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Cycling Ireland
Braking News - Nov 2016
Cycling Ireland's Newsletter
Membership Awards - Get Voting!

Who will be the Cycling Ireland Volunteer of the Year? What was the best cycling event in 2016? What club will be the Cycling Ireland Club of the Year this year? Have your say in the annual Membership Awards if you are a Cycling Ireland member, and VOTE HERE ACROSS EIGHT CATEGORIES

The winners across the various categories will be announced at the Cycling Ireland Awards Dinner which takes place in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry, Dublin, on the 26th November. If you are interested in going to the Awards Dinner the tickets are now ON SALE HERE

READ MORE ABOUT THE AWARDS DINNER HERE

Who Really Owns the Road?

Recently a thousand cyclists turned out to ask the Government to #AllocateForCycling and to increase the funding for cyclists. This simple request generated a lot of interest, and raised the wearisome debate of who deserves the road more, the cyclist or the motorist. We decided to PUT A FEW POINTS STRAIGHT.

An investment in cycling benefits everyone, whether you cycle, drive, or both!

Meet Anna Turvey - European Bronze Medallist
We caught up with Anna Turvey this week, fresh from her Bronze Medal win last weekend at the European Track Championships in Paris. Anna has stormed onto the Irish scene this year, winning the National Time Trial Championshis before producint a fantastic performance in the Individual Pursuit last weekend netting her Ireland's first ever female European Track Medal! MEET ANNA HERE
Lapsed Members Survey - The Findings
We recently conducted a survey on cyclists who were previously members of Cycling Ireland but who did not renew their membership in 2015 or 2016. Our main reason was to understand why they did not renew, and what we can do to make our service more attractive to them.

Here were the main findings from the survey
Winners of Competitions

Over the past few months we ran a number of competitions and are delighted to announce the winners! 

2 Nights in Kenmare Bay Hotel: Valerie O'Donovan

Frog Bike Signed by Nicolas Roche: Anna Cobbe

Frog Jerseys: Rachel Hodge, Nial Kirton and Eoin Moloney.

FitBit from Lapsed Member Survey: Eamon Kirwan and Derek Comerford

Beautiful Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway is the latest Greenway to open, offering 23km of a dedicated walking and cycling path from Kilmacthomas to Dungarvan. Over the coming months this will extend to Waterford City, bringing it to 46km in total.

There's no better way to spend your day than ambling through the countryside on quiet and well-surfaced paths winding through out beautiful countryside, following the disused railway corridor over viaducts and through tunnels. Check out the Greenway HERE 

This is well worth the trip - so plan ahead with THIS INTERACTIVE MAP.

New Interactive Cycling Hill Signs
If you are cycling in Co. Clare you may already have come across these great interactive cycling hill signs, developed by Clare-Getsidetracked, an outdoor recreation brand for County Clare. The signs themselves show you the distance and gradient, and a chip on the sign when scanned by a mobile device directs you to a web page which lists the time it took riders to complete the particular segment (via strava). READ MORE about this great idea!
iDMe - Safety Wristbands

Cycling Ireland and iDMe have come together to offer a significant discount to our members on safety wristbands. Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports and activities in Ireland, and with more and more people out on the roads, we recognise the need for people to carry identification in the case of an incident. The iDMe wristbands can easily be updated, and include options for the cyclist to enter any medication they cannot take, as well as including an emergency contact number. 

READ MORE HERE

How Cycling Looked 25 Years Ago

Have a look at this VIDEO from the 1991 youth National Road Racing Championships and get a glimpse of how cycling looked 25 years ago. The images highlight the changes that have come about, and the commentary gives a good account of what happens in a cycling race.

If you have old cycling photos or videos, we would love to HEAR FROM YOU.

Irish Riders Perform Well at European and World Level

September and October were busy months for Irish cyclists internationally!

It began with the dominating performances of the Irish Paracyclists at the Paralympic Games, where the Irish team came home with five cycling medals! Eoghan Clifford kicked off proceedings with a BRONZE in the MC3 Individual Pursuit, followed by a WINNING WEDNESDAY when Eoghan Clifford and the women's tandem of Katie-George Dunlevy and Eve Crystal both won gold in the Time Trial. Colin Lynch kick started the day with silver in the Time Trial. In the Road Race the women's tandem won silver, to bring the tally of the Paracycling Team to five!

In the World Road Championships in Doha the Irish cyclists overcame intense heat to put on an impressive display, with the highlights being FIFTH FOR RYAN MULLEN in the Elite Men's Time Trial and NINTH FOR EDDIE DUNBAR in the U23 Men's Time Trial. SAM BENNETT MADE THE BREAK in the Elite Men's Road Race, only to withdraw due to the intense heat.

Last week ANNA TURVEY STORMED TO BRONZE in the Elite Women's Individual Pursuit at the European Track Championships, at an event which included a lot of new names on the Cycling Ireland Track Programme. 

In the European Cyclo-Cross Championships the Offroad Commission entered a young team with David Conroy finishing 39th after suffering a puncture early in the U23 race, and the junior riders JB Murphy and Craig McCarthy finishing 42nd and 51st in their debut championship event.

Cycling Ireland AGM - 12th November Castletroy Park Hotel
The Cycling Ireland AGM takes place on the 12th November in the Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick. All Cycling Ireland members are welcome to attend, and will have a chance to air their opinions. Voting is conducted by delegates from clubs, with each club being granted a vote based on its size. We look forward to meeting you there. Details of the Final Notice for the AGM are HERE.