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


Bogman 2 Day Conemara set for largest field to date.

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

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  or contact JJ Flaherty 087 7060723



Clean sweep for Paidi O Brien at Ballinrobe 2 day

Paidi O Brien Kanturk may not have raced at the Ballinrobe 2 day before but he certainly left his mark in 2014. Damien Shaw in 2010 took the Yellow jersey and points but Paidi went one better, taking all 3 jerseys and a stage win plus bringing home 3 perpetual trophies the Eileen Marrey memorial trophy for overall, the Kieran Mc Mahon cup for the points sprints jersey and the Martin Munroe Memorial cup for Stage 1 victory, some haul for the Kanturk man.

Jersey winners 2014

Damien Shaw Aquablue led after he 4.7k hill climb something he probably he didn’t want as he didn’t have the support of the usually strong Aquablue outfit with manager Timmy Barry at the helm. Eoin Morton UCD lying 2nd overall going into the last stage did the unthinkable by attacking from the gun, he held a lead of up to 45 secs at one stage with Tony Bourke Galway Bay for company.

On the first climb of the day at 20k Shaw lead the chase hauling in Morton before Paidi scooped the points, shortly after Paidi and Paddy Clarke attached the bunch bringing Anthony Walsh UCD, Sean Mc Kenna Fixx Roulers, and O Brien’s teamate Cashman of Osbourne Meats with them. For Miles it looked like Shaw was playing the waiting game before he pounced but with Morton the every Loyal teammate tracking the Aqublue man the break of 5 looked like the winning move.

After 101kms indeed it was with Anthony Walsh UCD who took a fine victory and the Garhill cup from Paidi O Brien Ashbourne Meats, 2nd Sean Mc Kenna Fixx Roulers 3rd. Paddy Clarke Fit Science Ballina put in a stomping ride as he moved  on to the podium for 3rd overall finishing 4th on the stage. There was some great racing in the A2 and A3 category and it goes to prove that if you don’t put yourself out there you will never win, Daire Freely continued his great season winning the A3 jersey with Keith Finn Lakeside wheelers Mullingar taking home the A2 jersey.

Western Lakes CC would like to thank all the people that helped out, Order of Malta, Gardai, Lake district and all the people that gave up their time to marshal and drive. Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe were the main Sponsor of the weekend’s racing and Inch’s bar Provided the BBQ for all the participants and their helpers. Champions systems UK sponsored the jerseys.

Full results attached Ballinrobe 2 Day Stage 2B 2014

Stage 1 results of Ballinrobe 2 day

After 103 grueling kilometers and 8 climbs first timer to the Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2day The pocket rocket Padi O Brien Osbourne Meats Cork made sure his name will be on The Martin Munroe perceptual cup with a perfectly timed sprint, beating the form man of 2014 Damien Shaw Aquablue with UCD’s Eoin Morton continuing to show great form with 3rd and Sean Mc Kenna Fixx Roulers a teammate of Morton’s but riding on a different team this weekend. This quartet had over 2 minutes to spare on the bunch lead in by local man Kieran Heneghan Tuam Team Sports & Exercise Engineering for 5th place.

Stage 2a is a 4.7k hill climb up Lally’s mountain from Tourmakeady.

The race finishes on a undulating 101k route that passes through Ballinrobe town centre 4 times Sunday afternoon.

GC click link  Ballinrobe 2 Day Stage 1 results 2014

Start list for hill climb Stage 2 START LIST

Photos of todays stage. will on our FB page

Race Manual for Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2 day

Download here Race Manual 2014

Remember sign on is at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine rd, Ballinrobe from 12- to 2pm Saturday the 9th of August.

Sunday: First rider of at 8.30am (Race number order) at O Toole pub Tourmakeady.

Stage 2b: Sign on from 11.45am. Jersey presentation at 12.45.