Bike Like Me

The Cycling Ireland led campaign aligns with Sport Ireland’s Policy on Women in Sport which intends to address four target areas – Active Participation, Coaching and Officiating, Visibility and Leadership and Governance.


Those who share our belief that welcoming more women and girls into the cycling community will be a positive development for all are encouraged to back the campaign on social media using the hashtag #bikelikeme.

Active Participation

Women on Wheels (WOW)

Women on Wheels is essentially the Bike for Life programme aimed at beginner women where cyclists are brought through the various skills and techniques involved in cycling. The focus of the programme is on learning, meeting new people with the group cycle a prominent feature. The programme usually lasts between 4 and 10 weeks in length, this can be flexible depending on the group and availability of the ride leader, with a celebratory spin for the group to finish. Depending on group ability this could be anything between 20k – 50/60k.

This programme is available to clubs and LSP’s, if interested please contact bikelikeme@cyclingireland.ie 

Online Training Programmes 

Cycling Ireland is excited to announce the return of online training session for women and girls, catering for both the beginner and intermediate riders. The sessions have been designed by Cycling Ireland Coach, Gráinne Hanley


As well as a weekly live Zoom session (details below) with an inspirational leader a 6 week training plan will also be provided. The Zoom sessions will be recorded, and a link sent out to everyone the following day (at 2pm) so you can catch up, if a live session is missed.


Cost:

Free to Cycling Ireland Members

€10 for non-Cycling Ireland members. 

You will need:

A set of rollers or a turbo trainer. You do not need a smart trainer to take part. 

A laptop/enabled desktop/tablet or phone that can access Zoom. You also need to register free for Zoom and download it before the session.

Stationary bike



Beginner Youths (age 10 – 17)

When: Monday 1st Nov – Monday 6th Dec 

Time: 6pm – 6.50pm 

More information


Beginner Women (18+)

When: Monday 1st Nov – Monday 6th Dec

Time: 7pm – 8pm 

More information


Intermediate Youths (age 10 – 17)

When: Wednesday 3rd Nov – Wednesday 8th Dec 

Time: 6pm – 6.50pm 

More information


Intermediate Women (18+)

When: Wednesday 3rd Nov – Wednesday 8th Dec

Time: 7pm – 8pm 

More information

Coaching and Officiating

Women’s Coaching Pathway

The Women’s Coaching Pathway is an exciting initiative for coaches and aspiring coaches. The programme gives participants the opportunity to improve their knowledge, expand their network and develop leadership and coaching skills in a supported, collaborative environment alongside coaches from Athletics Ireland, Cycling Ireland, Irish Athletic Boxing Association (IABA), Rowing Ireland and Triathlon Ireland.

Coaching Certificate for Midlife Women

In November 2021, the first of its kind coaching certificate will launch with coaches across Cycling Ireland, Athletics Ireland, Swim Ireland and Triathlon Ireland in partnership with The Well-HQ.


The aim of the “Training Midlife Women Coaching Certificate” is to provide coaches with the knowledge, expertise and support they need to train midlife women properly, ensuring longevity in our sports. This programme is about females, not for females so we encourage both male and female candidates to apply! Find out more here.

Leadership and Governance

Women in Sport Leadership Course

This course, organised by Swim Ireland and Hockey Ireland, is designed to support the development of female leaders within National Governing Bodies. Sports consultants Lisa Clancy and Sarah O’Shea have been delivering these courses and so far, two Cycling Ireland representatives have attended this course.

Club Toolkit

The club toolkit has been designed to help clubs engage and retain more females across the four pillars; Active Participation, Coaching and Officiating, Leadership and Governance and Visibility. A Zoom workshop has been designed to support and compliment the toolkit. If you’re interested in attending the next workshop please email bikelikeme@cyclingireland.ie 

Visibility

Cycling Ireland select six inspiring females each year to become Bike Like Me Advocates who promote cycling in their local club and community and inspire others by sharing their own inspiring story along the way. 

Advocates 2021


Aisling Cullen from Mountain Bike Club Cork. To find out more about Aisling's story please click here.



Susan Kennelly from Galway Bay Cycling Club. To find out more about Susan’s story please click here.




Clare Neenan from Chain Gang Cycling Club in County Kerry. To find out more about Clare’s story please click here.



Emma Lang from Courtown BMX club in Wexford. To find out more about Emma’s story please click here.



Liz McLaughlin from the NTSR (Not The Sunday Run) MTB group and the Rossi road group. To find out more about Liz’s story please click here.



Claire Cooke from McNally Swords Cycling Club. To find out more about Claire’s story please click here.


Advocates 2020


Fiola Foley from Killorglin Cycling Club in Munster. To find out more about Fiola story please click here.



Laura Daly from Challenge Cycling Club in Connacht. To find out more about Laura’s story please click here.



Ruth Nugent from Ratoath BMX Club in Leinster. To find out more about Ruth's' Story please click here.



Martina Condell from Limerick Ladies Cycling Club in Munster. To find out more about Martina's Story please click here.



Catherine McEvoy from Apollo Cycling Club in Ulster. To find out more about Catherine's story please click here.



Ciara Bourke from IMBRC and Giant Dublin Cycling Cub in Leinster. To find out more about Ciara's story please click here.