Feb training camp for girls – sign-up now!

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Participants at the autumn 2015 training camp – photo courtesy of Julie White. 

The first of three training camps for young female cyclists will take place during the mid-term break, from Wednesday 17th February to Friday 19th February 2016.  The format will be similar to last years mid-term camp in Avon Ri, Co. Wicklow.  Over the three days, participants will try three different cycling disciplines; road biking, mountain biking and track racing. In the evening they will learn about some of the vital skills that will help support them as they develop as cyclist, skills such as training advice, race preparation and goal setting. The camp will be subsidised by the Women’s Commission of Cycling Ireland and as a result it will cost just €150 per person!

The camp organiser, Women’s Commissions Development Coach Orla Hendron, describes the purpose of the camp  “as giving the girls exposure to a number of different cycling disciplines and to build on what they learnt last year while keeping a balanced approach to cycling training. What’s more they’ll benefit from doing this in an environment with their peers.”

Venue: Avon Ri Adventure Center, Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Ages: Girls from Under 14s to U23s

Standard required: Participants must have a road bike in good order, a helmet and a Cycling Ireland licence. Under 14s should be able to ride 40k, under 16s should be able to ride 70k and under 23s 90k. These requirements are for the purposes of safety.


  • Arrival: Avon Ri Wednesday 17th Feb between 9 – 10 am
  • Wednesday  morning: Skills & Spins starting 10.45 am
  • Wednesday evening: Team up with Junior High Performance Squad for Anti-Doping talk with Declan Byrne, Cycling Ireland anti-doping officer

Thursday – morning: Mounting Biking at Ballinastoe Wood, Co. Wicklow

  • Thursday  evening: Two Break out talks for each group Youth & Juniors/under 23s with coaches Paddy Doran and Aidan Hammond
  • Friday : Track training at Sundrive Velodrome, Dublin
  • Camp finishes on Friday 19th in Sundrive Velodrome at 3pm approx.

Cost €150. This includes:

  • Two nights’ accommodation with full board;
  • Transport to Ballinastoe and Sundrive on Thursday  and Friday
  • Bike hire at Ballinastoe and Sundrive
  • Coaching from some of Irelands best coaches.

Spaces are strictly limited. The camp represents excellent value and places are likely to fill up fast so please make sure to sign up as soon as possible using this link if you are interested in taking part. Please note you can pay on the day – exact cash or cheques only as we’ve no credit card facilities. Please contact orlahendron@hotmail.com with any queries.