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 for now referring to the group for 2018.

Year of Birth 2018 licence 2019 licence
2000 2nd Year Junior _____
2001 1st year Junior 2nd Year Junior
2002 U16 1st year Junior
2003 U16 U16
2004 U14 U16
2005 U14 U14
2006 U12 U14
2007 U12 U12
2008 U10 U12
2009 & later U10 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

The first event of the winter we will be going to is a CX race in Grange Castle on September 30th - https://www.supercrosscup.ie/grangecastle

The Corkagh park sessions start the following week , October 7th at 10:00 and the following few weeks are set out below

 

Date    U10/11 U12/13/14 U16
         
30-Sep Grange Castle CX  Grange Castle   
07-Oct Introduction Corkagh  Corkagh  Corkagh 
14-Oct GERRY BRANNIGAN (35k and 60k)  off GB 35k GB 60k
21-Oct   Corkagh  Corkagh  Road
28-Oct   Corkagh  Corkagh  Road

 

The Gerry Brannigan starts at the Grasshopper In in Clonee and the 21st and 28th October sessions both start at Corkagh Park at 10:00.

The full Winter Calendar is now available to download on the right hand side of this page.

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 Leinster Loop sportive and the Joe Daly Memorial
  • Track racing on Wednesdays & training on Saturdays

 

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.

 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 the moment we do not have the facility to drive children out to Clondalkin (Corkagh Park) but are working on that. 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

 

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