Here some info of what happens behind the scenes to make our races safer for all of us, necessary actions are needed..it will come at a cost and make organising more expensive (Hence increasing sign-on fees at certain races) but need to be welcomed, as the safety and life of the rider is worth the effort and cost! Here below a report of CU and an explanation of new things required by the PSNI documented by Garry Nugent ( CI Event officer) who took the workshop yesterday in the Crown Plaza Hotel in Belfast aided by Aaron Wallace (Technical Officer CU/National commissaire A Cycling Ireland) and a high ranked officer of the PSNI to answer questions. We had about 70 delegates from clubs in the Belfast area and further afield joining us in the Crown Plaza Shaw Bridge Belfast.
As part of the ongoing process to help engage with clubs and create a greater understanding of requirements for running events, Cycling Ulster are organising three presentations in January for clubs in NI that will be attended by the Cycling Ireland Events Officer and representatives from the PSNI. These are compulsory for all NI based clubs involved in event promotion and therefore it is essential that clubs are represented at one of these workshops. The first presentation is on Tuesday 8th January in the Crowne Plaza, Shaw’s Bridge at 7 pm followed by Thursday 10th January in Walshe’s Hotel Maghera at 7 pm and finally Saturday 12th January in the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh at 12 noon. Cycling Ulster Chairman, Tommy McCague said previously (Tommy could not attend due to the passing of his mum, and we offer our condolences for his loss to his family) “There is a wealth of knowledge and experience within our clubs on promoting events. These presentations will, however, provide clubs with an opportunity for gaining a greater insight into the requirements set out by Cycling Ireland and an opportunity to engage with the PSNI” “Event organising and safety is a crucial aspect of our sport, the Cycling Ireland Events Officer will be in attendance at these presentations and clubs must ensure they are represented so they can feedback to their other officials and members as well.” Clubs should email firstname.lastname@example.org stating which presentation they will be attending in advance of the event. Numbers are limited for each venue but we will do our best to accommodate each club at their preferred presentation”