Western Lakes Club News 24/02/2017

Hi all , spring is in the air, dust down or wash down the bike and head out for “Spring Spin”

“Winter Miles = Summer Smiles”

Leisure cycling & MTB & Youths Reports

As the weather has turned for the worse, its hard to get the road season off to a start. The MTB side is flying at the moment. The first round of the Connaught MTB league was held in Moorehall last Sunday, with a great crew from WLCC taking part and finishing up on the podium as well.

https://www.facebook.com/ConnachtMtbLeague/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

The Expert Men race consisting of 5 laps was won by Colin Snow of Western Lakes

James English won the Junior Men, John Staunton came 4th in the Sport Men and Sinead Waters came second in the sports woman group and Eimear Flannery came first in the Novice Woman and Katriona McHugh came fourth and Robert Flannery came second in the U-10 Boys.

These are great results by WLCC members. It’s great to see the younger members getting in a few races. The next round of the MTB league is the  Biking Blitz in Derroura on March 12th. It would be good to see lots of members take part in this event. MTB bikes can be hired near Derroura. Check Facebook for details of the results.

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The now annual training camp to Cliften takes place on Saturday the 25th of February. There is about 21 riders leaving Ballinrobe on Saturday morning and cycling back to Cliften in the sunshine and no wind or rain. They will stay the night in the station house hotel where they will have some light salads and some training information. Recovery drinks such as “Hop House 13” or a Gin or two will be needed. Mayo match will be watched and early to bed after the nightclub.

The brave souls will cycle back to Ballinrobe with the breeze at their backs on Sunday at a ADV speed of 37km per hour. We will wait for the stories next week.

Anyone not doing the Cliften cycle, may like to take part in the Saddle Up For Eplisey on Saturday, check Facebook for details. This is a great and well run event for a great cause. Its the first Sportif of the year and has 3 routes for all abilities. You are quartered to put on weight at this event lol. https://www.facebook.com/saddleupforepilepsy/

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The new club gear is ready to be collected and is available in Cummins hardware

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Racing Report

As you may know by now the dispute with Cycling Ireland over the Ballinrobe 3 day continues on.  WLCC has made the decision to pull all the open racers for the year as a result. This is a hard blow for the racers in the club, every effort will be made to resolve the issue.  See club website for full report. There is an online petition to be signed, please see link below.

http://www.activism.com/en_IE/petition/re-instate-ballinrobe-3day-race/196322?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

The racers of the club are training hard and all should be flying for the Ras Maigheo on the 25th & 26th of March 2017 in Westport.

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https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=730AB7B2DDADCBD013853C4007BAB81B0E83DEC0

Keep up the the training as “tomorrow will be bright” as they say

#Fullgas

 

WLCC News December 2016 to Present date

Western Lakes News December 2016 – Present date

The WLCC AGM was held in December 2016 and the most of the existing officers retained their positions in the club, a few roles had new name and there was a few new roles established.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2017

Chairperson:                   Martin Joyce

Secretary:                       Michael Kelly

Treasurer:                       Vincent Cummins            

Racers’ Rep:                  John Gill

Club Racers’ Rep:         Noel Gibbons

Leisure Rep:                   Ken McCarty

Ladies Rep                     Karen Regan

BMX/Youth Reps:          Gerry Butler

Off-Road Cycling           Sinead Waters

PRO:                                David Connolly

Committee:                       Gerry Butler and Breege Connolly

As the winter season is here, it is a good time to take a break for a while or take up some off roads cycling, like Mountain biking or Cyclocross racing. A few members took part in the Cyclocross race in Clonbur on a bright, cold dry day. This was a great event and well attended by WLCC. Special thanks Sinead Waters who ran a great event.

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The Sunday spins are continuing through-out the winter if the weather permits. There are two groups each Sunday the Leisure group and more advanced group. This is going well and is been well attended each Sunday. Many lads and ladies are trying other ways of keeping fit throughout the winter, many are attending spin classes, circuit training and Pilates.

Mountain biking is really taking off in 2017 and there are spins arranged for Tuesday nights and most Sundays, keep a eye on Facebook or Whatapp groups for spin details.

