Great Western Lakes Sportif June 24th

What is the Great Western Lakes Sportif Route 1, circa 135 km. Starting in the Market town of Ballinrobe, follow the N 84 to Partry, passing Lough Carra on your right.Lough Carra is the largest marl lake in Ireland and is part of the Great Western Lakes complex. It covers 1,560 hectares and is joined to Lough Mask by the Keel River. It has many islands and a ragged shoreline with a plethora of bays and promontories, all on a bedrock of limestone. After turning left towards Tourmakeady, the vast expanse of Lough Mask appears to your left. Known around the world for its brown trout fishing, the Mask is the 6th largest lake in Ireland.Lough Mask is the middle of the three lakes, which empty into the Corrib River, through Galway, into Galway Bay. Lough Carra flows into Lough Mask, which feeds into Lough Corrib through an underground stream which becomes the River Cong. The eastern half of Lough Mask is shallow and contains many islands. The other half is much deeper, sinking to a long trench with depths in excess of 50 metres. As we leave Lough Mask, and take the climb towards Maantrasna, on the descent Loch naFooey comes into view. Its name derives from Lake of the winnowing winds, and you will often see spectacular wind tunnels along the water. Popular locally for swimming and fishing, its nearest village is Finny. A further climb towards Aill Dubh with a spectacular descent.
135k https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27038741
At the bottom its decision time ! left will take you home via Maam, Cornmaona and Clonbur for the shorter 85k distance and right towards Leenane and you are on the longer 135k route so be sure its within your range..!!!
Leaving Leenane on the 135k, you will pass Ireland's only fjord, Killary Harbour. it is simply majestic. an awesome sight on anyday. furer along the road, we turn sharply left into the Inagh Valley. The Inagh Valley has 2 lakes, Inagh and Derryclare, the Twelve Pins of Connemara rising steeply to the west, and the Maamturks to the east. The 2 lakes are connected by a series of rivers, and are renowned for their excellent fishing. Leaving the valley, we turn left towards Maam Cross, and left towards Maam. Onwards towards Cornamona, we get our first glimpse of the massive expanse that is Lough Corrib. While Lough Corrib is reputed to have 365 islands, a recent more accurate figure from the creator of the charts of the lake is 1327 The most famous of the islands is Inchagoil Island, midway between Cong and Oughterard. It is one of the largest of the many wooded islands along Lough Corrib. The island has spectacular views of the Maumturk range, Joyce Country and the mountains of Connemara. There are some secluded beaches and enchanting woods with a variety of walks around the island. There is evidence of an early monastic settlement which still mostly remains a mystery. There are two churches remaining, Saint Patrick's and the 12th-century church known as the "saints" church. There are several paths around the island, an old cemetery and remains of four or five cottages which housed the few inhabitants. The lake continues in our view until Clonbur with only 11k to Ballinrobe and the Finish.
85k https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27038760
Sign on June 24th from 7.30am at the Western Lakes CC cycling centre, Kilamine road Ballinrobe, com Mayo
Email padraigmarrey@gmail.com for any additional info required or ring 0877992857
135k leaves at 9am sharp
85k leave at 9.30am

MTB Off road Audax Routes and info June 30th 2019

Western Lakes CC have stepped into the world of Audax events for the 2nd year running where athletes test themselves over a route by completing it inside a time limit.

The Mayo Western Lakes Audax MTB, has 2 event distances 100k and super tough 200k held on Sunday 30th June 2019.

