Click Here For Schools Initiative Details: Lucan Track Coach Stephen Gibbons, and Alec Darragh (Sundrive Track Team) spent the week Monday 22nd of Febuary to the Friday 26th introducing track cycling to the students fo Drimnagh Castle C.B.S, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12. With the help of the P.E teacher and former Olympic coach in track (running) and field Ciaran Coakley.
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We took each class and gave a presentation on what track cycling is about and how to avail of the facilities in Eamonn Ceannt Velodrome, Sundrive Road, Dublin 12.
Each pesentation begins with a Power Point Presentation outlining what track cycling is all about and the main differences between it and other aspects of the sport of cycling.
This is followed by inspection and demonstration of track bikes and their features (or lack there of - i.e. brakes!). We then explain how we control and stop them and how we are able to ride these in a safe, and controlled manner and how despite the lack of brakes this can be a safe yet exciting sport.
We then followed with 1st years to 6th years each getting time on track bikes, some on turbos and some cycling around the gym to give the feel of a fixed wheel. This was followed by a slow bike race.
The initative was a great success and warmly and enthusiaticly received by the majority of the students - although we do inderstand that some prefer more academic pursuits!. The school will organise for some students to come to the track as a follow up to the presentation after Easter. Indeed some students wanted to go to the track at the weekend for accredatation, not prepared to wait for their planned class visit. We look forward to seeing all the others at the track for accredatations after Easter and to teaching them the new skill of track racing.
Slow Bike race medalists 1- Philip Corcran 2- Jordan Huston 3- Jack Deegan
Note from Schools PE Teacher Ciaran Coakley - "Cycling Ireland came to my school Drimnagh Castle C.B.S and introduced track cycling during P.E lesson time to all class. They worked right through the whole school day for one week. Stephen Gibbons and Alec Darragh represented Cycling Ireland and gave a fantastic Presentation. They used power point alone with practical experience on the bike. The object being to invite interested pupils to Sundrive Road track for a morning introduction to cycling. After easter the school will bus down twenty selected pupils and there they will learn more about bike skills and track racing. Both Stephen and Alex did a fantastic presentation filled with enthusiasm and fun. We would like tothank them for the time and would recommend other schools to avail of their expertise"
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