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.
A new initiative from Sport Ireland “HER Outdoors” will take place from 9th – 15th August which will celebrate women and girls in the outdoors.
Sport Ireland HER Outdoors Week is an opportunity for ALL females to escape to the outdoors and perhaps try something new. This campaign looks to empower females to find what the outdoors means to them by redefining the perception of outdoor sport whilst evoking the excitement that comes with discovering the outdoors.
Cycling Ireland will highlight a discipline each day during HER Outdoors so we are looking for clubs and members to engage in a number of ways.
Find out how your club can get involved:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
HER Outdoors Week
A new initiative from Sport Ireland will take place between the 9th – 15th August 2021. This week will be a celebration of getting outside and enjoying the outdoors. We are currently putting together a plan for this week so if any clubs/LSP’s/individuals have any ideas feel free to get in touch! We will be in contact with clubs regarding ideas for this week in due course.
Online Training Programmes
Cycling Ireland have previously offered online programmes for women and girls, catering for both beginner and intermediate riders. The programmes were designed by Cycling Ireland coaches and led by inspirational female leaders. Throughout the online Zoom sessions, participants had opportunities to ask questions and learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of cycling. These programmes will be run again in the Autumn/Winter so keep an eye on our website and our social channels for future programme launches.
Women in Sport Coach Development Programme
This is an exciting initiative for Cycling Ireland coaches. In collaboration with Triathlon Ireland, Rowing Ireland and Irish Athletic Boxing Association, this programme will give participants the opportunity to improve their knowledge, expand their network and develop leadership and coaching skills in a supported, collaborative environment. Eight female coaches have taken part in this programme throughout 2020/2021 and we will be running this programme again for 2021/2022. More information on this programme will be announced at the end of the summer.
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
|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.|
|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.|