It’s Bike Week all this week and we will look to highlight one area of the sport and activity each day.

Over in the west and across online, Sport for Business member Tri Talking Sport is celebrating the week with a host of bike-themed activities from through to 26th September.

The programme will include social media competitions to encourage you to get on your bike, an online virtual social Zwift ride on Monday night led by Karen Cassidy of the Galway Baybes and Galway Triathlon Club and Sara Duffy of Galway Bay Cycling Club, as well as a number of live interviews streamed on the Tri Talking Sport Facebook Page during the week.

The live and inspiring online interviews with some familiar faces from the world of cycling will include Galway Bay Cycling Club’s Eoghan Clifford who is a 4-time paracycling world champion and 2-time world championship bronze medal winner, he has also won gold and bronze in cycling at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and won races at national and international level in able-bodied and paracycling events.

Imogen Cotter from Clare will join in live from Belgium where she is currently chasing her goal to become a professional bike rider.

Western Lakes Chairperson Padraig Marrey, who is fondly referred to as the ‘Flying Postman’ will also join the live shows.  The  Cycling Ireland coach and bike tutor has amassed an incredible level of experience in cycling over the years.

Also joining the live shows will be Alan Heary, ultra-endurance enthusiast and founder and race director of the Race around Ireland series.

“There has been such a huge increase in the numbers of people cycling the last few months it is great to see people taking to their bikes as part of an active commute or in embracing an active lifestyle,” said Joanne Murphy of Tri Talking Sport.

“It is my hope that through the varied programme for Bike Week that we have set out with the support of funding from  Galway City Council,  we can encourage and inspire people to take the next pedal stroke on their cycling journey, there are so many options for cycling you never know where your adventure on two wheels may take you.”

The Tri Talking Sport podcast episode airing on Wednesday 23rd September features endurance adventurer and ultra cyclist Rachel Nolan who recently won the Transatlantic Way 2,200 self-supported bike race from Derry to Kinsale and was the first woman to do so.