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Cycling each Sunday during term:    10 a.m. Willow Park.
New Cyclists, from Willow or Blackrock, should collect an application from from Mr McDaid and return it before cycling.  Turn up in you cycling gear on Sunday; there are no changing facilities.


Check your bike and gear before cycling



HELMET - No helmet no cycle

GLOVES - avoid very sore cuts on the palm of your hands from small falls.

GLASSES - Keep Sun, Dust and Bugs out of your eyes!



Proper cycling gear is recommended.  Jeans, jackets, scarves, woolly jumpers etc are useless!

Cycling gear offers the following advantages: reduced wind resistance, less friction with your skin and padded shorts are comfortable on racing saddles
These are many options,but to get started cycling jersey and cycling shorts (lycra) are essential.  A rain jacket, or wind-cheater that you can roll up and put in your pocket is very useful, it is best to get one designed for cycling.
Cycling shoes are optional, but recommended. Shop around, get advice: there are many types.



Tyres pumped hard (to avoid punctures).  Many racing bikes should be pumped to 100-120psi.  Check the max pressure written on the side wall of your tyre and pump your tyre to that pressure.  A "track" pump with a pressure gauge is a good investment, however they are too big to bring cycling, so get a good pump for your bike also.  Pump your tyres EVERY WEEK before cycling.  You will find that the tyres will lose up to 40 psi during a week, especially older tyres.

Oil the chain and gears.  Don't overdo it though, too much out just picks up dirt from the road. Just a thin film of oil is all that is needed.

Good state of repair.

Note: You are responsible for your own bike maintenance.  It is not the responsibility of the adults on the cycles (unless one of them is your dad :-) Check your bike out before turning up at the school.

Lock - Not too heavy.  But not too flimsy either.

Road bikes (racing bikes) are best.  Dropped or straight handlebars (dropped is best if you have no preference).  BMX, Mountain, hybrid or suspension bikes are inappropriate.  They are too heavy and not suited to long distances.  You don't need a super-expensive carbon fiber bike, just a basic entry model is fine.  Good gearing is essential for hills.



2 tubes, check they are the correct size for your bike.


Bike multi-tool (Allen keys, screwdriver etc.)  Note, make sure you have appropriate tools; don't expect other people to have tools to fit your bike.  Your bike shop will advise.l


Food and Water

Water is essential

Bananas, muesli bars etc are good for energy along the way.


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100 Mile Cycle on Sunday 5th May Route Map
07:30 Mass in Blackrock College
08:10 Tea and biscuits for adults in the teachers dining room
08:30 Distribution of t-shirts to cyclists
08:45 Departure from Blackrock College
09:15 O’Connell Street  (5M / 8K)
10:45 Dunshaughlin (22M / 36K)
11:30 Ard na Rí crossroads (26M / 42K)
12:45 Trim (38M  /61K)  (Straight through Trim main no bypass)
13:30 Ballivor (47M / 76K) (Turn left for Kinnegad, so we enter from Dublin side)
14:30 Kinnegad (Lunch) – Arrive  (59M / 95K)
Note:There are a few spots in Kinnegad for lunch, but the following know we are coming:
Macari's Cafe (chips)
The Phoenix (lunches & sandwiches)
Tommy Scanlon's (lunches & sand wiches)
Checkers Cafe (soup, sandwiches, wraps etc)
15:15 Kinnegad – Depart
16:30 Enfield (71M / 114K)
17:00 Kilcock (78M / 125K)
Registration for former club members in Maynooth takes place at 16:45 See also note at the bottom of this page.
17:30 Maynooth (Stop to collect former club members)  (82M / 131K)
18:00 Leixlip (86M / 138k)
18:15 Lucan  (88M / 142K)
18:30 Chapelizod  (93M / 150K)
19:30 Blackrock College,  Showers available, Meal in Blackrock College dining room for all cyclists and helpers  (102M / 164K)
Showers available in dressing rooms.
Hot meal to eat in main Dining Hall.
Home - Sleep
NOTE - JOINING AT MAYNOOTH: We are meeting at NUI south campus (the old campus).  SEE MAYNOOTH MAP This is at the end of Maynooth Main Street when you are driving from Dublin. Do not go to the more modern North Campus. After driving through the gate turn left, then bear right and follow the road all the way to the back of the campus. Pass through a raised barrier and a hedgerow, turn right into a large car park behind the buildings. There is a wooden bishops door where registration will take place. Toilets facilities are available. We will have the route sign posted from the main gates so it should be straight forward. Anyone wishing to leave cars there can do so. If you have any queries please email us.


Last Updated on Monday, 22 April 2013 20:22