Southside Wheely Wheelers Policy and Procedures 2016

Southside Wheely Wheelers Policy Statement.

Southside Wheely Wheelers is a cycling club based in

Kilmallock ,County Limerick, started in 2010, for the

promotion of cycling to both Adult and youth in the local


SWW endeavors to provide an environment of

enjoyment for its members whether beginners or seasoned

cyclists and to give everyone the opportunity to

participate in training with other members, participation

in organised Leisure Tours/Sportives, Adult & Youth

racing competition’s.

SWW cycling club is committed to safeguarding the

well being of its members. Every member of the cycling

club should, at all times, show respect and understanding

for members rights, safety and welfare and conduct

themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the club

and conform with the guidelines contained in Cycling

Ireland Code of Practice including the Code of Practice

and safeguarding procedures for young and Vulnerable


SWW cycling club is committed to provide an

environment that is safe for all its members, whether it is

Leisure, underage or competition and has the welfare of

participants at the forefront.


SWW recognises that it has a duty of care, to protect all

members and safeguard their welfare, irrespective of age,

gender, racial origin, religious belief and sexual identity.

SWW will endeavor to take all practicable steps to protect

its members from discernable forms of abuse, from harm,

discrimination or degrading treatment and shall respect

their rights, wishes and feelings.

Signature of Club Chairman


2016 Southside Wheely Wheelers Committee

 Club Chairman- Pat O’Donnell

 Vice Chairman-Shane O’Brien

 Secretary –Edmund O’Reilly

 Assistant Secretary- Paul Gammell

 Treasurer-Ger Finn

 Assistant Treasurer-Jan Murphy

 PRO- Paul Gammell

 Assistant PRO-Liz Leonard & Gitta Cahill

 Ladies Lead-Lorna Gammell

 Gear Manager Michael Gammell

 Youth Committee-Pat O’Donnell,Paul

Gammell,Liam Hayes, Owen

Tobin,Lorna Gammell & Gitta Cahill


Southside Wheely Wheelers Procedures.

Club Membership:

To participate in any club activities including

training and to be a committee member you

must be a fully paid up member with the club

and also a holder of a current cycling Ireland


Club members who want to participate in

competition must hold a valid competition

license .

When you become a club member of SWW you

have agreed to conform to all that is written in

the club policy statement and procedures.

SWW club committee reserves the right to

remove anyone from the club who has shown

evidence of bringing the club’s reputation into

question or has shown disregard to the club’s

ethics as set out in the SWW policy Statement.


Participating in club events (Incl. Training):

You must be a fully paid up club member and

holder of a valid Cycling Ireland License.

Must wear a cycling Helmet.

Must ensure your bike is in good working

condition and fit for purpose.

You understand and agree that you participate

in club events at your own risk, that you must

rely on your own ability in dealing with hazards

and that you must ride in a manner which is safe

for yourself and all others.

You understand and agree that when riding on a

public highway you obey the rules of the road at

all times including obeying traffic lights,

stopping at junctions & no cycling on footpaths.

You understand and agree that any movements

you make are of your own decision and are safe.


You understand and agree that you risk assess

climate conditions and make appropriate

decision on what you wear and use to make

your journey safe and enjoyable before setting

out on your cycle. This includes taking into

account natural light not being adequate and

that you have appropriate Hi-Visibility clothing

and fit for purpose lighting.

Lighting of bicycles in Ireland

If you wish to use a bicycle on a public road in

Ireland, your bicycle must be fitted with certain

reflectors and lamps to ensure that other road

users will see you. All bicycles used on public

roads are required to comply with the Road

Traffic (Lighting of Vehicles) Regulations 1963 as


All bicycles used on public roads in Ireland must

at all times display a rear reflector. A rear

reflector means a red reflector that can be

plainly seen for a distance of 99 meters (325

feet) to the rear when the headlights of a

vehicle shine directly on it.


During “lighting-up time”, that is, the period

beginning half an hour after sunset and ending

half an hour before sunrise on the following

morning, all cyclists are required to have fitted

(and make use of) the following lighting on their


 One front lamp

 One rear lamp

A front lamp means a lamp that is fitted to a

non-mechanically propelled vehicle showing to

the front a white or yellow light that is visible for

a reasonable distance.

A rear lamp is a lamp that is fitted to the rear of

your bicycle and when it is lit, showing a red

light that is visible for a reasonable distance.

