Beginners Sessions Proving to be Very Popular

Post date: Feb 12, 2018 10:15:3 AM

(By Shay O'Toole - 11th February 2018)

In just a few short weeks the new beginners cycling sessions have proven to be very popular among the novice riders who have braved the elements in recent weeks.

The induction training is a new initiative driven by regular members Bob O’Ceallaigh, Gerry Wallace, Tom Carolan and Steve Franzoni. The following is a report which details some of the work undertaken by this new group.

Lakeside Wheelers cycling club Beginner’s Course has reached its fourth week. Around 12 beginners have attended each of the weekly sessions to date. The weather has not been totally kind with the first and third Saturday’s being particularly cold. However, we were rewarded with a beautiful mild and sunny Saturday on February 10th.

Each session begins with a briefing and a practical demonstration of various cycling skills after which, the participants are given the opportunity to perfect these skills. Following this demo the cyclists are taken out on the Old Rail Trail for a spin. Over the last month the distance has been gradually extended to about 35km with all participants coming through with flying colours. Of course, there is always a coffee stop along the way to give any aching legs a welcome break.

To date, the course participants have learned about road safety, cycling etiquette, bike maintenance, clothing, safety equipment and fitness.

Next week the group leaders hope to extend the distance even further to about 40km which will be a big step up for the newbies. The main aim is for all participants to be able to progress to the D Group which meets at our clubhouse in the Army Barracks at 9.00am on Saturday mornings.

Any member who thinks they may be able to help out with the beginners training is most welcome and should contact Bob O’Ceallaigh or Gerry Wallace.

Beginner's Group assembled at Outdoor Escape on one of their Saturday spins.