Well done to all who participated in the two lakes challenge cycle last Sunday for Tourmakeady Gaa The weather was organised by Noel Gibbons and he arranged for a block head wind and rain from Partry to the bottom of Mamtrasna (Thanks Noel).

A good few WLCC members braved the condition and it was a fast spin at the front, the race season must have started early, some were saying the boys in Spain would not be going at this rate. However the hills slowed the pack and spits formed along the route. A few punctures happened and a few brave souls tried in vain to fix them, so only for the WLCC team van and the Mask-Corrib Red Cross these, cyclist would be left stranded along the route, these should be commended for their time and effort for these events.

A great feed was organised back in Partry after the event.

WLCC wish to thank the organisers and marshals etc. for great event.

There was great support from Western Lakes Cycling Club, Castlebar Cycling Club, Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Club, Islandeady Cycling Group, Achill Wheelers Cycling Club, Hollymount Wheelers Cycling Group

There will be pictures of the sodding people on Facebook in due course.







Western Lakes AGM Report 2015


Hi all

The AGM of Western Lakes Cycling Club took place in the Valkenberg on Friday the 11th of December; there was a turnout of about 35 people which was great considering the wind and rain of that night.

The meeting was chaired by Brian Golden and he read out last year’s minutes and no issues were raised from previous minutes.

Vincent Cummins read out the Treasury report and while there were a few items to clarify, these will be carried out in the next committee meeting. The racers report was read by Mark Quigley and the Ladies report was read by Patricia Harte. Brian Golden read out the Lesiure report. Any matters arising from these reports were put in the minutes and will be discussed in the following committee meetings, just to say all the events went great throughout the year including the Sportifs, Club Leagues and any other events that took place

The election of the new committee delegates was carried out and the following were elected.

Club Chairman; Martin Joyce and Vice Chairman David Connolly

Club Secretary; Michael Kelly and Vice Secretary Paul Feeney

Treasure; Vincent Cummins and Vice Treasure John Cummins

Club P.R.O; David Connolly

Racing Rep; (Open Races) John Gill,

Racing Rep; (Club Races) Noel Gibbons

Lesiure Rep; Brian Golden

Ladies Rep; (Needs to be appointed)

Youths Rep; (Needs to be appointed)

Club Licences Renewal/Membership; Sean O Malley

Committee Members; Breedge Connolly & Gerry Butler

After the meeting there were refreshments in the front bar and the club awards were held

Club Racer of the year went to John Gill who had great results and improvement throughout the year who went from A4 to A3


Leisure cyclist of the year went to Michael Conroy who showed impressive improvement and always with a smile or a laugh to help make the KM’s tick away, the award was accepted in Michael Behalf by John Conroy, (Don’t Tell Michael)


And the Club Man of the year went to Ken McCarthy who was great help all year, be it driving the Club Van, helping at Sportifs, races etc. He still drying out the car after helping people on the Wesportif this year.


Congratulations to all the award winners on the night

The committee meeting will begin in the New Year circa 11 TH Jan 2016, if anyone has concerns or ideas for the New Year please contact Martin Joyce or any committee members, all ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Western Lakes Awards night

The Western Lakes CC AGM and awards night was held on December 4th at the Valkenburg hotel.

Great crowd turned out on a night that you wouldn’t put a dog out with storm Desmond blowing hard.

There will be more details shortly on the AGM.

Every year the club give out awards to people who do more than their share by going out of their way to represent and help the club. Acting Chairman Brian Golden presented these awards.

Racing cyclist of the Year was presented to John Gill Hollymount after a stand out first year in the racing ranks.


Leisure cyclist of the year was presented to Michael Conroy Robeen, John his sleepy brother took the award on his behalf.


Club Person of the year was presented to the ever reliable Kenneth Mac Carthy, Ken helped at nearly every event that the club hosted and was always available to do the awkward jobs.




Club News December

Spin/ Turbo class.

The last spin class of the 2015 season will be held this Thursday December 17th there will only be one class and it will be 7-8pm only.
In the New Year we will start back on Thursday January 7th with 2 classes 6.30pm to 7.20pm and 7.30pm to 8.20pm.
Circuit/ Strength/ stretch class on Mondays.
First class back will be January 11th with a start time of 7-8pm if numbers suffice we may start another class.

Thanks to all that took part in a class at the cycling centre throughout the year, its not the best venue in the World but by attending a class YOU help keep the centre viable as rent money goes towards the up keep of this building.