Under SI 487 of 2009, since 14 December 2009 it

is legal to use flashing front and rear lamps.

Lamps do not need to be lit when stopped in

traffic or when a person wheels the bicycle on

foot as near as is possible to the left-hand edge

of the road.


Failure to use proper lighting on a bicycle is an

offence. If you are stopped by a member of the

Gardai, the Garda may take your name and

address, details about your bicycle and the time

and date of the offence. You may be given a

caution or you may be issued with a summons

to appear in court.

Rights to demand name and address of cyclists

Under Section 108 of the Road Traffic Act 1961

as amended, a member of An Garda Síochána

(Irish police force) may demand your name,

address and date of birth if they suspect you

have committed any crime or offence. They may

also demand your name, address and date of

birth if they suspect you have been involved in a

collision or caused injury to property or

someone else. If you fail to give your name,

address or date of birth, or give a false name,

address or date of birth, the Garda may retain

your bicycle until they are satisfied as to your



Members to ensure they have mobile phone

with them in case of emergency for themselves

or others.

You agree that no liability what so ever shall

attach to the club, committee members or

fellow members in respect of injury, loss of

damage suffered by you or by reason of the

activity, however caused.

All Cycling Ireland members have personal

accident and public liability insurance by virtue

of their membership of cycling Ireland. This

insurance will cover you when you are out

training or taking part in approved cycling

Ireland events. All incidents must be reported to

Club Secretary.

Cycling Ireland &/or SWW club membership

does not cover any damage or theft of bicycles.


Participating in events organised outside of SWW club:

All members to conform to all that it is set out in

SWW policy statement, club membership &

Participation in club events along with what is

set out by the organization holding the event.

Club guidelines for organising cycling events:

All organizing and co-ordination of events under

the club name will be under the approval of the

appropriate SWW club committee.

Club committee to ensure that the club has

endeavored in as much as is reasonably

practicable, satisfactory fulfilled all

requirements as set out in Cycling Irelands

“Events Guide” including completing risk


Any cyclist under stress/illness who feels they

cannot continue or has an incident while out in

club run i.e training must be accompanied home

by two club member’s or arrange for a family


member to come and meet/collect that person

or for a more serious incident contact the

Gardai and emergency services.. Both cyclists

must remain with that person until the family

member has come and collected that person. or

Emergency services have arrived.

No youth under the age of 16 to be allowed to

cycle with the adult club unless accompanied by

a parent.

Club guidelines for organising underage cycling

events (Including Training & Youth cycling racing Club) :

Club guidelines for organizing a club event


Any youth without any of the following will not

be allowed to participate:

A)Not a club member

B)Not a Cycling Ireland valid license holder

C)No cycling helmet


D) Bicycle not safe or fit for purpose

E)No consent form signed by the parent.

All coaches and parents to be given a copy of

the cycling Ireland Code of Practice and

safeguarding procedures for youth and

vulnerable Cyclists.

Coaches to conform and implement the “The

coaches code of ethics” as set out in Cycling

Ireland –Foundation Level Coach Manual-page


Youth members to abide all as set out in

previous headings include treating coaches with

respect and follow guidance given by coaches

for their own safety while out cycling.

No club youth event to start unless there is a

minimum of four adults in attendance of which

two off must be Gardai vetted club members.

Only exception is if every youth in attendance

has a parent present or an approved relation

who the parent must notify the club of prior to


the event then one Gardai vetted club member

is sufficient.

 No youth to be accompanied or be in the

presence of one club member or one adult at

any one time.

All youth participating in the SWW youth racing

club must be 10yrs of age or over.

Signed written parental consent must be in

place from a parent along with signed signature

by the parent of having read, understood and

agree with the SWW club policy and procedures.

All youths participating in a competition must be

accompanied by a parent or an approved

relation whom the parent must notify the club

of prior to the event.

Emergency numbers for parents must be

present for all youths in attendance.

SWW Munster Hill Climb Cycling Championships 2015 registration

SWW Munster Hill Climb Cycling Championships 2015
Sunday 13th of September 2015.sww2015
Sign on: From 10.30 AM Village Inn, Ballyorgan, Co. Limerick
Start Time: 12 Noon sharp.
Fee : €12 ( Munster Cyclists only with full cycling ireland racing license) €20 on the day if not registered on-line.
Register on-line on following link
The climb is the famous Lacca Climb a short 1.2kms but is like climbing a wall. Pokadot Jersey to the overall winning time.


