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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

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Ladies who are new to cycling here is FAQ on the Ladies Sportive October 18th

Western Lakes CC Ladies End of Season Cycling Sportive: Event Details

Date:                           Saturday 18th October 2014

Distances:                    50k Cloch Breac, 80k Ail Dubh

Location:                     Start & finish Ballinrobe, Co Mayo

Registration:                Saturday 18th of October, 9 – 9.50am, the cycling centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe (under the water towers).

Start Time:                  Both routes start at 10am from the cycling centre, complete one lap of the town and travel out the Neale road.

Finish Time:                Return to the Cycling Centre, between 1 and 2pm

Garda:                         Claremorris Gardai have been informed of event

First Aid:                     Ballinrobe Order of Malta

Marshals / Volunteers:            The guys from Western Lakes CC

Website                       www.westernlakescc.com

Price:                                       €20 includes lunch

The Ladies of Western Lakes would like to mark the end of their summer of cycling by inviting you to join them on their End of Season Cycling Sportive.  A Sportive is a leisure event.  This event has 2 distances 50k and 80k, it is set over a rolling course taking in the most picturesque parts of south Mayo and North Galway.  This event takes part on open roads, so rules of the road apply.  Ensure to bring a spare tube and pump in case of a puncture, however there will be supporting back up.  Remember to have at least one water bottle to your bike.

Route summary

Both spins leaving Ballinrobe at 10.00am and partly share the same route, on the way out and again upon return.

The ‘Long Spin’ is approximately 80km and skims the southern shore of Lough Mask on it’s way into Joyce Country and the Partry mountains, the spectacular Lough na fooey lies at the base of the Ail Dubh our first of two climbs.  Ail Dubh featured in this year’s RAS, although from the opposite direction! Take your time at the summit to appreciate the view and catch your breath before descending into the Maam Valley that lies in the shadow of the Maumturks.  Our second climb appears, Maumeen, short and sharp, before one reaches the village of Cor na Mona, that touches the shore of County Galway’s largest lake Lough Corrib.  The long route then meets up with the short route to journey back to Ballinrobe.


Ladies sportive 2014 route

The ‘Short spin’ is in the region of 50km, and shares part of the long route but veers south climbing Ben Levy or locally known as ‘Mount Gable’ or ‘Cloach Breac’, the route then descends into the village of Cor na Mona to link back up once again with the Long Route to experience the panoramic views of Lough Corrib.


 How long will it take to complete the 80k/50k routes ?

The short 50k should reach the food stop (cake) in the village of Cornamona between 11.30 and 12pm.  The longer route of 80k should reach the cakes before they’re all gone between 12 and 12.30pm.  The aim is to have everyone back in Ballinrobe by 2pm.  We are encouraging participants not to delay at the food stop as one can cool down and become cold quite quickly

What type of bike do you need ?

Whatever the choice of bike, ensure it is in good working order and properly serviced.  There are climbs on both routes so brakes in good working order are essential.  Bring a pump, spare inner tube and some tyre levers in your saddlebag.

Wearing of a helmet is compulsory while cycling and you will not be allowed participate without one.

Bike Choices:             A road bike (typical racing bike) fastest

Hybrid with straight handlebars would be next

A mountain bike with slick tyres would be slower

A mountain bike with knobbly tyres would be the slowest and probably the toughest

Can I practice on the course beforehand?

On the preceding Sundays leading up to the 18th Western Lakes CC will be incorporating the routes into their Sunday spins.

Will the Route be marked/marshaled?

 The route will be marked with signs/arrows indicating directions on the road.  There will be marshals on all the major junctions and some of the guys in the club will be acting as mobile cycling marshals. Please note marshals are not in the position to stop traffic, most drivers do slow down and stop, however be vigilant at all junctions.  The route maps will be up on website shortly.  Written directions will be available on the morning at the cycling centre.


Will the event go ahead if there is bad weather?

 If the situation arises that we are unlucky enough to get weather that may be dangerous to participants, the organisers may have to make a decision to shorten or take out certain sections of the course, and this will only be decided on the morning of the event.

Strictly No IPods or Headphones; If you wear either you will be asked to take them off, safety is a priority and failing to hear instruction or the sound of on coming traffic can cause  accidents to you and fellow participants.

What time is Registration

The registration starts on the morning of 18th at 9am and will close at approximately 9.50am, this is to allow time for safety briefing.

Will the event be timed?

No this event is not timed the only timing is to be in time for some cake!


What happens after the finish

The finish is back at the Cycling Centre.  Showers will be available at Lake Side Sports Centre, which is across the road from the cycling centre.  Directions will be available.  BBQ after in Inch’s Bar (Fitzpatrick’s on the Main St.) from 1 – 3pm.

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