Clifden weekend 2016 
Please see info on Training weekend to Clifden on Jan 23rd and 24th 2016.
Deposit or full amount to myself or Martin Joyce  before Jan 1st.
We will have 3 groups going back but this will depend on numbers, please sign up earlier rather than leaving to last minute as it will make it easier to plan.
Full details here.
Majorca Training week.
Holiday Training camp will be held in Majorca 2016, we will be flying on April 3rd 2016 from Shannon with Ryainair. We  stay at Hotel DUVA in Port D’ Pollensa north of Majorca  the The price for half board (Breakfast/ dinner), airport transfer and guided bike spins will be between €450 per person sharing.
Attached is the booking form, closing date is December 30th.
Flights from Shannon with  for approx €129 return.
Bike hire is usually €110 to €140 depending  on quality of the bike or you can bring your own but it will cost you €120 for flights and €25 to transfer from airport to hotel return.
Ideally I would like no more than 30 on this trip as with more people extra guides will have to be hired driving up the costs.
There will be 3 guided spins for this price. average speed per group depends on the terrain but you won’t be left behind as we always re group at the top of all climbs. Each guide will have no more than 10/12 per group.
Anyone who did a trip there before knows the story, there are also plenty of walks, trail runs and swimming in the sea or pools, the hotel has massive facilities see
If you are interested please send me an email or text to 0877992857 or
Merry  Xmas and Happy New Year to you all
Happy Xmas poster

New Year’s Goal to Clifden January 2016

Looking to start 2016 with a GOAL, why not join Western Lakes CC on a weekend trip to Clifden, there will be 3 groups on the road with distances varying from 80-140kms, the club are encouraging all its members to use the weekend of January 23rd and 24th 2016 to cycle back to the popular Galway town.

The club car and van will be traveling back so all you have to do is pack a bag and leave in club van and it will be there waiting for you back at the hotel.

The Station house hotel has full leisure facilities, great bar & restaurant and the town is only a short walk away.


Before dinner on the Saturday night Level 3 UCI coach Padraig Marrey will do a short presentation on Training and Goal setting.

To book your place call or email Padraig with deposit of €20 that is non refundable.

Total cost for the weekend is €70 PPS this includes, vehicle support on the road, baggage carried back, dinner, breakfast and loads of CRAIC.

We will be leaving Ballinrobe on January 23rd at 10.30am so loads of time to relax back there.




Western Lakes cycling club AGM December 4th

The date for the Club AGM is Friday 4th December, at 8.45 sharp in the Valkenburg Hotel, Main St Ballinrobe.
Club Awards and end of Season night will take place after the meeting.
This is an important meeting for the club and your attendance is requested.

Every year people volunteer their time to help steer the club, organise events, fund raise, marshal at events etc, if you have not been involved at committee level yet, you will be asked.

Been a club member is to be actively involved and doing your stint.



Report from World Cycling Centre Switzerland

By Jerry Towey

Only in the door from Manchester Para Cycling Track International and then off to a two weeks training camp in the World Cycling Center Aigle Switzerland (I have a great life really)  so before I head up to the Cycling Center in Ballinrobe to kick start back training I said I’d put together something for the Club website as a bit of a report, after a few weeks the memories are gone…

I didn’t realise that the club had such a strong affinity with the World cycling centre, Padraig Marrey, Martin Munroe, Willy Connolly, Isaac Speirs and Eoin Mullen have all spent time there, what an unreal place it is.


So how did it all come together ?? well being honest pure luck.  Out of nowhere last July I pulled a 57.32 on a 40k Individual TT after two frustrating months of slogging out training with an Injury and since I can’t seem to do nothing wrong since.  Got decent results at three International Competitions ( 4th, 4th & 8th) so when the Invite came for Riders to Apply to the UCI World cycle centre my application form and palamaries were impressive enough. I  got the nod from UCI with the only thing left to do was to Register for my first track event.

A one week training camp in Majorca with the Irish squad in the velodrome two weeks before Switzerland was going to mean Id hit the ground running in terms of experience as Id no idea what to expect at  the UCI camp.

After another tough Saturday on Sundrive track with Cathal Miller & Enda Smyth I was on the Boat Sunday heading for Manchester Airport for an Early flight Monday Morning.  The matress in the back of the van & two bikes squezzed into the one box suggested this is budget racing at its best but a mate of mine got wind of my travel arrangments & booked me into the Clayton Hotel beside Manchester for the night.

Picked up in Geneva Airport with two other  South African riders so chit chat on the one hour journey was formal.  Bag drop off at the Hostel I was met with a gleaming smile of Kilkelly’s finest Lauren Gourley.  Didn’t know she was there as her dad Ian thought it be better to have it as a surprise.  Lauren from Castlebar CC doing an internship & watch this space she will go places in the sports industry.

Down with the bike bags to the Velodrome & no picture can prepare you for it.  Hair stood on the back of my neck when we turned in.  Everyone shuffled in with the goal for the evening was to get bikes built & get back to the hostel with a dinner in your belly.


Down the next morning to the centre and  a road spin was first on the agenda.  I spent two hours hanging out the back of four tandems absolutely mowing it up a narrow canal road but there was a purpose as the groups were split up, so what ever group you could hang on to that was your group.  I felt I went from “an aul fella carrying a bit of weight” to “that’s ur man that stayed with the tandems” in Polish, Serbian or Greek lingo.  There was no  common language but from here on I was treated with respect and the guys slinging high fives & smiles from then on.

Our days were spent from 7—8 am breakfast at hostel, Cycle the 2k down to velodrome you had a locker for your tools/gears/track helmet & dry jerseys/togs.  Managers meeting 9-9.15 riders meeting 9.15-9.30 then road or track, lunch 12-2 depending on how track time was working out.  Warm up for track or gym 2-3 & road or track 3-5 with each day being alternated.  It was busy as there was always some place to be.  We shared track with the able bodied athletes that reside there including our own Ryan Mullen from Sundrive track team & the Aran Islands and ex Western Lakes CC member.  Dinner was down at the velodrome canteen and the two kilometer cycle got harder & harder each day as we cycled back to hostel.

Steve Cornshaw (GB) was head coach & two of the trainee coaches had Olympics under their belt including Beijing & London on the track (able bodied) but the pedigree of everyone’s Knowledge on the technical aspects of the track was evident.

Managed to pick up a tummy bug which was offensive to say the least but as luck would have it only missed two track sessions.  Drills on the track would include gate starts, pacing/derney pacing, flying laps etc, road spins were just recovery rides (apart from the first one) & allthough the gym worked on strenght & conditioning the real focus was on flexability/injury prevention.  If I was to bring one thing back to the club from the course was what Brendan Butler started off prior to going to Scotland and Padraig Marrey keeps going all year that is core and flexibility training. So This year coming I am really going to work on my core and flexibility even if  the first smell of a race next year that all goes out the window but it wont for 2016 for me.  It cant, there’s too much at stake.  Too many people have spoke of the importance of stretching & simple fundamental movement for it to be ignored!

Real fact is you are measured on results.  8th to 12th was the target for the kilo on Sunday with points for RIO for top 10 & I dug out 9th but the Pursuit on the Saturday will stay with me.  Got into a Bronze ride off after the mornings qualifiers  being a second faster than Adrian Jones of GB.  Apparently the C4 medal ride offs stole the show that night  all though I didn’t know much about it.  Japan & GB rode for Gold & Silver.

In the ride offs if your caught its over & Japan tried to “kilo” Van Gass of GB which is basicially go out of the gate like a scalded cat and catch him.  Japan got within 10M in the 5th lap & blew so when GB came around Isshi Massashi of Japan was rolling for the pits.  We were on before & I was .4 of a second up after four of the sixteen laps.  Jones took .9 of a second out of me in the next four & I reeled him back to .1 with two to go. The wheels were coming off the wagon as Smyth who was calling my lap splits was roaring “lines lines lines” in the last two.  It wasn’t to be & Iv missed the third step of the podium three times this year on this occasion by .332 of a second but I wouldn’t swap that pursuit ride off for anything……..

World cycling centre Jerry Towey

Work done but loads to do!!

See ye Thursday at Spinning!!!!

Club spin with a difference in Hollymount.

Lets make this the club’s first official spin of the winter…. it will be in conjunction with Hollymount Wheelers Cycling Group on Sunday November 15th.


Leaving Cornmarket at 9.30 heading for Hollymount hall where all cyclists will sign up for a raffle, all you have to do to enter is cycle, with vouchers and goodies sponsored by Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe and Bikeworld Castlebar to be raffled for all members that cycle on the day.

The route will be 4 x 10km laps around the Hollymount area leaving Hollymount at 10am, this will allow all abilities to take part and no one will be left behind. There will be tea and sandwiches in the hall after the cycle where the raffle will take place.Everyone who cycles will be entered in the raffle.

For those who want to drive out parking will be in the football pitch in hollymount with showers in the dressing rooms after. This will also be part of the build up to the 50th annual Hollymount International Road Race, this is a 10km run around the area.

Who is Jerry Towey ??

A new member to the WLCC in 2015 Jerry Towey is one of those guys that doesn’t take no for an answer, he might be maimed with only one leg but the man from Kilmovee  is made of tough stuff. Jerry lost his left leg in a Motorbike crash nearly 20 years ago, he was a descent footballer and liked sport but back then cycling was not even a thought, a few years back he did take up cycling and has found a new spring in his step.. here is synopsis of his cycling career to date.


Alot of us out there have many excuses why we cannot do this or that, what if you were left with no choice what would life be like then !!, Take every chance you get to make it count for something, regardless if you fail you are still making progress and most of the time its not about the result or performance but the journey you go through in trying is what life is all about.

