Membership of the Willow Wheelers is open to all members of the greater Willow Park School and Blackrock College community.
Annual membership runs from January 1st to December 31st each calendar year. For active cycling members it is a condition of membership that cyclists must also maintain an appropriate membership of Cycling Ireland (“CI”). Cycling Ireland membership provides insurance cover for accidents and incidents as set out on the CI website whilst taking part in organised club cycling events and is essential.
In previous years the Club has setup and maintained each members Cycling Ireland license, but with recent changes to the way Cycling Ireland manages it membership and various license types each cycling club member must now manage their own CI membership. Advice and more information on this is available here.
Junior members are welcome to join at any time, but usually join the Club in fifth form. Junior cyclists in Willow Park School 5th form complete a safe cycling course in the school before going on their first group cycle.
Members need to apply for, or renew, Willow Wheelers Club membership at the start of each calendar year. The annual subscription for both Junior and Adult members for 2018 is payable online by credit card using the payment buttons below. The club subscription for 2018 is €35 per adult member and €35 per student member and is open for application now.
Once you purchase a suitable bicycle and cycling gear, the ongoing cost is modest compared with many other sporting activities. Willow Wheeler Sunday cycling and events are all included in the membership cost, but each trip is managed separately and costed accordingly.
More detail on the first few months after joining the Willow Wheelers is provided on our Students’ Joining page.
Safety: All cyclists must wear a helmet, and should wear cycling gloves to prevent cuts and bruises in case of a tumble. We also recommend cycling glasses to protect your eyes. When the weather is sunny, sun cream is also essential along with a drinking bottle attached to the bike with a bottle cage. Ideally, each cyclist should have a mobile telephone and all contact numbers with the group leaders. We recommend that all cyclists read the RSA cycle safety booklet.
Bike: Road bikes are recommended in preference to hybrids (which would be fine for initial years) or mountain bikes (which are much harder work over long distances). Bikes should be properly serviced, in a good state of repair, gears/chain oiled and with functioning brakes. Tyres should be pumped to proper pressure before each cycle to help avoid punctures. Carry a lock, two spare tubes, a pump, tyre levers, a multi-tool and water. Of course, a clean bike makes you look good and go faster, so give it a good wash from time to time!
Clothing: Proper cycling gear is recommended, including padded cycling shorts and a rain jacket. In addition to cycling tops and shorts available in shops, the Club sources cycling gear once a year.
You can also keep an eye on our page with secondhand bikes and gear.