Registration is open, and training has started!!!

In case you hadn’t heard, with the new year we’re hitting a new busy season for the cycle, and we have seen the launch of Galway Cycle 2016, the opening of registration, and the commencement of training!

On December 17th, we were delighted to welcome Sean Kelly to Maynooth University to launch the event. Also in attendance were representatives from the GC committee, and from our charity partner, Down Syndrome Ireland

 
To coincide with the launch, registration opened in late December, and if you haven’t registered for the best weekend of 2016 yet, we’d advise you to do so quickly!!  You can use the form below to get started

 

And last but not least, training for GC 2016 kicked off this weekend past, and we had a great mix of new and old faces on the road both Saturday and Sunday for the first 10km spin.  For more details of upcoming training weekends, including the all-important mandatory cycles, please see out Training Plan!  As you can see from the photos below, craic was had both days, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone on the road!

Important Charity Partner Update for GC 2016

We would like to share an overview of the EGM on last Wednesday the 25th of November and the important decisions which were made. From the motion presented to those in attendance, it was decided by a majority vote from the Galway Cycle members that a new charity partner should be selected for Galway Cycle 2016. We respectfully wish the previous partner every success in their fundraising for the year ahead, and hope that we can work with them at some point in the future instead.

In light of this vote, it was then further decided by a majority vote by members in attendance that we proceed with the charity who came in second place at the night of our AGM held on the 20th Oct, and on recounting the ballot sheets, this was determined to be Down Syndrome Ireland.

Therefore Galway Cycle 2016 will be in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

A constitutional review committee was also formed to address the updating of the constitution, and professional advice will be sought to assist us in ensuring our constitution reflects and protects the Galway Cycle and our values.

Thanks to everyone for their support and patience – Galway Cycle is a small volunteer run event and we are learning as we grow – one thing we do know is that GC16 will continue to be the Cycling, Charity and Craic we all know and love.

If you have any concerns or issues with the below please contact us directly, either Aaron at president[at]galwaycycle.ie, or Teresa at pro[at]galwaycycle.ie

 

Galway Cycle 2016 Charity Nomination Update

Following an EGM on 28-Sept-2015 at which a motion to remove article 2.6 from the constitution was passed, the nomination process for the 2016 Galway Cycle charity has been reopened.  Charities can be nominated via this form.

Please note the following updates as a result of the EGM:

  • Nominations made in the previous call will not be counted.  If you nominated a charity in the previous call, please ensure to nominate them again.
  • This round of nominations will be open until October 7th, and voting on the long-list will take place from October 7th until October 14th.
  • The AGM to choose a charity partner from the shortlist and elect a new committee will take place on October 20th, in JH1.
  • Following the removal of article 2.6, any charity previously funded by the Galway Cycle (including those within the last 5 years) is now eligible for nomination.
  • Charities must still be nominated by a previous participant of the Galway Cycle, and also be based in Ireland and centred around children.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Call for Galway Cycle 2016 charity!

Exciting news! 🙂 The voting system is now OPEN for The Galway Cycle 2016. You can nominate a charity here. The system will remain open until 6pm Monday 14th September. To qualify for nomination, the charity must:

  1. be suggested by a someone who has previously taken part in a Galway Cycle event
  2. be based in Ireland and centered around children
  3. not have been funded by the Galway Cycle in the past five years. For the full list of previous partners click here

The full list of nominations will be sent on Wednesday 16th September, and you can vote for your preference.

The top five charities will be invited to speak at the AGM in October (date TBC).

The Galway Cycle President for 2016 and new incoming committee will also be elected at the AGM. Big night! 😀

€115,000 and counting raised for Irish Guide Dogs!!

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The Galway Cycle descend on Eyre Square

And so we reach that time of year again, where the inevitable comedown after the high of the Galway Cycle weekend sets in.  Everyone that took part, however, can be proud in having helped raise a running total of €115,000 for the Irish Guide Dogs Autism Assistance Programme.  With dry weather on Friday, a welcoming reception on Saturday, and a tailwind coming home on Sunday, the weekend was a massive success, and enjoyed by all.  We were joined on the streets by sunflowers, Scooby Doo(s!), Buzz Lightyear and many other colourful characters, not to mention plenty of two and four-legged representatives from the Irish Guide Dogs.

We would like to offer a huge thank you to so many people, a far from exhaustive sample of whom we have listed here:

  • Our sponsors, including Monroes Live and Brady’s of Maynooth for hosting us on Friday/Saturday, and Sunday nights respectively.
  • Each and every one of the cyclists, collectors, and especially the support crew.
  • The people of Galway who gave so generously on Saturday March 28th.
  • Everyone who sponsored the participants, contributing to the mentioned total.
  • All those who supported our events throughout the year.

We are still collecting any sponsorship which people may receive following the cycle weekend, so please contact us for bank details if you have sponsorship left to lodge, or check the previously sent emails where they have been provided.

Well done to one and all, and for those who intend staying on their bikes through the year, keep an eye on Facebook also.

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GC President Therese Lynn with some of the visually impaired cyclists who accompanied us, and representation from Irish Guide Dogs