Great days racing for the Connacht Youth Championships in glorious autumnal sunshine on Saturday Oct 2nd in Ballinrobe racecourse. 25 young cyclists aged between 6 and 16 from 7 different cycling clubs across Connacht turned out for the event and did themselves proud with some great efforts and exciting racing.
Many thanks to all the participants and parents for making the event a success and especially to Bryan Hyland for EMT support, John Flannelly and Ballinrobe Racecourse for enabling us to use this great venue and to Pádraic Quinn of Connacht Cycling for broadcasting the event on Facebook Live.
Like Cycling and want to Try out the different Disciplines of the sport ..?
In the last 6 months there has never been as many kids on bikes, so much so that nearly every bike shop in the country is sold out of bicycles. Parents and Adults have also taken to the bike as a means of getting out in the fresh air and experiencing the wind in their hair.. Wherever there is a greenway like Westport or Waterford those areas seem to be booming. I suppose it's an ill wind that blows no good and at least Covid 19 brought people back to their roots with the humble means of transport called the bicycle.In sporting terms Ireland never had it so good with Carrick on Suir native Sam Bennett winning a stage in the Tour De France and also holding the green points jersey a feat not done for 31 years by an Irish man. I say Sam had many a day flying down the river bank greenway between Carrick and Clonmel.
Western Lakes CC are inviting all kids from 6 years of age up and their parents to attend an Adults and Kids activities day on Saturday Sept 26th from 11-2.30pm using the safe confines of the Ballinrobe racecourse. All participants must sign up using the Cycling Ireland registration at https://eventmaster.ie/event/vK3quPoSb4.
We want Adults and kids to try out the different disciplines of the sport of cycling, most would only use their bikes for scooting around their neighbourhoods on the road, we want them to experience what it's like to cycle on grass, on gravel trails, on tight muddy corners and on a track with a fixed gear and much much more. We want them to practice and test their skill level and to really experience the thrills of the sport in a safe environment.
We will have set out areas for practice for each cycling discipline with coaches on hand to pass on expert advice. The qualified coaches will be coordinating a series of Try Out sessions for the following cycling disciplines: Mountain Biking, Cyclo cross, BMX, Track and road cycling, we will have skill and obstacle courses as well in operation to have a go at.. MTB, track and Cyclocross bikes will be available to use but we recommend that participants bring their own bike and helmet and to wear the appropriate outdoor clothing.
We will have strict guidelines re the use of the track and will apply all the relevant Covid 19 guidelines. This type of session has not been tried before using just one venue so it’s sure to be exciting for both kids, adults and coaches..Remember to sign up you must go to https://eventmaster.ie/event/vK3quPoSb4.
At long last after a difficult few months we are beginning to return to normal. Following the government announcement on Friday it looks like normality will resume shortly and we just await final clarification from Cycling Ireland, fingers crossed some form of racing will resume shortly.
We are resuming the usual club leisure spins , on a Tuesday evening spin meeting at 6.50 departing at 7.00pm and a Thursday evening spin meeting at 6.50 departing at 7.00pm from Cornmarket, groups will be divided up to suit ability and to adhere to Covid19 guidelines.
It looks like cycling is on the increase locally and nationally and we hope to welcome new members in the coming weeks. We have groups to suit all abilities and you can do 3 tryout spins before committing to club membership. Apart from this exception all members are to have club membership and cycling Ireland membership to participate in any club activities .
Last weekend saw the start of the racing season for most of our clubs racing members. First up was a trip to Dublin on Saturday for Sean O'Malley where he took part in an event hosted by the Dublin wheelers. A handicapped race over 87km. It didn't take long for the break to establish but on this occasion Sean didn't make the break and crossed the line in the bunch.
Sunday saw three of our riders in Navan, racing at the Seamus Kennedy cup. Again Sean had the numbers pinned, and had club members Janis Blinovs and Ainars Maskalans for company. 115k of racing which went out hard from the gun. When the break away went up the road, there was
a lot of attacking in the chasing bunch, and this is where Sean finished, about a minute back from the leaders with Janis crossing the line shortly after. In the A3 race Ainars had a good day just finishing outside the top 10 in a chasing bunch of 15.
