On Friday March 22nd, 2012, 243 eager cyclists mounted their bikes at Maynooth Students Union and set off for Galway. Well warned of wet weather, they were all prepared for the rain. They left with a dulll sky but no rain. Alas, it didn't take long. The rain came on but wasn't too heavy, and the first stop at Kinnegad was welcomed by all. Off they set again on the way to Moate, with the wind on their backs, and very little rain this time. Arrival in Moate was welcomed, even more so because of the hot soup and sandwiches. On leaving Moate, the rain was starting again, and before long it became heavy, with even some hail on the way to Ballinasloe. There were some open streches too with some strong crosswinds, and everyone was glad to arrive in Ballinasloe to some hot food. Ballinasloe to Loughrea was a tough stretch, and it was a short stop in the cold rain, before the final leg on to Galway. The cyclists regrouped in Oranmore, where a full Garda escort met them and guided them in to Eyre Square to a hero's welcome. Congratulations and hugs were exchanged, photos were taken, but not many stayed around for too long, as a shower and change of clothes were the order of the day. Off to Monroes then for some food, drink and dancing, and of course the mutual self-congratulating and telling of stories from the day.
Hi people, we will have a live tracker of tomorrow's cycle online via this link
If you go on to it at the minute it's not live, and you just see a calendar. When you go on after 7 tomorrow morning, you will see a bike icon under tomorrow's date (22nd March), and clicking this should give you a live display of where we are (to within a few minutes accuracy). So if you can't make the cycle, or if friends and family want to see your progress, get on this link!
See you tomorrow!
Just a reminder. Mandatory Open Meeting - Tuesday 19th of March at 7.30pm. Meeting will take place in Callan Hall on South Campus. Please look for 'Long Corridor' on the map provided. There will be signs from the gates of South Campus.
We will be taking sponsorship money, handing out jerseys and hoodies and you will be able to choose your roommates for the weekend. If you have raised money through mycharity.ie, please bring a print-out to show the amount raised.
We will begin processing participants from 6.30pm. Please arrive as early as you can as we will have a lot to get through. Talks will begin at 7.30pm. We will have more information about the charity, a run-through of the weekend, safety aspects of the weekend and answer any questions you may have.
We've a lot of people to thank for the flurry of recent events.
Take Me Out: Our Take me out night was a great success, dates made and great on campus exposure a little too much exposure at times.
Hopefully the start of an annual Valentine's Day tradition.
Thanks to all the girls on the fundraising committee and to Finn for the wonderful set.
Bag Pack: And then we had bagpacking in Dunnes Maynooth for the weekend of 15th of 17th, many hands making light work.
Snooker Marathon: On Thursday 21st, last through to Friday the snooker club held a marathon on behalf of the Galway cycle and fair play to Dan for getting his head shaved as well at the event.
The Staunton Shield Soccer Tournament: The Annual Galway Cycle Soccer tournament was held on the Astro turf on Saturday 23rd. Depsite the occasional snowflake and threat of more a fun filled few hours was had by all. "Everton Fc" overcame last year's winners "Astro Legends" in a close fought final. A big thanks to Mark and Picadero's of Maynooth for sponsoring the lovely trophies.
For photos from these events check out the facebook page.
The Galway Cycle are holding a Take Me Out night on Valentines night to raise funds for the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation. Jack and Jill provide nursing care for children with severe developmental delays and brain damage and are a very worthy cause.
Come along, bring your friends and invite them to this event but most importantly have a great night. €5 in, payable at the door. If you are interested in taking part, or want more information email email@example.com.