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!!
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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.

Itinerary for Ladies Sportive

With only a few days to go until Western Lakes CC end of season ladies sportive on September 27th. Goodie bags are being packed and our own Mary Berry’s are busy baking treats for all participants!

With the weekends forecast looking good, it promises to be a great days cycling supporting a great cause Rock Rose house
Don’t forget to avail of our discounted entry of 20euro by signing up online before Friday 25th at www.cyclingireland.ie. Alternatively, or if you are not a Cycling Ireland member, you can sign up on the day for €25

Sign on: 9-9.45am at Cycle Centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe
Event briefing: 9.45am
Event start time: 10.00am sharp
Refreshments: The Larches, Finney
Post event showers: Lakeside Sports Centre, Kilmaine Rd., Ballinrobe ( open 12.00-14.00 approx)
Post event lunch and after party: Fitzpatricks (Inchs) Bar, Main St., Ballinrobe
We look forward to welcoming all you lady cyclists to our end of season event.

See you there!

Sean O Malley wins epic 2015 Club Championships

In ideal conditions the club championships had 35 hardy souls leaving Ballinrobe for a Lap of Lough Mask (65k) the first 25k were neutralized till we got to Paddy’s bar.


With 6 groups starting out and a staggering 18.30 minutes separating Sean O Malley from the front group things looked grim for Sean.

Maam Trasna saw the wind taken out of a few sails when virtually all the groups lost at least one or 2 riders, except for the steady riding group 5 of Padraic Hughes, Kevin Ryan, Brendan Butler, Donal Harrington and John Gill, these guys rode the climb steady and stayed together. They had even put time into Sean O Malley by the top making it look nearly impossible for Sean to ever see the front of the race.


Group 5 tore into every group they came across and spat them out virtually straight away except for 3 determined dogs, Martin Joyce, John Conroy and Jerry Towey all of group 4 and who left the rest of their group for dead on the climb and went about their mission of catching everyone else up the road, this they did by the Ferry Bridge some 18k from home. Group 5 had closed the gap but they had also had lost time to the aggressive Sean O Malley who had now found his mojo and was ripping through the field like a man possessed, he was only 40 second down on group 5 and 90 seconds of the remains of group 4.

In Clonbur with 14k to go the writing was on the wall for the Joyce’s group with O Malley having caught group 5, and group 4 had a tender lead of just 40 seconds that didn’t seem  enough for the trio to stay away.


With Sean O Malley attacking and counter attacking group 5,  the stop starting tactics seemed to help the group ahead who were racing for all they were worth, there is even rumor that Joyce was doing double turns and roaring at Towey as he wasn’t pulling his weight!!!  (find it hard to believe myself)

With 5k to go, a frustrated O Malley was arguing with the rest of group 5 as to why they would not work with him (I wonder why ) eventually O Malley had enough of the stop –  start antics and got away from group 5 and went in pursuit of the Joyce, Conroy and Towey group, Towey was spurred on by his son from the club van where he roared WIN DADDY, Towey went hell for leather and had Joyce and Conroy in trouble with Joyce visible in big trouble just hanging on by a thread, Conroy was matching Towey with screams of pain heard at the finish line with the lads only at Ferricks hill (Conroy cajoling efforts were load where he said “we can win lads just bury yourselves” )The win looked to be on for this trio but with only 1500m to go O Malley latched on, he stayed at the back of the group without them noticing and made an almighty jump with 300m to go, game over Sean O Malley is the 2015 Club Champion, a spirited sprint for second saw John Conroy just pipping Martin Joyce with Jerry Towey rolling home for 4th, less than 10 seconds later Brendan Butler won the sprint ahead of John Gill for 5th.


In The ladies section 4 ladies signed up with a tight battle at the finish where Monica Nee narrowly beat Patricia Harte with Marie Fraser coming home third.


It was a great nights racing and when the racing lads had to do the business they did taking up nearly all of the top 10 results.There was a prize presentation held afterwards for both the League and championship at Inch’s bar where race footage was shown and great banter to be had. 2 are still missing from that little session, Jimmy is still at Large and O Malley is no where to be found…..!!!


Thanks to all that helped make both the league and championship such a success roll on 2016.

