Ballinrobe to host Rd1 of Western Covey league 2015

This year’s Western/Covey league will be fought out over 4 races, with so many other leagues and events on the calendar it was decided to keep it short. The club league is open to all club members with the aim to develop club members so that they can race at open racing level within Mayo and Connacht. Most races will be handicapped so all abilities will be catered for.

The league has three overall trophies, the individual is the person who scores the most points overall, we also have category prizes overall.

The Women’s section, this category has blossomed over the years so we are hopeful the club will get as many ladies as possible out to have a go.

The Overall club title, this section is won by the club who have gained the most amount of points over the 4 rounds, every member has a chance to add to the clubs total so the more that take part the better chance the club has of winning the club title.

4 Rounds 
Thursday 8th May Ballinrobe road race
Thursday 18th June Srah TT Race Only
Thursday 9 July  Srah Road Race
Thursday  23 July Road Race Westport
For more info contact Mark Quigley.

Club Time Trial League starts May 6th

Calling all club members, we encourage you to have a go at our club league TT, the aim is to get as many members out as possible over the month of May, a time trial is pretty much a race between you and the clock over a certain distance. By taking part you get the chance to set a Personal Best (PB)over a certain course. In the next league you get the chance to beat your time… win win all round.


4 Events. Sign on at Cycle Centre from 6.30, first off at 7pm.

  1. Wednesday May 6th Kilmaine and Back – Individual Time Trial
  2. Wednesday May 13th Ballinrobe 2 day loop – Individual Time Trial
  3. Wednesday May 20th Ballinrobe Duathlon Route – Two Up Time Trial
  4. Wednesday May 27th Kilmaine and back – Individual Time Trial


Cost of entry for the League is €20, or €6.00 per night. Sandwiches and Refreshments in Inches Bar after each evening.



  1. Racers, including Club Racers
  2. Group B 1
  3. Group B 2
  4. Group B 3


Each rider will be assigned to a group, winner will be person with highest score in each group over the 3 races. The Two-Up Time Trial evening is aimed to be a fun night. The pairs will be picked on a handicap basis each night. No pre-arranged pairings will be allowed on the night. The pair have to tell the time keeper their expected time to complete the course, and the winners will be the pair whose actual time is nearest their expected time.


Great Western Lakes Sportive June 14th

Take in the byways and scenery of South Mayo and Galway’s Joyce country for a leisure cycle that been organised by Western Lakes CC in conjunction with Ballinrobe Smarter travel, below we have unveiled 2 spectacular routes for this June Sportive.

Entry on line at the special offer price here

Tourmakeady & beyond in majestic splendor.




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Both routes start in Ballinrobe on Sunday June 14th, in the first few Kms the route splits  Lough Mask which in on the left and Lough Carra on the right before passing through the lovely village of Tourmakeady (The home of Miley from Glenroe) hugging the shores of Lough Mask the route then explores the beautiful Partry and Maamturk mountains passing along the shores of Lough Na Fooey before hitting the high point at Ail Duil, dipping down to the village of Leanne and along Killary Fjord, the Twelve pins loom overhead along the Innagh valley with more small Connemara lakes in view. At Maam Cross we head back towards Ballinrobe for the way home with beautiful panoramic views of Lough Corrib seen from up high before dipping down to hug the shore line on the way through history ridden Joyce country with Galway villages Cornamona and  Clonbur to navigate on the final leg home.

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In Total our Sportive routes pass along the shores of 5 lakes, crest 3 mountain ranges and passes through unspoiled countryside that very few outsiders know about.

Join us on one of our 2 routes and have the time of your life, while mingling with like minded people.

