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Bike for LifeWalton Park, Dungarvan14/09
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Bike for Life Kilmacthomas Greenway
15/09

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Bike for LifeDungarvan Greenway16/09
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Learn to CycleCappoquin AFC
16/09
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Learn to CycleCappoquin AFC18/09
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Bike for LifePeople's Park, Newtown Road Waterford12/09
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Bike for Life
RSC, Cork Road Waterford
15/09
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Bike for Life
Durrow Car Park, Greenway, Waterford
16/09
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Bike for Life
Walton Park, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford
16/09
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Bike for Life
WIT Greenway Carpark
17/09
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Bike for Life
RSC, Cork Road
18/09
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Gearing Up Off RoadCarrick Mountain, Glenealy, Co.Wicklow 
13/09
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Sprocket Rocket

Sprocket Rocket is an exciting programme for children on the outset of their life on the bike. Learning new skills in a fun, safe and controlled environment delivered by accredited coaches in schools, clubs and communities. Sprocket Rocket is developed for children aged between 5 and 12 years although it can be delivered successfully to anyone of any age, with an aim of increasing the competence and confidence of riders. Sprocket Rocket is a flexible programme which can be delivered over a 4-12 week period (length is tailored for each group), with 1 hour long sessions. 


Participants are taught four FUNdamental cycling skills, Balance, Braking, Cornering and Pedalling by qualified Sprocket Rocket Coaches.


The Sprocket Rocket programme was originally developed by BMX Australia and has been modified by Cycling Ireland for delivery in Ireland.


For more information on the Sprocket Rocket programme or to become a Sprocket Rocket Coach, please emails: programmes@cyclingireland.ie   

FAQs

  • How much is a Sprocket Rocket programme?

    For a participant to enroll in a Sprocket Rocket programme it costs: €5 or £5 includes:- Logbook, Certificate, Stickers, Insurance and Trained Sprocket Rocket Coach. The total cost may vary due to location, group numbers, and other costs for the coach. Contact your Sprocket Rocket club or coach for details. 

  • Where does Sprocket Rocket programme take place?

    The Sprocket Rocket programme takes place in an enclosed and safe environment, usually a playground, flat grass field or a basketball/tennis court. The coach ensures that this area is safe, by doing a risk assessment, and organises cones and props according to the session that is planned. 

  • How do I get Sprocket Rocket programme in my area?

    The best way to get Sprocket Rocket programme in your area is to become a Sprocket Rocket Coach, contact a local cycling club or Local Sports Partnership to find out if Sprocket Rocket programmes are taking place near you.


  • How do I become a Sprocket Rocket Coach?

    The Sprocket Rocket Coach’s Course is a one-day course which is a mix of classroom work and practical outdoor experience. The course is open to anyone and while some cycling or coaching experience is helpful it is not essential. The cost is €40 or £30 Cycling Ireland Members / €50 or £40 Non-Cycling Ireland Members and after the course you are fully qualified to deliver the Sprocket Rocket programme. 

  • I have completed Sprocket Rocket, what next?

    Once you have completed Sprocket Rocket you can join a Cycling Ireland club, if you are not already in one. Sprocket Rocket is designed so that it can function as a pathway into the sport, while also giving the clubs a tangible programme that they can use to help develop the riders in their clubs. 

Bike for Life

Bike for Life is designed for all cyclists, from the person who has just rediscovered their bike, to the more accomplished rider who wants to take on greater challenges by helping riders develop the knowledge, skills and fitness needed for confident cycling in a relaxed, safe, and social environment. Trained Bike for Life Leaders provide a flexible programme tailored to the needs of the rider. The focus of the programme is on learning and meeting new people, with the group cycle a prominent feature in the programme.


For more information on the Bike for Life programme or to become a Bike for Life Leader, please emails: programmes@cyclingireland.ie   

FAQs

  • What do I learn in Bike for Life?

    In Bike for Life, you will learn a variety of skills related to cycling. The basic content can be seen below, with the level of learning depending on the start point of the rider.


    1.     Preparing for a Bike Ride: What to wear, what to bring.


    2.     Riding safely on the road: Basic road skills, advanced road skills, riding in the dark. 


    3.     Riding as a group: Riding in pairs, riding as a group, group riding etiquette.


    4.     Using shared facilities: Riding in low volume traffic, riding in higher volume traffic. 


    5.     Bike handling skills: Basic bike handling skills, advanced bike handling skills.


    6.     Nutrition & Hydration: Basic requirements, requirements for a cyclist.


    7.     Bike repair & maintenance: Basic bike maintenance.


    8.     Training for your cycling goals: Getting started, going further and cycling challenges

  • How much is Bike for Life programme?

    For participants to enroll in a Bike for Life Programme it costs €15 or £15 includes - Training Logbook, Bike for Life Cycling Buff, Insurance and Trained Bike Leader. The total cost may vary due to location, group numbers, and other costs for the leader. Contact your Bike for Life club or leader for details. 

  • What are the three levels in Bike for Life?

    The three levels in Bike for Life are as follows: 

    Level One: A level one cyclist is someone who has a bike and wants to use it more. They may have bought it on the Bike to Work scheme but are a bit rusty in terms of their cycling skills. It is someone who might be using cycling for rehabilitation from an injury or illness, or someone who is nervous cycling on the road, and wants to learn the basic skills. The focus in this group is on building confidence and competence and introducing the concept of group cycles.


    Level Two:  A level two cyclist is someone who has reasonable fitness, and already uses the bike for commuting or leisure. They may already be able to cycle or exercise for up to an hour but want to take cycling a little bit more seriously. This cyclist will be interested in building up their ability to cycle for two hours or do a middle distance cycling challenge (e.g. 50km or 60km). 


    Level Three:  A level three cyclist has already a good level of fitness, and perhaps wants to transfer their fitness to a new sport. They are interested in increasing their cycling knowledge and fitness, and the skills will be focused on competency in groups and skills at a faster pace (for example descending in a group or taking a drink at pace). This cyclist will be interested in doing some of the longer distance cycling challenges (e.g. 100km - 150km), or interested in racing. 

  • How do I know what Level I am?

    At registration the Bike for Life Leader will give you a questionnaire to complete, which will establish what level you are at. 


    Bike for Life is designed in a matrix format, so while you may be a Level Three in terms of fitness, you may be Level One in terms of skills, the Bike for Life Leader will design the training programme according to where your start level of skill and ability is.


  • How do I get a Bike for Life programme in my area?

    The best way to get Bike for Life programme in your area is to become a Bike for Life Leader, contact a local cycling club or Local Sports Partnership to find out if Bike for Life programmes are taking place near you.

  • How do I become a Bike for Life Leader?

    To become a Bike for Life leader you must complete a one-day Ride Leader training course. This qualifies you to facilitate led rides for groups of cyclists. It will also allow you to run a Bike for Life programme at Level 1.The Ride Leader assessed course costs €50 or £40 Cycling Ireland Members / €60 or £50 Non-Cycling Ireland Members.   

  • I have completed Bike for Life, what next?

    Once you have completed Bike for Life you can either progress to the next level in the programme, or you can join a Cycling Ireland club, if you are not already in one.


    Bike for Life is designed so that it can function as a pathway into the sport, while also giving the clubs a tangible programme that they can use to help develop the riders in their clubs.