Club AGM Friday the 14th of November.

The Western Lakes CC club AGM will be held next Friday the 14th of November at 8pm in Flannery’s marquee
It would be great to get a good turnout from all our club members.
This is a great opportunity to become more active in the club and community and have you opinions on the club heard.
On the night we will have a few words from the current committee members about what the clubs activities in 2014.
The main item on the agenda is election of officers.
If anyone has anything that they want discussed please let me know before Friday.
Michael Flanagan

Ladies who are new to cycling here is FAQ on the Ladies Sportive October 18th

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.

Route summary

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.

Ladies sportive 2014 route

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!


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 winter schedule

“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
have them.



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.”


Ladies End of Season leisure cycle 2014

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.


Western Lake's Ladies

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’.

Having a cup of tea ladies

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.

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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


UCD take all the spoils at Bogman 2day Tullycross Connemara

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.

Sean Mc Kenna Polkadot winner

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

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.

UCD team winners

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.

Colm Cassidy Overall winner

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


Carnsore point Co Wexford to Erris head Co Mayo

group at rosslare

Carnsore Point

Stage 1 report Carnsore Point to Athlone – 200km
Stage 125 Western Lakes CC cyclists took off on the morning of August 22nd at 8am from Carnsore Point, Co Wexford. With great back up provided by Ray Mc Hugh and Jimmy Durkan the groups faced in to a strong headwind (North West) for the entire duration of the stage 1. The first 130k was extremely rolly with long drags in to Bunclody, Arles and Stradbally. The wind never let up all day but at least it stayed dry. Some real aggressive cycling from Jim Tuohy, Fergal O’ Neil, Alan Stephens, Gabriel Coen, Ruairi Canavan and Martin Kinneavey moved the group slickly through the relentless wind. We Rolled in to Athlone just after 5pm tired, windburned but elated. After a few well earned drinks (Barrel), we were up in the morning for stage 2 to do it all over again…..stage 2  is 224k to Erris head.Big Jim, comes prepared even with head lightsssss, I suppose he was expecting the worst..

Jim Touhy leader
Stage 2 Report Athlone to Erris Head – 224k
Stage 28am start again out of Athlone and straight in to a long slog against a strong northwesterly headwind all day. Once again we were blessed by a dry day. The stiff winds made for grueling cycling conditions but everyone put their shoulder to the wheel and grinded out the miles. Finally arrived in to Belmullet after 5pm but there was still an 18k round trip up to Erris Head and back. However most of the cyclists in the so called faster group decided to bail out in Belmullet (Decoyed by Joyce) while Jim Tuohy’s group kept to the plan. Embarrassing moment for the big boys! Celebrations went on in to the wee hours with wonderful dancing from Noel Gibbons. A committee meeting was convened at 3.30 am where it was decided for health and safety reasons to bus back to Ballinrobe in the morning instead of cycling home. It was agreed by all after seeing Ruairi Canavan at 10am that this indeed was a good decision. Celebrations continuing after at Inches for the Mayo match and BBQ.After the Mayo match a few of the cyclist over heard Martin Joyce saying that he was going to donate quite a considerable amount of his wealth to MND after he was drown by a cold bucket of ice water… at the moment we are looking for video evidence because as of Monday morning Joyce denies these alterations flatly.

Martin Joyce

Joyce after his ice bucket challenge, as you can see he is elated


Ray Mc Hugh and Jimmy Durcan

Jimmy Durcan winner of the Martin Joyce lookalike competition for the 2nd year running, poor Jimmy

Martin Joyce
Paul Moran
Tom McGovern
Pat McGovern
John Conroy
Michelle Conroy
John Hughes
Imelda Hughes
Padraig Hughes
Gerry Sheridan
Jim Tuohy
Marie Frazer
Breege Morrin
Andrea Heneghan
Kathleen Barry
Alan Stephens
Shane Gilligan
Ruairi Canavan
Mike Kelly
Noel Gibbons
Gabriel Coen
Fergal O’Neill
Philip Staunton
Mark Quigley
Sponsors of Jerseys
 Marrey Bikes
Back Up Team
 Ray McHugh
Jimmy Durkan
Erris head

Erris Head


Route info for Bogman 2 day Tullycross August 30th & 31st

The Bogman 2 day August 30&31st (A1,A2,A3 riders )is set for its biggest field yet, there are a few changes to this years edition see below.

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.,-9.9632032/53.5866354,-9.9627798/@53.5976169,-9.8735338,11z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m10!3m4!1m2!1d-9.7887897!2d53.5758005!3s0x485a2c6afa2f54c3:0xbb947f123bfe545a!3m4!1m2!1d-9.9462568!2d53.5543478!3s0x485a2589bcfb050f:0x8f0534292f184b66!1m0!3e1

Stage 1, 3 laps 2014

 Stage2 a: @ 9am (in number order).  A new 8k  TT route starting at the Innagh Valley jnt to Letterfrack is pan flat except for the final 200m and the road surface is fast and smooth.,-9.8354234/53.5543478,-9.9462568/@53.5572269,-9.9560289,12z/data=!4m4!4m3!1m0!1m0!3e1

stage 2a 8k TT

Stage 2 b Starts at 12.30pm, This 85k loop will separate the men from the boys with open roads and long draggy climbs, the sprint finish up to Marian hall after the tough 85k will decide the winner of this 2 day race.
Stage 2 b 85k
Accommodation – Kylemore, Letterfrack, Moyard, Tullycross, Tully, Renvyle.


Kylemore Pass Hotel –

Renvyle House Hotel –

Maol Reidh Hotel –

Rosleague Manor Hotel –

Bed & Breakfasts:

Fuchsia House B&B –

Sunnymeade B&B –

Olde Castle House B&B –

Mountainside B&B –

Seabreeze B&B –

Cornerstones B&B –


Old Monastery Hostel –

Letterfrack Lodge –

Bards Den –

The Connemara Hostel –

For full details on all accommodation please visit