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Report on Neenan Travel 2020 Training Day

Jenny looking 26th May 13While Sunday saw the Stars of the present strutting their stuff in Skerries.  The Stars of the future were being put through their paces in Brittas and Sundrive Velodrome.

Sunday 26th of May was the third training camp this year for the Neenan Travel Talent Team and the Junior Girls.

In glorious sunshine for once the girls gathered from all corners of the country to participate in what was to be a full on day of Training and learning.

The day was focused on bringing the girls training to a new level as many of the girls will be making the jump from Youth to Junior next year.  It was time to introduce some strength work into their programmes so under the expert and careful guidance of Women’s elite Junior Coach Gillian McDarby assisted by Talent Team Coach Orla Hendron the group spent the morning on the lovely country roads of Brittas where they practiced some strength and endurance drills suitable to their age.   The morning’s session was concluded with some speed drills around the lake which though tough enough were thoroughly enjoyed by the girls.

After a sociable spin and nice warm down back to base at Sundrive Velodrome it was time for lunch.

Kate leading snake 26th  May 13

With the lack of free dates and long distances to travel it was decided to try and get as much out of the day as possible.  So after lunch it was time for some Track work.  With a few of the girls new to track cycling it was going to be a bit of a challenge to integrate them all, but former National Track Champion Kate Rudd was on hand to show the girls some skill drills on the track.  Nicola Oldham Track Coach at Orangefield was also on hand to get the girls started on the grass.    By the end of the session not only was the whole group riding up and down the track with ease but they were skilled enough to give an Italian pursuit ago.

Katie leading snake 26th May 13

The day was brought to a close with a debrief by the Coaches and I think everyone left satisfied they had put in a good days training and learnt a lot.

Thanks must be given to the Parents who also helped out on the day and the Sundrive team and Cycling Ireland for the use of their facilities.

Report by Orla Hendron




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