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Westport Covey Wheelers Youths Visit Jacks Old Cottage


Westport Covey Wheelers youth group paid a visit to the new state of the art roadskills training centre located at jacks old cottage home of Islandeady Cycling Club.

Islandeady Cycling Club hosted the youths group and organised a special virtual indoors road training session in the safety and comfort of the clubs new training centre.

Islandeady Cycling Club located in Castlebar, Co Mayo hit the headlines last Autumn after receiving a grant from the National Lottery fund through the HSE for the purchase of sporting equipment to help encourage their local community to get out and get healthy - through cycling.

The club have recently invested in state of the art virtual road cycling training equipment for their club house in Jacks Old Cottage, Islandeady and are using the Wahoo Kickr system to run community based spinning and training sessions for individuals interested in learning more about a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing through cycling.



The virtual trainers recreate cycling road conditions and cyclists experience the changes in road surfaces including hills, descents, corners and town riding as if they were cycling outdoors on normal road conditions.

The training equipment not only gives users a great workout, it teaches participants skills and techniques in becoming a better and more confident cyclists and encourages individuals to get back on the road and to participate in sport through cycling activities over the autumn and winter months with their own families and the wider community.

A wide range of groups and individuals have already experienced the clubs training program including local primary schools, senior community members, individuals with disabilities and cyclists returning to the sport. Participants receive a road safety information session, advise on health & nutrition and road skills.

The children from the local school have report increase cycling activity with their families after a recent training session with the club and many now using the bike to get to school, other users of the program including a local man in his 70’s reports of increased confidence and a greater understanding of the importance of regular exercise.

Islandeady Cycling Club ,although located in a remote part of mayo, enjoys 106 members who participate in many community activities to promote health and well being including Pilates, yoga, 5k & 10 fun runs, and mindfulness classes.

More information is available on their club facebook page just click here https://goo.gl/1HgnxU with recent photos and videos of the new health & well being facilities.

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