Rathkeale students aim to help you improve cycling technique

Getting ready for their cycling fundraiser are, from left, Killian Phair, teacher, TY students Shauna Shire Williams, Mikie Hickey, Jack Feane, Jack O'Donoghue, Aoibheann OFlatherty and teacher Gareth Noonan
TRANSITION Year students at Coláiste na Trócaire in Rathkeale have come up with a novel way to raise funds. They plan on cashing in on the current enthusiasm for cycling by organising a weekend event where there will be an expert on hand to help participants improve their own cycling technique and performance.

TRANSITION Year students at Coláiste na Trócaire in Rathkeale have come up with a novel way to raise funds. They plan on cashing in on the current enthusiasm for cycling by organising a weekend event where there will be an expert on hand to help participants improve their own cycling technique and performance.

The weekend will take place on February 28 and March 1 but the students are asking those interested to sign up and pay a deposit by the end of January.

Happily, says Transition Year co-ordinator, Sile Condon, their chosen expert, Pádraig Marrey of Marrey Training Systems, can take any number of participants and there is no limit, so far, on numbers.

Pádraig will run two sessions, the first on the evening of February 28. This two and a half hour session is aimed at cyclists of all abilities and will include advice and tips on how to improve cycling fitness and technique and for those wanting to improve, how to set goals.

The second session will begin at 9am on the following day and will involve putting some of the advice into action durinig a six-hour road cycling session.

“All you need to take part is a road-worthy bike and a cycling helmet,” Ms Condon explained. Sessions cost €20 each or €15 per session for students.

“Hopefully, we will get a good uptake,” Ms Condon added. To register your interest, you can email rathkealecyclingevent@hotmail.com or ring the school on 069-64094.

The proceeds from the cycling event will go towards funding some of the activities being undertaken by this year’s 27 Transitition Year students.

Among these activities are first-aid classes as well as boxercise session. The students are also undertaking swimming and life-saving at Askeaton pool and they are doing driving insturction with Ger Mulqueen.