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About Us

At Innisfree Wheelers our aim is to get out and do some touring around the countryside of County Sligo and its neighbouring counties. Innisfree Wheelers is a leisure cycle touring club for the good of our health and for fun. We make all new members very welcome and we will assist you in every way if cycling is new to you. We usually have a café stop on most of our spins and always plan to make our cycling enjoyable. If this sounds like your thing feel free to browse the site and join up. We look forward to seeing you on two wheels soon! FAQ Health & Safety
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FAQ

When and where do you train?

Group rides leave from Institute of Technology Sligo at 18:30 on Wednesdays in Summer months. Sunday Spins are at 09:00 and 10:00 in summer and all at 10:00 on Sundays in winter. The shorter ride tends to be the the 10am ride. There are also two spins on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am from Carraroe Car Park. However it is up to you what distance you wish to go. If you wish to turn back at 20K, then a few club members will usually accompany you home! Winter indoor training takes place on Wednesday nights.


Right, so road riding's not my thing, but I do want to race mountain bikes. What do you do?

The Sligo area is quite a hilly terrain, and there is a small group of mountain bikers within IWCC. Club Group Leader, Seamus McGowan rides mountain bike during the winter with a group based near Manorhamilton. There are a number of forest trails in Sligo and Leitrim and good gear and excellent lighting is required. This happens on Wednesday nights during the winter months.


Hmmm, I've ridden a lot but never really raced. Are 'beginners' catered for?

Yes! Any riders wishing to ride a bike are appreciated, regardless of experience.


Well, to be honest, racing isn't my thing, can I just go out and ride with someone for company locally?

Yes, of course. 'Just' going for a ride is fundamental to the sport. Going out, either on or off road, in the local area is very pleasant and a great way to keep fit. If you don't fancy the higher speeds of the road groups, our secretary is the person to get in touch with. If you fancy a chilled out ride off road then email the IWCC mailing list. With around 50 members, there is always someone willing to go out riding!


I like the sound of all this, but I'm worried I'm not fit enough.

That's always something that can be improved upon. If you're road riding, then it would be advisable to go out with the slower groups to start with until you can guage where you stand a little better. With the mountain bike rides, things are generally a little more relaxed and we'll wait for anyone who drops behind. If you plan on coming away on a weekend trip with us, I would advise (unless you're already an experienced rider) that you go out riding with us a few times first, again just so that you know what to expect!


Do you ever get together, out of lycra?

We have been known to...! Every month or so we meet up at the club meetings at 9pm and there is generally a pint or two going on following the meetings. We also have the annual buffet dinner, this happens usually in early December. We also go on a weekend away club trip on the first weekend on October. Most years also we go abroad in April/May for one week. We have travelled as a club group to: France, Majorca, Italy and Wales.


How can I register?

You can register by completing and returning the registration form, available here

Health & Safety

Innisfree Wheelers Cycling Club touring rides are designed for riders looking for an enjoyable ride at a more comfortable pace. If you're thinking of starting cycling as a sport for the first time, or you're unsure of your ability, the touring rides are for you!

You must obey the rules applying at traffic lights, pedestrian crossings, pelican crossings and zebra crossings. Keep both hands on the handlebars except when signaling or changing gears. Keep both feet on the peals. Make sure you keep to the left. Always look behind and give the proper signal before moving off, changing lanes or making a turn.

Do not take up a position on the 'inside' of a large vehicle out of view of the driver. Instead, stay behind if the large vehicle has stopped at a junction with the intention of turning left.

When turning left, keep close to the left-hand side of the road and watch out for pedestrians. When turning right, get into the left side of the right-turning lane, look behind and give the proper signal before you move out and ensure traffic in that lane is not going straight ahead.

On steep hills or busy roads, pull into the left-hand side of the road and wait until there is a break in traffic in both directions to let you make the turn safely.

When cycling alongside traffic stopped in line, be aware of gaps in the traffic to allow other vehicles to turn across the stationary lane. The view of the car that is turning may be blocked due to the traffic build-up.

In poor weather conditions, it may be safer to dismount and cross the roadway on foot. Where available, you should use a pedestrian or controlled crossing. Wear reflective clothing at all times.

Cycle tracks A cycle track or lane is a reserved part of a roadway for bicycles (not motorcycles) and can be either: mandatory, or non-mandatory.

A mandatory cycle track is bordered by a continuous white line on the righthand side. It is only for bicycles and motorized wheelchairs, so no other drivers may use it or park in it.

A non-mandatory cycle track has a broken white line on the right-hand side. The cyclist may leave this type of cycle track if: they have already indicated they want to change direction, a bus is letting passengers on or off at a bus stop located beside the track, or a vehicle is parked in the track while loading or unloading (see Section 10). Mandatory cycle tracks are reserved 24 hours a day, unless an upright information sign at the start of and/or the side of the track shows another period of time. A cycle track can also be a reserved part of a footpath or other area off the road. A cyclist must use a cycle track if it is provided. If a cycle track is two-way, meaning bicycles travelling in opposite directions at the same time can use it, cyclists should stay as near as possible to the left-hand side of their track.