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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

Westportif to attract over a thousand cyclists to Mayo

Westportif which was officially launched by Minister Michael Ring a few months ago has gathered huge momentum and is now set to be the biggest ever cycling weekend held in the West.

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The West of Ireland’s most spectacular leisure cycle takes place on the weekend of the 17 to 19th 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.

“Westport to be swarmed by cyclist on a Wheelie good weekend.

This is the third year of the hugely successful Westportif which attracted over 800 cyclists last year and is confidently expected top the 1,200 mark this year. Organisers 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 Westportif starts and finishes in the lovely heritage town of Westport, an ideal location for visiting cyclists with ample accommodation and support facilities (beware accommodation is filling fast). 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 town of Louisburgh and continues straight to Killeen village with views of Clare and Inishturk islands and the famous beaches of Silver and white strands this is surly panoramic cycling at its best before turning inland through spectacular Doo Lough Valley to Delphi Resort for our main food stop after the lovely Aashleigh Falls awaits. The return to Westport is via the Erriff Valley on the main road.

Westportif routes 2015

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, there is a sting in the tale with Lally’s mountain coming with 30k to go. 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.

Westportif route profile 2015

 

The first 1500 get a special edition long sleeve Tech top, Skoda goodie bag,  energy product from High 5 and Nutri Science and also the chance to buy an event cycling jersey. The event’s charity partner is the hard working Mayo Roscommon Hospice, donation can also be made on the day.

Tech top 2015

Jersey 2015

The Westportif After party promises to be epic with event footage on video display at the Clewbay hotel from early evening, music, disco and craic to be followed till late into the night.

The event is been supported locally by  Westport Smarter travel, Destination Westport, FitScience, The Mayonews, NutriSci, Delphi Adventure Resort, The Clewbay Hotel, High5, Westport Leisure park, Monaghans Skoda dealers and INM Regional’s.

For further information on this outstanding leisure cycle see the webpage http://www.westportif.ie or find Westportif on Facebook and Twitter.

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