Long Route

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More details to follow on our facebook page The Great Western Lakes Sportive and



Westportif Launched by Minister Michael Ring

“Ring of The Reek”  Westportif 2015    

Minister Michael Ring officially launched the Westportif cycle, at Monaghan’s Skoda Castlebar, Co . Mayo. The West of Ireland’s most spectacular leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 18th July 2015 and is part of the ŠKODA Cycle Series in association with Independent News & Media. Nicknamed “Ring of the Reek” the Westportif routes circumnavigate Croagh Patrick, which is known locally as “The Reek”. Two distances are on offer – 80km to suit novices and 160km for more seasoned cyclists.


Speaking at the launch,  Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Tourism and Sport, welcomed the event saying, “I wish to compliment both the Western Lakes CC and the Westport Covey Wheelers on organising the Westportif cycle which will be held in July.  This event has proved extremely popular over the last number of years and I have no doubt it will be a tremendous success again this year. Westport is the ideal location for an event such as this I am sure that it will be hugely enjoyable for everybody who attends and participates in the event”.

This is the third year of the hugely successful Westportif which attracted over 800 cyclists last year and is confidently expected to top the 1,200 mark this year. Race Director Padraig Marry on behalf of Western Lakes CC and Westport Covey Wheelers sees huge growth potential for the event, saying, “From the very first year Westportif proved to have a winning formula of a perfect town base and an incredible selection of superb cycling routes for different levels. Entries are increasing each year, with enquiries pouring in from all over Ireland and further afield. The level of support from organisations in the town has been exceptional.” The charity partners are Mayo-Roscommon Hospice and the media partners are The Mayo News.


Festival of Cycling
The Westportif starts and finishes in the lovely heritage town of Westport, an ideal location for visiting cyclists with ample accommodation and support facilities. The event is just part of a weekend cycling festival which includes a family-friendly Bike Buffet on Friday, the ultra exciting Criterium Race around the closed streets of Westport Town Centre on Saturday evening, and a novel Garden Cycle on Sunday. Hundreds of tourists from around Ireland and the UK are expected to flock into the popular town for the family cycling festival.

Choice of Spectacular Routes
The shorter 80km route is reasonably flat and is very suitable for novice and family cyclists. It hugs the scenic Clew Bay coastline to Louisburgh and continues straight on to Killeen village. With views of Clare and Inishturk Islands and the famous beaches of Silver and White Strands this is panoramic cycling at its best. Cyclists then turn inland through spectacular Doo Lough Valley to Delphi and the lovely Aashleigh Falls. The return to Westport is via the Erriff Valley on the main road.

The 160km cyclists will begin with the others, but turn right at Aashleigh towards Leenane village, along Killary Fjord then inland through the Inagh Valley to Recess and Maam Cross before heading back to Westport via Lough Mask and Tourmakeady. Just as the final 30km begins, Lally’s Mountain provides a testing sting in the tail. This is a much hillier route with 6 categorised climbs. It is also a magnificently scenic route which is particularly attractive to cyclists from abroad. Both routes are fully supported with water and food stops along the way.


The Westportif is welcomed by the Destination Westport hotel marketing group who are expecting a bumper weekend with packed hotels. It is supported by Westport Smarter Travel who organise the novel Bike Buffet and Garden Cycle. Dermott Langan said “Westportif is a great fit for Brand Westport, with our cycling routes, attractive greenways, spectacular scenery and a bank of quality accommodation.

Westport Smarter Travel and Mayo County Council are delighted to be associated with an event of such national and international appeal.”

For further information on this outstanding leisure cycle see the webpage or find Westportif on Facebook. Entries are through Fit Magazine,



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Pictured at the launch of the Westportif ‘Ring of the Reek’ leisure cycle 2015 were (left-right) Padraig Carolan (Mayo Roscommon Hospice), John Feerick (INM), Dermott Langan (Smarter Travel), Michael Flynn (Covey Wheelers),  Anthony Harrison (Covey Wheelers), Brian Golden (Western Lakes Cycling Club), Breda Kelly (Mayo Roscommon Hospice), Michael Ring TD, David Mc Dermot (Western Lakes Cycling Club),  John Hughes (Western Lakes Cycling Club), Vincent Cummins (Western Lakes Cycling Club) and David Monaghan (Monaghan Skoda)
Photographer Liz King

