As the daylight hours are now becoming more and more scarce, the
last of the evening midweek spins took place this week (2nd Sept).
We will resume the spins next Spring.
In the meantime though.....next up on the agenda will be the now
world famous Turbo Training Sessions in Clonard village
hall. We plan to start in October, so if you do not already
own a Turbo Trainer, then now is the time to start writing your
letter to Santa so that you can join in the 'fun' on Monday nights
and keep yourself in tip-top condition over the dark winter
More details will follow soon, but for the moment.....all club
members are welcome to join in, and start saving for your Turbo
Trainer if you haven't got one!
2014 tour of South Meath + Rapparee Reunion
We will be hosting the annual Tour of South Meath sportive on
Sunday 28th September. Leaving from Mother Hubbards at 10am.
This year we will also have a very special event, in conjunction
with the 50km route: The Rapparee Reunion!
Full details can be found on the Tour's web page HERE.
2014 Meath County Championships: Road Race
We will host the 2014 Meath County Championships on Sunday 7th
September, from 10am.
Westmeath Royal Canal Greenway
There is a new cycle/walking trail “Westmeath Royal Canal
Greenway”, recently developed by Westmeath Co. Council in
Association with Waterways Ireland and Dept. of Transport, Tourism
& Sport. As I’m sure you’re aware the improved
32km stretch of the Royal Canal towpath that makes up the Greenway
is an ideal cycling, running and walking choice for everyone.
In conjunction with National Bike Week, the club will have an
event on Tuesday 17th June - this will be leisure spin, open to
everyone that would like to come along, and all levels of ability
will be catered for.
The spin will leave Mother Hubbards at 7pm, and will last for
about 1h15m. Pace will be leisurely, so everyone is welcome
to join in!
After the spin, we will have some food in Mother Hubbards -
promises to be a great evening....hope we will see you all out for
Also on the night we will have skills and sprint training for u18
riders - Club Secretary Alan Maye will supervise the
training. This is a great opportunity to learn some
essential bike skills, and we would encourage all young riders to
come along and join in with the fun.
Training will last for about 1-hour, and runs at the same time as
the leisure spin (i.e. 7pm start).
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April 2014 News Update
Well!!! finally we're out of the winter months, and now the 2014
season is well and truly upon us! We want to thank Alan Maye
for the hammering oops, sorry drilling,
no...sorry, for the amazing motivational Turbo classes he gave us
throughout the long winter! Well done Alan! Great work!
So - we have a lot of updates to roll out now! Each of them
are very important, and none more so than that safety aspects
which are referred to in most of the news items linked below.
From Tuesday 15th April we will begin the 2014 evening
spins. These will take place every Tuesday and Thursday
evenings throughout the season - initially starting at 6:45pm, and
meeting in Mother Hubbards Car park, approx 1h15m duration.
Pace will be leisurely on Tuesday evenings, and a faster paced
spin to take place on Thursday evenings.
We require all riders taking part in the evening spins to read
through the safety information page HERE,
and all club members will be required to sign a safety statement
before taking part in the club spins.
We will have regular spins meeting on Tue/Thrs evenings at
6:45pm. Details HERE
The first race of the 2014 Club League will take place on Thursday
Please visit the league page for information, and please also be
aware of all your requirements and obligations
(particularly Team Leaders!!), as this is critical to ensure rider
safety for the league.
Please read through the Marshal
Rota page and the main League
Pages fully, and if you have any questions/concerns, please
do not hesitate to get in contact with us, as we will be more than
happy to clarify these for you (email:
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2013/14 Winter Indoor Turbo Training
Can't get out training in these long cold winter nights?
Well......no excuses!!! Indoor Turbo Training comes to
Starting on Monday 9th December in Clonard Hall - 8pm to 9pm.
Cost is only 2-euro for the session.
Bring your bike, your Turbo, your heart monitor if you have one, a
towel, and of course a drink!
If you have no Turbo, no excuses, as Alan will have a loan of a
few for the first few nights. Just call Alan on 087-9923-409
to book a turbo.
2013 Club Weekend Away:
All the details for the weekend away in Co. Wicklow can be found HERE.
2013 Winter Spins:
We have changed the format of our weekly (Sunday morning) spins,
which we hope will encourage more members to join in the spins
every weekend. Please see the full details on the Cycle Routes page here.
2013 Sponsorship News: SCOTT BIKES
Scott Bikes are one of the Club's main sponsors this year, and
they have kindly provided us with a brand new Scott Speedster s40
This is a really nice bike, weighing in at only 9kg, and kitted
out with Shimano tripple chainset to get you over the steepest of
hills, and is available to buy from the club at the special
discounted price to Clonard Members of just 899-euro.
Please contact Alan if you are interested (087 9923 409).
Sneak Preview of the new 2013 Club Jersey and Shorts...
2013 Club League starts 23rd April
The first round of the 2013 Club League is on Tue 23rd
April. The race will be a 16km individual time-trial, and
the first rider off will be at 6:30pm sharp, as we need to ensure
that everyone makes it back in time to get home before it gets
Please ensure you arrive early so that you can sign on and get
yourself warmed up! See the CLUB
LEAGUE homepage for all the details of the 2013 league.
