Our 2022 training sessions start to wind down this week as we approach Christmas. Hopefully you have enjoyed the winter training activities we have put on  and will continue to do so into the New Year. Its great to see how well attended our club training sessions have been over the last few months. We always welcome feedback so if you have any ideas or comments on how training sessions could be improved please let one of our coaches or committee members know.  Below is a short update on key training dates over the coming weeks.


Swim sessions at Bishopstown and Churchfield finish up this week. They will resume on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th January at the usual times. The next block will run for eight weeks until 28th February and 2nd March. Due to high demand,  we will notify members in advance of when registration opens. Keep an eye on the Broadcast group and website for details. 


Our last winter run session takes place this Wednesday 14th subject to weather conditions. In the past we have marked this occasion  with an end of year  “hot port” or drink of your choice after the run. Brendan will have further details when he puts out the run session. Running will restart in Bishopstown on Wednesday 11th January. 


Spinning comes to an end this week. Classes will restart on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th January. Registration for the next block will open in the coming weeks and again keep an eye on the broadcast group and website for details. Although classes sold out we have seen on occasion empty bikes at spin sessions. The club subsidises these bikes even if nobody attends so please do continue to let members know if you can’t make a session so that the subsidy is not wasted. 


With Christmas falling on a Sunday this year there are no plans to hold a Sunday cycle that day!!!! However keep an eye on the CTC WhatsApp group as members may wish to head out over the Christmas period. We plan on resuming Introduction to Group Cycling spins early in the new year.


Nicole will continue with her S&C classes on Monday evenings at Base Fitness. Depending on demand there may be an opportunity to put on an additional class. Nicole will put out a message shortly looking to see other times would suit members. Again registration will open in the coming weeks and classes will resume on Monday 9th January.


For many years club members have taken part in a hike around New Years. This is an unofficial club event and the club does not take any responsibility for this hike. This year members are hoping to head up Mangerton on 2nd January. This will be suitable for all abilities and details will be communicated in the club WhatsApp group.


Thank you to all our members who generously donated to our Simon Cycle fundraiser. We got a great response especially when we were just shy of our target. I’m delighted to say we will meet our target of €2000 and possibly exceed it.  Online donations will remain open until Friday 16th and you can donate here. We will have a further update of the final amount raised then.


Club membership is now open for 2023 via Triathlon Ireland. We have made a decision not to increase our membership fee and this will remain at €60 with no planned increase in our paid training sessions. Triathlon Ireland have increased their prices for 2023 and unfortunately  you will see an increase in the cost of your race  or training license. 


We commenced the process of electing our 2023 committee at the recent AGM.  Almost all positions are now filled and details of our new committee headed up by Chairperson Roisin Burke will be published shortly.  I would like to sincerely thank our outgoing committee members – Tara Reale, John o Driscoll, Maria Collins, Gary Grant, Katie Hickson and Karl Scanlan for all their work over the past year.  I also wish to thank committee members who have agreed to remain on with some changing roles –  Brendan o Neill, Kelly Agnew, James Naughton, Trevor Mahoney, Adrian Quinn, Bryce Whibley, Daire Reilly, Paul Kelly, John o’Shaughnessy, John o Connell, Hugh McSwiney and Ivan Kelliher. Also a special word of thanks to  Kieran Kennedy who after many years is stepping down from his role as web administrator. 

EGM 2023 

We have discussed changes to club committee positions and we anticipate creating some new roles to help in the running of the club. This will involve updating the club constitution and as a result will require members to vote on  changes at an EGM. As per the constitution, any changes will be published in advance, members will have the right to respond and a vote on changes put to members at an EGM. Details will be published in the new year. 

Finally as I step down from the committee, I would like to thank all those who I’ve worked with on various projects and races over the past 4 years.  Its been a very rewarding experience and I would encourage members to consider volunteering in some way – be it race organisation, marshalling or a committee position. As a voluntary club with  almost 300 members and growing, it is vital that members assist and contribute to the running of the club. On that note, I wish the best of luck to Roisin Burke as she takes over the reins and I’ve no doubt we are in a safe pair of hands. Wishing you all a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year. 

James Fahey