Take a break - a cycling break!

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership in association with the office of Smarter Travel Kilkenny is opening up more opportunities for people to get actively involved in sport.

Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership in association with the office of Smarter Travel Kilkenny is opening up more opportunities for people to get actively involved in sport.

The fine weather has led to an upsurge in involvement in leisure activities, and people are getting out to enjoy walks, jogging, swimming and whatever after the long, cold and wet winter.

There are plenty of areas where people can exercise for free in all parts of Kilkenny, including the City, which has walking trails and inviting areas to explore, being that on foot, bicycle or whatever.

This is the time of year to get in some exercise.

The group’s latest initiative is to host a free Lunch Time Cycle. The big off will be on Wednesday, June 19 and participants will be introduced with a gentle trip.

Leisurely spin

A short leisurely spin through the streets and along some of the cycle paths of Kilkenny City and the area will be the order of the day. The spin will last for about half an hour, which would leave people with enough time to get back to work on time, or to get home in time to collect children from school.

The spin will start at 1.15pm and people are asked to gather at The Parade, Kilkenny from 1pm.

It is a fun event open to males and females over the age of 16 and is suitable for all fitness levels. Cyclists are asked to bring along a friend who may not be involved in cycling so they can get a feel for the sport.

Who knows, they too might experience the health, money saving and stress free benefits of cycling, which is a sport that is currently enjoying a huge revival. Look around you on any road, any evening and there are people enjoying the benefits of cycling.

Not about racing

The sport is not just about racing, and climbing hill. Cycling is a top class exercise.

The main objective is to get as many bike people as possible out on the streets of Kilkenny for a short spin. Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership recommends that all participants wear a helmet for this event.

The lunch time cycle is part of what promises to be a huge Bike Week 2013 which is taking place from June 15 to June 23 (www.bikeweek.ie).