Top ten

1st Sean O Malley

2nd John Conroy

3rd Martin Joyce

4th Jerry Towey

5th Brendan Butler

6th John Gill

7th Kevin Ryan

8th Donal Harrington

9th Padraic Hughes

10th Conor Gill

Un placed category prize winners

Brendan Butler, Jerry Towey, Conor Gill, Donal O Reilly


1st Monica Nee

2nd Patricia Harte

3rd Marie Fraser

4th Ann Flynn


Club Championships info & Form guide

This Saturday September 12th the Western Lakes club championships will take place, the aim is to have everyone signed on by 4.45pm at the cycling centre and as a group we cycle around the lake (Lough Mask) to Paddy’s bar this  25k from town will be neutralised.

Anyone who does not want to race can cycle with us and once we get to Paddy’s they can continue on at their own pace and we will see you back at the finish line on the Clonbur road at the 50kph sign for the climactic finale .

The ones who do want to participate in the championship will be seeded into one of six groups based on performance of the club league and events throughout the year. The seeding is aimed at giving everyone a fair chance of been competitive, so take for example the strong racers who can average 40kph over the course and say someone new from the front group who can average 28/30kph the idea by allowing the slower riders a H/cap of a few minutes head start should allow them have a fighting chance of making the finish line before the experienced race men/women. We have added in an extra bonus of having a prize for the first home from each group as well so plenty to race for.

Prizes will be as follows, first 3 men/ females across the line plus first home from each group.

Sean Kelly once said that cycle racing was like a game of chess on wheels, make a move too early and you pay for it later, don’t make a move and you get left behind..!!!

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Form guide

Based on performances to date here is how we see each group chances providing they wait away or catch the groups in front of them.

Group 1: Will get a sizable time advantage, 80 year old Sean Stagg has been chomping at the bit for this one and fancies his chances providing he can get his daughter Ann Flynn and Moya Gibbons to do up and over’s. Sean Stagg 15/1 chance

Group 2: Will have to be organised if they want to stand a chance, they will have to all work together to get over the hill and try and use each other’s strength to keep away, Michael Flannery has come close in 2 of the club leagues race’s when he was only caught in sight of the line, Marie Fraser has also shown good form but I think the dark horse in this group could be Donal O Reilly he has put in great training the last few weeks and is not afraid to have a go. Donal O Reilly 10/2

Group 3: Some very strong riders in this group and personally I think the winner may  come out of this, the 2 ladies Trish Harte and Monica Nee are cute enough to hold the wheels and both have a good sprint, the HORSE Michael Conroy has the strength to do damage or maybe the stubborn Anthony O Toole Ballinrobe might pull his reins and take the title, The Hollymount lads have the football season finished with for 2015 with this race the only thing in their sight now, with a huge winter training regime planned what better way to kick it off by taking the club Champs cup, Noel Stagg is a smooth operator who loves to poach  around the goal mouth and when he sees the white wash is bound to give it his all, Conor Gill who only took up cycling a few months back is biting at the bit and loves the hussle and bustle of bike bunch sprints, he won’t be afraid coming forward and surely has a chance. Noel Stagg 8/4

Group 4: All these guys can race but the question is can they do it together and combine forces and stay away. Martin Joyce has climbed most of the Pyrenees (missed the Col De Choula) he is a real diesel but has no sprint which may let him down at the line. John Conroy the older of the Robeen brothers did complete the full Trans France Pyrenees challenge and looks in great shape, has the power but the computer lets him down at key times, Gerry Sheridan has a real race brain and knows how to win but will be marked out of it this time!!, Joe Marrey won the last round of the league in Kilmaine with a devastating bust with 500m to go and will be keen to win this one, Noel Gibbons Partry is another one who lurks till the white wash is visable, he if can find the right wheel to suck off he will be hard to get rid of in the finale, Ollie Kelly Hollymount has the credentials and if gets a gap will be impossible to bring back, Shane Gilligan could also be thereabouts, but usually cramp puts an end to his chances but sooner or later the big Carramore man will have to get a result. Joe Marrey 4/1

Group 5: This group is full of unknowns, Janis is out as he is away, Padraic Hughes has not been seen much in the last few weeks, JJ Flaherty has also been quite of late and is away till Saturday morning,  Jerry Towey might surprise but Maam Trasna will not suit him, Brendan Butler is in great form but if the group is small may find it hard to catch the goups in front. Brendan Butler 9/1

Group 6: Sean O Malley who has been the best racer in the club this season with a string of great results all year, his 3rd overall at the Bogman 2 day probably his best against sterling competition. He will start at the back of the field by himself, this should not deter him as he is a great TT rider but having to race the Connacht Hill climb champs early that morning may deaden the legs a bit. He also has to get catch and then get rid of everyone else if he is to win the champs outright, this is easier said that done as there are some champion wheel suckers taking part.

