At our recent committee meeting, the club identified meeting the needs of our leisure riders as one of our priorities. While the club has a lengthy racing tradition and a growing presence at racing events throughout the year, we’re conscious of the fact that the majority of our members are leisure riders and we’re keen to ensure that they derive maximum benefit from being part of our club.
Over the last year or so, we’ve increased the frequency of our leisure spins. We’ve also introduced a number of initiatives that are open to all our members such as:
- Bike maintenance workshops
- Turbo training sessions
- Coaching sessions with qualified coach Antony Moran
- Social nights out
We’d like to raise awareness of these activities especially among the leisure riders. Moreover, we’d like feedback from our leisure riders on any needs that aren’t being addressed or any new ideas they might have. With that in mind, the club has arranged a meeting in the Thatch Bar at 8 p.m. Monday 15th February. We’d urge all our leisure members to come along and share their thoughts on what the club can do for them. We look forward to seeing you there.
Drogheda Wheelers will once again promote Ireland’s premier event for young riders, the Rás na nÓg. This exciting weekend of racing will take place during the weekend April 16th/17th 2016. Entry forms can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Rás na nÓg 2016 Entry Form
Further details will be published here soon.
Committee members please note that there will be a committee meeting next Tuesday (Feb 2nd) at 8pm in the Thatch pub, Donore Road.
A quick reminder to all our race licence holders that our annual winter training camp takes place in Castlebar on Saturday 30th January to Sunday 31st January. The camp entails two training spins and is a great way to prepare for the coming season. There are very limited number of places available and anyone interested should contact Gerry Campbell.
This year’s Louth Coastal Tour will take place on Sunday November 22nd. All funds raised will
once again go to the leukemia unit at St Vincent’s Ward in the Mater Hospital, where the late Neil Pyne was cared for so well over a fourteen month period. Neil passed away there in September aged just 26 years old. He was a super physio and, in the course of his work, made many great friends in the cycling community.
Registration will be in Drogheda Retail Park Security Offices from 9am with a start time of 10am.
Total distance is 80km and will be at a controlled speed. Guest leaders on the day will be Ireland’s number one ranked rider Sean Mc Kenna from the Aquablue team and also the new President of Cycling Ireland Ciaran Mc Kenna.
Club secretary Gerard Campbell has been nominated for the “Volunteer of the Year” in the Cycling Ireland Awards 2015 in recognition of his “tireless work with developing underage racing throughout Leinster”. Please make sure to give him your vote and to spread the word among fellow Cycling Ireland members.
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The annual membership renewal night will take place on Monday 16th November in the Thatch from 8 pm- 9pm.
At our recent AGM it was proposed and agreed that the membership fee be raised from €10 to €20 for 2016, in order to support the club’s growth. Cycling Ireland have yet to confirm their licence fees.
For all renewing members please bring:
- Appropriate membership fee
- Your email address
- ICE (In Case of Emergency) contact details (name & phone number of 1 ‘emergency contact’)
New members please bring:
- Name and Address
- Required Licence type (Leisure, Limited Comp or Full Race)
- Appropriate membership fee
- Email address
- ICE (In Case of Emergency) details (as above)
Alternatively, licence application for 2016 will be available on the Cycling Ireland website.
We’d like to remind all members that our combined Race Night fundraiser and Members’ Social night will take place in the Thatch Bar on Friday 9th October. The race night is our most important fundraising event this year so it’s vital that we sell as many entries as possible: all members are asked to try and sell at least two horses at €30 each. It’s also important that any completed sponsorship cards are returned to the club as soon as possible. Fully (or indeed partially) completed cards can be given to any committee member or details sent to Seamus Domegan – firstname.lastname@example.org. It promises to be a very entertaining night and a great opportunity for all our leisure and race riders to get together.
Duleek Parish Cycles will hold their third annual sportive on Sunday 11th October. Proceeds from the event will go to the new Duleek Primary School for boys and girls. There will be three distance to choose from – 14km, 45km and 80km. Sign on is from 10am at Duleek Bellewstown GAA Grounds, Navan Road Duleek. For further details visist the Duleek Parish Cycles facebook page.
Earlier today, Bohermeen Cycling Club hosted the 2015 Meath Road Race Championships. And it was another fantastic day for Drogheda Wheelers. Barry Hughes took gold in the A3 Category and Niall Craven took gold in the A4 Category, Well done lads!