There is MTB hire in Derroura outside Mamm cross, great trail and good work-out

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The New Year has come about and along with it the Ireland West Duathlon Series. We have now completed the 3rd event out of 5 and this has been going well with many WLCC and Hollymount wheelers taking part in these events. They are well run by P. Marrey of raceface.ie. The last event in Ballinrobe had about 400 participants. WLCC had a great attendance and had the best 5 person team/squad, this is great for WLCC on their home turf great for the cycle club, especially when up against specialist triathlon clubs. It woul dbe great to see lots of members attend the final two events in Cong and Westport, WLCC have a good chance to become 3rd team/squad overall.

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Upcoming events include the trip to Cliften on the 25th of February, this will consist of cycling back from Ballinrobe to Clifton and a few refreshments and dinner that night in Cliften and try cycle back the next day. There are about 21 signed up for the event. Anyone who is not doing the Cliften cycle may like to do the “Saddle up for Epilepsy” on Saturday the 25th of February. This is a great event and a worthy cause, there are various distances so no problem to anyone to try. Please see link to website http://www.saddleupforepilepsy.com/

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The WLCC racing scene has been put in to disarray by CI not permitting WLCC to hold the Ballinrobe 3 day on the May bank holiday weekend as agreed on the CI calendar.

WLCC has made a decision to pull the 3 day and all other open races in protest for 2017. The full report was issued to every member via email.

“Keep her pedaling”

Fullgas

Western Lakes CC pull all Open Road races from 2017 Cycling Ireland Calendar

Announcement Regarding Ballinrobe Three Day Road Race

In 2016, Western Lakes Cycling Club (WLCC) promoted and ran the Ballinrobe 3 Day Road Race on the May Bank Holiday weekend. For the previous 13 years WLCC ran a two-day event in early August. WLCC decided to move the date to the May Bank Holiday weekend and run the event over three days. This decision was sanctioned by Cycling Ireland.

The race was extremely successful with 100 riders taking part. The feedback from the event was extremely positive from riders, teams and officials.

In September 2016 WLCC sent in its programme of open races for 2017, which contains ten open road races, including a three day, a two day, a crit and four other open races, which we have run for several years. Cycling Ireland accepted our dates and indeed published them on the draft Cycling Ireland calendar for 2017. As late as January 2017 Cycling Ireland informed us that we could not run the 3 Day on the May Bank Holiday weekend. The rule they cited for their decision was the following, Calendar Rule G8.5:

 

“Approval for an Event not previously entered on the calendar may be granted by the Provincial Secretary, but only after consultation with and approval from the Promoter, of any race scheduled for that day in an adjacent province with the exception of Sundays”

 

It is clear from the above that this rule is not applicable to WLCC as the race was indeed “previously entered on the calendar” in 2016. Therefore, Cycling Ireland has no grounds whatsoever to prevent our race going ahead. They are quoting their own rulebook to us in error. In fact, they themselves sanctioned the 2016 race and put it on their calendar and the race went ahead. Once the race went ahead a precedent had been set which makes Rule G8.5 irrelevant in this instance. Once we pointed this out, they quoted a completely different rule (G8.10) to justify their decision:

“In preparing the road racing calendar, dates will be reserved in advance of seeking general race applications for the following: All National Road Championships; National League dates; Established race dates; All Provincial Road Race Championships, which should take place on the same weekend.”

Our race date had already been established in 2016.

The position Cycling Ireland is putting a progressive club like WLCC in is intolerable. We are working every day to promote cycling in the West of Ireland. In 2016, WLCC ran more open road races than any other club in Ireland and a third of all the open road races in Connacht.

There comes a time when a stance must be made and where clubs must face up to the National Governing Body.

We have made several attempts with Cycling Ireland over the last number of weeks to resolve the issue, but have faced officialdom and bureaucracy at every turn.

 

Therefore, faced with no other option, WLCC has decided to cancel our entire open road racing programme for 2017 in protest against Cycling Ireland’s position. It is the riders who are losing out here due to the position this governing body has taken. We apologise to our fellow riders, who will not have the opportunity to participate in our races in Connacht, but we hope they and our fellow clubs around the country will understand our stance.

We believe we are being treated poorly by Cycling Ireland and while it’s OK to run a three day in Ulster and Munster, it does not appear to be acceptable to run one in Connacht on the same weekend.

 

Yours in cycling.

 

Western Lakes Cycling Club Committee

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

RESULTS

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

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Well done lads, MJ has no shorts poor lad.

#Fullgas

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