Western Lakes CC News 18/11/2016

Hi all

The cold and wet days are here again, but there are a lot of events or activities taken place to keep you at a good level of fitness over the winter period. Training is been carried out each week by Marrey training in the cycle center. Tuesday evening MTB spins are been held in the woods by Sinead Winters. There is BMX/MTB skills training on Wednesday evening at the BMX track. Sunday spins are continuing as long as weather permits. Please check the Facebook page for details of these events.

The Sean Stagg Shield is been held on Sunday the 20th of November in Hollymount. Sign on is at 09.00 and 40km race to starts at 10.00. All categories will be catered for and one day licences will be issued on the day. Start fee is 10e with nice prizes for different categories.


The West of Ireland Duathlon Series will be starting next month, this is a five race event with great chances for everyone especially in the relay event.

A reminder that the Club AGM will be held in the Valk on Saturday 26th of November, it would be great to see you all there.

Western Lakes CC Club champs

A massive crowd of 38 riders signed up for the Club champs, the best for a number of years so fairplay to everyone for having a go, even though its nice to get a result its even more important to take part.


Club champs results
Thanks to everyone who helped run last nights club champs. Thanks to inch for refreshments afterwards. Great turnout from riders. Congrats to Mayo champion Sean O Malley for his second consecutive win, after coming third in the Connacht hill climb on the Windy Gap Castlebar in earlier in the morning.


For those who like to compete against the watch sign up for the Hollymount 22k TT on September 24th details to follow.

Club champs Top 10;

1 Sean O Malley
2 Ann Flynn
3 Brendan Butler
4 Shane Gilligan
5 Padraig Marrey
6 Mike kelly
7 Donal O Reilly
8 Martin Jennings
9 John O Halloran
10 Martin Joyce



Top 3 ladies
1 Ann Flynn
2 Marie Fraser
3 Kathleen Gibbons

1st A1/2/3 Padraig Marrey
1st A4/CR Shane Gilligan
2nd A4/CR Mike Kelly


Top 3 Hollymount riders

  • 1st Ann Stagg Flynn
  • 2nd Conor Gill
  • 3rd David Connolly

Western Lakes Cycling Club Summer league Results 2016

Western Lakes Cycling Club Summer league Results

Well Cycling Folks, the summer coming to an end, the last league race took place last Wednesday in Partry. The Final league table is published below. With Brendan Butler injured due to a fall in the Bogman 2 day, it was up to the John O Halloran to see if he could take the league title. With Oillie Kelly and Martin Joyce in close quarters in the table, this would ensure real racing to the end. Oillie Kelly won the last race in Partry which he felt he had done enough to take the title. When the trio of O Halloran, Joyce and Gilligan passed the main bunch to claim 4th 5th and 6th on the night, this sealed Oillie’s fate

The Top Ten overall in a wonderful league is as follows

  1. John O Halloran (WLCC, consistent high results on the Titanium Bike 106 Pts)
  2. Ollie Kelly (Holly Group, this is Holly answer to Steve Cummings 97 Pts)
  3. Martin Joyce, (WLCC great top finisher throughout the league 91 Pts)
  4. Brendan Butler (WLCC, was leading the league all the way till the end 84 Pts)
  5. Donal O Reilly (WLCC, great improvement throughout the year, 83Pts)
  6. Shane Gilligan (WLCC, Back to good year for Shane A2 next year 76 Pts)
  7. Padraig Marrey (WLCC great come back, with good win in Robeen 75 Pts)
  8. Conor Gill (Holly Group, this is a racer in the making keep it up 69 Pts)
  9. Sean O Malley (WLCC, he gave other a chance thanks god, 65 Pts
  10. David Connolly (Holly Group, big lad at the back can come good too 62 Pts)

Prizes will be given out for the league after the club champs next Saturday evening in Inch’s bar Ballinrobe.

Special thanks to all the race directors, all the Marshalls, all the venues for providing the refreshments.

And thanks to all who took part, without members willing to give this a go including the ladies like Anne Flynn, Marie Frazer &Trish who raced each race in the knowledge that it is hard to win but kept trying anyway, it’s great to see.

WLCC Summer League R5 Final Table 6-09-2016

Final League table

WLCC club champs 2016 Seeding


Bogman final overall results 2016

We are just coming back to earth now and the Bogman 2 Day says a big thank you to all! We saw the largest number of competitors since the event began 7 years ago & what a cracking weekend it was!

Stage 1 podium

TT Podium

Stage 2 B podium

Thank you to so many of you for travelling such distances to take part and we hope that the Bogman 2 Day will become an annual event on your racing calendar.


