A GROUP of Frankston High School students are training to tackle a 550 kilometre bike ride later this month.
The 2023 RACV Great Vic Bike Ride runs from 25 November to 3 December – the ride spans from Orbost to Wonthaggi.
Frankston High School students have been taking part in the annual event since 2009. This year 29 students from years seven to ten will join three teachers and six parents on the ride.
Teacher Jason Burt helps organise the trip. He said the bike ride “poses an enormous physical and mental challenge for the students.”
“They have to commit to months of training in preparation for the 550 kilometre event, to ensure they have the fitness required and riding etiquette to complete the ride safely. It also provides the opportunity for the students to demonstrate the school’s values of optimism, persistence, responsibility, respect and empathy,” Burt said. “By spending nine days riding and camping in a confined campsite with two to three thousand other bike riders and volunteers, students develop a greater sense of community. They have to assume responsibility for themselves, their own belongings, setting and packing up camp, but also for the safety and well-being of others both in the school group and the community.
“Students love the opportunity to experience this camp with their friends and the social aspect is a real highlight. Each year they develop new friendships with students from other schools. The fact that there is limited access to the wonders of modern technology encourages students to interact with others and develop their social skills.”