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Disciplines

Cycling offers something for everyone - whether you are interested primarily in cycling as a sporting recreation, or more interested in utility cycling - for commuting to school, college or work. When people think about cycling, a range of emotions are conjured, and we would like to invite people to try the diverse opportunities available within our sport. 


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Whilst many think of road cycling when they think of cycling, our mountain bike scene is one of the most vibrant and growing communities, with hubs of activities around the country attracting those with a love for adventures off the beaten track. 


BMX
cycling has also enjoyed a healthy resurrection, and is an area of the sport that has attracted a lot of younger riders. While there are several top class racing tracks for the serious competitors, there are BMX tracks in most towns nationwide, making it an extremely affordable and accessible area of the sport.

Track cycling is a fast, exciting and competitive discipline in cycling, whereby the cyclists are on bikes that have no brakes and just one gear and ride around in circles! There are no indoor velodromes in Ireland yet, but there are three outdoor tracks –Dublin, Cork and Belfast. Irish riders are particularly successful when it comes to track cycling – boasting numerous World and European Medals from riders like Martyn Irvine, Caroline Ryan, Mark Downey and Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley, as well as our successful Paracycling Team.


Road cycling
is the most popular type of cycling in Ireland, with 65% of Cycling Ireland’s members being “leisure cyclists” participating in the many sportives held around the country each year. Ireland also has a booming competitive scene, with races like the An Post Rás and An Post Rás na mBan driving up the standard of the domestic riders, and feeding people into the Irish National Teams and Professional Cycling Teams.   


Ireland has a superb Paracycling Team who brought home five medals from each of the past two Paralympic Games. If anyone is interested in trying out tandem cycling, handcycling or any of the other events, they should check out the Invacare Paracycling League which spans the race calendar.

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