This is the 30th year of the cycle and we will have 300 cyclists on the road in April.
We pride ourselves on our safety record and are fully equipped for all circumstances on the weekend with a Garda escorts, motorbike outriders, ambulances and mechanic vans. We also have buses to allow any cyclist have a break. You DO NOT need to be able to cycle the full distance to come and join in!
If you have any questions please email our training co-ordinator Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We organise weekly training cycles to both increase overall fitness levels as well as teach everyone the proper etiquette when cycling in a group. These cycles are at a comfortable pace (approx 25 km/hr) and everyone is taken care of.
Information on the training cycles
- Saturday & Sunday mornings, 10am at the south NUIM campus gates
- Here is the training plan (check out our training plan)
- Attendance is taken at each training cycle
- For insurance purposes each cyclist must be insured through cycling Ireland prior to attending the training cycles. See here for details on how to obtain the insurance.
- Compulsory attendance is required at two mandatory training sessions. There will be two weekends in February and two in March. It is compulsory to attend at least one of these February sessions and one of the March sessions. If you are unable to do so, please email the training committee to explain. (email@example.com). Please see the training plan for specific dates for this year.
What to bring to the training cycles
- Helmet (no helmet, no cycle)
- Proof of your License with Cycling Ireland
- For each training cycle, bring an isotonic drink, some food (such as bananas, chocolate, flapjacks etc) and some shopping money (€3)
- Spare tube and a pump
- Padded shorts – especially if you want to sit down again… ever
- Gloves & warm footwear
- Light rain jacket
If you have any questions about the training, please feel free to contact Bill (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All cyclist must have Cycling Ireland Insurance before you can register with the cycle.
- To register with Cycling Ireland and to pay the insurance click on the following link and follow these instructions
- If you have attended a Galway Cycle before then you will have been previously registered so you should log in with your email address and request a password reset.
- Please ensure that your email address on your profile is correct as this will be the method of communication from there on in.
**** Please note that the instructions below are indicative of the OLD CI system, and will be updated in due course when we have step by step completed ****
You should first update your Profile with the required information (name, email, DOB etc) Following this you should click on the “Member” icon Once in here you will be asked for supplementary information such as your address and phone number For “Licence Type” you should choose “Leisure” Under Club information, click on the magnifying glass and search for “Maynooth SFC” for the club name. This stands for Maynooth students for charity! Club Province is “Leinster”
Once this has been submitted, you details will be sent to our officers for confirmation and once completed (may take a few days), you will receive an email from cycling Ireland asking you to sign in again and submit the required payment. It is €40 for both returning and first time members. In due course you will receive follow-up emails from Cycling Ireland, and please respond to them as appropriate. Once that’s all done, please keep a note of your new licence number. You will need it to register for the Galway Cycle.
If you have any questions about the registration process with Cycling Ireland, please feel free to contact Bill (email@example.com).
Registration for Galway Cycle 2017 is now OPEN!! Please use the form below to begin the process:
Registration for the cycle will cost €52. This is in the form of a deposit, to help cover the initial costs of the weekend. This €50 can be taken from your final sponsorship (i.e. if you have to raise €400, you can hand in €348 therefore recouping your €52).
Cyclists need to raise:
- Student Cyclist (any university) – €200
- Galway Cycle Alumni Cyclist – €300
- Cyclist – €350
NOTE: All cyclists must be registered with Cycling Ireland prior to registering. Click here to find instructions.
To aid in reaching your required sponsorship, if you help out at a fundraising event, e.g. 2 hours bag packing or a church gate collection, you will receive a €30 reduction in the amount you have to raise. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to organise.
By this stage you have done all of your training so it is now time to enjoy yourself! This section will provide an approximate run through of the happenings for the weekend. Departure and arrival times are only approximate and exact departure times will be provided to participants closer to the weekend.
Please click here for an example list of what should be brought on the weekend!
Week of the cycle
- Prior to the weekend the last meeting will provide all information regarding the cycle weekend. Here the remaining sponsorship money will be collected and the coveted hoodies and jersies for the year will be distributed
- Bags for the weekend can be left at the SU on the Thursday night if needed.
- Participants arrive in the students union (SU) in NUI Maynooth @ 5:30am on the Friday for registration and bag drop off
- Your weekend bag will be brought to Galway directly and so do not leave anything in it which you may need during the day. A second “day bag” will be available at every stop
- Please feel free to check the following list to help determine what should be brought on the weekend
- Departure from NUI Maynooth is at @ 6am
- Stops on route at Kinnegad, Moate, Ballinasloe and Loughrea (approx 40 km stretches) where food and refreshments will be provided
- Arrival into Galway city @ approximately 6pm (depends heavily on weather)
- Friday night all participants make their way to Monroes for dinner and a night of partying!
- Accommodation for the weekend is provided in a local hostel
- Breakfast at 9am in the hostel, and fundraising throughout Galway city by 10am
- All cyclists, as well as collectors, are required to collect on the streets of Galway on the Saturday. This is actually great fun as there are over 250 Galway cycle enthusiasts doing everything from busking, face-painting or juggling.
- On Saturday night, we all head to Monroes again for another great night, at which the running total for the year is given! (very exciting!)
- Sunday is very similar to Fridays westward journey but in reverse.
- Cyclists meet for breakfast and depart Galway at 7am
- We would plan to be back in Maynooth for approximately 5pm
- Re-live the weekend for one last night in Roches sinking pub in Donadea just outside Maynooth!! (not compulsory … but very good! )