If you are sick of cycling by yourself, looking for a new challenge in life or if you are looking to push on to the next level with your cycling, consider joining up with our club. Plenty of you read this website every week but are too scared to take the first step to come out with us. We urge you to give it a try. We are always open to new members. Cycling is a great sport with many benefits such as:
- huge health benefits – lose weight, healthy heart, decreased stress, easy on the joints, good aerobic work-out, become more energetic in everyday life.
- it is non-impact – so if you have old injuries from team sports that stop you from running, cycling will allow you to stay active. We have found that ex-GAA, camogie, soccer, rugby players make very strong cyclists.
- cycling with a club is a great way of getting to know new people.
- it is a life long sport – it is something you can do from a very young age to a very old age. There are no age barriers.
- it gives you new goals to aim for – these goals can be as simple as cycling 20km without stopping, being able to cycle up a local mountain, it might be to take part in the Ring of Kerry, it might be to ride Mizen to Malin, it might be to head over to the Alps to climb the legendary climbs of the Tour de France (like our club are doing this year). For the more competitive, it might be to take part in our club races, it might be to race on the national circuit and rise up through the ranks from A4 up to A1, it might be to take part in stage races, some might even want to do the An Post Rás or represent their country. Whatever your goal is, we can help you get there.
Disclaimer! Cycling with our club is not easy. It takes a while to get up to the speed of our bunches but once you make the grade you will get immense satisfaction from that. We have cyclists of all shapes and sizes in this club. Each started off worried about whether they would be able to keep up. At first, most people couldn’t but they kept turning up and putting in the work and they eventually got there.
If you can tick these boxes then you will be well on your way……
- You will need to be self motivated and want to improve. The right attitude will take you a long way.
- If you can handle a 20km solo cycle at an average pace of close to 28km per hour then you should be fine.
- You will need to have a racing bike (not a hybrid or a mountain bike) that is in good condition.
- You will need to have proper cycling pedals and cycling shoes. Cycling with runners and toe clips will likely make things a little too hard (although people have managed before).
- You will need to cycle at least twice a week minimum to get up to speed.
- You will need to take it one step at a time. It will be very hard for you to jump in with our group and cycle the complete routes. Have an idea in your head of how far you want to go. Each week go a little further but don’t bite off more than you can chew.
- Take a long-term view. Don’t be disappointed if you are still struggling after 2 or 3 weeks with the club. Think in terms of months and years. You will likely improve quickly at first but real progress takes a long time. If you join now – have an aim of being comfortable in the bunch by the end of the summer
Taking the first steps…..
Step 1: I would advise that you spend 2 or 3 weeks getting up to speed on your own first. Try and get out on your bike 2 or 3 times a week and build up a little base fitness and speed in your legs.
Step 2: When you think you are ready, try cycling from the Nenagh Leisure Centre to the 50km speed signs in Toomevara and back (roughly 20km). If you can do this between 40 and 42 minutes then you should be ready to start with our club.
For the next 2 weeks – the tri club are hosting time trials on that very route and there are two of these left – starts at 6:30 next Tuesday – turn up for the next 2 weeks and give it a go.
Step 3: Once you have your mind made up to join our club then get in contact.
- Send us a message on Facebook – www.facebook.com/nenaghcc/
- call or text Shane at 087-2605743
Step 4: turn up at our Saturday training spin. Make sure your bike is in good working order. Know the planned route (it is always placed on this website beforehand) and have an idea of how far you intend going. Don’t overdo it on your first day out with the club. Remember – take it one step at a time. It will take time to learn how to cycle properly in a bunch, but once you have mastered that it will be a lot easier to cycle longer distances at far greater speeds than what you would do cycling solo.
- To make things easier on our Saturday spins we split our bunch into 3 when we start moving a little faster. Start in the easiest group and as the weeks progress and you gain fitness and speed, move up through the groups.
- You will know after a few cycles with the club whether we are a good fit for you. At that stage you would need to take out Cycling Ireland membership for insurance purposes. After that, success is up to you.
You can of course skip all the above steps and just join in with us when you want.