Click here to register

SALE of SWW Club Cycling Gear.

Sale, Sale, Sale,Sale, Sale, Sale,Sale, Sale, Sale,Sale, Sale, Sale,Sale, Sale, Sale,
10% off club gear. If you buy 2 items get 15% off. Sale Now On. Contact Michael Gammell.

SWW hats, Short finger gloves Mitts and Socks available also in Sale. Just ask Michael G.

Stock of MENS SWW Gear as follows:
Shortsleeve shirt 1 med. 2 Large. 3 xlarge. 1 xxLarge.
Wind stopper 5 Large. 5 xLarge. 1 xxLarge.
Bib shorts 1 Small. 1 Large. 2 xLarge. 2 xxLarge.

Stock of LADIES SWW Gear as follows:
Shortsleeve shirt 1 xLarge.
Bib Shorts 1 xxLarge.

SWW Club Survey 2015

Survey for all SWW Club Members can be entered on the following link Please enter your info and results can be discussed at the new committee 201 meeting. Thank your for your info. Oh Ya…..Survey

Munster Hill Climb Cycling Championships 2014

NOW CLOSED. Entries for the Munster Hill Climb Cycling Championships are now closed. Southside Wheely Wheelers Cycling Club would like to thank all cyclists who entered our event and we will be contacting you in a few days with info and your start time. We would like to thank you for supporting our cycling club and supporting Munster Cycling. We look forward to meeting you on Sunday 28th September 2014.

Sunday 28th September 10am to 11.30am Sign-on in the Village Inn, in the village of Ballyorgan

Start Time: 12 Noon

Course : The Lacca


Limerick Hill Climb Cycling Championships poster

Limerick Hill Climb 2014


SWW Club Cycling Gear 2014 Availabile to buy…

Time to look good on the bike in 2014.
List of SWW club gear available for Guys and Gals. Hats, socks and gloves are also available, all sizes in stock. Go on give Michael Gammell a call on 086-0651872. He is looking forward to your call.
It you have ordered gear it is now available for collection.


short sleeve shirt 1 Med
short sleeve shirt 6 Large
short sleeve shirt 5 X Large
short sleeve shirt 3 XX Large
short sleeve shirt 1 XXX Large

Bib Shorts 1 SMALL
Bib Shorts 5 Large
Bib Shorts 4 X Large
Bib Shorts 5 XX Large
Wind stopper 6 Large
Wind stopper 6 X Large
Wind stopper 5 XX Large

Shortsleeve shirt 1 Extra Small
Shortsleeve shirt 2 Extra Large
Shortsleeve shirt 1 XXX Large
Bib Shorts 2 XX Large

Membership Evening at 7.30pm Tuesday 21st January.

Important -Southside Wheely Wheelers Registration evening for renewal of SWW club and cycling Ireland membership is 21st January Tuesday evening 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Deebert House Hotel. It is so important to renew membership and needs to be renewed on this final evening of membership. Please attend if to renew your membership and cycling license.imagesB59CQA6D



SWW Cycling Club Group Training Spins 2014

SWW Cycling Club Group Training Spins – Group Charter 15/01/2014

Group 1 Captain: TBC
Group 1 Vice-captain: TBC
Group 1 Group target:
To facilitate those club members looking to be of a standard to enjoy the longer available sportives that are run in Ireland and abroad ie Wicklow 200k OR even race level.

Group 2 Captain: TBC
Group 2 Vice-captain: TBC
Group 2 Group target:
To facilitate those club members looking to be of a standard to enjoy shorter available sportives of 100k that are run in Ireland.

Group 3 Captain: TBC
Group 3 Vice-captain: TBC
Group 3 Group target:
To facilitate those club members looking to be of a standard to enjoy cycling and be able to complete middle or low distance sportives and fun or charity events.