Others: Until the race starts there could be the likes of Michael Gilvarry, Donal Harrington, Mark Quigley, Kevin Ryan any of these men are well capable of taking the title.

On the way up over Maumtrasna  Over 300 cyclists took part in Westportif a leisure Cycle route covering an 80km & 160km via Louisburgh Doolough, Leenaun, Maam Cross, Tourmakeady and back to Westport. Proceeds from the cycle were in aid of Pieta House. Pic Conor McKeown

On the way up over Maumtrasna
Over 300 cyclists took part in Westportif a leisure Cycle route covering an 80km & 160km via Louisburgh Doolough, Leenaun, Maam Cross, Tourmakeady and back to Westport. Proceeds from the cycle were in aid of Pieta House.
Pic Conor McKeown

The Ladies

In the ladies section it looks to be a straight battle between Patricia Harte and Leenane’s Monic Nee or maybe Kathleen Gibbons Partry might spring a surprise but with Marie Fraser Ballinrobe, Ann Flynn Hollymount and  Moya Gibbons Partry  getting a head start anything can happen, we have a ladies Champions cup so all to play for.

Like all racing events it’s not always the strongest that wins but the person who wants it most and who is willing to suffer gets the plaudits.

Western Lake's Ladies

Prize presentation:

Trophies for league and champs

The league and championship prize giving will take place at Inch’s bar from 8.30pm so we hope all club members will make a special effort to attend, if nothing else it should be good banter hearing about all the racers trails and tribulations.

Seeding table below.

Group seeding for Western Lakes Club Champs
Additional riders can be included and will be seeded as per their ability
Rider  Area Group
Sean O’Malley Ballinrobe 6
Brendan Butler Ballinrobe 5
Janis Blinos Ballinrobe 5
Jerry Towey Ballaghadreen 5
Padraig Hughes Kilmaine 5
David McDermott Ballinrobe 4
Gerry Sheridan Kilmaine 4
Joe Marrey Ballinrobe 4
John Conroy Robeen 4
Martin Joyce Ballinrobe 4
Matt Lewis Hollymount 4
Mike Kelly Partry 4
Noel Gibbons Partry 4
Noel Jennings Hollymount 4
Ollie Kelly Hollymount 4
Shane Gilligan Carramore 4
Aidan Flynn Hollymount 3
Anthony O’Toole Ballinrobe 3
Colm Walsh Hollymount 3
Conor Gill Hollymount 3
Eamon Keane Ballinrobe 3
James McKenna Cong 3
John Cummins Ballinrobe 3
John Hughes Kilmaine 3
Kathleen Barry Partry 3
Martin Jennings Ballinrobe 3
Mary Mulchrone Ballinrobe 3
Michael Cannon Hollymount 3
Michael Conroy Robeen 3
Monica Nee Leenane 3
Niall Wilson Ballinrobe 3
Noel Stagg Hollymount 3
Patricia Harte Kilmaine 3
Philip O’Donnell Hollymount 3
Thomas Hughes Hollymount 3
Alan Stephens Cross 2
David Connolly Hollymount 2
Donal O’Reilly Glencorrib 2
Èarnan Naughton Ballinrobe 2
John Walsh Claremorris 2
Marie Frazer Ballinrobe 2
Michael Flannery Ballinrobe 2
Philip Staunton Partry 2
Anne Flynn Hollymount 1
Fergal O’Neil Ballinrobe 1
John Stagg Hollymount 1
Moya Gibbons Partry 1

WLCC Club League report

Huge numbers

47 WLCC members took part in the WLCC Road Race League that was held in August. The league took place on three successive Wednesdays in three different locations i.e. Hollymount, Partry and Kilmaine. The races were handicapped based on abilities.

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The objective of the league was to encourage members, especially those who never raced before, to try out racing in a controlled environment.

The league was well supported by members both from a riders and organisational point of view. Each race had a minimum of 30 riders.