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Pictured at the launch of the Westportif ‘Ring of the Reek’ leisure cycle 2015 were (left-right) Dermott Langan (Smarter Travel), Michael Ring TD and Brian Golden (Western Lakes Cycling Club)
Photographer Liz King




Western Lakes CC Training times for Spring

Looking to improve your cycling fitness for 2015 and want to train with like minded people as part of a club ? Join Western Lakes CC

Sunday Morning club spins, meet at 8.45am at the Cornmarket, spin leave at 9am sharp (Starting March 8th) Ballinrobe. 3 groups to choose from suitable from novice to experienced campaigner, with a leader over each, distance varies depending on weather and terrain.

In April Thursday evening spins start up, meet at 6.45pm at the Cornmarket, open to all abilities.

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Classes at the cycling centre. Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe.
Every Monday 7-8pm Body conditioning for Endurance sports (Mix of circuits, weights and TRX) Not for people new to classes!!

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Every Thursday Turbo/ class from 6.30-7.20pm.
Turbo Duathlon class 7.30-8.30pm bring runners and suitable clothing as we may do some outdoor running .

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Remember be supporting these classes you are helping the WLCC club make the cycling centre viable.

BMX training for all at the BMX track, Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe, every Friday evening from 7-8pm

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Boot camp outdoor session

Every Saturday Mornings 8.30am: Training for events that combine Running and biking like Duathlon, Triathlon or adventure races.
This session is a mix of running outdoors, with turbo spinning in doors, there will also be muscle activation and core strength exercises plus valuable knowledge from Mary Mulchrone.



Book to secure your place, for all classes.

Rose of Tralee Launches National weekend of racing for South Mayo



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Claremorris to host first every National cycling Championship event.

On the evening of Friday August 7th Claremorris town centre will host the National Criterium championships the following two days the racing action will be based in Ballinrobe on August 8th and 9th.

Map of route

The cycling scene in the West of Ireland will truly be awake this August when the National Criterium Championship returns West for the first time since Westport in 2006. After staging a very successful Crit on the streets of Claremorris for the last 2 years, Western Lakes have been rewarded with the staging of the 2015 National Crit Championship. To really make this a weekend to remember the host club has paired this event to their annual marque race “The Ballinrobe 2day”.

Sean O Malley the Rose of Tralee and Patrick Clarke at Criterium National champs Launch

Starting on the 7th of August the elite riders of Ireland will get a chance to test their bike handling skills on the tight fast circuit on the Claremorris streets. This tricky 1.1km lap, where Jason Pendergast won in convincing style for Fit Science last year, will prove a to testing course for the like’s of Peter Hawkins to defend his title which he won in Mondello Park from Damien Shaw.


On the Saturday the riders will take to the roads for the 11th edition of the “Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2day”. This difficult 3-stage race which takes place on the mountainous roads on the Mayo/Galway border finishing in Ballinrobe, has a long history of attracting the best riders in Ireland. Past winners of this race include Morgan Fox, David O’Loughlin and in the 2014 version Paudi O’Brien prevailed against Damien Shaw on a difficult course.

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On Friday the 6th of February the Rose of Tralee was on hand to launch the Crit in Claremorris a Mayo woman herself from Shrule she has a strong sporting backround and follows the cycling scene.

Also in attendance were local riders who need will no introductionwas Paddy Clarke Fit Science Ballina and Western Lakes CC strong man Sean O Malley both are expected to help highlight what should be a weekend that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.

Claremorris Men shed group and Claremorris Chamber of commerce with the Rose of Tralee

















Leisure Spin protocol during training spins in 2015


  • To ensure the health and safety of all Western Lakes Cycling Club members while out on club spins with Group B Leisure.
  • To ensure that all cyclists observe the rules of the road while out on club cycles.
  • To ensure, as far as is reasonable, the health and safety of other road users
  • To maximise the enjoyment for all cyclist participating in Group B Leisure Club spins.
  • To promote and encourage cyclists to continue participating in Group B Leisure Club spins with Western Lakes Cycling Club.


