Western Lakes CC hosted Rd 1 of the Connacht cyclo cross league at the Cycling centre and BMX track on Sunday the 2nd of November. A great crowd from around the county and province turned up to give the sport of cyclo cross ago.
Western Lakes CC Ladies End of Season Cycling Sportive: Event Details
Date: Saturday 18th October 2014
Distances: 50k Cloch Breac, 80k Ail Dubh
Location: Start & finish Ballinrobe, Co Mayo
Registration: Saturday 18th of October, 9 – 9.50am, the cycling centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe (under the water towers).
Start Time: Both routes start at 10am from the cycling centre, complete one lap of the town and travel out the Neale road.
Finish Time: Return to the Cycling Centre, between 1 and 2pm
Garda: Claremorris Gardai have been informed of event
First Aid: Ballinrobe Order of Malta
Marshals / Volunteers: The guys from Western Lakes CC
Price: €20 includes lunch
The Ladies of Western Lakes would like to mark the end of their summer of cycling by inviting you to join them on their End of Season Cycling Sportive. A Sportive is a leisure event. This event has 2 distances 50k and 80k, it is set over a rolling course taking in the most picturesque parts of south Mayo and North Galway. This event takes part on open roads, so rules of the road apply. Ensure to bring a spare tube and pump in case of a puncture, however there will be supporting back up. Remember to have at least one water bottle to your bike.
Both spins leaving Ballinrobe at 10.00am and partly share the same route, on the way out and again upon return.
The ‘Long Spin’ is approximately 80km and skims the southern shore of Lough Mask on it’s way into Joyce Country and the Partry mountains, the spectacular Lough na fooey lies at the base of the Ail Dubh our first of two climbs. Ail Dubh featured in this year’s RAS, although from the opposite direction! Take your time at the summit to appreciate the view and catch your breath before descending into the Maam Valley that lies in the shadow of the Maumturks. Our second climb appears, Maumeen, short and sharp, before one reaches the village of Cor na Mona, that touches the shore of County Galway’s largest lake Lough Corrib. The long route then meets up with the short route to journey back to Ballinrobe.
The ‘Short spin’ is in the region of 50km, and shares part of the long route but veers south climbing Ben Levy or locally known as ‘Mount Gable’ or ‘Cloach Breac’, the route then descends into the village of Cor na Mona to link back up once again with the Long Route to experience the panoramic views of Lough Corrib.
How long will it take to complete the 80k/50k routes ?
The short 50k should reach the food stop (cake) in the village of Cornamona between 11.30 and 12pm. The longer route of 80k should reach the cakes before they’re all gone between 12 and 12.30pm. The aim is to have everyone back in Ballinrobe by 2pm. We are encouraging participants not to delay at the food stop as one can cool down and become cold quite quickly
What type of bike do you need ?
Whatever the choice of bike, ensure it is in good working order and properly serviced. There are climbs on both routes so brakes in good working order are essential. Bring a pump, spare inner tube and some tyre levers in your saddlebag.
Wearing of a helmet is compulsory while cycling and you will not be allowed participate without one.
Bike Choices: A road bike (typical racing bike) fastest
Hybrid with straight handlebars would be next
A mountain bike with slick tyres would be slower
A mountain bike with knobbly tyres would be the slowest and probably the toughest
Can I practice on the course beforehand?
On the preceding Sundays leading up to the 18th Western Lakes CC will be incorporating the routes into their Sunday spins.
Will the Route be marked/marshaled?
The route will be marked with signs/arrows indicating directions on the road. There will be marshals on all the major junctions and some of the guys in the club will be acting as mobile cycling marshals. Please note marshals are not in the position to stop traffic, most drivers do slow down and stop, however be vigilant at all junctions. The route maps will be up on website shortly. Written directions will be available on the morning at the cycling centre.
Will the event go ahead if there is bad weather?
If the situation arises that we are unlucky enough to get weather that may be dangerous to participants, the organisers may have to make a decision to shorten or take out certain sections of the course, and this will only be decided on the morning of the event.
Strictly No IPods or Headphones; If you wear either you will be asked to take them off, safety is a priority and failing to hear instruction or the sound of on coming traffic can cause accidents to you and fellow participants.
