Great Western Lakes Sportif June 24th

What is the Great Western Lakes Sportif Route 1, circa 135 km. Starting in the Market town of Ballinrobe, follow the N 84 to Partry, passing Lough Carra on your right.Lough Carra is the largest marl lake in Ireland and is part of the Great Western Lakes complex. It covers 1,560 hectares and is joined to Lough Mask by the Keel River. It has many islands and a ragged shoreline with a plethora of bays and promontories, all on a bedrock of limestone. After turning left towards Tourmakeady, the vast expanse of Lough Mask appears to your left. Known around the world for its brown trout fishing, the Mask is the 6th largest lake in Ireland.Lough Mask is the middle of the three lakes, which empty into the Corrib River, through Galway, into Galway Bay. Lough Carra flows into Lough Mask, which feeds into Lough Corrib through an underground stream which becomes the River Cong. The eastern half of Lough Mask is shallow and contains many islands. The other half is much deeper, sinking to a long trench with depths in excess of 50 metres. As we leave Lough Mask, and take the climb towards Maantrasna, on the descent Loch naFooey comes into view. Its name derives from Lake of the winnowing winds, and you will often see spectacular wind tunnels along the water. Popular locally for swimming and fishing, its nearest village is Finny. A further climb towards Aill Dubh with a spectacular descent.
At the bottom its decision time ! left will take you home via Maam, Cornmaona and Clonbur for the shorter 85k distance and right towards Leenane and you are on the longer 135k route so be sure its within your range..!!!
Leaving Leenane on the 135k, you will pass Ireland’s only fjord, Killary Harbour. it is simply majestic. an awesome sight on anyday. furer along the road, we turn sharply left into the Inagh Valley. The Inagh Valley has 2 lakes, Inagh and Derryclare, the Twelve Pins of Connemara rising steeply to the west, and the Maamturks to the east. The 2 lakes are connected by a series of rivers, and are renowned for their excellent fishing. Leaving the valley, we turn left towards Maam Cross, and left towards Maam. Onwards towards Cornamona, we get our first glimpse of the massive expanse that is Lough Corrib. While Lough Corrib is reputed to have 365 islands, a recent more accurate figure from the creator of the charts of the lake is 1327 The most famous of the islands is Inchagoil Island, midway between Cong and Oughterard. It is one of the largest of the many wooded islands along Lough Corrib. The island has spectacular views of the Maumturk range, Joyce Country and the mountains of Connemara. There are some secluded beaches and enchanting woods with a variety of walks around the island. There is evidence of an early monastic settlement which still mostly remains a mystery. There are two churches remaining, Saint Patrick’s and the 12th-century church known as the “saints” church. There are several paths around the island, an old cemetery and remains of four or five cottages which housed the few inhabitants. The lake continues in our view until Clonbur with only 11k to Ballinrobe and the Finish.
Sign on June 24th from 7.30am at the Western Lakes CC cycling centre, Kilamine road Ballinrobe, com Mayo
Email for any additional info required or ring 0877992857
135k leaves at 9am sharp
85k leave at 9.30am

Audex event to test your Endurance

Western Lakes CC have stepped into the world of Audex events where athletes test themselves over a route by completing it inside a time limit.

The Mayo Western Lakes Audex MTB, has 2 event distances 100k and super tough 200k held on the Saturday 2nd of the June  Bank Holiday.

Both routes are steeped in history and geography, starting in the old garrison town of Ballinrobe, following the Monk’s trail to Moorehall woods along the banks of Lough Carra and onto Ballintubber Abbey. Chance to refuel at Corleys bar, a trek through the boglands of Killawalla to the hidden and deserted villages of Srah, the watering hole at O Toole’s bar (Foodstop), Tourmakeady waterfall and the old escape routes through to the Black valley of Glensaul. High up in the Partry mountains over looking Lough Mask, drinking water out of Glacier lakes and hidden waterfalls. To the Murderous Maam Trasna pass, the Irish quarter of Finney to the end off the leg of the Mask, over the hill of the CO-OP  and descend out onto Lough Corrib via the longest land peninsula of Europe. Climb Heart attack hill and the old Sean Bothar from Cornamona, travel back in time in the Joyce country Geo park and through the majestic woodlands of Cong and Ashford castle, through lane ways and Turloughs over the hill of Cairn and along Ballinrobe Inishmaine Trail: Takes in a variety of archaeological and historical points of Interest including a Souterrain, Caves, a Ringfort, a Cornmill, an Abbey, a Sweathouse and a Hillfort, the final few kms are along the river Robe on the Bowers riverside walk.