  1. Scope

This protocol applies to all Western Lakes Cycling Club members who participate in Group B Leisure club spins.

Cyclists who participate in this group are to be divided into 3 groups:

B 1 Group will consist of the “fast B’s”. Cyclists who have gained a good level of fitness and want a fast spin. This will suit riders who have aspirations to move up to the racing groups, hopes of participating in Club/interclub Racing leagues, or racers who want to step back for a slightly easier spin. Average Speed for this group will be in the range 27 km/hr plus.

B 2 Group will consist of the “Leisure B’s” who have a good level of fitness and who want a slightly more relaxed cycle than the B1, but still at a steady pace. This will be the stepping up group for B 3 Riders and stepping down group for B 1 riders if they wish. Average Speed for this group will be in the range 24-26 km/hr.

B 3 Group will consist of Beginner Cyclists, or those returning from a prolonged layoff. This will be the stepping up group, as fitness levels and ability improves. Average Speed for this group will be in the range 20-23 km/hr.

  1. Responsibility
  • It is the responsibility of the Committee of Western Lakes Cycling Club to ensure that all club members who participate in Group B Leisure Club Spins receive a copy of this protocol, and to be aware of and adhere to this protocol.
  • It is the responsible of the Committee of Western Lakes Cycling Club to ensure that this protocol is reviewed each year or at any time if there is a change in the operation of Group B Leisure.
  • It is the responsibility of the Club Leisure Rep to ensure that this protocol is operational for the Club spins.

See items to bring on a spin

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  1. Definition and role of Club Leisure Rep/ Group Leaders
  • The Club Leisure Rep is elected at the AGM annually by Western Lakes Members. The Leisure Rep reports to the committee of Western Lakes Cycling Club, to review group development/performance.
  • The Leisure Rep, or his appointed representative, is the only authority on the spin. Officers and Committee members have no authority on the club spins, this is the remit of the Leisure Rep.
  • The Leisure Rep will consult with other group leaders of the A and C group to determine if a cycle should be cancelled or delayed due to adverse weather conditions e.g. high winds or icy roads. They will inform members about this decision.
  • The Leisure Rep will meet and greet new people to the group, arrange for them to receive a membership application form, and a copy of this protocol.
  • The Leisure Rep will issue a clear instruction at the start as to the proposed route. A detailed Calendar of spins will be posted on the Club Website and members should familiarise themselves with this. If a member requires to return early, he/she should notify the Group Leader before setting out, so that the leader can advise on a short way home. Head Count of Cyclists in the group should be noted prior to departure. Under guidelines from Cycling Ireland, the maximum number in a group is to be 16.
  • The Group Leader(s) will control the pace throughout the spin, taking into account the pace of the slowest cyclist in the group
  • The Group Leader(s) must be able to identify the weakest cyclists in the group and check with them regularly as to how they are finding the pace.
  • The Group Leader(s) ensures that all cyclists are participating in the pace making.
  • The Group Leader(s) will advise cyclists to “sit in” the group if they are struggling, and advise cyclists to “ease off” if the pace is set too high. Each Group leader will have a whistle, to aid controlling the group.
  • The Group Leader(s) will have the authority to recommend to a cyclist that the next group might be a more appropriate group for them to cycle with in the future, based on their fitness. If they choose to remain in this group, they shall adhere to the speed of the group.
  • The Leisure Rep will facilitate members who want to change groups by introducing them to the leader of the appropriate group at the start of the spin.
  • The Leisure Rep will be the liaison between the Group and the Committee and will be responsible for communicating clearly between the two. This requires the Leisure Rep to attend Committee meetings on a regular basis.
  • The Leisure Rep has responsibility for completing reports on the club spins for the PRO for posting on the Club Website.
  • The Leisure Rep should, where possible, facilitate and attempt to resolve any disputes, disagreements or grievances in an informal manner.
  • In the event of the Leisure Rep being absent or losing contact with the main body of cyclists for whatever reason, a deputy leader should be appointed to assume the role and responsibility for the duration.
  • The Leisure Rep should ensure that all accidents/incidents are reported to the Club Committee.
  1. Leisure Group B – Etiquette and Ground Rules

