Ballinrobe two day details

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Now in its ninth year the Ballinrobe 2-Day on the 9thits own in a somewhat congested calendar of competitive road events. In a bidto keep the race fresh and interesting promoting club Western Lakes and theevent Directors have decided an overhaul of the routes was needed for 2014.

With mass starts for the two road stages this year, the decisive moves and

wins as a result of handicapping seen in previously may not be so prevalent this

time round. Most prominent of these victories was last years coup on Stage 1

which saw Mel Spath, the Irish women’s road race champion, use the Handicap

to maximum advantage when she time trialled away from her ladies bunch at the

bottom of the Cat 1 climb of Lally’s mountain. In doing so she took all of the top

points for the next 4 climbs thus leading the mountains competition by a huge

margin and claiming all 3 jerseys going into the time trial.

The curtain opener on Stage 1 will undoubtedly be the assent of the Cat. 1 climb

of Lally’s Mountain which comes inside the first 30KM of racing. Position on this

one will be important forcing the ‘mountain goats’ to show their hand for the

remainder of the 110KM stage. However with four more categorised climbs to

come before the finish it will all still be to play for.

Stage 2A will see riders return to Lally’s Mountain for this year’s individual

time trial. This time the route will take competitors 5KM up the front of the

climb descended the previous day. A race of truth it should be with a steep

varying gradient in some sections, the latest aerodynamic equipment will not be

necessary here. Used for years by local cyclists as a gauge of form this stage

should reveal just that.

Stage 2B in the afternoon will be a matter of formality, or will it… With the

previous days climbing and the morning’s tester this stage will show see who has

made the most of their recovery. Again with a revised route the first 50KM will

see riders tackle some undulating terrain encompassing Clonbur, Cloughbrack,

Corrnamona and the outskirts of Cong. After the previous day’s leg burner the

two climbs in this stage will be mere pimples! After 50KM the race returns to

last year’s flat circuit for the finale. Riders will pass through the finish line in

the town three times before the finish with Primes to be had on some of the


The Ballinrobe GP on Sunday 10th

Stage 2B of the main race and will finish the first time the riders see the finish

banner in Ballinrobe after 60KM.

The race is sponsored by Marrey Bikes of Ballinrobe. This race has all the frills

with jerseys, Yellow (Overall) Green (Sprints) and Polkadot (Mountains) plus

4 perpetual trophies and cups for stage and overall winners. The addition of

A2 and A3 leader’s jerseys along with the Most Aggressive Rider jersey this

year should keep the racing interesting and lively on the road throughout the

weekend. We try and cater for every category with €2000 in prizes.

STAGE 1: Saturday 9th August 110km – Sign On from 12:30-2:00PM Start 3:00PM
STAGE 2A: Sunday 10th August 5km Hill TT – Sign on at the line, first off at 8:30AM in jersey number order
STAGE 2B: Sunday 10th August 105km – Sign On 11:30-12:30 Start 1:00PM

60km following same route as Ballinrobe 2-Day Stage 2B – Sign On 11:00-12:30PM Start 1:15PM
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Stage 1
Stage 2A
Stage 2B


Western Lakes CC National Bike week Activities June 15-22nd

The club is organising the following events for bike week., It would be great to see everyone out on their bikes enjoying the fine weather.

Western Lakes Cycling Club list of activities for National Bike week

 Ladies cycling

Tuesday evening June 17th Meet at the Cornmarket  Ballinrobe at 6.50pm for a spin around the local roads, all abilities catered for and experienced club members will be on hand to give advice and lead the way.

What’s required ? Bike in good working order, Helmet and suitable clothing.

Paired cycling event

With the increased number of riders taking part in spins every Tuesday and Thursday we have decided to hold a “2up TT” . This simple race is open and suited to all abilities and is a great way to learn. The rules are very simple: A team consists of 2 people and they have to try and cover the course in as short as time as possible while finishing together. The route is a flat 18km route used in the Ballinrobe Duathalon. To make it more interesting and enjoyable we will be placing the strongest rider with the weakest in one team and the 2nd strongest with the 2nd weakest and so forth. This is a great introduction into time trialling while having the benefit of splitting the work load.

This event will  take place next Thursday the 19th of June and meet up at the cycling centre at 7pm with first rider off at 7.30. It all part of National bike week so make an effort to get out on your bike. There will be a €5 charge in this and this will go towards refreshment in Inches bar afterwards where you can tell anyone who will listen how it was your team mate Padraig Marrey that slowed you down!!

