UCD has been my cycling club for the last 5 years and the club has been great to me for helping progress as both a mountain biker and a racer. Initially there was a keen group of students out mountain biking several times a week, it was a great chance to meet like minded people, learn new trails and skills, and eventually got me into racing as we ran a race as part of an intervarsity series. More recently a scholarship from the club has been invaluable for helping to fund the races I’ve done in Ireland, and use of the High Performance gym last winter was a great help with training. All the assistance from the club has been hugely appreciated and made racing much easier for me.
The club has been gradually getting bigger and more successful over the last few years, especially on the road where there is a good group of very strong and successful riders competing regularly in club colours. Hopefully this will continue and I can really recommend the club to anyone studying in UCD.
Now that I’ve finally escaped from being a student it’s time to move on, and the marathon champs was my last race in UCD colours. I was lucky to win the club women’s cyclist and mountain biker of the year awards at the club’s annual awards last weekend on a night where the rare sight of drunken cyclists could be witnessed in style! Congratulations to Anto who picked up the rider of the year award after a strong season culminating in leading the club’s team in the Rás.