We have now entered Phase 2 in the easing of lockdown conditions we have all experienced since the middle of March. As a club Orwell suspended all club activities in line with Government and Cycling Ireland recommendations over the last 3 months and we very much appreciate the effort and commitment members have demonstrated throughout this time. This position continues throughout phase 2 in line with Cycling Ireland guidance which states that ‘Club training protocol will be advised in Phase 3’. Reflecting this there will be no organised club activities during June pending publication of guidelines for Phase 3, which is not far away now  - due to start on June 29th.

It's hard to believe that we have reached the June Bank Holiday weekend and none of us have been to places like Laragh, Wicklow Gap, Luggala or Blessington Lakes since the lockdown began. This would traditionally have been the final training weekend for the Wicklow 200 and the Orwell 2 Day Stage Race but instead, we are all still restricted to cycling within 5k of home.

On May 15th Cycling Ireland released their "Roadmap for Reopening Cycling Activity". We will be entering Phase 1 of this roadmap on Monday the 18th of May. Read on for details of Phase 1 and a link to the Roadmap/CI Statement

Many of us have turned to the turbo and the imaginary worlds of Zwift and RGT Cycling during the current crisis but usually we tolerate about an hour or two before body and mind give in! Next Sunday the 3rd of May club member Stephen McNally will be attempting a 12 hour turbo Zwift spin to raise money for a cause close to his heart - MND. Read on to hear how you can help and why this ex European Pursuit Champion is going so long!

On behalf of myself and the club committee I want to express our thanks to everyone who has supported the Government Guidelines and Cycling Ireland (CI) position on cycling in the current difficult environment. I hope that you and your families are all well and continue to be in the coming weeks.

 

Online cycling simulates cycling outdoors while you use your trainer at home. You use a desktop computer or laptop and an online cycling service such as Zwift, Rouvy, RGT or Sufferfest to display a virtual road on the screen in front of you, including other cyclists on the road too. The other cyclists represent people who are doing the same as you, riding their trainers. The harder you pedal your trainer the faster you go on the virtual road on the screen – just like in real life.