Both routes are steeped in history and geography, starting in the old garrison town of Ballinrobe, following the Monk's trail to Moorehall woods along the banks of Lough Carra and onto Ballintubber Abbey. Chance to refuel at Corleys bar, a trek through the boglands of Killawalla to the hidden and deserted villages of Srah, the watering hole at O Toole's bar (Foodstop), Tourmakeady waterfall and the old escape routes through to the Black valley of Glensaul. High up in the Partry mountains over looking Lough Mask, drinking water out of Glacier lakes and hidden waterfalls. To the Murderous Maam Trasna pass, the Irish quarter of Finney to the end off the leg of the Mask, over the hill of the CO-OP  and descend out onto Lough Corrib via the longest land peninsula of Europe. Climb Heart attack hill and the old Sean Bothar from Cornamona, travel back in time in the Joyce country Geo park and through the majestic woodlands of Cong and Ashford castle, through lane ways and Turloughs over the hill of Cairn and along Ballinrobe Inishmaine Trail: Takes in a variety of archaeological and historical points of Interest including a Souterrain, Caves, a Ringfort, a Cornmill, an Abbey, a Sweathouse and a Hillfort, the final few kms are along the river Robe on the Bowers riverside walk.

Entry and payment made payable to Western Lakes CC, send to Padraig Marrey, 5 Pairc Na Coille, Westport, Co Mayo

Entry fee €6 for the 100k and €11 for the 200k

Audax Ireland Medal €7

ACP (Audax club parisien) €7

MTB, Gravel or cyclo cross bikes suitable (Make sure to bring plenty of spares if using a Gravel or cyclo cross bikes)

Sign on from 6.30am. at the cycling centre Ballinrobe
Kick off at 8am for 200k DOWN LOAD LINK https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27628743
Completion time inside 13.5hrs
4-6 Route controls at either of the following Moorehall @21.2k Picture @48.k Receipt Ballintubber stores @76k Tourmakeady Waterfall Picture/ signature @93k Turbine/Durks Signature @127k Duras Picture @188k Question or picture @202k Record time at Finish 

Potential food stops 

In the 200k you are  never too far away from a shop/ pub, the first is after 31.9k in Caracon village its a Shop, again Ballintubber abbey there is a Pub at 46.6k (tea and sandwich), Ballintubber Stores 48k, (CHECKPOINT) Killavalley at 57.6k Pub and 73.5k pub and shop Tourmakeady (Could get /Tea or coffee and sandwich here) Finney 103.3k, Cornamona 134.9k shop, Clonbur village 142 or 152k (have to deviate off course by 300m) (Shop, pub and hotel), Cong Village 166k Last possible re fueling spot is Cross village 171k. REMEMBER ITS A SUNDAY SO MAY NOT BE OPEN

Only one of the above have a deli that is Ballintubber stores, all the pubs do teas and sandwiches.

Kick off at 9am for the 100k. DOWNLOAD LINK https://ridewithgps.com/routes/30321364
Completion time inside 6hrs
There will be 2 route controls at either of the following check points @32k Waterfall Tourmakeady Picture or signature @49k Turbine/ Durks Picture or signature @72k Lough Coolin picture or signature, @106k record time at Finish line BMX track Ballinrobe. 
Potential Food stops the first is after 28k pub and shop Tourmakeady (Could get /Tea or coffee and sandwich here),  77k Clonbur is the last refueling spot.

For now we want people to  try out the different sections of the route, we have recce more or less it all now, starts off on by roads, with occasional off road section, from Section 2 on alot more fire track and bog sections, end of section 2 gets hilly, section 3 is savage, section 4 and 5 are tough, section 6 is all off road and section 7 is a ramble through the lanes....coming via the Bowers river side walk, the finish line is back at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine road.

Checkout the route in stages..

What to get of the road and onto the beaten track for a few weeks ?
Both routes were designed and recce for the Audax event that the club is organizing on June 30th 2018

Audax don't allow short, they don't encourage racing, the only challenge participants to try and finish a set out route inside a certain time limit.

Each route is broken into sections, a normal club spin could do one or maybe 2 sections at a time, as each section is about 30k return, depending where you start from.
if you want to see the route clearly download the free version of ridewithgps onto your Garmin, phone or Wahoo device.

200k
The 200k route starting at the Cycling Centre section one finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady (hilly), Section 4 finishes in Finny (The hardest section) section 5 finishes in Cornamona, and section 6 finishes in Cong and Section 7 takes a looping way home to Ballinrobe taking in the sites.

