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School Report: Around the World with Cyclist Vin Cox

School Reporter interviewing Vin Cox
Bodmin School Reporters interviewed cyclist Vin Cox

BBC School Reporters were quick off the mark when they were given the opportunity to catch up with Vin Cox.

Leigh, Kieran, and Jo, all 14, from Bodmin College, interviewed the world record holder for circumnavigation of the globe by bike who was at their school to work with young cyclists in the PE department.

By Leigh, 14, Kieran, 14, and Jo, 14
From Bodmin College, Cornwall

Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your passion for cycling?

I loved cycling for years and years and years. my parents went on a cycling holiday before I was even born. The tales, as I was growing up, were about their great adventures. They cycled around Ireland before then and I used to go on long rides in the countryside with my dad and my sister from a young age.

Then I got into racing - and all sorts of different racing - but still enjoyed touring around and just enjoying the action of cycling, the places it takes you and do all sorts of stuff.

How do you prepare for a big race?

Well it depends on the race really. If it were a big race, like down at the Dragon leisure centre I would have to be in a "sprinty" mood because it's only an hour long.

For my ride around the world, it was a case of doing stupidly-long rides all the time and then just easing off slightly before the start of it so I could be fresh and ready to go. So it does depend on the distance.

What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to be a cyclist?

I would quote a very famous cyclist in the past, the first person to ever to win five Tour de France races. He said: "Ride your bike, ride your bike, ride your bike".

Describe your toughest moment during your circumnavigation.

In Libya, I got dysentery! I was just crawling between my bed and my toilet for a couple of days and it was a nasty state to be in. I was running a terrible temperature, I was delirious. I thought I was going to die, I really did. I had the right medication though.

So my toughest moment was either that or actually getting back on a bike. I knew I had to travel 100 miles through a desert and that's not the best thing to do once you've just had dysentery.

Could you tell us a bit about your plans for the global bike race in 2012?

Well the idea is for people who are interested, tourers or anybody, to go around the world and be able to compare their adventures; not necessarily competitively even, But some of them will be really going for it in a competitive state. It's to get all these people together in one place.

It's to say, 'Off you go around the world… there you go.' They'll be trackers on everybody. They've all got to do a similar distance but they can choose their own routes, go through different countries. So they have their own adventures, their own challenges all the time.

And obviously, even if they're on the same route, they would have an individual story. Going through different parts of the world will be vastly different but to be able to compare the adventures with dozens of different people in dozens of different countries will be great.

Vin taught several groups during the day with the first Year 7 class taking part in various activities including slow races, quick braking and weaving skills. The students really enjoyed their lesson and thought it was great to be working with Vin.


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