Syls Cycling Club was formed in late 2018, with its inaugural ride taking place on Sunday February 17th 2019. Since then, through affiliation with Cycling Ireland our club has continued to grow. The aim of our club is to encourage participation in, and enjoyment of, cycling and we would welcome cycling enthusiasts of all levels of ability to join us. Our weekly spins are designed to accommodate different distances and group average speeds with a great blend of coastal, country and cityscape routes Dublin north side has to offer.
For cyclists that are just getting started, we run a yearly training programme (Couch to 50k). We also provide training for participation in cycling events such as Ride Dingle, Ring of Beara, Great Dublin Bike Ride, Wicklow 200, Ring of Kerry and others (visit the Events page to find out more).
In 2022 Syls introduced its new 100k in a day programme, focused on helping cyclists develop the ability to cycle 100 km in a single day after 6 weeks of training with a mix of theory and practical classes, including group cycling techniques, cross-training (lectured by a professional cyclist), a bike maintenance workshop and more!
The club has three categories for organised spins, based on the average speed of the group:
Castle (18 - 22kph average): This is for people who are either new to cycling, are rediscovering their love of the bike or those who have been cycling for years and who want to enjoy the social aspect of cycling - coffee stops are compulsory! The group spins are in the 50 - 60km range and are led by an experienced cyclist.
Coastal (22 - 24kph average): This is for people who have gained road riding experience and would like to challenge themselves with longer spins and at a quicker pace. The group spins are typically in the 60 - 80km range. Coffee stops are encouraged and these spins are led by an experienced cyclist.
Estuary (Above 24kph average): - This is for more experienced cyclists who are looking for a challenge while experiencing the club’s social aspect. Coffee is optional, but somehow always seems to sneak into the spins! The distances are in the range of 80 - 100km and are led by a nominee on the day.
45K Wednesday spin (18-19kph): This is a more casual cycle on Wednesdays for cyclists that have the time flexibility or the ones that are not able to attend spins during the weekend. Coffee stops are guaranteed.
Diamond (Above 26kph average): - This is for very experienced cyclists, those used to pace line riding and those capable of maintaining higher speeds over varying terrain for longer distances. Stopping for coffee is not guaranteed! The distances are in the range of 90 - 120Km and this group is self-managed.
Syls operates a no-drop policy, except for the Diamond spin.
Every month potential and new members to the club who do not have a record of their rides (E.g. via Strava or equivalent app) will be brought on a 30Km spin by an experienced club member to help establish their ability level and to suggest which group would be most suitable for them as the join the club.
During the Spring to Autumn months (March to October) the club organises spins on Saturdays, and Sundays
- Starting at either 08:00 or 09:00 depending on the length of the ride
- Mid-week evening training spins - starting at 18:00.
During the Winter months (November to February) the club continues to organise weekend spins and runs midweek indoor events (e.g. Pilates, spinning classes).
All club spins depart from the Green in Malahide village and typically take in a mixture of coastal and inland routes around North County Dublin, Meath and Louth with a mixture of flat and rolling terrain - you’d be surprised how many hills there are in North Dublin!