The event could not happen without a huge team of people behind it. Thank you to the commissionaires, Cycling Ireland crew & Seamus Shorthall for making it a fair & safe event. To the motor cyclists, marshals, local Garda, lead cars, Galway County Council, Civil Defence & Nurse Monica Nee for creating such a safe event for the cyclists & public. To Western Lakes for their equipment & support.

Final overall results Final overall and stage2b_result.pdf 2016 click here

Final podium 2016

To our sponsors Renvyle House Hotel, Marrey Bikes, K2 Adventure Centre,The Lodge Letterfrack, Veldons Seafarer, Rogans Store Tully & Connemara Fisheries.

See you all next year!
John James & Leo 

Bogman 2 Day 28th & 29th August

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Bogman 2 Day

Early Bird Offer finishes this Friday 5th Aug

The weekend includes a 90km stage on Saturday 27th & a time trail & 85km stage on the Sunday. This event has been running for the last 7 years & has grown from strength to strength each year. It routes bring you through some of the most stunning areas of scenery that Connemara has to offer including Renvyle, Inagh Valley, Maam Valley, Kylemore & more. A great weekend of racing guaranteed!

You can now enter online by going into the Cycle Ireland website & logging into your account. Early bird offer ends this Friday at just €30. After that the price will be €40 for 2 great days. More details available here.

Route Maps: Map for stage 1 – Saturday 27th – 3 laps of loop – 90km in total Time Trial – Sunday 28th – 8km Map for stage 2 – Sunday 28th – 85km

Western Lakes Cycling News 29-07-2016

Leisure Cycling

Hi all,

Now that the Westportif is over, this does not mean we can rest on out summer laurels, there are a few more events to attend, and also keep up the mid-week and Sunday spins, the fitness levels can drop off dramatically if we miss a few weeks on the bike with holidays etc. The Giro De Baile is on Sunday and this is a good sportive, with great scenery around north Mayo, it can be a challenge if the weather is bad, but it looks like it will be fine. Get a few mates and head down the cycle starts at 10.00am

Giro De Baile 2016

Race Reports

Its been a busy few weeks on the race front.

Constantin Bartels won last night’s Tourmakeady Festival Race in Co. Mayo, the Waterford Racing Club man soloing home at the end of the 50-kilometre contest.

Bartels, a former Western Lakes CC rider, started with the scratch group who were six minutes behind the A4/club riders and two minutes behind the A3 men.So he and the other limit men sure had their work cut out.But on the hilly course they made great inroads on the opening lap – despite the best efforts of a truck to unintentionally block their path across to the groups up ahead.

The A3 men weren’t hanging around either but they were joined by the minority scratch group and together they bridged across to the A4/club group, cutting down a three-minute gap on that last lap.Brendan Butler (Western Lakes) made a brave bid for victory when he jumped off the front of the lead group but that was brought back by a group of four scratch men, Bartels among them.

The latter wriggled free and stretched his legs to take the win with Westport Covey Wheelers man James McGreevy coming across the line in second followed by Sean O’Malley of the promoting club.


Tourmakeady festival Race, 50k

Promoted by Western Lakes CC

1 Constantin Bartels (Waterford Cycling Club)

2 James McGreevy (Westport Covey Wheelers)

3 Sean O’Malley (Western Lakes Cycling)

4 Joe Moran (Westport Covey Wheelers)

5 Pat Joe O’ Connell (Westport Covey Wheelers)

6 Steven Murphy (Unattached

The Brian McNamera Memorial Race took place in Tuam last weekend, there was a strong national field as this was a National league event.

8 riders broke away fro the A1/A2 group and they were gone for the day. Sean o Malley was very active in the remaining group but with extreme winds they could not make up the gap. Daire Feely from ITAP won the event.

John Gill and Patricia Harte done well in their races

On Wednesday last Belmullet CC held the Mayo champs 2016.

This was well attended by WLCC members with Sean o Malley in A1 group, Janis in the A3 group and John Conroy and club chairman Martin Joyce in the Club race.

All four Western Lakers picked up prizes at the Mayo Club Championships in Belmullet. Sean O’Malley was the star of the show again retaining his club championship with first place again. Yanis Blinos was second in A3, John Conroy was first in Club Racer cat with Martin Joyce second in Club Racer Cat. Congrats to Belmullet cycling club for a really well run event.

Sean O Malley, Dave Brennan and 2 Westport Coveys Meaney and McCreevy and two others broke free in the first 5km. Those first 4 broke away with 15km to go and held a four to five minute gap over the main bunch. Sean won the sprint by half a wheel. He came around mcCreevy in the last second. Well done all

Sean O Malley Mayo Champ 2016

SOM Mayo Champ 2016WLCC Lads at Mayo Champs 2016

Well done lads, MJ has no shorts poor lad.