Entry will be through

Entry fee €10

Sign on from 6.30am. at the cycling centre Ballinrobe
Kick off at 8am from 200k DOWN LOAD LINK
Competion time inside 13.5hrs
Kick off at 8.30am for the 100k. DOWNLOAD LINK
Completion time inside 7hrs
Will follow up with more info closer to the time, we will have a number of checkpoints and some food stops.

For now we want people to  try out the different sections of the route, we have recce more or less it all now, starts off on by roads, with occasional off road section, from Section 2 on alot more fire track and bog sections, end of section 2 gets hilly, section 3 is savage, section 4 and 5 are tough, section 6 is all off road and section 7 is a ramble through the lanes….coming via the Bowers river side walk, the finish line is back at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine road.

Checkout the route in stages..

What to get of the road and onto the beaten track for a few weeks ?
Both routes were designed and recce for the Audex event that the club is organizing on June 2nd 2018

Audex don’t allow short, they don’t encourage racing, the only challenge participants to try and finish a set out route inside a certain time limit.

Each route is broken into sections, a normal club spin could do one or maybe 2 sections at a time, as each section is about 30k return, depending where you start from.
if you want to see the route clearly download the free version of ridewithgps onto your Garmin, phone or Wahoo device.

In the 100k route starting at the Cycling Centre section 1 finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady and Section 4 is back to Ballinrobe but not the usual way…!!

The 200k route starting at the Cycling Centre section one finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady (hilly), Section 4 finishes in Finny (The hardest section) section 5 finishes in Cornamona, and section 6 finishes in Cong and Section 7 takes a looping way home to Ballinrobe taking in the sites.

When out on these routes ideally go with a buddy in case of mishap and bring the usual breakdown stuff and your phone.

Entry the Trinity!!

Grab yourself a bargain and have your summer planned in one click. Hurry – offer closes March 30th.
All good things come in 3’s- the holy trinity, the godfather films and now the Western Lakes sportif series. 3 sportif’s starting in Hollymount then Ballinrobe and finally Clifden all offer quiet roads, testing climbs and beautiful scenery. 3 days of great cycling guaranteed. With a discounted package offer of €70 for all 3 this is not something you will want to miss but this offer expires on the 30th of March so don’t delay.
For the record there was also 3 members in Hanson and Destiny’s child!!


Western Lakes Cycling Club News 24-07-2017

Lesiure and MTB Report

Hi cycling folk, it has been a busy few week on the bikes, the club spins are going well on Tuesdays and Thursdays and longer spins on Sundays, Martin Joyce is back out and about and going well.

The WLCC Ladies Sportif was a great success and well run by the Sportif Director Ken McCarty. Thanks to all who took part and helped out on the day. Full reports and pictures can be seen on Facebook pages including the WLCC Facebook page and the Ladies Sportif Facebook page.

Just a reminder if anyone wants to stay in clifden the night after the Twelve Bens sportive could you book it today as they can’t hold the rooms any longer

As ye all know Twelve Bens Cycling Club have their sportive on sept 9th and the committee have decided to make it our end of year spin and make a night of it after by staying in Cliften after the event

MTB spin are taken place each week and keep an eye on the Facebook page for details and route etc.


Racing Report

It have been a busy few week in racing front, congrats to Sean O Malley who won the Mayo league recently, great stuff Seanie. Western Lakes cam 3rd in the league overall, well done to any who took part in theses racers throughout the summer.

The next round of the WLCC league will take place in Tullycross, it will be a new race venue and be great to attend this race by club members, remember 10 points are issued for attendance and make make the difference at the end of the league.

