Laois Cycling Club recently completed their Couch to 50km Cycling programme, following 8 weeks of training in a build up to the 50km distance, a finale cycle was hosted from Race Right Cycles in Portlaoise. The purpose of this programme was to promote cycling in Laois and act as an introduction pathway to Laois cycle club. This initiative gives the participants the opportunity to build up their cycling experience and confidence of cycling out on the as part of a group.
Laois Sports Partnership supported the programme, which consisted of the group meeting every Wednesday evening for the 8 weeks a completing a cycling which the distance progressively throughout the programme. There was a core group of 16-22 dedicated participants each week, who completed the programme across the 8 weeks, where the kilometres steadily increased to prepare them for the 50K cycle event at the end of the 8 weeks.
The finale way a great success for all involved, the participants had reached a significant milestone in their cycling journey and made amazing progress during the course of their training programme. Laois Sport partnership distributed goodie bags to the participants upon their return and Laois Cycling Club supplied refreshments and presented the participants with their completion plaques.
One of the participants said “I found the increase in the distance each week brilliant. It was challenging but is always enjoyable. The social aspect was fantastic, and I really enjoyed using the backroads as part of the programme. I have found the programme was very motivating, as now completing 2-3 cycles per week. The whole programme has been excellent.”
See a selection of photos by Stan Henderson from the day below: