Western Lakes cycling club are looking to emulate running by getting as many ladies together as possible to create the biggest cycle event for women only in the Mayo and Connacht area. That said we won’t deter the opposite sex taking part providing they dress appropriately. For the ladies its a brilliant opportunity to show case that cycling in lycra with shaved legs is not only for the guys, every woman can put their effort to the wheel by taking part and do their bit for women in sport.
Ballinrobe will be the venue for this unique cycle and with an up surge in women taking part in Triathlons, Adventure races, Duathlons and of course just normal recreational cycling what better way to meet like minded ladies but at ladies only event.
This End of Season leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 18th of October. The chosen charity for this event is ‘Climb a Hill for Jack and Jill’.
There are two routes planned for the day, both spins leave Ballinrobe at 10am and partly share the same route. Sign on starts at 9am at the cycling centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe.
The ‘Long Spin’ is approximately 80km, skims the southern shore of Lough Mask on it’s way into Joyce Country among the Partry mountains, the spectacular Lough Na Fooey lies at the base of the Ail Dubh our first of two climbs. Ail Dubh has featured in the many of the big open races, 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 lying in the shadow of the Maumturks.
‘Maumeen’, our second climb appears, short and sharp, before one reaches the village of Cor na Mona, on 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.
The ‘Short spin’ is in the region of 50km, and shares part of the long route but veers south climbing Ben Levy or more locally known as ‘Mount Gable’ or ‘Cloach Breac’, the route then descends into the village of Cor na Mona joining up again with the Long Route to experience the panoramic views of Lough Corrib.
There will be back up, a water and snack stop and maybe some interesting marshals on route!
The cost for this wonderful spin, including lunch is €20
For more info visit www.westernlakescc.com