The first AGM of Ossory Cycling Club was held in November of last year and chairman Seamus Kavanagh reported on a very successful first year for the Club. Secretary Aidan Burke and Treasurer John Tynan reported on the various activities the club was involved in through out the year.
The club has progressively grown and has now over 70 members. The club is registered with Cycling Ireland and has acquired their own jerseys of red, white and blue. There are a lot of events planned for the coming year. On March 31 the club is hosting ‘Rás An Laois’ this is an A4 open road race for men. It is open to all male cyclists throughout the country.
It also involves a Ladies Race, which is open to A3 and A4 Lady cyclists. Both races will start in Rathdowney GAA Centre at 1 o’clock. Sign in 12 o’clock. Both races will be aprox 55k.
On Sunday April 21 the club will host its second annual sportive titled ‘The Cut Challenge’. This involves 100k cycle over the scenic Slieve Blooms. This will be a challenging cycle and will suit the more experienced cyclist. There is also a 50k cycle, which is aimed at the leisure cyclist. This course is quite flat and is a great opportunity for the whole family to take part.
There will be food stops at both events. Both will start from the GAA Centre in Rathdowney at 10am for the 100k and 11am for the 50k.
In May OCC will take part for the second year in the Cahill League. This is a very good event for introducing new cyclists into competition.
The Cahill League involves competing with five other clubs in Leinster. Four OCC members finished in the top 10 last year - David Hyde, Willie Alyward, Derick Ryan and Seamus Kavanagh - so expectations are high for 2013.
On Sunday June 30, South Laois Tourism in conjunction with Ossory Cycling are holding their first tour called the Ballagh Challenge.
This is one of the club’s first combined events. It involves 100k and 40k cycle.
The club trains every Sunday morning from the square in Rathdowney at 10am. Tuesday evening training will commence in March at 7pm. The club is open to all categories of cyclists and grades their cyclists into A and B groups. The number of women cyclists in the club is growing and the club is promoting women cyclists in the club for 2013.
Ossory cycling Club welcomes all new members. Joining the club is a great way to meet new people as well as keeping fit and healthy. If you want to renew your registration or want to join the club contact John Tynan, Rachel Moynan or any committee member.
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