Youth Commission 2021

Chairperson: Gary McKeegan 
Secretary: Brendan Whelan 
Cycling Ireland Rep: Margo Finnegan 
Ulster Rep: Gary McKeegan 
Munster Update: Peter Finn
Leinster Rep: Liz Roche
BMX Rep: Eugene Jackson
Women's Rep: Brendan Whelan 
Track Rep: Orla Hendron

Secretary: secretary.youthcommission@cyclingireland.ie
Chair: chair.youthcommission@cyclingireland.ie

Youth Cycling has a strong tradition in Ireland, with riders being encouraged to participate in all disciplines to ensure they become more rounded riders. 

Note the following for youth gearing in competition: 

 Category Rollout Biggest Chainring/Smallest Sprocket allowed
 Under 16  6.94m 16 x 52
 Under 14 6.54m 16 x 49
 Under 12 6.14m 16 x 46

Note the below following max training hours, days and distances recommended for youth ages: 

 AGE Weekly Hours Max Days/Week Max Distance
6-9years No structured training for this age 45 min max with lots of games
10 years  1-3 hours 2 days 20km
11years 2-4 hours 3 days 30km 

 12 years 3-5 hours  4 days50km
 13 years 4-6 hours5 days70km
 14 years  5-8 hours5 days85km
 15 years 6-10 hours5 days90-100km 

In 2012 the Talent Team was launched, with its aim being to increase the number of young cyclists racing, with the ultimate goal of producing world class riders at the 2020 Olympics and beyond. This is part of the high performance programme, and following the enthusiasm for this programme and appetite for youth racing, it became evident there was a further need for a youth development programme. 

In 2014 the Youth Academy was established with the aim of educating and developing young cyclists so they can take the first steps on the Cycling Ireland pathway. It aims to attract, retain and develop youth cyclists by creating an environment that promotes excellence and develops talent by providing cyclists with a platform to reach their full potential. The National Youth Academy is made up of the four provincial academies: Connacht; Leinster; Munster and Ulster, through which training days and activities are organised

The main role of the Youth Cycling Academy is: 

  • Implement a progressive, phased and developmental cyclist pathway
  • Development of young cyclists through appropriate, cyclist centered, coaching and competition to maximise their enjoyment and development
  • Develop technically (skill acquisition) and tactically talented cyclists and independent decision makers
  • Implement an innovative and varied approach to competition that is cyclist centered and developmentally appropriate
  • Develop and reinforce the expectations in the Cycling Ireland standard of: Team Spirit; Friendship; Conduct; Co-operation; Respect and Effort
  • Increase participation in youth cycling
  • Implement a system of effective measurement and quality assurance
  • Implement and follow the Cycling Ireland Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Model 


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