Western Lakes Cycling News

Hi all, its mid season in the cycling world, the weather has improved. One of the biggest cycles of the season the Wesportif was held last Saturday. It was a great event and well attended.

Lesiure Report

The Tuesday and Thursday spins are continuing, the weather is not always on our side but keep it up.

The Tour De Baile will be the next big event after the Wesportif on Sunday the 31st of July.

Racing Report

It has been a busy few weeks in the racing front, with the final round of the Western/Covey league. Congrats to Paul Feaney and Anthony O Toole for finishing 2nd and 3rd in the overall standings. These lads only started racing last season and this year.

The Second round of the WLCC Summer league took place in Kilmaine on Wednesday the 13Th of July. There was a good turn out and a well run event by Gerry Sheridan.

The first group made it all the way to the finish and John Walsh and Donal O Reilly contested the sprint, with John winning out in the end.

WLCC Summer League 2016 R2 15-07-2016

Up-coming events include the

Open Race in Tourmakeady on Friday 22nd of July

The Brian McNamara Memorial Race, see flyer below

Mayo Cycling Club Champs 2016 – Belmullet

Round 3 of the Western Lakes Summer League 10/08/2016 in Ballinrobe


What to expect at Westportif 2016

The Westportif routes are some of the most spectacular in the country, with mountains, lakes, valleys and scenery that will take your breath away.

We have 3 distances to choose from 80km, 120km & 160km

Westportif safety map

Here is a brief look at each distance and what it will take to get around the course.

Remember to eat and drink well the 24hrs before the event and don’t over do the alcohol consumption.

The 80k Warrior route (Known locally as the Ring of the Reek) is pretty flat with only a few drags and one small hill to get over. The food stop comes just after the half way mark at 45k so its nice to know the 2nd half is that bit shorter.

80k route

This route is easily doable for a beginner, the key is pacing, while at the start you will be fresh and eager this is the time to hold back and not to get carried away by following the faster sportifers.

Key is to drink before your thirsty and eat before your hungry!

Take a drink every 10-15mins, eat a HIGH 5 bar or piece of fruit in the first hour this will keep the energy levels topped up.

At the Food stop, there will be a variety of snacks, sandwiches, fruit and teas &Coffee, our recommendation is have a sandwich and cup of hot drink, avoid the temptation to over eat because if you do you will feel slow and sluggish when you get back on the bike and make the return journey home very long…

Remember to keep warm at the food stop, you will be quite warm after cycling 45k and once you stop your body temperature drops quite fast, make sure to put on a gilet (sleeveless jacket) or rain cape.

Once you get back on the bike after the food stop give yourself a few kms to get going, our recommendation is to wait to Ashleigh falls then pull in and take off your cape or gilet and while you’re at it make sure to take a picture of the lovely falls.

The last 28k home is pretty flat and hopefully you will have a tailwind home.

The last 2k home is neutralized so heed the warning signs and marshals.         When you finish enjoy the Westportif village and relax and enjoy the banter outside the Clewbay hotel.

How long will it take me ?

If you are a regular cyclist that is out 2-3 times a week we reckon under  3 hours

If you only cycle occasionally but also partake in other sports we reckon 3.5 hours

If you are new to cycling your aim should be to complete it in 4 to 4.5hours

The 120k route

If you have signed up for the 120k distance, even though its only 40k longer this route is a great cycling test.

120k route

Even though there is six climbs on this route the real climbing doesn’t starts until 57k in when you turn left at Leenane village. For the next 20k the roads are either up or down and remember to keep your wits about you as there are dangerous descents and always sheep on the roads! Once over Maam Trasna you will see Lough Mask and the roads flatten out for a while and you’ll get a small break.

At the Village of Tourmakeady (95k) you will get your last chance to refuel (Take this opportunity as the next 25k are hard). Once you turn left you are climbing for 5kms with sections as steep as 18% so pace yourself, the view at the top of Lally’s mountain makes the hard work worthwhile and if you have the time stop and look back at the majestic Lough Mask. The descent of Lally’s is fast, bumpy, windy and narrow so feather the brakes.

The last 13k home is up and down and very energy sapping so save a HIGH 5 gel for this.

Once back in Westport heed the neutralized section and make your way back to the leisure park on James st.

What’s it going to take to finish it and How long will it take me?

Firstly put a food and hydration strategy together, what we mean here is drink and eat regularly and remember pace yourself, go off too hard and we guarantee you will pay the price, we don’t want to see you looking out from inside the broomwagon as you approach the finish !!!

If you are a strong cyclist who raced we reckon about 4hrs

If you are not as fit as you would like we reckon 5hrs

If you think it is going to take you longer than 6hrs we recommend that you stick with the 80k for this year.

The Legend 160k route.

