To mark the opening of Bike Week 2022 on Saturday, Cycling Ireland and Sundrive Track Club have teamed up to promote Bike Fest Track, a day-long event giving 10-year-olds and over the opportunity to try their hand at track cycling.
Although Ireland is well above its weight in terms of winning Track World Cups and European and World Championships, the country still does not have a steep indoor wooden velodrome like those used in the Olympics.
However, the outdoor track at Eamonn Ceannt Stadium on Sundrive Road in Crumlin has hosted numerous national championships and international events over the years and is home to the Sundrive Track Club.
First built in the 1950’s, the 458.8 meter paved track was resurfaced by Dublin City Council in 2009 and its flatter, angled turns of around 15 degrees make it the perfect place for beginners to learn about track racing do.
Free beginner sessions will be held at the track on Saturday from 12:00pm, taking place in 2 hour time slots and available to book on Eventbrite.ie
Starting with the basics of riding a bike with no brakes and no gears on a flat surface, Cycling Ireland trainers will be on hand to get riders safely up to bench riding and even down to a skill point where they are confident and feel confident enough to train alone on the track again and maybe even race after a little more practice.
“We have a lot of experience getting absolute beginners up to a decent level in their first session,” says Rosin Hickey, Cycling Ireland’s Head of Coach Education. “We can remember many of our current road and track stars as track debutants. While we cannot guarantee that everyone will become champions, we can say that everyone will enjoy the experience and that you will be welcome in our herd should you choose to keep it going.”
Whilst riding the track requires specific gear, you won’t need any of that for these taster sessions as Cycling Ireland will provide everything from the bikes to shoes and helmets if you don’t have your own.
“We provide all gear but ask that you bring your own helmet and cycling shoes if you have a pair with LOOK Keo Cleats. If you don’t have either, we also have a range of shoes and helmets. If you prefer to wear running shoes, we also have attachments for the pedals that you can use those with too.”
You don’t even need a Cycling Ireland license to attend Track Day, so this is a great opportunity to try riding a velodrome for free.
Places are limited and booking is recommended.
Bike Week starts this Saturday and runs until the following Sunday. Many events are held across the country, from family rides to school challenges, bike maintenance sessions and longer athletic cycles. For information on events near you, click www.transportforireland.ie/getting-around/by-bicycle/bikeweek/ and find your district to see what’s going on.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/icycle/start-off-on-the-right-track-for-bike-week-with-free-velodrome-beginner-sessions-41640483.html Get started on the right track for Bike Week with free velodrome beginner sessions