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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sean Kelly Tour Youth Challenge 2014

Are you aged between 12-18? Fancy a challenge this summer? Want to get fit? Want to be part of one of the biggest mass participation events in Ireland in 2014?

Waterford Sports Partnership in conjunction with Dungarvan Cycling Club has delivered the Sean Kelly Tour Youth Challenge in Waterford County schools since 2008. The aim of the youth challenge was to increase participation numbers of youth in the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford and provide training for novice cyclists. Waterford Sports Partnerships long term aim was to create a pathway for youngsters to continue cycling all year round and not just specifically for the Sean Kelly Tour.

With the formation of the Dungarvan Cycling Club juvenile section there is now an option for youngsters, irrespective of cycling ability, to train and improve there cycling skills at their own pace.

In 2014, Dungarvan Cycling club are going to run weekly training spins focussing on preparing cyclists for the Sean Kelly Tour. The first training spin will cover basic cycling skills and road awareness on Thursday 29th May @ 6pm in St. Augustine’s College.. Training spins will then take place every Thursday @ 6pm meeting at the Park Hotel.

These training spins will teach young riders safe cycling skills and help them gain road experience whilst also giving them an opportunity to train effectively for the event under the guidance of experienced cyclists. Cyclists will also take part in a weekly time trial on a 5km loop of Dungarvan which will prepare them, if they wish, for the 50k Kelly Cruise or 100k Kelly Heritage routes on Sunday 24th August.

The subsidised cost of the programme will be €15 per participant which gives membership to Dungarvan Cycling Club and Cycling Ireland insurance for 2014. Those who have participated in more than 75% of training spins by the end of July will also be offered a discounted rate for entry in the Sean Kelly Tour.

Former Olympic cyclists Robert Power, chairperson of Dungarvan Cycling clubs juvenile section who will be leading the training spins said ‘‘Dungarvan Cycling Club is delighted to be part of the Sean Kelly Youth Challenge venture as we try to bring confidence and bike handling skills to young cyclists. This is important so they can get out and enjoy the fantastic sport of cycling and help to grow the juvenile section of Dungarvan Cycling Club’

If you are aged between 12 and 18 then you are eligible to take part in the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford Youth Challenge. To register, please download the Cycling Ireland Parental Consent and Dungarvan Cycling Club Membership Forms below. Please bring these completed forms, along with a copy of your birth certificate and €15 to your first training spin.

Download the Training Spin Timetable:
Download a Dungarvan Cycling Club Membership Form
Download a Cycling Ireland Parental Consent Form

For further information please contact Peter Jones (058) 21191 or Sarah Chadwick (058) 21199.

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