160k route

This is a real challenge, not only are you breaking into the century (100miles) you are also cresting 7 categorized climbs.

This stage is as hard as anything that a Pro peloton will tackle, are you up for this? Better be sure as its very unforgiving.

Not only do you cover the same roads as the 80 and 120k courses but you also cycle along the famous Killary Fjord and cycle down the Innagh Valley before crossing the Maam turks.

The biggest difference on this route apart from the increased distance is the wind. Yes you read that correctly, the wind! The wind along the exposed cost road to the top of the Innagh valley is legendary, it can blow you sideways in an instance…

By the time you get to Maam at 105k you will be fit for bed never mind 55 more kilometers.

Take your time in Maam, gather your thoughts then go for it.

With an action packed 55k left to complete this is what all hardy cyclist thrive for, the pain and burning in the legs, the ecstasy of getting over the climbs with your mates and the joy of descending down hill with the wind blowing through your hair.

The last 25k will be a do or die effort, those who pushed too hard in the early Kilometers will now wish they held back, the last 10k back to Westport will decide if this is a character building day or one for folklore. The decision is yours.!!

How will you get through the 160k.

First by using the group smartly and be exact in your planning and food strategy while taking into account the weather conditions. But most importantly remember to PACE yourself,160k is a long day on the saddle for the best of cyclists.

How long will it take?

If you are a serious sportive rider or ex racer we reckon 5,5hrs is excellent.

If you are strong fit and prepared under 6hrs is very good.

If you think you have what it take to finish it, then we will give you 8hrs but no longer. We have time limits in place, if you are not in Leenane by 12noon then no Killary Fjord or Innagh valley, you be re directed to take the 120k route.
If you are not in Tourmakeady by 3pm then no Lally’s mountain, you will be redirected to take the flat route home . Same goes for the 120k participants.

Westportif safety guidlines 2016

Westportif 2016 Event Details

 Westportif start times

  • The 160km cycle starts at 9.00 am
  • 120k cycle starts at 9.30am
  • The 80km cycle starts at 10 am

Both cycles start from Westport Leisure Centre, James Street in Westport town.

Westportif Finish times (Estimated)

  • 160km between 2-4.30pm
  • 120km between 1-3.pm
  • 80km between 1-2.30pm

 Westportif sign on times and locations

There are three options for participants to sign on for the event.

  • Friday 15th July at Monaghan’s Skoda Showroom, Castlebar from 3.30pm-7pm
  • Friday 15th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from

8.30pm – 10pm

  • Saturday 16th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from

6.30am – 8am for 120/160k

  • Saturday 16th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from

7.30am – 9.30am for 80k

.Westportif Sponsors

A big thanks for all our Sponsors.

  • Monaghan & Sons Skoda Castlebar
  • High 5 Sports Nutrition
  • Destination Westport
  • Smarter Travel
  • The Clew Bay Hotel
  • Westport Leisure Park
  • Delphi Adventure Resort
  • The Mayo News

Westportif Organisers
Westportif is a voluntary run dual venture between Westport Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes Cycling Club . Both clubs use Westportif to fund and develop the sport at grass roots.

Westportif Charity

The Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation’ is Westportif ‘s 2016 chosen charity

Frustration for Para Cyclist Jerry Towey missing out on Para Rio games

Jerry targeted  Rio selection after being selected to the 2013 World Cup held in Segovia Spain.  He returned in 2014 to the same venue taking 13th position in the Time Trial.

Jerry Towey Podium

Towey amassed the fourth highest points tally for Rio in the male section, he competed  in events in Germany, Spain, Czech Republic & the UK just missing the third step of the podium on three occasions. However Paralympics Ireland criteria stated it would be the two best results on the UCI scoring system that counted for selection.

Jerry goal was always to get a top 10 in a World Cup in the Time Trial  but in an event in South Africa that there was very little interest in from Nations other than Ireland  Towey returned with two Bronze medals.  Unfortunately this wasn’t enough with almost all Irish riders making the podium in a medal frenzies with a small fields in all categories including Jerry’s.  It was always going to be a battle for the third or fourth slot for the Kilmovee man with Eoghan Clifford of Galway Bay CC & Colin Lynch of Manchester having medalled at World Championships securing selection in different Categories.

2016 has been a tough year on the Kilmovee man  with him crashing out on the first race of the season in March breaking his nose, fracturing his cheekbone & spending the night Drogheda hospital with concussion.  Jerry dose what he does best comes back…  and was back on the bike three days later.  The untimely death of his father the following week knocked him for six but rumor has it there is a big man in a big gear doing early morning hill reps on the Airport Hill & we expect the form he showed early this season in the Ireland West Dualathon series to come to light later on this season in the Time Trials….