What time is Registration
The registration starts on the morning of 18th at 9am and will close at approximately 9.50am, this is to allow time for safety briefing.
Will the event be timed?
No this event is not timed the only timing is to be in time for some cake!
REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A RACE AND NO PRIZES FOR FIRST ACROSS THE LINE.
What happens after the finish
The finish is back at the Cycling Centre. Showers will be available at Lake Side Sports Centre, which is across the road from the cycling centre. Directions will be available. BBQ after in Inch’s Bar (Fitzpatrick’s on the Main St.) from 1 – 3pm.
Finally enjoy the Event
“Bmx Track will be open to all from 7PM-8PM
every Friday evening, starting from 3rd October. This will be free for all
WLCC members or Children can pay on the night at a cost of two euros.
We would encourage that they bring their own Cycling Helmet together
with a pair of full gloves and perhaps any knee and elbow pads if they
Any children without a BMX bike are also welcome as we have
a few spare to lend on the night. For More info , Please contact
Bernard on 087 2343652.”
Western Lakes cycling club are looking to emulate running by getting as many ladies together as possible to create the biggest cycle event for women only in the Mayo and Connacht area. That said we won’t deter the opposite sex taking part providing they dress appropriately. For the ladies its a brilliant opportunity to show case that cycling in lycra with shaved legs is not only for the guys, every woman can put their effort to the wheel by taking part and do their bit for women in sport.
Ballinrobe will be the venue for this unique cycle and with an up surge in women taking part in Triathlons, Adventure races, Duathlons and of course just normal recreational cycling what better way to meet like minded ladies but at ladies only event.
This End of Season leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 18th of October. The chosen charity for this event is ‘Climb a Hill for Jack and Jill’.
There are two routes planned for the day, both spins leave Ballinrobe at 10am and partly share the same route. Sign on starts at 9am at the cycling centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe.
The ‘Long Spin’ is approximately 80km, skims the southern shore of Lough Mask on it’s way into Joyce Country among the Partry mountains, the spectacular Lough Na Fooey lies at the base of the Ail Dubh our first of two climbs. Ail Dubh has featured in the many of the big open races, although from the opposite direction! Take your time at the summit to appreciate the view and catch your breath before descending into the Maam Valley lying in the shadow of the Maumturks.
‘Maumeen’, our second climb appears, short and sharp, before one reaches the village of Cor na Mona, on the shore of County Galway’s largest lake Lough Corrib. The long route then meets up with the short route to journey back to Ballinrobe.
The ‘Short spin’ is in the region of 50km, and shares part of the long route but veers south climbing Ben Levy or more locally known as ‘Mount Gable’ or ‘Cloach Breac’, the route then descends into the village of Cor na Mona joining up again with the Long Route to experience the panoramic views of Lough Corrib.
There will be back up, a water and snack stop and maybe some interesting marshals on route!
The cost for this wonderful spin, including lunch is €20
For more info visit www.westernlakescc.com
On a day where you wouldn’t put a dog out, the peleton at the Bogman 2day had to contend with driving rain and strong winds over a tough 85km route.
The UCD team had first to negate the 2 minute handicap that was given to the Juniors and A3 riders, with Daire Feeley Donamon 4th overall at 47seconds was now virtual leader on the road and he made could of his time by attacking his group to try and keep his lead for as long as possible.
Race video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=doKLJzwoAYk
The well drilled UCD worked like a PRO team with Richardson, Mc Kenna and Breheny all doing long stints at the front to bring back the handicap and neutralized some big attacks by Robin Kelly Aquablue, Mark Shannon Visit Nenagh and Padraig Marrey Western Lakes before finally reeling in the Donamon Junior.
The tough weather conditions and strong head cross wind played into the UCD squad hands and they really put the hurt on the peleton with 15k to go on one of the open exposed sections splitting the bunch. From there to the finish the UCD team controlled proceeding perfectly with Sean Mc Kenna taking his second win of the weekend beating Barry Meade Cork in the sprint.
Cassidy proved he was the strongest when placing 5th and his win in the TT showed he was the strongest rider and had the strongest team to back him up.
Western Lakes CC & CEECC promoted the event with JJ Flaherty as race director with Leo Hallissey
The race sponsors were Marrey bikes Ballinrobe, Renvyle house Hotel, Rogan’s Gala, K2 Adventure centre, The Lodge Letterfrack and Paddy Coyne’s Tullycross.