Congrats to Scoot Towey on great result in Connacht Championships this weekend

This years Mayo Club Cycling Championships are on August 2nd hosted by Western Lakes CC in Hollymount

This years winner will also recieve the Sean Stagg Shield

Race Details as follows:
• Sign on: Hollymount Hall 5:45-6:45
• Sing on Fee: €15
• Race Start: Mass Start at 7pm sharp outside the Hall
• Course: 6 x 10km laps through Hollymount
• Eligible Categories: Club, Junior, Ladies, M40, M50, A4, A3, A2, A1, Team (best 3 across the line)
• Prizes: Top 3 overall and top 3 in each category
• Presentation & Refreshments in Hollymount Hall straight after, Also presentation for Mayo League….

Western Lakes Cycling Club Ladies Sportive 2017

Western Lakes Cycling Club Ladies Sportive 2017

In Aid of NCIB Centre Athlone

Registration times & Location

Date:                    Saturday 15th July

Location:             Western lakes Cycling Centre, Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe

Registration:       08:30 to 09:45

Briefing:               09:45

Start time:            10:00

Entrance fee:      €25

Please leave plenty of time to get to the cycling centre and for registration and pre-Sportive briefing.

What you need at sign on

  1. Your Cycling Ireland licence.
    1. A One day Cycling Ireland Licence is available on the day for €5.
  2. Your Entrance fee.

Event car parking

There is free car parking provided at the cycling centre.

 What to bring with you on the Sportive

Your bike must be in good working order to cycle the Sportive.

You are also recommended to bring the following with you on the Sportive.

  1. Helmet (Compulsory, No helmet No cycle!)
  2. Water bottle(s)
  3. Spare tubes/Pump
  4. Mobile phone / Cash / Identification.
  5. Rainproof top and/or Suntan lotion (It is Ireland after all)

Route Signage  

The route will be signed at all major junctions.


All major junctions will be marshalled.

 Event Food Stop

There will be 1 food stop during the Sportive which is located at just past Tourmakeedy At Maire Luke’s bar.

Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Cake, Buns, fruit and water will be provided at the food stop.

Cycle nutrition / Accessories shop

Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe will have a stall at registration. They will also be selling cycling accessories in case you forget anything.

 Bike Mechanic

Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe will be on hand to resolve any last minute mechanical issues on the morning of the Sportive.  Remember: You are responsible for ensuring your bike is safe and in good working order.

Event safety

  • The Western Lakes Ladies Sportive is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.
  • You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
  • Western Lakes Ladies Sportive is a leisure cycle and not a race.
  • Cycle no faster than your ability or weather conditions allow, the West of Ireland is known for strong gusty winds.
  • Cycle no more than 2 abreast when cycling in a group to facilitate passing cars.
  • The route selected for The Western lakes ladies Sportive is on quiet roads but you will encounter some traffic and road junctions.
  • Marshals will be visible on the route, but remember that they are only there to assist. It is your responsibility to check for traffic at junctions.
  • Cyclists should be prepared as weather conditions on the Sportive can change and you should bring the right type of clothing to keep warm and dry such as a waterproof warm jacket.
    • No earphones permitted on the Sportive
    • No Tri bars permitted on the Sportive

Emergency Medical and/or Mechanical assistance

If you have difficulty on the Sportive that STOP’S you from completing the course or if you are involved in an accident or if you come across an accident please call the emergency numbers provided.

There will be an Order of Malta supporting the Sportive.

There will also be a neutral service car available to fix any mechanical issues or punctures you may have during the Sportive.

There will be a number of Western Lakes male cyclists taking part on the day to offer encouragement, guidance and assistance along the way if required.

In the event that you feel unable to finish the Sportive for any reason there will be a Broom Van available to bring both you and your bike to the finish line.

The Finish Line

The Western Lakes Sportive starts and finishes at the Western lakes cycling centre.


Showers are provided at the Lakeside Sports and Fitness Centre which is situated across the road from the cycling centre.

Post Sportive Nourishment.  

Refreshments will be available at Inches bar on main street Ballinrobe after the sportive. Please join us after toe sportive for some refreshments.

And finally….

