Any novices in the club who are currently doing the Sunday ride-outs might be interested in getting in some extra miles midweek over the summer. If enough are interested, we will have a ride-out on either Wednesday evening
or Friday evening (Whichever suits) and take in a climb along the route.
The spin will be 50 km approx and we hope to start with a few runs over Croghan hill, The Cut and Knock hill. ( Not all the same night obviously !!). These will be great for building stamina and strengthening the legs ,and will be at controlled speeds so everyone enjoys it. We will have riders from the club looking after you, and there to give help and advice.
If you are interested and want to bank a few extra miles contact any of the following :
Donagh recently posted this over on Facebook so just re-iterating the message here. Stay safe folks!
Over the weekend we have had two serious incidents on the roads involving club members out on weekend spins. In Tullamore two of our regular “A” riders were struck by a car when an elderly driver pulled straight across them at a junction. The driver of the car “never saw them “!!
In Wicklow yesterday, one of our members joined some friends on a club ride and a similar incident took place. Unfortunately the rider sustained serious head injuries from the impact and is not expected to survive. Our prayers are with this man and his family. I am not mentioning names in either incident.
We are currently looking at ways to improve rider safety on the roads. In both cases the riders were doing exactly what they should have been doing on the road, and became victims of careless driving.
The cyclist is always going to come out worst when this happens. Just because there is a bit more light in mornings and evenings, we should not take for granted that we are any more visible to motorists. WE ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT !!! We are all looking forward to a long season of ride outs, tours, races and good training spins……Make yourself visible, Obey the rules of the road and expect the unexpected. This is not the type of news we like to have to highlight so stay safe folks !!!
Membership is now due for both the club and Cycling Ireland. € 25 is due for club membership and can be handed into Seamus or 1 of the committee members. Cycling Ireland membership can be completed online at https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/portal/Login.aspx
Training plan for people who are intent on cycling a few events this year is attached. Thanks to Allister for drawing this up. Training Guidance
Enquiries are ongoing to assess a new supplier for the club jersey. This process will hopefully end soon and we will have further details for you at that stage. Designs will stay similar to last years with only slight amendments. Stay tuned.
This year Cycling Ireland have implemented a full online membership system which we are hoping most members will utilise to update their licence. This system can be used to pay for the Cycling Ireland portion of the membership. See this post or read the section below for the details.
For anyone who is having difficulties paying Jacinta can help them out.
The rates for 2014 are as follows:
Non-Competition Licence = € 25 (Any member partaking in sportives will require this licence)
Limited Competition Licence = € 60 (Any member who wants to race Midland League will need this licence)
Full Competition Licence Senior = € 125 (Any senior member who wants to race open races this year)
Full Competition Licence Junior = € 50 (Any junior member born in 1996 or 1997 who wants to race open races this year)