When out on these routes ideally go with a buddy in case of mishap and bring the usual breakdown stuff and your phone.

Western Lakes Cycling Club News 24-07-2017

Lesiure and MTB Report

Hi cycling folk, it has been a busy few week on the bikes, the club spins are going well on Tuesdays and Thursdays and longer spins on Sundays, Martin Joyce is back out and about and going well.

The WLCC Ladies Sportif was a great success and well run by the Sportif Director Ken McCarty. Thanks to all who took part and helped out on the day. Full reports and pictures can be seen on Facebook pages including the WLCC Facebook page and the Ladies Sportif Facebook page.

Just a reminder if anyone wants to stay in clifden the night after the Twelve Bens sportive could you book it today as they can't hold the rooms any longer

As ye all know Twelve Bens Cycling Club have their sportive on sept 9th and the committee have decided to make it our end of year spin and make a night of it after by staying in Cliften after the event

MTB spin are taken place each week and keep an eye on the Facebook page for details and route etc.

 

Racing Report

It have been a busy few week in racing front, congrats to Sean O Malley who won the Mayo league recently, great stuff Seanie. Western Lakes cam 3rd in the league overall, well done to any who took part in theses racers throughout the summer.

The next round of the WLCC league will take place in Tullycross, it will be a new race venue and be great to attend this race by club members, remember 10 points are issued for attendance and make make the difference at the end of the league.

Congrats to Scoot Towey on great result in Connacht Championships this weekend

This years Mayo Club Cycling Championships are on August 2nd hosted by Western Lakes CC in Hollymount

This years winner will also recieve the Sean Stagg Shield

Race Details as follows:
• Sign on: Hollymount Hall 5:45-6:45
• Sing on Fee: €15
• Race Start: Mass Start at 7pm sharp outside the Hall
• Course: 6 x 10km laps through Hollymount
• Eligible Categories: Club, Junior, Ladies, M40, M50, A4, A3, A2, A1, Team (best 3 across the line)
• Prizes: Top 3 overall and top 3 in each category
• Presentation & Refreshments in Hollymount Hall straight after, Also presentation for Mayo League....

Western Lakes Cycling Club Ladies Sportive 2017

Western Lakes Cycling Club Ladies Sportive 2017

In Aid of NCIB Centre Athlone

Registration times & Location

Date:                    Saturday 15th July

Location:             Western lakes Cycling Centre, Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe

Registration:       08:30 to 09:45

Briefing:               09:45

Start time:            10:00

Entrance fee:      €25

Please leave plenty of time to get to the cycling centre and for registration and pre-Sportive briefing.

What you need at sign on

  1. Your Cycling Ireland licence.
    1. A One day Cycling Ireland Licence is available on the day for €5.
  2. Your Entrance fee.

Event car parking

There is free car parking provided at the cycling centre.

 What to bring with you on the Sportive

Your bike must be in good working order to cycle the Sportive.

You are also recommended to bring the following with you on the Sportive.

  1. Helmet (Compulsory, No helmet No cycle!)
  2. Water bottle(s)
  3. Spare tubes/Pump
  4. Mobile phone / Cash / Identification.
  5. Rainproof top and/or Suntan lotion (It is Ireland after all)

Route Signage  

The route will be signed at all major junctions.

Marshalls

All major junctions will be marshalled.

 Event Food Stop

There will be 1 food stop during the Sportive which is located at just past Tourmakeedy At Maire Luke’s bar.

Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Cake, Buns, fruit and water will be provided at the food stop.

Cycle nutrition / Accessories shop

Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe will have a stall at registration. They will also be selling cycling accessories in case you forget anything.

 Bike Mechanic

Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe will be on hand to resolve any last minute mechanical issues on the morning of the Sportive.  Remember: You are responsible for ensuring your bike is safe and in good working order.