On behalf of Western Lakes Cycling Club and the NCBI we thank you for taking part in this years ladies sportive. We hope everyone enjoys this ladies Sportive and are blown away by the scenery en-route. Mayo is known as the adventure capital of Ireland and with gems like Tourmakeady, Maumtrasna, Finny, Clonbur, Lough Na Fooey, Partry Mountains, Joyce Country and Lough Mask, it’s a spectacular tour of what Mayo and North Galway has to offer so we hope you enjoy it.



Cliften Kings take the Crowns in Hollymount

The second round of the WLCC club league was held in Hollymount on Friday night last, the local riders did not know what to expect when a van load of 12 Bens riders showed up, led by A1 racer JJ Flaherty, one suspects they did a lot of spinning over the winter. Never the less the assembled riders were split in to groups with John King the eldest of the out of townees in the first group with an 8 minute advantage. There was a fierce stiff breeze blowing but the roads were dry. John King took off like a cut cat and had dropped his companions by the end of Roundfort, if he kept that pace up he would be hard caught. Scoop who has retired from racing  to work at lead car driving and commentary could hardly keep up.

The rest of the groups set off in to the side head wind, at such a pace that a few were dropped at the top of the village. The next group set away and local favorite Noel Jennings in this group with a eye on the top prize.

The scratch group and John Gill was under pressure the win his local race, another favorite John O Holleran retired after a few KM with the red engine light badly flashing.

After the first lap John King had a commanding lead followed by Anne Flynn (Stagg), Dave Connolly another local favorite pulled out due to engine management system failure.

The scratch group caught the next group after the first lap in the village of Hollymount and this group held together for most of the next lap. Anthony O Toole, Tomas Hughes and Noel Jennings doing well to stick the pace.

The marshals waited in holly and were doing a great job and expected a bunch sprint at the finish, when the lone figure of John King rounded the corner in Hollymount to secure the top spot on the podium and full points, the next group around the corner was made up of Hollymount and Cliften lads and the two Cliften lads showed a clean set of cleats to the local lads and filled the remaining places on the podium. It looks like the handicapper was well and truly hood- winked. The Cliften lads spoiled the local party but this is bike racing.

There was tea and food in the village hall afterwards and prize giving. Special thanks to Anne Flynn who made the Chocolate Biscuit cake, it was worth all the cycling torture for this cake.

Once again thanks to all the locals who worked at sigh on, road marshals and drivers, without these hard workers the events can’t take place.

After the points are added up for the two rounds it looks like Hollymount man Ollie Kelly is leading the league with Anthony O Toole, Conor Gill, Sarah Canny and Aiden Flynn filling out the Top 5 placings.

The next round of the WLCC league will take place in Tullycross on July the 26TH, keep an eye on FB for details, hopefully the South Mayo lads can return the favor to the Galway lads.

Last round of Western Covey League July 6th

Thursday July 6th is the final round of the Western Covey league.

Sign on at Partry soccer club from 6.30pm, first group off at 7.15pm, the route is 5.5 laps of the Srah circuit. (45k)

The club need to get as many members out as possible to have a chance of winning the league and team prize.

Prize giving afterwards in the Village Inn Partry.

Here is the Overall after Rd 2

Position Name Club Total
1 Anthony O’Toole WLCC 48
1 Niall McLaughlin Covey 48
2 Lorraine Mulchrone Covey 44
3 David McDermott WLCC 34
4 John O Halloran WLCC 33
5 Mike Kelly WLCC 32
5 Liam O’Suillibhean Covey 32
6 Noel Mulroy Covey 31
7 Eoghan Carr Covey 29
7 Mike Flynn Covey 29
8 Keith Mulroy Covey 25
9 Colin Loughrey WLCC 22
10 Martin Jennings WLCC 21
10 Yannick Scheerer Covey 21
10 Robert Coakley Covey 21
11 Noel Gibbons WLCC 20
11 Eammon Marrey WLCC 20
11 Brian Glavey Covey 20
11 Aidan Gill Covey 20
11 Sean O Malley WLCC 20
11 Philip Staunton WLCC 20
12 Neill Wilson WLCC 18
13 Paul Feeney WLCC 16
14 Shane Gilligan WLCC 12
15 Anthony Murray Covey 10
15 Padraic Furlong Covey 10
15 Noel Jennings WLCC 10
15 Pat Flannery WLCC 10
15 Jerry Towey WLCC 10
15 Scott Towey WLCC 10
15 Padraig Marrey WLCC 10
15 James McGreevy Covey 10
15 Shane Gill Covey 10
15 Martin O’Donnell WLCC 10
15 John Hughes WLCC 10
15 Keith O’Connell Covey 10
15 Ryan Scott Covey 10
15 Declan Gallagher Covey 10
15 Joe Moran Covey 10
15 Francis McGreal Covey 10
15 Darren Foy WLCC 10
15 Walter Lyons Covey 10
15 Patricia Harte WLCC 10
15 Keith Hastings Covey 10
15 Karen Regan WLCC 10
15 David Conway Covey 10
15 Yanis Blinov WLCC 10
15 Mark Gannon Covey 10
15 David Connolly WLCC 10
15 Mark Kelly WLCC 10
15 John Murphy WLCC 10
15 Tom Hughes WLCC 10


