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Getting ready for Winter

After a long season your body and mind may be feeling quite jaded. Although it is quite possible that a lack of motivation makes you feel like your body is tired when in fact it is not. What you do during the winter will form the basis for how you perform through the spring and into summer. Read More…

How clean is your cycling bottle?

There are many things we can overlook regarding our equipment and bikes. It seems like a constant merry-go-round of cycling, drinking, eating, recovering etc. We all tend to switch off after our bike ride and many things can get overlooked. Read More…

Cleaning your bike

What’s the first thing you’ll do when you’ve finished your cycle?

  • Have a recovery drink ?……good idea,
  • Have a shower ?……..a very good idea,
  • Maybe you’ll put your feet up for a while now………you’ve deserved it.

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Cycle Against Suicide Info Pack

We have been supporting the Cycle Against Suicide providing information and advice for all cyclists taking part.

To help you have a successful, fun and enjoyable cycle, a pack has been put together to help you prepare for the event. Read More…

Supporting Cycle Against Suicide

At the Irish Cycling Academy we are always there to support riders for different events and we feel that this cycle is hugely important. Read More…

From Bed to Shed – Motivation for Winter Training

Riding during the winter can actually be fun if you have the right equipment and the right mindset. There is no doubt that winter training for cyclists is the toughest time of the year. Climbing out of bed can be the hardest part of any winter ride. I have compiled my 5 top ways to make sure you make it from your bed to the shed to get on that bike. Read More…

How to hold your handlebars

There are many way in which we can hold/grip our handlebars. Here is a short video on the best ways to hold your bars in the different cycling situations. It might supprise you, and hopefully point you in the right direction.




Some of the key points to remember :

The Drops.

This grip will give you the most control, so it is recomended for descending, sprinting and cornering. It also makes you more aerodynamic, so if your in a race or need that bit of extra speed to catch a group, move down onto your drops and you’ll cut through the air a lot quicker.

The Hoods.

This is the most comfortable and hence the most common position to hold your handlebars. Its great for riding in a group, and when the speed isn’t too high. It is however not very aerodynamic, so it is not used so much during fast riding or racing situations.  On the other hand it is ideal for climbing out of the saddle.  Also it is not recomended for fast descending, as your center of gravity will be too high and you will have less balance.

The Tops.

This is a great position for those long steady climbs, as it opens up your upper body and helps your breathing. Apart for these situations, it shouldn’t be used that often. Especially not while riding in a group, big or small. Your hands are a long way from the brakes so it is quite unsafe if there are others around you. It is also the least aerodynamic position. This is alright on those climbs, but is only wasting energy whilst riding on the flat.

As you’ll see there are many things to consider when your riding, but hopefully you’ll pick up a few good habbits from this video.



Winter Training Box image 


This video has been taken from the Global Cycling Network website


Climbing Tips


Want to improve your climbing ?

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Resistance Training for Fat Burning

Whether you are cycling in preparation for a particular event or just to stay healthy and lose weight, resistance training should form part of your overall training plan. It holds advantages for all cyclists regardless of your goals. One of these advantages is the important role it plays in fat burning.

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