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

Leader Jerseys for A2 and A3 riders at Ballinrobe 2 day

The Ballinrobe 2 day is now in its ninth year and is one of the biggest fixtures in the calendar especially in the West of Ireland,  Last year’s winner English man Mark Perry is back to defend his title and will be up against stiff opposition this year with a host of local and National clubs all willing to mount a challenge for the title.

Mark Perry 965

This will be the first year that the race will NOT have a Handicap, the aim here is to get all categories racing for a leaders jersey in their Category rather than been given a time advantage against the A1/A2 riders.

Marrey bikes main sponsor 2013

There will also be a jersey for the most aggressive rider, this will go to the rider who lights up the stage with aggressive and attacking racing, with the course been lengthened and several new hills added in the race won’t lack opportunities or places to attack. on line entry details on previous news post


Robin Kelly Waterford wins Stage 2b from Liam Corcoran Castlebar CC, 3rd John Lynch Murphy Surveys Kilcullen CC

Ballinrobe two day details

Online Entry
ENTRY CLOSES: 10:00PM, Thursday the 7th August 2014
Online Entry Queries: David Mac Dermortt –

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.