 Every Cyclist must be satisfied in so far as possible that their current health and level of fitness will enable them to complete the spin. Every Cyclist should bring sufficient food, drink and money for refreshments. It is also recommended that cyclists bring their mobile phone, but can only be answered at the back of the group or when stopped ( make sure your phone is protected from the weather).

  • All cyclists must wear a cycling helmet while out on Club Spins. In the event that a cyclist arrives at the assembly point without a helmet, they will be told that they cannot participate in the club spin.
  • All cyclists must ensure that their bike is well maintained, with tyres pumped to the recommended pressure. It is advisable that all cyclists carry a spare tube, a pump and tools required to change a puncture. It is also compulsory, during winter and spring months, to have a rear mudguard fitted to the bike, so as to not inconvenience other cyclists.
  • Cyclists will cycle in two rows, with the exception of narrow roads, where they will cycle in single file. This arrangement will continue for the duration of the spin, with the pace comfortable enough so that no cyclist gets dropped off the back of the group.
  • Cyclists should ensure that if/when they are passing other cyclists in the group that they do so on the right side and allow sufficient room so as not to undercut on the left.
  • In the event that a split occurs in the group, e.g. going up a hill, then the cyclists at the front will continue up the hill and wait to regroup at the top of the hill, before continuing with the spin.
  • All Cyclists must cooperate fully with the Leisure Rep/Group Leaders requests and instructions.
  • In the event of a cyclist getting a puncture/breakdown, one rider nominated by the Group Leader will stop and assist. The remainder of the group will cycle ahead for about 6 minutes at which point they will turn back and regroup with the other cyclists. This should allow enough time for the puncture to be fixed and the rider to re-join the group.
  • The group should agree on a rotational basis that a nominated group member will perform the roll of Sweeper. They would ensure that any cyclist who for whatever reason is unable to complete the spin with the group will be accompanied the remainder of the spin home. “Nobody left Behind”.
  • If a cyclist is having difficulty staying with the group, they should inform the leader so that he/she can decide to:
  • Ease of the pace
  • The nominated Sweeper will stay back with them
    • On the homeward journey the pace will continue as before until an agreed distance, usually 5 km, from home when the pace can be increased by individual cyclists for the remainder of the spin. However, the rules of the road and group cycling must be observed. No racing on narrow roads and within town limits. Those cyclists who do not wish to participate in the sprint for home will continue at the original pace.
    • Official Group led spins for the B1, B2, and B3 are on Sunday at 9 am from the Corn Market, Ballinrobe, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7pm from April to SeptemberDSCN3911Erris head


Classes at the cycling centre Ballinrobe 2015

Looking to get Fit for 2015 and want to train with like minded people ??
Classes at the cycling centre. Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe.
Monday starting Jan 5th 7-8pm Body conditioning for Endurance sports (Mix of circuits, weights and TRX) Not for people new to classes!!

Thursday starting Jan 8th Turbo/ spin for beginners or people new to cycling 6.30-7.20pm.
Turbo Duathlon class 7.30-8.30pm bring runners and outdoor clothes.

Remember be supporting these classes you are helping the WLCC club make the cycling centre viable.

Saturday Mornings 8.30am starting Jan 10th: Training for events that combine Running and biking like Duathlon, Triathlon or adventure races.
This session is a mix of running outdoors, with turbo spinning in doors there will also be muscle activation and core strength exercises plus valuable knowledge from Mary.
There will be a reduced rate offer on entry for the Ballinrobe Duathlon Feb 7th for all that sign up.
Book to secure your place