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
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
Well done lads, MJ has no shorts poor lad.