Please note that if you wish to take past in the races, you must
have a Club Competition (or Full Competition) license from Cycling
Ireland. Anyone with other license types cannot take part
(but you are very welcome to come along on any night and lend a
hand with marshaling of course!!!)
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2013 Club AGM
The Annual General Meeting will take place on FRIDAY 11th JAN 2013
- Clonard Village Hall
We would encourage all club members to attend the meeting.
Anyone wishing to take a more active role in the Club, by taking
up a post as a member of the committee, this is your chance!
2013 Membership is open now!!
You can renew your 2013 Club and Cycling Ireland fees online now
directly from our website in one simple transaction!
We would encourage all members to ensure your membership is
renewed before 31st December, so that you have insurance cover
from 1st January 2013. Remember - having insurance cover is
a mandatory requirement for anyone taking part in Club activities
(e.g. club spins on the weekends).
Please see the membership 2013
page for full details.
2013 Christmas 12-hour Charity Cycle: 15th
We will be running our annual Christmas Charity Cycle again this
year. Runs from 9am until 9pm in the SuperValu and Tesco
Supermarkets in Kinnegad.
Five local charities will benefit from the money raised:
- Marie Keating Foundation
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Lir Preschool
- Clonard Senior Citizens
We would encourage all members of the club to join in and take one
of the available timeslots.
More details can be found on the Club's Facebook page:
All club members are invited to attend what should be a great
night, and a great opportunity for everyone to get together.
We will be presenting prizes for the 2012 Club League on the
night, so come along and join the fun! Here are all the
The Venue: Hilamar Hotel, Kinnegad (in
The Date: Friday 30th November
The Time: 8pm
The best bit: Cost is only 15-euro per person!!
** UPDATE **
8th Nov 2012 - Winter Spins
Just a reminder to everyone that our Winter Training Spins are
going ahead every weekend. For Sundays, the pace is
controlled to keep it below 30km/h avg, and the duration is
2hrs approx (plus one stop for tea en-route!). Everyone is
welcome to join in, and we would encourage all members to come
Saturday spins are also in full swing, and of course these are at
a more leisurely pace than the Sunday spins.
** PLEASE NOTE ** To ensure not only your own safety, but the safety of the
whole group while out riding in the dull winter months, you MUST
have a rear light fitted to your bike (and have it switched on!!)
if you want to take part in the group spins.
Also, when the roads are wet, you are required to have at least a
rear mudguard fitted.
We don't want ye coming home
looking like this fella....
So, in summary - lights and mudguards are now
Cycling legend Greg LeMond comes to Meath!!!
Greg LeMond (former
professional cyclist from the United States and a three-time winner of the Tour de France) will be in Trim on October 7th to participate in
the HADD Charity cycle. Greg LeMond became the first American
and the first non-European cyclist to win the Tour de France. He
is one of eight cyclists to have won the Tour three or more
The HADD charity cycle takes place as part of ADHD (Attention
Hyperactivity Disorder) awareness week and is
organised in association with Meath Local Sports Partnership
and Clonard Cycle Club. Greg LeMond has ADHD and as a result
of this, is a huge supporter of the charity internationally.
On the day, there
will be 2 distances for cyclists to chose from– 40km &
10km family spin. Both distances start and finish at the
Knightsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co.Meath.
The Club League Champion
for 2012: Congratulations to Ger Dunne!!!
All the results and race report can be found here.
Here are a collection of photos, taken over the course of the Club
League - many thanks to Donal for taking the photos and sending
Club League 2012 draws to a close
The final round of the Club League will take place on Tuesday 4th
September. The league has been hotly contested all summer
long, and all comes down now to the final race.
Can Andy Flood retain the yellow Jersey and take the honours for
2012...can Ger Dunne overtake him to become Club League
Champion...not forgetting of course the tight battle for 3rd place
which is still wide open, and sees 7 or 8 riders within 10 points
of each other. Can the Limit and Semi-Limit groups put in a
huge effort to shake it all up at the top of the league...
- it all comes down to this final
(Note that because of the shorter daylight hours now, we have
reduced the final race to 1.5 laps of the Ballyboggin Circuit,
and we will finish now on the motorway bridge on the 2nd lap
(i.e. not the Hilltop Finish as was initially planned)).
Evening spins: Finish up 31st Aug
Thursday 31st August will see the last of the evening Spins for
2012, as the nights are closing in fast. Check the calendar
on the homepage for details of upcoming spins through the winter
Leisure Spin: July 31st, 2012 (note date
We will have an evening of leisure spins, building on the success
of the recent National Bike Week evening last month.
Everyone is welcome to come along, and there will be food
afterwards in the Monastery Inn. For full details, click here - hope to see you on the
Race News: July 2012
Great race in Ballivor lon Saturday 7th July.
A great turnout from the Club with Jacob, Mervyn, Alan, Ed and Ger
all taking part.