Great Western Lakes Sportif June 25th

The Great Western Lakes Sportif take place this Sunday the 25th of June, Sign on open from 7.45am at the cycling centre, Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe.

The cycle leaves at 9am sharp.The route is 85k Ballinrobe, Partry, Tourmakeady, Ail Duil, Kilmilkin, Maam (Food stop 55k) Cornamona, Clonbur finish back at Cycling centre.

Entry fee is €20 and proceeds will go to the Ballinrobe branch of the Order of Malta who provide great cover for all our events and races in the West. If all members could attend it would make it a Great  day out, we will try and keep the group together for the first half of the event if traffic permits.

Western Lakes Cycling Club Report 23-06-2017

Lesiure and MTB Reports

Hi Folks, we are slap bang in the middle of Sportif season and there are a great number of events around the area and in the west. A good few members took part in the Explore Mayo and Cornamona 50 mile cycles in recent weeks.

The Great Lakes Sportif take place this Sunday the 25th of June, starting in the cycle center at 09.00. Its €20 to enter and proceeds will go to the Order of Malta who provide great cover for all our events and races in the west. If all members could attend it would make it a good day out, we will keep the group together for the first half of the event if traffic permits.

The Ladies Sportif will take place in the coming weeks so like and share the poster on Facebook to all local clubs.

Racing Report

Well its back to the local scene for Sean o Malley after his heroics in the RAS in recent weeks, Sean even managed the break in the final stage in to Skerries and his name was heard over Radio Tour, Chapeau to SOM in his great efforts.

The Galway Bay Criturium took place over the last weekend and WLCC had a few podiums and a great 2nd place for Gerry Towey son Scott Towey in the under U12 race, a budding racer in the making like his dad eh, who himself came 5th in the A4 category.

The Mayo league is coming to the last few races and round 7 took place in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday night. Seanie O Malley is leading the proceedings and will look for a few club members for help him in maintaining his lead in the league. 

As it happened WLCC had two members on the podium, with Tom Hughes and Anthony O Toole taking 2nd and 3rd  place. Tom a budding club racer form the fields of Hollymount, a part of the Hollymount Wheelers group, young Tom’s racing career is finally taking off.  Sprint King Anthony O Toole is also a A4 in the making.

The Hollymount round of the WLCC club takes place on Friday the 30TH of June, this will be two 19km laps of the local area, a great turnout is expected. Keep an eye on FACEBOOK for details of the race.



Western lakes Cycling Club-Upcoming events

Hi all, please see list below of upcoming events in the local area, there is a good mix of Sportive’s and race events for every club member to enjoy.

Western/Covey League Thursday 01st June-Sign on in Partry 06.15

Please note the dates on this have changed to suit TT league, Check FB for details

Croi Cycle-Sunday June 4th-Group cycling to Galway, check Facebook for details

Monday 5th June 2017-WLCC TT League hosted by Hollymount Wheelers-Sign on in Hollymount Dressing rooms from 5 o clock, first away 6pm

Cornamona 50 Mile Cycle-Saturday 17th June 2017-

Sunday 18th June 10.30am-Family Cycle

Great Western Lakes Sportive June Sunday 25th June 2017

Second round of WLCC Club league in Hollymount, Friday 30th June-Sign on 06.15 Race start 07.15

Check Facebook for details of all these events