On Sunday, 9 December Cycling Victoria ran an AustCycle clinic for approximately 140 children at the Siemens Christmas Party in Bayswater, with 2011 Tour de France winner Cadel Evans offering up cycling tips to the excited kids.
Groups of 20 children at a time were taken through a clinic that included slalom, straight-line drills, and some very fun games. There was a lot of interest in the clinics, with plenty of families registering for the cycling activities despite the competition from mini golf, pony rides and jumping castles.
Interest in the clinics peaked when Evans visited, with close to 100 kids and their families coming down to try to meet their hero. AustCycle teachers put the group through a skills course while Evans watched and provided some tips to the eager kids.
Evans was attending the Siemens Christmas Party as part of a new project where he is working with Siemens to promote environmental issues.
The day was a great success for Cycling Victoria and AustCycle. Children who registered for the clinic received an AustCycle wristband, and Cycling Victoria had the opportunity to begin promoting the 2013 Victorian Schools Cycling Championships.