Training spins: All groups meet every Saturday 9.30am and 12noon, Sunday 8.30am and 12noon, Wednesday 6.30pm in the car park next to Kilmallock Cycles.
A general guide to the speeds you can expect on Club spins are:
Group 1: 28-30+ kph
Group 2: 23-28 kph
Group 3: 18-23 kph all these speeds are a rough guide and each group Captain can control speeds.
If you opt to ride in a particular group you should be aware of these kms speeds and not try to push the pace on when it’s your turn at the front. This brakes up the group.
Group-specific rules:
• Captain and vice-captain are elected by the group at AGM each year or when suitable and can bring issues on safety etc to the attention of your SWW committee. Captains and Vice Captains can attend committee meetings. This will improve any safety issues noticed on training spins.

• Captain calls routes (vice-captain in absence) OR by SWW Committee by text, website, facebook.
• All riders must adhere to captain’s instructions during spin
• Group captain/vice-captain must ensure riders can make it home safely
• Group members should be capable of fast, close riding on challenging routes over longer distances.
• Group members should have an ability to carry out simple puncture or mechanical repairs on the road.
• Group members should carry the following on every ride
– Spare tubes, tyre levers and pump/gas
– Small multi-tool
– Mobile phone
– Food and drinks as required
– Cash for coffee/emergency supplies

• Group cyclists, in common with all club member, each cyclist represents SWW Cycling Club whenever they are out and about. Members should leave a positive image of the club (and cyclists in general) wherever they go.
• Group members should communicate with others if there is a hazard called ie pothole or turning on to a main road; make sure it’s called all the way down the group.
• If someone punctures he or she must shout puncture and raise one arm to show who has the puncture or mechanical problem. The group caption will assign one or two to help with puncture, the rest of the group to cycle on and turn around safely a few kms down the road and cycle back to the puncture group. This ensures safety of the group and ensures cyclists do not get cold while waiting for the punctured tube to be replaced.
• Toilet break, if a cyclist requires a toilet break, the cyclist must update the Group Caption and will arrange a safe suitable stop a few kms down the road.
• Any issues from cyclists must be raised to the committee meetings. The committee represents all SWW Club cyclists and can only solve concerns only if raised to the committee.
• Irate Motorists. If a motorist drives dangerously or is abusive. Please do not be abusive back. Please take note of the car req number and give it to a committee member and it will be given to the local Garda who will follow up on the issue.
• Finally we want SWW Club cyclists to enjoy group cycling but no one enjoys cycling with a cyclist who keeps moaning, ie about the weather, rain, wind, roads etc etc. Remember keep positive, help and encourage each other as cycling is a tough sport and we all suffer together.
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Sunday 8th December Wheely friendly Wheelers

It’s all in the name Southside Wheely Wheelers, we draw from all over South Limerick and North Cork with members coming from Ballingarry, Hospital, Knockainey, Kildollery, Newmarket, Kilmallock and Bruff just to mention a few places. We always have a welcome to the cyclist new to club cycling or just cycling so if you want to cycle with a club or train for one of the big sportives like the Ring of Kerry pop along for a spin and a chat.
Southside Wheely Wheelers training continued with our Wednesday night light cycle. It was cold but it isn’t winter now around Kilmallock if you don’t see the flashing lights and hi-viz gear of the Wheelers. It is great that we are still cycling mid-week, long may this mild weather continue. Out cycling were Ber Gammell, Michelle Gammell, Jerry Reidy, Jerry Herbert, Gerry Ryan and Declan McCarthy.
Saturday training continued with the all ability cycle With the group enjoying a usefull day in the saddle. Out cycling were Gerry Ryan, Liz leonard, Sean Burchill and a warm welcome to Martin McHugh to the SWW fold.
Sunday training took place in wintery conditions covering 72km in what felt like a lot more due to the head wind on the way home, those kilometres will stand to you in May. Out cycling were Pat O’Donnell, Dave Walsh, Michael Gammell, Mathew Gammell, Jerry Reidy, Martin lake and Eugene Manton.
Don’t forget guys we have ordered extra casual club clothing which would make an excellent stocking filler for your loved ones. When they are gone there gone so contact Jonathan on 0861080987.
Training continues this week with our Wednesday night light cycle @ 6.30. we are cycling a nice flat route. Saturday @ 9.30 is our all ability beginner/improver cycle where the distance and pace is decided by you the noobie. Sunday @ 8.30 is a longer cycle but no one should fear a Sunday cycle at this time of year, it is about recharging the batteries and working on the base fitness so pace isn’t everything. It’s a common problem this time of year that cyclist and clubs over do the pace, back it off and enjoy the spin.
Be safe be seen.

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