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Training & Preparation

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Top Ten Tips for Beginners.  

1. POSITION

Get a comfortable position on your bike that’s not too cramped or stretched. Ask for advice from a good bike shop or an experienced cyclist.

2. CLOTHING

Cycle clothing can be expensive but a good pair of cycling shorts is important and can save much of the discomfort!

3. GEARS

Most bikes now have a good selection of gears, but most beginners push too heavy a gear ratio. Select a gear that allows you to spin your legs freely, especially up hills.

4. TYRE PRESSURE

A common error among beginners is cycling on soft tyres. Pump them hard and they are much easier to push!

5. FOOD

Eat a light breakfast ideally 1 to 2 hours before your cycle. Don’t stuff yourself – “a little and often along the way” is a good cycling motto.

6. DRINK

Be well hydrated before the cycle and drink regularly along the way. Don’t use fizzy drinks – there are good sports drinks on the market that will keep your energy levels up – if not use plain water.

7. BRAKES

A common mistake among beginners is to pull one brake only while cornering and fall off. You should pull the two brakes evenly together before the turn.

8. WIND

Cycling alone into a strong headwind is the hardest type of cycling. Practice cycling in a group and keep as close together as possible. “Sitting” in someone’s slipstream is so much easier you will be amazed!!

9. CRASHES

Most beginners crash by knocking off each other! Stay alert, watch out for upcoming danger and brake in time. When cycling in a group, warn each other of potholes or other dangers.

10. HELMETS

Always wear your helmet, even when on a short training spin.

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Please see below links to a few tips with regard to cycling in groups and in leisure cycles:

http://thecyclingblog.com/10-tips-for-riding-a-sportive/

http://thecyclingblog.com/10-things-every-cyclist-should-know/

http://thecyclingblog.com/tip-of-the-week-punctures/

http://thecyclingblog.com/how-to-cycle-in-a-group/

Please see below a link to a handy bike maintenance video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TIlNAXU1kk

Safety Information

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The organisers of the Sean Kelly Tour of Waterford hope that all participants enjoy their day out on the roads of the county. To ensure the safety of all involved in the event including volunteers, cyclists and other road users we would ask all participants to note the following:

  • A hard shell crash helmet is compulsory for all participants.
  • All participants are responsible for their own safety.
  • All participants take part at their own risk.
  • Bikes must be in a roadworthy condition with wheels inflated correctly. Participants are advised to carry a pump, spare tubes etc.
  • Cycle on the left hand side of the road and obey the rules of the road.
  • Roads remain open to other road users at all times.
  • Please obey the instructions of Gardai, event officials, stewards, voluntary emergency personnel and other event personnel at all times.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather i.e. warm water proof gear in case of rain/inclement weather; sun screen to protect from UV rays if necessary.

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  • Tri-bars on bikes are not permitted
  • No headphones to be worn by cyclists for safety reasons.
  • Due to the challenging nature of the event a good level of fitness is required particularly for the ‘Kelly Heritage Route’ (100km) and the ‘Kelly Comeragh Challenge’ (160km). If you have not participated in physical activity for some time please consult your GP before embarking on a training programme for this event.
  • Refreshments will be provided en-route and at the finish area but participants are advised to carry their own food and drink.
  • The following age-limits apply: Kelly Comeragh Challenge 160km: participants must be aged 16 or over on 20/08/2017. Kelly Heritage 100km: participants must be aged 16 or over on 20/08/2017. Kelly Cruise 50km: participants must be aged 10* or over on 20/08/2017.

*IMPORTANT— Participants under 16 years of age taking part in the 50k Kelly Cruise must be accompanied by an adult cyclist at all times during the event.

  • Participants must follow the road signage for their chosen event.
  • Participants must display their event number at all times. ONLY THOSE DISPLAYING EVENT NUMBERS WILL BE ALLOWED ACCESS TO FOOD STOPS.
  • Participants should allow plenty of time to collect their jersey and event I.D. prior to the event start.
  • In the event of inclement weather conditions the organisers have the right to alter the route on the day of the event.
  • Participants are asked not to litter and please keep County Waterford beautiful.