Thanks to race officials, Brian O Loughlin, Ray Staunton, and Seamus Shorthall
Final stage results and Overall GC here Stage_3_Final_Results
On Line entry closes on Thursday August 28th at 12noon, day entries will be taken but will cost €50. There are generous prizes on offer for the different categories, Unplaced and for the Overall.
Sign on opens at 1pm at the Marian Hall Tullycross. Stage 1 start @3pm
Remember Saturday is the Bog week shield for A4 riders is 2 laps of stage 1’s lap. Start time 3,10pm
The Polkadot jersey will be introduced with 2 KOH on stage one at Creggauns on Laps 2&3 and on Stage 2b there 2 KOH @ Teirnakill and K2 hostel.
Sponsors for the 2014 Bogman 2 day are Renvyle house hotel, Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe, Paddy Coynes bar, The Lodge restaurant and CEEC Letterfrack,
Killary adventure company are sponsoring the Team prize, its for 7 people at Killary and its a half days adventure activities worth €360…
Stage 1 : Start time 3pm, its 3 laps of a 31k loop, its open and undulating roads will wear the peloton down especially if the day is windy, the last 300m is a long drag to the finish at the Marian Hall.
Kylemore Pass Hotel – www.kylemore-pass-hotel-connemara.com
Renvyle House Hotel – www.renvyle.com
Maol Reidh Hotel – www.maolreidhhotel.com
Rosleague Manor Hotel – www.rosleague.com
Bed & Breakfasts:
Fuchsia House B&B – www.fuchsiahousebnb.com
Sunnymeade B&B – www.sunnymeade.net
Olde Castle House B&B – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mountainside B&B – www.mountainsidebandb.com
Seabreeze B&B – www.seabreezeconnemara.com
Cornerstones B&B – www.cornerstonesbnb.com
Old Monastery Hostel – www.oldmonasteryhostel.com
Letterfrack Lodge – www.letterfracklodge.com
Bards Den – www.bardsden.com
The Connemara Hostel – www.sleepzone.ie
For full details on all accommodation please visit www.goconnemara.com
Now in its fifth year, the Bogman 2 Day August 30th and 31st, held in North West Conamara, is set to provide competitors with a challenging course over two days of exciting riding. This event is organised by Western Lakes CC and CEECC Letterfrack. New to this years event is a Polkadot Jersey Competition and a Team Prize. To qualify for the team prize a club must enter at least three riders.Last year’s winner Derek Joyce of Galway Bay CC will return to defend his title and will be reinforced by his team members. “Not only will riders be assured of two days of exciting riding but they will be made feel especially welcome in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland” says Leo Hallissey Director CEECC.
Entry here: http://westernlakescc.com/bog-man-2-day-2014/
Stage 1Saturday starts and finishes in Tullycross with three laps of the Kylemore Loop – 100km total with KOH points on Lap 2 and 3.
Stage 2A Sunday starts in Kylemore Village and finishes in Letterfrack, 8km total.
Stage 2B on Sunday starts in Tullycross and takes in a big loop through the Inagh Valley onto Maam, Maam to Leenane and back Tullycross, KOH points on Tiernakill Cat. 1 and at K2 Cat.2, total 100km.
The winner of the Conamara Bog Week 2 Day Cycle Race will be presented with the beautiful and prestigious GogartyCup which is sponsored by Renvyle House Hotel. As Ronnie Counihan – General Manager of Renvyle House Hotel stated ‘We are delighted to sponsor Conamara Bog Week and especially the bike races as the founder of Renvyle House Hotel, Oliver St. John Gogarty was not only a leading literary figure but was also a first class cyclist’.
The race is also sponsored by Eamonn Marrey of Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe. Eamonn has been a sponsor of the event for the last number of years and will be on hand to present the jerseys on Sunday evening at the Marian Hall Tullycross.
The Bogman Shield on Saturday will cater for A4 riders, the route will be the same as Stage 1 of the main race but for two laps. Shield presentation will be held in the Marian Hall Tullycross directly after race.
For full details including all timesand route maps please go to www.westernlakescc.com or contact JJ Flaherty 087 7060723