Mayo Grass Cycling Championships

The Mayo Grass Cycling Championships took place on Wednesday, 15th of June in Westport. 

The event proved hugely successful, with a host of inclusive activities and events throughout the day. Run in conjunction with Connacht Cycling, local primary-school children enjoyed a fun-filled day. 

Onsite to assist throughout the day was recently appointed Regional Development Officer for Connacht, Daire Feeley, and Cycle Right team members Catherine Flanagan and Alice McGuigan. 

In addition to this Para-cycling Development Coach Marcin Mizgajski ran a Para-cycling Pedal Potential event as part of the championships. This provided anyone with an interest in para-cycling an opportunity to try various forms of adaptive bikes. 

The feedback from the championships was overwhelmingly positive. The format is highly recommended, providing an enjoyable and accessible experience for all participants. 

There were 150 participants on the day from over ten local primary school. The schools involved were: Lecanvey National School, Gaeilscoil na Cruaiche, Scoil Padraig, Kilroe National School, Carrowholly National School, Brackloon National School, St. Colmcilles National School, St. Joseph’s National School, Westport ETNS, Drummins National School and Gaelscoil Raifteirí. 

Speaking about the success of the event, Connacht Cycling Chairperson, Padraic Quinn said: 
“After seeing the grass track event in Westport this week, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the best route into youth cycling. The local guys there did a great job working with the local schools. The participation and the enjoyment they got from the event was just perfect.
“I think we can still make some tweaks to make it even better, but it was well done it's ready for a rollout in other Connacht counties and hopefully a Connacht Championships.”

A special thank you to Mayo Sports Partnership, Padraig Marrey, PJ Mc Tavish and Jerry Towey and all the volunteers who assisted on the day. Without their help this day would not have been possible.