Also on Sunday Western Lakes were represented in Ràs Maigheo in Westport in the A4 race. Four of our riders took part in a shortened version of the race of 38k. Jerry Towey, Mike Kelly, Mathew Gill and Noel Jennings were all in attendance. With strong headwinds from the start a break was
unable to develop despite Jerry’s best efforts. It wasn’t until the return leg with a tailwind and massive speed two riders got away. The break stuck and crossed the line ahead of a chasing bunch which included Mike, with Mathew and Noel just behind. No podiums this weekend, but a good leg opener to start the season for the lads.
Western Lakes Ladies Sportive 2019 takes place on the 14th of July in support of Diabetes Ireland and in memory of Rachel McDarby
Event Details Registration times & Location Date: Sunday 14th July 2019
Location: LAKESIDE SPORTS & FITNESS CLUB, STATION ROAD, BALLINROBE. F31 YT18
Entrance fee: €25 (Group discount for 10 or more)On line registration: https://eventmaster.ie/event/L2nsp3H7
Times to Note: ON the day registration 08:30 to 09:45. Briefing: 09:50 Start time: 10:00
Route: Lap of Lough Mask, 65km (See PDF linked below)
For Further details Download this PDF
Connacht 3 Day
3-DAY STAGE RACE - June 1st to June 3nd 2019
Running over the June Bank holiday weekend, this 3 stage road race is open to A1,A2 and A3 categories only.
Entry Form to be completed and returned before Friday, 17th of May, 2019
Connacht 3 day stage race
The Wests Awake
The roads of the West of Ireland will truly be awake on the June bank holiday this year when 3 day stage racing returns with a bang. Western Lakes are staging a 3-day race on the hard roads of Mayo and Galway with stages finishes in both Ballinrobe and Tullycross.
After a break of 2 years Western Lakes CC are resuming the Ballinrobe 3day and merging it with the Bogman to help create, what it hopes to be, one of the premium stage races in the country. With nearly 500km of racing over hard roads and beautiful scenery this will definitely be a race to mark on the calendar. With stage 1 starting in Ballinrobe Mayo on Saturday afternoon and traveling to Connemara to finish in Tullycross, while day 2 will involve racing the old Bogman route with start and finish both in Tullycross before heading back for Mayo with the final stage finishing in Ballinrobe early on Monday.
Due to the logistics of having stage finishes in different locations all riders will have to be part of a team. Open to A1, A2, A3, juniors and ladies riding in teams of 5 with composite teams with perpetual cups, trophies and plaques for all jersey and stage winners.
|Stage 1||Stage 2 (4 laps)||Stage 3|
Sign on for Stage one from 1pm closed at 2.30pm sharp, from the Cycling centre, Kilmaine road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo post code F31XK09, Stage start at 3pm sharp.
Stage 2 sign on from 12noon, Marian Hall, Tullycross, start at 1pm
Stage 3 sign on from 9am, Marian Hall, Tullycross, start 10am
Prize presentation from 3pm at Cycling centre, Ballinrobe.
All at Western Lakes CC wishes Scott Towey who is riding Rás na nÓg this weekend the best of luck.
Since 2007 it has become one of the premier youth racing events on the calendar. Hosted by Drogheda Wheelers and under the stewardship of the hard working Gerard Campbell it is a very well run and safe event. It’s also Scott’s home away from home with him born in Drogheda, so three stages over two days at Bellewstown Race Course is a marginal gain for the nerves before the flag drops. Its Scott’s first year U14 but a few very well structured training weekends with the Connacht Youths Academy with our own Padraig Marrey & John O'Halloran as coaches which has been spearheaded by Noel Mulroy of Westport Covey will have all riders well ready for the two day event. The event attracts Irelands elite youth cyclists of the day but it is not all about the podium, it encourages young cyclists to race to the best of their ability. Positioning, bike handling, gear selection, when, where & how to attack & when to sit in are as much important as your name on a top 10 results sheet when you take the chequered flag. Even more so the youths that just haven’t made that level they know they are only a few bike lengths of the guys that are there so it’s all to play for them at the next race.
