WCW AGM was held in the Harbour Hotel on Fri 1st Dec at 8pm. There were 15 members in attendance plus our guest speaker Cathal Dillane. The Chairperson Joe Tummon welcomed all member to the meeting and said that the club had a very active and successful year. The following were the main club activities during the year.
New Members: The chairperson welcomed all new members to the club some of whom joined following our open day in the Westwood hotel. This was followed up by a number of skills sessions in the NUIG car park. The club now has a total of 55 members.
Fundraiser for Gerry. The club members raised€ 1,305 for the fundraiser for our long time member Gerry Commins who had a unfortunate accident in March 2015. The club matched the members funds and presented a cheque for €2,620 to the organising committee.
Sportives: Club members participated in many Sportives including the Tour de Conamara, Tour of the Burren, Croi Cycle, Tour of Clare, Jigsaw cycle and the M17 Sportive which saw 17 WCW members on the road. The club is pleased to be associated with three sportives which are registered under the clubs name , Tour de Conamara, Croi Cycle and the Jigsaw cycle.
Safety: Thankfully we had no serious accidents this year apart from a few cuts and bruises following minor crashes. The chairperson highlighted the need for greater safety on our roads and suggested that the local clubs should get together to address this issue by contacting Cycling Ireland and the Road Safety Authority. There was a good discussion on this issue with suggestions that we have a safety car on each club spin . It was also suggested that we contact the county council with a view to them erecting road signs warning drivers of the presence of cyclists. Mayo county council have already done this on a designated cycling route.
Summer Spins: Our mid week summer spins were well supported this year with a new Tuesday spin from Roscam being introduced. In additional to our regular spins on Tuesday and Thursday from Bushypark. Our year round Sunday spin continued as usual from the Kingfisher with a new starting time of 8:30am
Club Gear: This year saw the arrival of our club gear. The club opted for Shadow brand, which also supplies Galway Tri Club. There were mixed views on it with the sizing of the Jerseys being the main issue.
Sponsors: The chairperson thanked our three Sponsors, Oscars Restaurant, Levels Gym and Bikefit.
Overnight Trip to Leenane: One of the highlights of the year was our overnight trip to Leenane which saw 16 members participate. Gerry Commins and his son Shane were guests of the club. Shane, 12 years old, cycled 15k on the first day and over 40k on our trip home. A number of the group also cycled the very scenic route from Leenane to Lough Fee.
The chairperson finished up by thanking the hard working committee especially the secretary Ger Melvin. Padraic Benson then took the chair for the election of the 2018 officers and committee. The following members were elected.
Chairperson: Ger Melvin, Secretary : Joe Tummon, , Treasurer : Michael Gannon, PRO : Aoife Horan, Bike Rep : Liz Hastings, Committee Members – Ciaran Joyce, John Flavelle, John Mc Donnell, Bernie Tummon
Following the election of the 2018 committee our guest speaker Cathal Dillane gave a very informative talk on his cycling career which resulted in him cycling in the 2017 RAS cycle. Cathal talked about motivation, diet and safety and there was a lively sessions of questions from the floor. Following Cathal’s talk we all adjourned to the bar for some food and drinks.