While our love affair with the bike may have cooled somewhat in previous decades there in no doubt that cycling is now back with a bang and indeed more popular than at any time in the last 40 years.
The Nenagh based cycling club, North Tipp Wheelers are seeing the evidence of this increased uptake in the sport more than most as their membership continues to grow at a steady pace.
Perceived perhaps as facilitating elite cyclists only, the club is now anxious to accommodate the growing numbers who are taking to cycling for the first time.
With this in mind a new initiative is being launched during Bike Week when the club will have an Open day on Sunday, June 26, which will see the launch of its new Three Group cycling structure for its well established Sunday morning spins.
From this date, instead of the traditional single group of cyclists setting out there will be three groups: Group A is for the newcomer to cycling, and will be at a relaxed pace where nobody will be left behind
Group B will be for the intermediate level cyclist who will have some experience of cycling and will be capable of keeping an average speed of approximately 15 mph, while group C, the existing group, is for the experienced cyclist.
The invitation is open to everyone over 16, while under 16s may participate if accompanied by an adult. It is important that all participants have a roadworthy bike and a helmet is compulsory for all participants.
For more information about these events contact 087 2044324.
On Saturday, June 25, the club will host a fun family cycle to Dromineer for a picnic in conjunction with National Bike Week.
Participation is free and all cyclists will be entered for a draw where the wonderful prizes of both a girl’s and boy’s bike will be on offer. All those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and helmets are compulsory.
The cycle will leave Eire Óg Gaa Club at 2pm. Registration will be open from 1pm.