The idea of basing races in the three villages around Ballinrobe was a great success. All of the areas did themselves proud in the way they organised each race, the courses they picked and the venues afterwards where members availed of refreshments and were able to socialise together and to discuss in detail their stories from the race!

There are a huge number of people to thank for organising the league. Firstly I would like to thank the race coordinators for each of the areas, namely Dave Connolly, Mike Kelly and Gerry Sheridan. Each of these guys had a huge support team as well in terms of people organising sign on, marshals, road marking, drivers and people at the finish line. I would also like to thank each of the Pubs for their hospitality after the race. I would like to thank Kilmaine and Hollymount GAA clubs and Partry soccer club for the use of their facilities.

I would also like to thank Padraig Marrey for organising the handicaps and organising the camera at the finish line. I would also like to thank him for his advice to riders on tips for improving racing and bike handling skills.

Big Thanks to Fergal O Neill, Breege Morrin and Kenneth Mc Carthy for always making themselves available to help out.

Finally I would like to congratulate the riders who took part in the races. It takes courage to try out your very first race and many club members did just that and thrived.

I would also like to thank the WLCC committee for getting behind the league.

So far the feedback has been very positive. I would welcome any ideas on how to improve the league for next year.

Prizes for the league will be awarded in Inch’s pub next Saturday night after the Club Champs.

Saturday September 12th

The championship group seeding will be posted shortly so watch this space (to see what group you are off in), remember all the groups rolls out from the cycling centre next Saturday at 5pm its neutralized tor Paddy’s bar. The Groups will then be put in order with H/cap allocated depending on how many turn up, more to follow on this.

Trophies for league and champs

Thank you.

Martin Joyce


Brendan Butler misses out in Western Covey league


Keith Hastings is the Western/ Covey League Champion 2015

The final round of the league was held on Wednesday 2 September. This last round was inevitably going to be battle between Brendan Butler, Aidan Gill and Keith Hastings who were all in the running for the overall league top spot.


The race was held in Westport and the Coveys had the numerical and local advantage making for a difficult night of racing for Brendan Butler. The Coveys made it very hard for the Western Lakes lads but to Brendan Butlers  and John Conroy’s credit they both defended all of the attacks and closed down the breaks that were been fired at them all night.

However their repeated efforts took their toll on the lads and when it came to the uphill sprint finish and Aidan Gill and Keith Hastings turned on the power when required with Aidan taking the win, Keith 2nd and Pat Joe 3rd.

The high placing for Keith Hastings gave him the overall and well deserved league win with Aidan Gill and Brendan Butler taking 2nd and 3rd in the league.

Patricia Harte of Western Lakes took the ladies league overall win following her fine performances in the earlier rounds of the league so well done to Patricia on her first try and league racing.

The team prize went to Western Lakes and Brendan Butler took the most aggressive rider prize. Well done to all who participated and a big thank you to all of the marshals and helpers.

Overall league table

Club Overall table  Points
Covey Keith Hastings 225
Covey Aidan Gill 180
West L Brendan  Butler 150
West L Patricia Harte 140
West L Cahill Usher 100
West L John Stagg 100
West L Shane Gilligan 95
West L John Walsh 95
Covey Pat Joe O Connell 90
Covey Joe O Toole 80
West L Kathleen Barry 80
West L John Conroy 70
West L Martin Jennings 70
West L Monica Nee 60
Covey Bryan Hyland 50
West L Martin Joyce 50
Covey Colm Staunton 40
Covey Orla Harrison 40
West L Gerry Sheridan 40
Covey Osin Gannon 30
West L Noel Jennings 30
Covey Noel Kelly 20
West L Ollie Kelly 20
Covey Noel Mc Gourty 10
Covey Shane Royal 10
Covey Martin Wamsley 10
Covey Keith O Connell 10
Covey Noel Mulroy 10
West L Mike Kelly 10
Covey Micheal Needhan 10
Covey Tom Burke 10
West L Shane Holleran 10
West L John J Flaherty 10
West L Eamon Staunton 10
West L Yanis Blinovs 10
West L Sean O  Malley 10
Top 5
Keith Hastings
Aidan Gill
Brendan  Butler
Patricia Harte
Cahill Usher
1st Lady
Team Prize
Western  Lakes
Most Aggressive rider
Brendan  Butler