We hope to see all club racers, Ladies and leisure riders taking part in this, remember it’s only a bit of fun where everyone gets to test themselves and you never know what you might learn.

Ballinrobe History cycle.

On Friday the 20th of June as part of National Bike week, Western Lakes CC have organised a tour of the town stopping at various places of historical interest. Avril Staunton and Tom Tiernan local historians will narrate this cycle. This cycle will be very much a recreational spin with a total distance of 12k. Refreshments will be served after the cycle. All are welcome, dress code and bike choice  are  personal but we will have a prize for the most original male and female outfit and bike. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of the town while keeping fit. This is also a Ballinrobe smarter travel intuitive. Dr Oliver Whyte Snr has kindly offered to video this unique cycle.

Please bring a bike in good working order, a helmet and high vis jacket.

Itinerary for: History Tour of Ballinrobe Friday June 20th.

Sign on (free of charge) at 7pm in Abbey St, Ballinrobe, Spin leave Abbey St at 7.30pm sharp for a 12k cycle.

1. Abbey St – The Augustine Priory ruins
2. Brewery Lane – River Robe , The Kenny house and Old Mill History and the deepening of the Robe river.
3.   Entrance to Bower’s Walk – The infantry barracks and history of the mound

  1. Cranmore House & the Bulkaun River waterfall.
  2. The Cavalry Barracks and Bridge
  3. The Canal,  fish-pass etc
  4. Springvale Bridge –
  5. Entrance to Creagh Estate and lodges
  6. Creagh House, Knox Family, T. B. San and Dr. Noel Brown etc.
  7. Castlebar Rd – Mass Rock, old Church ruins (1817)

Finish at Abbey St for refreshments

Try BMX riding

Friday the 20th of June want to have a go at cycling around the BMX track, then come along at 6.30pm to the cycling centre, Kilmaine rd, Ballinrobe.

Bring a helmet and suitable clothes.

Sunday morning Stroll.

Meet at the Cornmarket  Ballinrobe at 8.50am for a spin around the local roads, all abilities catered for and experienced club members will be on hand to give advice and lead the way.

What’s required ? Bike in good working order, Helmet and suitable clothing.

Connacht Criterium Series

Time change to Claremorris Crit, the race will now start at 9pm on Friday the 13th of June, sign on open at 8pm at the Dalton Inn. The race will consist of 45mins and 3 laps for A1,A2,A,3 and A4 with a handicap.

Traffic diversion will take place in Claremorris town Center on Friday the 13th of June from 9 – 10pm for a cycle race. traffic diversions will be in place to all main routes.


Connacht Criterium Series.

Exciting new series should encourage competition within all rounds of this new cycle street race series. The series consists of 5 rounds with points gained in each round to count towards the overall placings. There will be 2 categories within the series, Elite 1 which will consist of A1 & A2 riders and Elite 2 which will consist of A3 & A4 riders all categories will race in the same event with A3 & A4 getting a handicap.

The individual races will be held as follows throughout Connacht.

Claremorris Crit organisied by Western Lakes CC on June 13th. See Galway Crit organisied by Galway bay CC on June 14th. See Sligo Crit organisied by Eire Og CC on June 19th. See Westport Crit organisied by Westport Covey Wheelers on July 19th. See Tuam Crit organisied by Tuam CC on July 27th. See

For full regulations and points system refer to  see


For details contact Dara Mooney Connacht cycling committee


Results from John Holian Memorial race

On a wet windy evening in the village of Cross,  61 hardy cyclist turned up to race in honor of the great John Holian who was from the area. A 3 minute Handicap separated the A4′s from the A1′s with the strong A3 group in the middle. A strong 9 person group broke away from the A3 group including 2 international junior triathletes. This group worked well together and never looked like been caught. In the sprint for the line it was young Talent of Con Doherty Westport Covey who showed the after burners to the rest of the break winning the sprint comfortably.

Results from John Holian memorial race, 5 laps of 12k.

1st Con Doherty Westport covey

2nd Paul Dunne ballina

3rd Kieran Heneghan SEENG

4th Cathal Usher western lakes cc

5th Valerio Di Bacca Galway bay

6th Frankie Barrett Galway bay

7th Aichlinn O Reilly Westport covey

8th Aidan Reade Blackrose

9th James Mc Greevy Westport covey

10th Sean O Malley Western Lakes cc

1st unplaced junior Caimin Muldoon NRPT

1st lady Noreen O Toole Westport covey

1st A 4 Noel Gibbons Western Lakes cc


Claremorris Hosts 2nd annual Crit street race

Town center racing back in Claremorris

Time change to Claremorris Crit, the race will now start at 9pm on Friday the 13th of June, sign on open at 8pm at the Dalton Inn. The race will consist of 45mins and 3 laps for A1,A2,A,3 and A4 with a handicap.