Event safety

  • The Western Lakes Ladies Sportive is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.
  • You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
  • Western Lakes Ladies Sportive is a leisure cycle and not a race.
  • Cycle no faster than your ability or weather conditions allow, the West of Ireland is known for strong gusty winds.
  • Cycle no more than 2 abreast when cycling in a group to facilitate passing cars.
  • The route selected for The Western lakes ladies Sportive is on quiet roads but you will encounter some traffic and road junctions.
  • Marshals will be visible on the route, but remember that they are only there to assist. It is your responsibility to check for traffic at junctions.
  • Cyclists should be prepared as weather conditions on the Sportive can change and you should bring the right type of clothing to keep warm and dry such as a waterproof warm jacket.
    • No earphones permitted on the Sportive
    • No Tri bars permitted on the Sportive

Emergency Medical and/or Mechanical assistance

If you have difficulty on the Sportive that STOP’S you from completing the course or if you are involved in an accident or if you come across an accident please call the emergency numbers provided.

There will be an Order of Malta supporting the Sportive.

There will also be a neutral service car available to fix any mechanical issues or punctures you may have during the Sportive.

There will be a number of Western Lakes male cyclists taking part on the day to offer encouragement, guidance and assistance along the way if required.

In the event that you feel unable to finish the Sportive for any reason there will be a Broom Van available to bring both you and your bike to the finish line.

The Finish Line

The Western Lakes Sportive starts and finishes at the Western lakes cycling centre.

Showers

Showers are provided at the Lakeside Sports and Fitness Centre which is situated across the road from the cycling centre.

Post Sportive Nourishment.  

Refreshments will be available at Inches bar on main street Ballinrobe after the sportive. Please join us after toe sportive for some refreshments.

And finally….

On behalf of Western Lakes Cycling Club and the NCBI we thank you for taking part in this years ladies sportive. We hope everyone enjoys this ladies Sportive and are blown away by the scenery en-route. Mayo is known as the adventure capital of Ireland and with gems like Tourmakeady, Maumtrasna, Finny, Clonbur, Lough Na Fooey, Partry Mountains, Joyce Country and Lough Mask, it’s a spectacular tour of what Mayo and North Galway has to offer so we hope you enjoy it.

 

 

Cliften Kings take the Crowns in Hollymount

The second round of the WLCC club league was held in Hollymount on Friday night last, the local riders did not know what to expect when a van load of 12 Bens riders showed up, led by A1 racer JJ Flaherty, one suspects they did a lot of spinning over the winter. Never the less the assembled riders were split in to groups with John King the eldest of the out of townees in the first group with an 8 minute advantage. There was a fierce stiff breeze blowing but the roads were dry. John King took off like a cut cat and had dropped his companions by the end of Roundfort, if he kept that pace up he would be hard caught. Scoop who has retired from racing  to work at lead car driving and commentary could hardly keep up.

The rest of the groups set off in to the side head wind, at such a pace that a few were dropped at the top of the village. The next group set away and local favorite Noel Jennings in this group with a eye on the top prize.

The scratch group and John Gill was under pressure the win his local race, another favorite John O Holleran retired after a few KM with the red engine light badly flashing.

After the first lap John King had a commanding lead followed by Anne Flynn (Stagg), Dave Connolly another local favorite pulled out due to engine management system failure.

The scratch group caught the next group after the first lap in the village of Hollymount and this group held together for most of the next lap. Anthony O Toole, Tomas Hughes and Noel Jennings doing well to stick the pace.

The marshals waited in holly and were doing a great job and expected a bunch sprint at the finish, when the lone figure of John King rounded the corner in Hollymount to secure the top spot on the podium and full points, the next group around the corner was made up of Hollymount and Cliften lads and the two Cliften lads showed a clean set of cleats to the local lads and filled the remaining places on the podium. It looks like the handicapper was well and truly hood- winked. The Cliften lads spoiled the local party but this is bike racing.

There was tea and food in the village hall afterwards and prize giving. Special thanks to Anne Flynn who made the Chocolate Biscuit cake, it was worth all the cycling torture for this cake.

