Bike Skills Preparation for September 3rd Day Care Centre Cycle

Castleisland Day Care Centre Cycle Sign Launch 7-7-2017

Local artist, Catherine Kate Shanahan (left) with Rita McCarthy, Castleisland Day Care Centre and former Kerry Rás Tailteann team cyclist, Eamonn Breen flagging preparations for the Sunday September 3rd cycle in aid of the centre. ©Photograph: John Reidy

With the onset of the Castleisland Day Care Centre Cycle on Sunday, September 3rd a series of practice runs will be held to get participants ready for the big occasion.

The series of bike handling skill sessions started on Friday evening, July 14th at 7pm. Cyclists and instructors will meet at the car park near the new library.

Handling a Bike

“For young cyclists and, indeed anyone who wishes to get accustomed to handling a bike, a skills programme will be held and

participants will be divided up for easy spins on the road,” said organiser and former Kerry Rás Tailteann cyclist, Eamonn Breen.

“Simple rules will apply like having a bicycle in good condition and helmets must be worn. Castleisland Day Care Centre provides a good and worthwhile service for the locality. Added to this is the fact that cycling is recognised as a very healthy pastime. All proceeds from the cycle go directly to the centre.

Signs by Catherine Kate

“We have two beautifully painted signs by local artist Catherine Kate Shanahan now stand at the Killarney Road and Tralee Road roundabouts and are much admired by all,” said Eamonn.

The event is now an annual staple on the first Sunday in September since it was introduced in 2007 and it remains Castleisland Day Care Centre’s greatest source of fundraising.

The support of cycling clubs and individual or group cyclists would be a welcome addition to the event on this September.

And there will be three different distances to suit all levels of cyclists and experience.

Ahead of The Big Day

Eamonn Breen is among those who organise the cycle for the centre and he’ll also be one of the people instilling the safety and bike handling skills message from Friday evening.

Anyone who feels they could do with a bit of extra bike/road skills ahead of the big day will be welcome at the Library Car-Park on Friday evenings at 7pm.

Do bring your bike and helmet and a high visibility jacket – if you have one.

For more information on Castleisland Day Care Centre, simply click on the link here: http://www.castleislanddaycare.com/index.htm

Catherine Kate Shanahan’s Facebook / showroom page can be accessed on: https://www.facebook.com/Kateshanahanart

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