Cycling was truly celebrated in South Tipperary during Bike Week 2013.
Carrick Wheelers kicked off activities with the final of their Annual Cycle League, with over 40 competitors. Nathan Hunterberg took the honours in the single lap event while Donal Brophy won the 3 lap event.
Over the last number of months a cycling programme which was offered to all national schools in the county was partially funded by South Tipperary County Council, South Tipperary Sports Partnership, the Road Safety Authority and more recently the Department of Transport (in association with Bike Week).
As part of this programme, Liam Collins from Safer Cycling visited over 24 school classes in national schools throughout the County and provided cycle training to over 600 children between the ages of 9-12 in this school year.
A Bike Skills Day was held in the Dr. Pat Oâ€™Callaghan Complex, Clonmel to celebrate National Bike Week and the Safer Cycle Programme. The sun came out on schedule, as has become the norm for this event, for the 230 pupils to demonstrate their bike skills in front of a wide audience.
Medals for exceptional performances on the day were presented by Tipperary football All Star Declan Browne. Also in attendance was the Chairperson of STSP Fionuala McGeever, Pat Slattery, Director of Services for Roads, Transportation & Corporate Services, South Tipperary County Council, and A/Senior Engineer, Peter Britton, Roads Department, South Tipperary County Council.
In addition to the skills tests by Liam and his crew, there was a bicycle related treasure hunt, facepainting, John Hennessey with an Gardai Siochana and Fun activities by First Class Castles.
Schools who attended on the day included: Newtown Upper NS, Presentation NS Clonmel, Cahir Boys NS, Moyglass NS, St. Olivers NS, Clonmel, St. Marys Parochial School Clonmel and St. Marys NS Clonmel.
A special thank you to the following: all national school teachers and pupils who travelled to the event and made it such a huge success, Safer Cycling Team - Liam Collins and his crew, South Tipperary County Council Road Safety Team, South Tipperary Sports Partnership, An Garda Siochana, the Civil Defence and Maureen Purcell and her members from STAG.
In testing conditions, nearly 150 cyclists took to the roads as part of the Emergency Cycle 55k and 100k in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, which went through Clonmel, Cashel, Cahir, Clogheen, Ardfinnan and returned to Clonmel.
The rain stayed away for the 5km Family Cycle run by South Tipperary County Council in conjunction with Clonmel Cycling Club and South Tipperary â€¨Sports Partnership.
Mayor of Clonmel Pat English launched the event for over 90 participants who rode through the streets of Clonmel with the assistance of Clonmel Gardai. This year a 1km route was organised for the u.6 participants which proved a great success while the older children completed the 5k route.
Valerie Connolly, South Tipperary Partnership commented - â€œThis was a wonderful event with participants as young as 3 years of age on their bikes, grandparents cycling with their grandchildren and it was fantastic to see families out cycling togetherâ€.
On their return, participants were treated to music, refreshments, bouncy castles and face painting provided by Aine Hennessey of STAG. The participants were also entertained by Shellyikybookie. Special thanks to the members of the Emergency Services who supported the event, with the Fire Engine Crew proving a great hit with the children on the day.