Once again thanks to all the locals who worked at sigh on, road marshals and drivers, without these hard workers the events can't take place.

After the points are added up for the two rounds it looks like Hollymount man Ollie Kelly is leading the league with Anthony O Toole, Conor Gill, Sarah Canny and Aiden Flynn filling out the Top 5 placings.

The next round of the WLCC league will take place in Tullycross on July the 26TH, keep an eye on FB for details, hopefully the South Mayo lads can return the favor to the Galway lads.

Last round of Western Covey League July 6th

Thursday July 6th is the final round of the Western Covey league.

Sign on at Partry soccer club from 6.30pm, first group off at 7.15pm, the route is 5.5 laps of the Srah circuit. (45k)

The club need to get as many members out as possible to have a chance of winning the league and team prize.

Prize giving afterwards in the Village Inn Partry.

Here is the Overall after Rd 2

PositionNameClubTotal
1Anthony O'TooleWLCC48
1Niall McLaughlinCovey48
2Lorraine MulchroneCovey44
3David McDermottWLCC34
4John O HalloranWLCC33
5Mike KellyWLCC32
5Liam O'SuillibheanCovey32
6Noel MulroyCovey31
7Eoghan CarrCovey29
7Mike FlynnCovey29
8Keith MulroyCovey25
9Colin LoughreyWLCC22
10Martin JenningsWLCC21
10Yannick ScheererCovey21
10Robert CoakleyCovey21
11Noel GibbonsWLCC20
11Eammon MarreyWLCC20
11Brian GlaveyCovey20
11Aidan GillCovey20
11Sean O MalleyWLCC20
11Philip StauntonWLCC20
12Neill WilsonWLCC18
13Paul FeeneyWLCC16
14Shane GilliganWLCC12
15Anthony MurrayCovey10
15Padraic FurlongCovey10
15Noel JenningsWLCC10
15Pat FlanneryWLCC10
15Jerry ToweyWLCC10
15Scott ToweyWLCC10
15Padraig MarreyWLCC10
15James McGreevyCovey10
15Shane GillCovey10
15Martin O'DonnellWLCC10
15John HughesWLCC10
15Keith O'ConnellCovey10
15Ryan ScottCovey10
15Declan GallagherCovey10
15Joe MoranCovey10
15Francis McGrealCovey10
15Darren FoyWLCC10
15Walter LyonsCovey10
15Patricia HarteWLCC10
15Keith HastingsCovey10
15Karen ReganWLCC10
15David ConwayCovey10
15Yanis BlinovWLCC10
15Mark GannonCovey10
15David ConnollyWLCC10
15Mark KellyWLCC10
15John MurphyWLCC10
15Tom HughesWLCC10

 

Western Lakes Cycling Club Report 23-06-2017

Lesiure and MTB Reports

Hi Folks, we are slap bang in the middle of Sportif season and there are a great number of events around the area and in the west. A good few members took part in the Explore Mayo and Cornamona 50 mile cycles in recent weeks.

The Great Lakes Sportif take place this Sunday the 25th of June, starting in the cycle center at 09.00. Its €20 to enter and proceeds will go to the Order of Malta who provide great cover for all our events and races in the west. If all members could attend it would make it a good day out, we will keep the group together for the first half of the event if traffic permits.

The Ladies Sportif will take place in the coming weeks so like and share the poster on Facebook to all local clubs. https://www.facebook.com/WLCC-Ladies-Sportive-797159530403528/

Racing Report

Well its back to the local scene for Sean o Malley after his heroics in the RAS in recent weeks, Sean even managed the break in the final stage in to Skerries and his name was heard over Radio Tour, Chapeau to SOM in his great efforts.

The Galway Bay Criturium took place over the last weekend and WLCC had a few podiums and a great 2nd place for Gerry Towey son Scott Towey in the under U12 race, a budding racer in the making like his dad eh, who himself came 5th in the A4 category.

