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Western Lakes Cycling Club, founded in 1999, when 7 friends wanted to be part of a like minded club, even though we all came from different parts of Mayo, Galway and Roscommon this did not stop us from joining up. Our aim at the time was to enjoy the bike doing it our way!!!

The name came about because most of our members are living close to near by lakes, hence the name “Western Lakes”. We are one of the most progressive clubs in South Mayo/North Galway across all sports.  The club experience now runs across the board, and includes coaches, commissaires, cyclists and administrators.

Our membership has risen to 100 and covers a large geographical area – from Partry to Ballyhaunis to Shrule to Clifden to Renvyle to Ballinrobe.

Our cyclists take part in events around Ireland , including the FBD Milk Ras, Ras Munster, and one day races like the Shay Elliott.
We cater for Youth, Leisure, Recreational and Racing cyclists.

  • At Youth level our club has had major successes – winning Gold, silver and bronze medals at National Track and Road Championships.
  • We actively promote leisure cycling activities. The club organises weekly bike rides for leisure, youth and lady cyclist, to cater for the ever growing numbers.
  • We organise a number of major leisure cycles events every year – Our Main  blue ribbon events being the Mayo Coastal 300k (September),  The Mask Challenge (June), and the Tour of the Great Western Lakes. Whilst also taking part in a number of events like the Croi Lough Corrib cycle, Mizen to Malin, Tour of Mayo, Wicklow 200 and more.
  • Mark Scanlon, Ireland’s current No. 1 Cyclist, is an Honorary Member of Western Lakes Cycling Club.
  • Club officer Padraig Marrey is a former full-time employee of Cycling Ireland where he worked in Youth Development and also as head of Coaching. He keeps our club up to date with the latest coaching innovations, and ensures a high standard of preparation in the club
  • The club holds WEEKLY  safety and skills coaching session for young cyclists.  This is a measure of our commitment to promoting safe cycling.
  • Ballinrobe Community School ran a successful one-day cycle 100km cycle around Mayo to raise funds for the school. This was only possible due to the involvement of Western Lakes Cycling Club. We assisted in their training for the event, setting up the route, and some members joined in the cycle while others provided lead and back up cars.
  • Western Lakes CC hosted the inaugural National Talent Spot Competition in 2003 (Cycling Superstars 2004). This is a new concept – not just based on speed but also incorporates bike handling and bike skills. With the increase in interest in cycling, it is vital for both cyclists and motorists that this be encouraged.
  • In 2007 the club co-hosted the Youth All Ireland National cycling Championships,  held in Ballinrobe and Clonbur.

Aims of Western Lakes Cycling Club:

  • To encourage non-competitive cyclists to take up what is a healthy outdoor sport
  • To encourage children to use what almost every child has, a bicycle, constructively – learn bike handling skills, rules of the road, and pure enjoyment of cycling
  • To run Coaching Courses for our members
  • To bring major cycling events to our region
  • To bring cycling to as many people as possible – we aim to have 200 active members. We are putting particular emphasis on women and people over the age of 50, two sectors where we are currently weak.
  • To further enhance the club’s profile through a year-round programme of activities – training camps, Charity cycles, dinner-dance, races, and talks.
  • To provide the necessary technical and physical back-up to our cyclists that will give them the very best chance of winning major titles.

Success to date

  • In the past 14 years the club has won 14 National titles
  • 2 Youth road level
  • 6 Youth track Titles
  • 4 Tandem
  • 1 A3
  • One U23 road Title
  • 8 Placing @ All Ireland level
  • 30 plus Connacht Road Titles
  • The club had representatives at International level in the following events
  • The World Junior Road and Track Champs, 04, 05, 06
  • European Youth Olympics, 03
  • Various Road events across Europe in 2003,-2008

Recent Posts

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.


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