The Kilmovee youth is steadily learning his trade and has proven there is nothing to be afraid of and as the year rolls on we will have squads at open youth races. Hard races “up the front” OR “out the back” is all about life experiences, it’s about doing your best even if you end up in a race within a race with the pelothon vanishing up the road and any chance of you name on a results sheet gone. It’s about picking yourself up after a spill and going again, it’s about making friends, it’s about seeing how much you have grown stronger & smarter race after race, it’s about learning from those who have gone before you, it’s about respect, for your team mates, for other competitors, for your Club, earning the respect of organisers that keep the sport we all love alive... by simply having a pop off the front. It’s about having fun.
A gigantic crowd turned up for round one of the Western Lakes CC club league in Kilmaine. Gerry and Veronica Sheridan hosted the event and have set the bar high for all remaining rounds. In total 37 people turned up to either race or marshal.
The league is aimed at getting club members out to ride or race in a group of similar abilities. Round 1 is always tricky to get the H/cap right as we don't know the form of everyone and how they will handle a group situation at speed so bear with us on getting you into the right group. Either way its a massive opportunity to meet up and have a bit of banter plus you get to know the other members. The fact you learn tactics, bike skills and group riding are all only bonuses
Niche training groups from villages around Ballinrobe all descended upon the village of Kilmaine even the Clifden and Renvyle gang made the long journey. There was an aire of tension as rivals talked gingerly... All mad to find out what the other did over the winter, lads talked about not getting out and having nothing done (Ya right) as the weather was so bad. The Knight riders from the Continuity ...had to be favorites the miles them guys put in since last October must be savage... The Hollies have been put through a regimental turbo & Zwift session plan with one member supposedly putting out the same kind of wattage as Mark Cavendish in a sprint .... I Think he is watching too much GCN...Reality boys stay with Reality...New bikes and wheels were flashed all boding to their commitment... but as we all know its not really about the bike its about how we look....
It had to be one of the worst evenings ever for a race with freezing cold hail and sleet falling only over the village of Kilmaine (Not sure why mother nature only picked Kilmaine) with everyone huddled in the hall hoping and praying the event would be canceled not knowing that there was only a slim and no chance of that ever happening ... Crys from Inch to have only one lap went on deaf ears Dave Mac and softy Gibbons hitted for the turf and bolted home... the Holllies all of a sudden were Marshaling did ya ever see the like...
JJ and the Clifden gang were loving it ... this weather was like a soft day in Summer to them boys...saying all that seeing them all inside in JJ's van warming up on spinning bikes was a sight to be hold. ..
4 group were seeded with a Handicap of 9 minutes from front to back set-out for the 2 lap course totaling 34.9k. The racing for most was probably a new experience.. trying to stay in a group watching for the wheel in front of you.. figuring out what the best gear to be in were only a few of the technically issues...more importantly was figuring out how long you could sustain this effort and pace while hyper ventilating at the same time your legs filled with concrete was highest on most their agendas... Pulling out on the first passage through the village seemed a like good idea for a few... The scratch (Back group) Caught group 3 with 9k to go they had a mix of group 2 with them them, out front John Hughes, Earnan Naughton and Sinead Watters held on for dear life... till Foggy Sheridans X roads when the juncture was made by the back groups ... With 4k to go it was always going to be a scratch rider that took the laurels ... Janis and John O Halloran the only A3 riders in the group looked to be favorites ... John was playing the I am the coach trick while keeping a gamy eye on presiding ... Ainars and Jerry ploughed hard on the front with the odd trick from Shane the sheep Gilligan and Colin bullet Loughney throwing in... JJ used up his bullets earlier on but was still lurking... Jennings and Feeney were been chute I say toooo chute as they kept their powder dry and never got to spark at all... Marrey was just hanging in the pocket waiting for it all to kick off ... once the sprint started by Colin Loughney with 600m to go... it kind of through the cat amongst the pigeons.. who was going to chase.. he who chased ruined their own chances .. a few skirmishes and the gap was closing but the finish line was closing too... Ainars decided twas time to launch.. O Halloran and JJ set up behind Marrey knowing he was the wheel to be on.. Marrey launched his effort at the 200m mark ... Loughney glanced and was sure the win was his.. with a mere 20m to go..Marrey past Colin and breasted the line first with a deflated Loughney 2nd and the ever improving Ainars 3rd with Coach O Halloran 4th....
Next round will be hosted by Robeen on Thursday April 26th.. lets get as many out as possible...