Traffic diversion will take place in Claremorris town Center on Friday the 13th of June from 9 – 10pm for a cycle race. traffic diversions will be in place to all main routes.

12 months ago the first ever Crit was held in the town, on that particular night heavy rain made the going tough on the tight course, this year Claremorris will be alive with even more excitement on Friday evening the 13th of June as Western Lakes Cycling club promote a criterium “Crit” road race in the town centre of Claremorris. The circuit will be a 1.3km lap around the town centre incorporating a finish in the Square. Several Primes (Sprints) will be held during the race with live commentary throughout.

Map of route

Race Promoters Western Lakes CC have a long history of hosting successful road races throughout Mayo and Galway and this inaugural Crit is yet another example of the clubs promotion of cycling in Mayo and Connacht.

“Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly while “holding your line” on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional “sprint” ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners” Says Shane Gilligan (Race Director)

With Claremorris providing a technical circuit and open stretches, it is expected to be an exceptionally technical and fast race and has already attracted interest from some of the countries top riders.

The event will be an exceptional spectacle and all supporters and spectators will be in for good entertainment throughout the evening with vantage points throughout the lap and music and a festival atmosphere at the finish line in the Square.

“Its guranteed that this tough 1.3km circuit will allow the strong and the technically adept to battle for glory. With the first half of the circuit exceptionally tricky with sharp 90 degree turns and the infamous Mount street wind will ripple through the riders jerseys coming along the fastest section of the course, providing a mixture of fast and technical racing with pure grit. The barrier-lined finished straight located in the iconic Square coupled with what is expected to be a great atmosphere, live commentary and back ground music and volumeness crowd are set to make this one of the most exciting and challenging bike races around” Says Shane Gilligan (Race Director)

Traffic diversions will be in operation in the town centre from the period of 9pm to 10pm.

For sign on details and further information check out the Western lakes cycling club face book page  Details of the Claremorris crit including dates and locations will appear here closer to the date.

New club kit Launch

Next Saturday evening June 7th at 7.30pm at Inch’s bar Main St, Ballinrobe the club will unveil its new kit for the next 3 years, sporting the following sponsors. Mc Hale’s, Marrey Bikes, Inch’s Bar, Supermacs, Bridge signs and Oil & Gas services.

All club members are urged to attend making it a social occasion for all involved. For those who have pre ordered kit, collection and payment can be made on the night, there will be a limited amount of kit available for sale but best to pre order with David Mac Dermot 0872663393

new club jersey 2014Club shorts 2014

John Holian Memorial June 6th

The John Holian memorial will be held on the evening of Friday the 6th of June in the Village of Cross County Mayo. The race covers 5 seven mile laps.The event is open to all racers as its a Handicap event.

John Holian was a founder member of the Western Lakes CC, which was formed back in 1999, he was a great stalwart to cycling in Connacht acting as manager, mechanic and driver to many Connacht teams over the years.

Holian transport Cross have kindly sponsored a perputal cup in honour of John’s cycling talents.
The event is sponsored by O Malley’s bar Cross, the sign on and post race refreshments will also take place there.
Sign on open from 6.15pm, race  start at 7.15pm .

The route takes in the 7mile lap, starting in the village  of Cross, turning left in The Neale left again at Ashford castle gates Cong for Cross, for a total distance of 35 miles finishing at the hill of the Derries approx 500m form the village of Cross at approx 8.45pm.

WLCC Ras update

Padraig Marrey is going strong in the Ras. He was off the front for a while yesterday and he finished just outside the top 10 in the county rider classification. He had a tough time of it today when he crashed in county Clare, struggled back through the cars to get back on, then punctured and managed to get back on again to finish in the main bunch. The rest of the team did not fair so well with Paul Brady crashing out. Our comiserations go out to Paul. Paddy Clarke, Dereck Joyce and Sean McInerney all finished strong in the main bunch. Padraig is doing great race reports on theroadtotheras facebook page and there are daily updates on stickybottle. Below is a picture of a handsome former Mayo Centra Ras team member to remind us what p will be going through for the rest of the week. Fair play and good luck to the ladsCounty