Jerry’s dream is to represent Ireland at the next years Olympic Para games in Rio Brazil, the past few months has seen Jerry’s progress steadily increase and now he has a real chance of been selected.

So as the 2015 season draws to a close & thoughts go towards the dreaded turbo, long miles & even longer coffee stops, think of Jerry slogging away in his fight to be at his best so he can achieve his life long personal goal…. Rio 2016.

When we adopted the Para Cyclist from Kilmovee,  WLCC member and Ras finisher Donal Harrington took him under his wing at his spinning classes in Charlestown that was back in 2011, this is when Jerry’s found out about all the rigors of  competitive Cycling.


Jerry has pulled some big results this season.  A string of 4th place results at a variety of events is not what he wanted and  probably killing him to why he did but nonetheless  with 4th in our WLCC  Championships, 4th in Connacht TT Championships (M40) 4th in GC in the Cologne Para Cycling Classic, Germany with a puncture (luckily inside 3k to finish) & 4th in GC in the Bira Bizakov Para Cycling Cup in Spain getting squeezed out on the third stage. These are all great results

Jerry eventually  jumped onto the third step of the podium in the National TT Championships held in Omagh in July his first ever National medal. He also won the yellow Jersey in the National Para Cycling TT League with six stages held by Tipperary Wheelers, Shannonside CC, Lakeside Wheelers, Cuchullain CC, Sorrento CC & Blarney/Rebel Wheelers

Jerry has returned home from the European Cup held in Prague with an 8th result and  is now turning his focus to the track.  After being accredited last weekend by Hugh Byrne in Sundrive Jerry is preparing for a week training on the velodrome in Majorca, his first time on the indoor boards.  The UCI have also picked him together with Chris Burns from Banbridge CC for two weeks intensive track training in the World Cycling Centre in Agile Switzerland (Padraig Marrey spent 4 months there back in 2004) in preparation for a Track event in Manchester track in November with all expenses paid apart from flights.

People can have a watered down opinion on disabled sport but with a below knee prosthetic limb coupled with massive muscle loss in his quad Jerry has punched out a 57.32  for 40k Individual TT also hitting sub 23 minute for 16k and admits himself he has a lot more to do if he is to walk into the Olympic Stadium next Summer in RIO.

Not many people ever really pursue their dreams fully so lets get behind a member who is leaving it all on the road and track for a chance to realize his.


Cracking day for Ladies Sportive

Sunday 27th September was the date for our end of season Ladies Sportive in aid of Rock Rose House.
A scenic 64km around Lough Mask was the route decided upon. On opening the curtains that morning, I prayed for sunshine and calm. That’s what we got. Weather conditions were almost perfect. Everything was organised. It was going to be a great day!
Later in the day at Croagh Park the Women’s All Ireland final was making records for the most amount of  spectators at a woman’s only event, next year we are going to try and do that in cycling terms…
Outside the cycling centre
Shortly after 9am, the ladies began arriving at the Cycle Centre. Spirits were high, helped by the sunshine and the cuppa that greeted them after sign on and goody bag collection. Eamon Marrey was on site for any last minute mechanicals. What struck me ( in the midst of my panic!), was the variation of bikes and riders present. There were mountain bikes, hybrids, tandems and road bikes. There were racers and leisure cyclists alike. That was the aim of this sportive. To have an event which would be open to and achievable for women of all cycling abilities. Another aim was to promote motorists giving cyclists at least 1.5m clearance when overtaking them, this road safety message cannot be promoted enough.

At 10am, following Ruths event briefing and on Kens count, the women set off on their journey, expertly lead by Jimmy Durcan and followed by Michael Walsh. Taking in the fantastic scenery en route, they went from Ballinrobe via Partry to Tourmakeady, where, shortly after they would tackle the short but testing climb of Ma’am Trasna. The breathtaking scenery at the top and being serenaded by 2 of our finest singers ( Ken and Fergal) at the summit, I’m sure made it all worthwhile!

Maam trasna

From here, cyclists made their way to the food stop at the Larches in Finney where yummy home baking and a well deserved cuppa awaited them. With Breege, Marie, Melissa and Dave in charge, the ladies were well looked after.

Food stop
Fully fuelled up after the stop, the ladies didn’t even notice the uphill drag on leaving the larches and set about their journey home. After crossing the finish line on the Clonbur Road, participants availed of the hot showers in the Lakeside Sports Centre before making their way to Inchs bar for the soup, sambos and banter…. Some even forgot to go home!!
WLakes Sportive 6389
Thanks so much to all you ladies who came and supported the event. We hope to see you again next year. On a personal note, I’m delighted the event was a success and thank everyone who helped me in any way. I enjoyed organising it, though at times it was stressful. It’s a good feeling giving something back to the club you enjoy so much being a part of.