National Bike Week 2019 takes places from Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th June, as ever there are a host of activities being organised by Waterford City & County Council and Waterford Sports Partnership right across the County.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE!
Here are some of the main events . . . .
Let’s Cycle Men
Published: April 29, 2019
Increase your cycling confidence and build-up your distance in a friendly non-competitive environment!
We are running a FIVE WEEK MEN ONLY cycling programme this summer!
STARTING TUESDAY 2nd July | 6.30 to 8pm
Meeting @ Walton Park | Abbeyside | Dungarvan
€20pp (includes use of bike & helmet if required)
Waterford City and County Council is currently inviting applications from community groups for funding to assist with the organisation of a cycling themed event during Bike Week 2019, which will take place from 22nd to 30th June. The objective of Bike Week is to celebrate cycling in all its forms and to get more people participating in cycling both for transport and recreation.
The type of groups which may apply are community groups, voluntary organisations, schools, sports clubs, active retirement groups, community childcare service providers, work places or any group that wishes to organise a bike related event on a ‘not for profit basis’ during Bike Week 2019. Examples of possible Bike Week events include (but are not limited to):
• Guided bike tour of a town/village. These can be themed, for example, heritage, gardens, or food trips.
• Cycles from your school to a local amenity on cycle to school/work for bike based games such as treasure hunts and slow bicycle races;
• A midsummer night cycle
• Bike maintenance workshops
• Bike art exhibition
• Bike school art competition, quiz or drama
• Family fun cycle
• Bike fashion show
• Cycling window display competition in local shops
• Picnic cycle
• Fancy dress bike parade.
• Greenway Cycle The list is endless!
Grants available may be somewhere in the range of €100 to €300 per successful group/event, depending on applications received and the nature of those applications.
Completed applications should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or, alternatively, application forms can be posted to Johnny Codd, Community Dept., Waterford City and County Council, City Hall, The Mall, Waterford.
The CLOSING DATE for applications is 4 p.m. Friday 3rd May 2019
If you would like to increase your cycling confidence – this is the programme for you.
Waterford Sports Partnership will run three cycling programmes in Summer 2019.
You can do one programme or all three, depending on what you would like to achieve!
Let’s Cycle BASIC
Carpark only session | (1 x 90 minute session)
Covering bike maintenance, correct saddle height, basic riding skills and focusing on gaining confidence again. €5pp
Let’s Cycle CONFIDENCE
Carpark | Greenway | Cyclepath | Minimum road contact | (3 x 90 minute sessions)
Covering braking, cornering, gearing and group cycling. €15pp
Let’s Cycle TOGETHER
Carpark & road sessions | (4 x 90 minute sessions)
Covering road safety & etiquette on the road. €20pp
Let’s Cycle Kidz is a programme for children aged 8-12 years who need to improve their cycling confidence and ability. The 90 minute session focuses on skills such as starting and stopping, balancing, pedalling and steering. The programme is run in a large tarmac surfaced space, ensuring that all children learn in a safe environment.
Children are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets, however we have some available for use.
On Sunday 16th September we are piloting a brand new programme called Lets Cycle Kidz at the Regional Sports Centre, Waterford. This programme is aimed at children aged 8-12years who need to improve their cycling confidence and ability focusing on skills such as starting and stopping, balancing, pedalling and steering. The programme will run for 90 minutes from 11.30am to 1pm at the Regional Sports Centre using the large car park space, ensuring that all children will learn in a safe environment.
The cost is €5pp. Children are encouraged to bring their own bikes and helmets, however we will have some available for use on the day.
To be fit and healthy you need to be physically active. Regular physical activity can help protect you from serious diseases such as obesity, heart disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and arthritis. Riding your bicycle regularly is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of health problems associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Cycling is a healthy, low-impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, from young children to older adults. It is also fun, cheap and good for the environment. Riding to work or the shops is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine.
Cycling for health and fitness
It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health. Cycling is:
Low impact – it causes less strain and injuries than most other forms of exercise.
A good muscle workout– cycling uses all of the major muscle groups as you pedal.
Easy – unlike some other sports, cycling does not require high levels of physical skill. Most people know how to ride a bike and, once you learn, you don’t forget.
Good for strength and stamina– cycling increases stamina, strength and aerobic fitness.
As intense as you want– cycling can be done at very low intensity to begin with, if recovering from injury or illness, but can be built up to a demanding physical workout.
A fun way to get fit– the adventure and buzz you get from coasting down hills and being outdoors means you are more likely to continue to cycle regularly, compared to other physical activities that keep you indoors or require special times or places.
Time-efficient – as a mode of transport, cycling replaces sedentary (sitting) time spent driving motor vehicles or using trams, trains or buses with healthy exercise.
We run various cycling programmes throughout the year that can help you back in the saddle!
Check them out below . . .
WSP BikeFest 2018
Published: June 13, 2018
Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) is delighted to present the inaugural WSP Bikefest event on Saturday 16th June in Walton Park Dungarvan. This event will offer adults and children of all ages some cycling fun as a culmination of Bike Week 2018. ‘Bikefest’ will consist of two routes catering for all cycling capabilities. For cyclists aged 8 and over, the 12km route provides a scenic cycle and follows the same route as the 12km Sean Kelly Tour. This route takes place largely on the scenic cycle track taking in Abbeyside, Clonea Road and the Gold Coast with cyclists enjoying some open roads from Walton Park to Clonea Roundabout. Cyclists aged up to 12 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The start time for this event is 10am.
Entry is €2 per person, with Bikefest wrist bands, refreshments and other goodies available on the day. Helmets are essential for all participants.. Registration opens from 9.15am on the day.
If you want to beat the queue why not pre-register online here now!
The second route is a new 3km cycling route aimed at families, parents with small children and people with limited mobility. We hope to see lots of balance bikes, old bikes and baby carriers on the Waterford Greenway route from Walton Park to Sallybrook. Start time for this event is 10.10am.
Waterford Sports Partnership (WSP) was established in 2002 by Sport Ireland (formerly the Irish Sports Council) as part of the Local Sports Partnership initiative with the aim of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in County Waterford.
Sport Ireland plans, leads and co-ordinates the sustainable development of competitive and recreational sport in Ireland.