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Club Commences 2nd Beginner's Course

posted 30 Apr 2018, 06:59 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 30 Apr 2018, 07:01 ]
Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar commenced the second of its adult beginner cycling courses for 2018 on Wednesday April 25th. The course comprises of a briefing session on Wednesday evenings followed by a spin with a second spin on Saturday mornings at 10.00am. Anyone who has an interest in taking up cycling is welcome to attend. 

On the opening evening a large number of beginners enjoyed their maiden cycle in the bright sunshine and, unusually, again on Saturday morning. Club member, Steve Franzoni led a lively discussion on a wide range of topics such as road safety, cycling etiquette, cycling skills, fitness, bike maintenance and clothing. 

These informative briefing sessions will continue for the next few weeks and it is hoped the sunny weather will follow suit. The first Saturday morning spin saw the group cycle to Castletowngeoghan where an al fresco coffee stop was enjoyed by all.

On the Wednesday evenings, there will be a brief talk on cycling topics commencing at 6.00pm after which, the course coordinators will bring cyclists out for a spin lasting up to an hour and a half at an easy pace on the Old Rail Trail Greenway. On Saturday mornings the course leaders, who are all Lakeside Wheelers members with extensive cycling experience will be taking the participants out at 10.00am for a slightly longer spin to give them an opportunity to practice the skills they have learned earlier in the week. By the end of the six week programme it is hoped that the new cyclists should be able to join in with the Lakeside Wheelers D Group cycles. This group departs from the clubhouse at Mullingar Army Barracks at 9.00am every Saturday for a leisurely spin and, most importantly, a tea stop.

The course continues on Wednesday at 6.00pm meeting in the car park at the entrance to the Mullingar to Athlone Old Rail Trail Greenway in Mullingar Business Park and leaving at 6.30pm sharp. New cyclists to the course are still welcome so, if you wish to learn new skills this course is for you. The goal of the course is to give people an introduction to cycling and the confidence and skills to enjoy the sport with other like-minded people. 

Please bring a serviceable bike (racer, hybrid or mountain bike will be grand) a helmet and warm clothes. If anyone has any queries please contact Gerry Wallace at 087 2557733.