Bray Wheelers New Member Guide
One very handy new resource for new members, written by Rory Ward
2019 Membership of the club costs
Adult Racing Membership – €50.00. This membership is required to race in the Bray Wheelers racing leagues.
Adult Leisure Membership – €40.00
U23 Racing Membership – €25. Limited to U23 riders that are in full time education.
U23 Leisure Membership – €20. Limited to U23 riders that are in full time education.
U18 – € FREE
Family Membership – A 50% discount for second or subsequent family members is available (married / partners / children) once all persons are residing at the same address.
In addition, any member who wishes to take part in either open or club races is required to have a Cycling Ireland Limited or Full Competition licence.
Our Membership Application Form can be downloaded here BWCC Membership App Form 2019. There are 2 payment options available this year:
1. Electronic payment on cyclingireland.ie. Completed forms including the CI payment reference number should scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
2. Postal order / cheque. Completed forms including payment to be posted to Membership Secretary Lloyd Berry.
Please ensure that the form is completed in full, particularly in relation to the Shay Elliott Memorial/Christy McManus and Ronnie Coates Memorial marshalling requirement.
A note from Lloyd Berry, Membership Secretary
Dear club members,
With regard to cycling with the club we offer three categories of spin at the weekend. The 10am which meets in Kilmacanogue every Saturday and Sunday and will cover approx 70–100kms at average 26–29kph. As you head southbound through Kilmac take the slip road at the Topaz Station and the group meets at the roundabout. Routes are posted on the website every Friday by the spin leader.
We have a race training group (Jan to March/April) which leaves from the same meeting point at 9.30am Sat and Sun and will cover approx 100kms at avg 30–32kph. We also have a group leaving Kilmacanogue at 9.45am on Saturdays only which will cover approx. 70–90kms at an average speed 22–25kph and this group will be led by Kevin Metcalfe. This group may be extended to Sundays depending on demand.
Our beginners spin will be reintroduced in Feb and again notification will be posted on the website and emailed out.
Any person wishing to join the club can join one of the groups for 2–3 spins to see if it is for them. If you wish to continue cycling with the club you must join and take out a licence, no exceptions.
All organised spins will incorporate a coffee stop at about three quarters distance.
Our club racing season runs from April to August and full details will be provided in due course.
Bray Wheelers also have a strong representation at the various randonees that are run around the country such as the An Post Series. Although trips to these events are not organised by the club committee we have a core of members who attend and notifications will be put up on the club website. It would be great to see more Bray jerseys in attendance at these events.
Please keep an eye on the club website for updated information regarding all club activities.
To participate in Bray Wheelers activities you will require a licence from Cycling Ireland www.cyclingireland.ie. For those who wish to compete in open races you will require a full competition licence €135, if you only wish to compete in Club races the fee is €80 and for those who wish to participate in leisure activities the fee is €40. These licences are bought from CI directly through their website.
If any of the above information is unclear please do not hesitate to contact me.
We wish you many happy miles of safe cycling.
Membership and Licence Renewal – Outline and FAQs
All people wishing to cycle with Bray Wheelers must have a licence from Cycling Ireland (CI) for insurance purposes, no exceptions.
Once you have returned your Bray Wheelers application form you can then apply for a licence.
How do I apply for a licence?
A CI licence can now only be applied for online. CI will not process any cheques or documentation delivered by post. The online process has a number of stages, application, CI approval, Club approval, payment and licence issue, but is a really simple process.
What type of licence do I need?
Your licence type will depend on what type of cycling activity you wish to do with Bray. If you are new to CI and wish to participate in the leisure spins only, then the intro licence will be applicable €40. If you would like to take part in club races then the limited competition licence will apply €80, if you wish to enter the open races then you will need a full licence €135 and so on….
I am over 40 (men), 35 (women), do I have an option for a racing licence?
Yes. The IVCA run a complete series of road races and TT’s from March through to September. The racing tends to be a little safer than those run by CI due to the older age profile and smaller numbers participating. Membership of the IVCA can close early in the year as numbers are limited. Membership forms and further information is available on the website noted below.
Can I use my CI licence to compete in IVCA races?
No. When you join the IVCA your fee covers all races during the year and you are categorised based on ability so it is impossible to cater for spot entry.
Can I use my IVCA licence to compete in CI races?
No. The IVCA licence only covers you for IVCA events.
I am new to racing and would like to participate, what would the club recommend?
As a suggestion it might be an idea to start with our club racing season which runs from April to July. This will give you an idea where your level is at before spending additional money on a full licence and finding you cannot compete at the required level. There is nothing to stop you applying for a licence with CI at any level and see how you get on.
What riding group will suit me best?
We have three groups which run for most of the year and the beginners will start again in the new year. The best suggestion is to start with the 10am and then you can move up or back accordingly. As we have two groups starting at 9.30am in Kilmac please ensure you pick the correct group or it could be either a very long or very short day.
A few further points to note
- Helmets are compulsory for all Bray Wheelers cycling activities.
- The rules of the road must be obeyed at all times.
- Any unlicensed members or non paid up members cycling with a Bray Wheelers group may be asked to leave the group.
Some useful websites