Emyvale Cycling Club offers free membership in response to tough times.

Having noticed that the uptake of membership renewal was “sluggish” and in response to soundings taken from a number of members, Emyvale Cycling Club’s committee has decided to waive their club’s 2021 membership fees entirely. Club Chairperson Mark Skeath explains: “As you are aware our sport has been hit very hard during these trying times. More importantly, many families have been hit hard in their pockets, so I believe now is the time for some good news. Fortunately, the previous support we have received from our members through subs and events has left us in a position to give something back.” “Without our members, we won’t have a club and we have a fantastic cohort of members to serve. Unfortunately under the current restrictions, our options for club activities are very limited, but this situation will improve soon with vaccine availability on the horizon. However, in addition to lower membership uptake, our main concern right now is that cyclists are out and about (subject to restrictions) and many of those who usually would be, are cycling uninsured”

Club safety officer (and Cycling Ulster Chairperson) Tommy McCague clarifies the insurance issue. “It’s a common misconception in the media that cyclists are uninsured because they don’t realise that all Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster members have insurance cover included in their subscription. This is an important issue, even more so when restrictions ease off and group cycling resumes with greater numbers on the road. Unfortunately in life, insurance is often forgotten until the worst happens.” “In response to this risk, the club committee have agreed to waive our annual €20 membership fee for the year 2021, for all those renewing with Cycling Ireland (or joining) before March 30th. Refunds will be issued in the coming weeks to those who have already paid.” Mark Skeath summarises: “We sincerely hope that our members renew their Cycling Ireland membership because this includes the all-important insurance. Third-party insurance is included by default, but there is also a personal accident insurance option available for an additional €10. We would strongly advise our members to take out this option if they are in a position to do so.” Kind regards, Marc Andrews , Emyvale CC P.R.O. (For more info: emyvale.cc.pro@gmail.com)