and spiraled down toward Valley Fields where they rested for lunch. 

The peloton was made up of 75 pupils and 20 parents, who volunteered to help with the day. 

Year 6 Mumbulla students pump their peddles at Valley Fields in Bega.

The group left Mumbulla school in the morning and cycled along Old Racecourse Road toward Mt Pleasant Road to hold their mountain challenge.

Just like in the real Tour de France, a king and queen of the mountain was named for each year level in the Tour de Bega. 

Jakome Roberts Charlton and Abbie Waterson were crowned the year 6 winners, Sophie Gill and Darcy Woodley took the titles in year 5 and Tanna Waterson and Lucy Campbell were the champions in the year 4 division.

The group rested their legs at lunch time before peddling back to school in the afternoon.  

Mumbulla’s French teacher Benedicte Morrow said they day was about cultural awareness and exercise.

“Of course the French love to ride bikes, but we stayed with the theme by doing all of our instruction in French, and our riders have dressed in the blue red and white colours of the French flag today,” she said. 

Ms Morrow added it was a great way to celebrate upcoming NSW Bike Week, and a chance for those taking part in the Bega to Tathra community bike ride to have some practice before next weekend. 

“They’re learning how to ride safely in a group which is important because this is the first time for many,” she said.  

Ms Morrow said it would not have been possible to have as much fun as they did without the help of the class teachers and the volunteer parents that joined the ride on Thursday.