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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

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 the

event 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
Stage 2A
Stage 2B

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