Most Sundays throughout the year, Orwell Youths hold cycling sessions. In these we aim to teach the children bike handling skills, to help them keep fit, to give them confidence in riding a bike, both at a competitive level and more importantly in their day to day lives.

The year is split roughly into two parts - October to March, and April to August. During the first part of the season we will concentrate on skills and cycling in a fairly controlled environment - both at Corkagh Park and on the road. We also use Sundrive Track, Lucan BMX and Ticknock or Ballinastoe Mountain biking and spin along the canal cycle paths. We hope to offer a wide range of activities and have decent sized groups in different age and ability categories 

In the second part we will be going further afield and talking in a few road trips, a few races and some sportives as well as regular spins from Joe Dalys.

The age groups which are referred to below are set out by Cycling Ireland and are based on year of birth / calendar year - and where we refer to groups we are referring to the group for 2019.

Year of Birth 2019 licence
2001 2nd Year Junior
2002 1st year Junior
2003 U16
2004 U16
2005 U14
2006 U14
2007 U12
2008 U12
2009 & later U10

 

We have a mailing list which you can subscribe to by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. telling us a little about your childs age and cycling experience and asking to be put on. This goes out periodically and keeps you updated on our youths activities.

Winter 2018/19

Sessions are on throughout winter , meeting most Sundays at Corkagh Park @10:00 - but please check calendar for updates . There are a number of Cycling Leinster training days on in January and February so most of the older crews will be at those , in Bray.

Summer 2019

During the summer we have a wide range of cycling activities on offer , including

  • Regular Sunday spins for all age groups
  • Monday night racing @ Corkagh Park throughout the summer
  • Supported race weekends such as Ras na Nog and the National Championships
  • Leisure spins, the Meath Heritage sportive and the Joe Daly Memorial
  • Track racing on Wednesdays & training on Saturdays

 A full calendar is available in the sidebar on the right

Who is it for?

The lessons are open to cyclists from 6-18, boys and girls, and of any ability. Exercises will be age and ability appropriate. In the opening months we encourage mixing of the groups and adopt a very inclusive approach to the group.

Road Spins in the summer are open to those who are physically able for the distances from 30k up and mature enough to be comfortable cycling on the open roads. These spins usually leave from Joe Dalys at 10:00 on a Sunday but please check calendar for a given week. We aim to be back between 12 & 12.30.

Routes vary each week and the distances and speed are governed by the ability of the riders that show up and the number of leaders available.

You can read regular reports which will give you an idea of what we do by selecting Youth->Reports from the drop-down menu above, or clicking on this link: youth reports.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are parents required to stay?

No. You are free to go for a walk, cycle or just read the papers if you like – provided you leave us a phone number. At each session, there will always be two responsible adults present at least one of which will have Garda vetting in place. All our coaches and helpers are required to have Garda vetting.

Do the children &/or parents need to join Orwell?

There is no requirement for the parents to be. We do ask children to join – but it is free. After three sessions you will be required to join Cycling Ireland, for insurance purposes. At the time of writing those fees range from €5 to €35 depending on age.

Is there a charge for the lessons?

Nope – all services are provided by Orwell Wheelers.

What type of bike do I need?

This varies! For the initial few classes come along on whatever you have. if you don't have one we have a very limited number we can loan out. If you decide that you would like to keep going at it, the children will feel the benefits from a well serviced bike in good condition. As you progress we would encourage you to consider the type of bike that is best suited to your child’s enjoyment of cycling

What will you teach?

We aim to teach bike handling skills, bike riding skills such as riding in a group, basic bike maintenance – we don’t want to have to fix every puncture - and to incrementally improve the children's comfort and therefore enjoyment on a bike.

All events are weather dependent we don't go when it is too wet or windy to be enjoyable. You will get a text if a session is cancelled. We do encourage children to wrap up warm with layers - they can always take them off if need be.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Jen Sheridan: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 414 1177