All but Ger started in the first group which was made up of
A4s,Vets(A2s&A3s) and ladies. Ferocious pace from the off, of
which was 3 laps of a 17km circuit. Alan had the legs to attack on
the final lap to get into a break with 2 other riders but despite
his best efforts he couldn't stay away. Only 6 A1s/A2s managed to
catch the lead group, which made for a good bunch sprint.
Ger also is taking part in the Leinster Championships this weekend
l'Etape du Tour, Albertvile France, 8th July
member Andy Flood took part in l'etape du Tour, riding a
full stage of the Tour de France, just a few days ahead of the
real race with the Pro's.
Nearly 6000 people from all over the world came to France and took
part in l'etape.
Here are a couple of photos from the weekend:
National Bike Week 2012
the 19th June, we held a special evening in conjunction with
National Bike Week. The evening was a great success, and
all the details and photos etc can be found on the Bike Week page.
Club League 2012
The 4th round
of the Club League will be a 16km Time Trial, but this time it
will be handicapped!!
It takes place on Tuesday 26th June, at 7pm. Full details are
For results, times, speeds etc. from Round 1, see link here.
For Round 2 results & photos, see here.
For Round 3, see here
Enfield Grand Prix 2012
and the Race Report can be found here.
Race reports: April/May
Best of luck
to Joe Holton and to Jacob Baldwin who will both take part in
the half IronMan Triathlon in Collinstown on 13th May. G'wan
Also in Triathlon - two great results from the Naas Triathlon on
- 1st Male: Gavin Doran
- 1st Female: Marie Boland
Brilliant results! Well done to Gavin and Marie!
Congrats to the great Peter Schweppe, who won the Vets race in
Dundalk in April - well done Peter!!!
Well done to Ger Dunne for some good results recently...
6th place A4 over a very hilly course in Roundwood
Also, 1st A4 in the Peter Bidwell Memorial Race in
Drogheda, April 21st.
Also well done to Jacob Baldwin and again to Ger for finishing
well up in the bunch despite a very hard Hilltop Finish in the
Coombes-Connor memorial race in Drogheda (on the Sunday, 22nd
April), to finish off a great weekend of racing by Drogheda
No plans for the weekend?....
Cycling website for all the upcoming events (sportives and
Why not post on our Facebook page if you are heading to an
for the first of the Beginners Ladies spins! Here are the gang
meeting up at Mother Hubbards...
Mar 30th: *** special offer on Club Gear ***
Hurry! Get yourself ready for the first Club League Race
with a super slick new Skin Suit - and at the specially
discounted price of only 50-Euro!!! Contact Colm (087 905
7138) to place your order.
Other prices for Club Gear are:
- Jerseys 40 euro
- Jackets 50 euro
- Shorts 40 euro
Club league starting next month!
For more details: link here.
Mar 18th: Race update
Well done to
Jacob for a great race at the weekend in Dunboyne.
Over 100 on the a4 race, and Jacob had a top 10 finish!
Lovely spin today with some great weather conditions, making for a
good fast return leg of the journey from Mullingar with the wind
at our backs, after a brief stop off for coffee in Hamills.
Average speed for the spin was 30km/h.
Great turnout this morning for the Sunday Spin, on what
(eventually) turned out to be a lovely spring day, with
Temperatures up to almost 13 degrees, and....bone-dry
roads!! Oh, the joys of not having to hose the bike down
after a spin! :)
A good strong and steady group were out today, over a new(ish)
route, which took us out to Tyrellspass and across then to
Belvedere House for Coffee - think we'll be re-visiting that one
Heading for home, on the way back in the old N6, the group were
hitting 40km/h average - despite the best efforts of an awkward
southerly wind to slow us down!
- Bike handling / Safety / Maintenance:
On Friday 17th February we held a workshop for all Club
Members. The evening went very well, and our speakers (Des
Maye and John Ryan) gave excellent presentations, and their
contribution was very much appreciated by everyone.
Des spoke about the importance of regular maintenance of bikes,
gave some valuable demonstrations of common maintenance tasks
which everyone should ensure they do in order to keep their
bikes in tip-top condition, and also of course, with 30+ years
experience in frame building, he gave some great advice
regarding sizing and position.
John gave an excellent presentation of Group Cycling Skills -
these skills are a must-know for anyone taking part in Group
Spins. Here is the link to John's
presentation - the information is very valuable, for
beginners and for experienced cyclists alike.
/ Sportive Events:
We will organise the following Racing & Sportive events
during the year.
Exact dates/times/route details etc will be added to the Website
as we get closer to each event (also see the 'Events' page for more
Ras Naomh Finian - 10th March 2012
Ladies sportive event – 7th May 2012
Enfield Grand Prix – June 2012
Tour of south Meath – September 2012
December 2011, Charity Fundraiser
the club runs a 12 hour cycle at Tesco and Supervalu in Kinnegad
for four local charities. We had a great response from club
members and raised nearly 1800-euro!
The 4 charities are: Irish Cancer Society, St Vincent
de Paul, Lir playschool and Clonard Senior Citizens