During last week’s school mid term break, 20 young riders took part in the latest Women’s Commission of Cycling Ireland sponsored residential Training Camp. Between 17th and 19th February girls from U14 to U23 categories from all corners of the country decamped to Avon Ri Adventure Centre in Co. Wicklow for pre-season training.
Day 1 of mid-term Training Camp started with a skills session conducted by Nicole Evans (South East Road Club) and Naoise Sheridan (Orwell Wheelers). This was followed by road spins guided by Orla Hendron, with different spin lengths dictated by age category.
After self-prepared lunch back at Avon Ri, for the afternoon the group joined in with the National Junior High Performance Squad for a fascinating talk by Cycling Ireland’s Anti-Doping Officer, Declan Byrne.
Having slept soundly after their healthy homemade dinner, the group were up early and delighted to see the sun shining for their mountain bike session. A short drive from base brought training camp participants to Ballinastoe Wood, were the good folk at Biking.ie provided bikes, skills training, and guided spins around the trails.
As has become tradition for mid-term Training Camps, the final day provided participants with the opportunity to try track cycling. The outdoor velodrome at Eamon Ceannt Park, Sundrive Road, Dublin was the venue, and once again there were experienced bodies on hand to guide the girls through the specific skills needed to master track cycling.
As the happy group wrapped up their mid-term Training Camp with a round-table lunch, all agreed that they had improved their bike abilities, had acquired several brand new skills, and most importantly, had had fun! Big thanks to Orla, and to all who aided her, without volunteers where would we be…?