The Mayo league is coming to the last few races and round 7 took place in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday night. Seanie O Malley is leading the proceedings and will look for a few club members for help him in maintaining his lead in the league. 

As it happened WLCC had two members on the podium, with Tom Hughes and Anthony O Toole taking 2nd and 3rd  place. Tom a budding club racer form the fields of Hollymount, a part of the Hollymount Wheelers group, young Tom’s racing career is finally taking off.  Sprint King Anthony O Toole is also a A4 in the making.

The Hollymount round of the WLCC club takes place on Friday the 30TH of June, this will be two 19km laps of the local area, a great turnout is expected. Keep an eye on FACEBOOK for details of the race.

http://www.strava.com/routes/9263178

#Fullgas

 

Western Lakes Club League R1 “Robeen”

Marrey makes it two in a row in Robeen

Robeen was the location of the first round of the WLCC club league in which 30 riders togged out. The handicapping was carried out by P.Marrey and the bunch was broke up into five separate groups. The first group consisted of 7 riders with a few new racers in the group Eimear Flannery, Martin McDonald, Sarah Canny and Karen Regan. This group was given 9 minute on G2 and and 12 Mins on G3 14 Mins on G4 and 16 mins on the scratch group. The racing was fast and the first group was down to 4 riders by the end of the first lap. The second and 3rd group joined forces to make a big bunch. By the last few Km’s it looked like the first group would stay away but as they approached Robeen crossroads the big bunch came over the hill. In the last KM Sarah Canny pushed on and Ann Flynn and Dave Connolly tried to fill the podium but in the final 100 meters the bunch caught and passed the group, Padraic Marrey took the sprint to take another victory in the Robeen race, he sure like this circuit,

Special thanks to John Conroy who put on a great race and to all the road marshals and thanks to all the Conroy family who put on a great feed after the race in Fr Paddy House. It sets a hard precedent for the next race directors.

Please see league table and pics in Facebook and on the website

WLCC Summer League 2016 R1 25-05-2017

Western Lakes Summer League 2017

The WLCC Club League consists of 5 races and these are all well handicapped so everyone has a chance to win or finish in the points. Everyone that takes part get 10 points for attendance and this helps to ensure everyone has points on the board. Points will be issued to the first 10 across the line. This league will carter for everyone in the club from beginners to seasoned pros. All safety precautions will be put in place to ensure everyone will be safe. All participants must hold a LC Limited Completion Cycling Ireland license or greater. If you only have only a Lesiure license and wish to take part you can upgrade on the cycling Ireland website. All participants shall have a race number and wear safety helmets.

The Western Lakes Club leagues begins next Wednesday the 24th of May, with the first race in Robeen, the Race Director is John Conroy, this will be a two lap race starting in Robeen. It is a nice course and suitable for all abilities. All participants should wear Club or Group cycling gear, this is a good way to show the club on the road. There will be sign on in Robeen from 6.30 pm and the race starts at 7.30 pm Sharp. There is a 5 euro entry fee and refreshments will be available afterwards.

Check Facebook for updates.

Western Lakes Club League 2017

The WLCC Club League consists of 5 races and these are all well handicapped so everyone has a chance to win or finish in the points. Everyone that takes part get 10 points for attendance and this helps to ensure everyone has points on the board. Points will be issued to the first 10 across the line. This league will carter for everyone in the club from beginners to seasoned pros. All safety precautions will be put in place to ensure everyone will be safe. All participants must hold a LC Limited Completion Cycling Ireland license or greater. If you only have only a Leisure license and wish to take part you can upgrade on the cycling Ireland website. All participants shall have a race number and wear safety helmets.

The Western Lakes Club leagues begins next Wednesday with the first race in Hollymount, this will be a two lap race starting in Hollymount, up through Roundfort, over to Annfield cross, down to Scardawne and back to Hollymount, this is a 38km course.

It is a nice course and suitable for all abilities. All participants should wear Club or Group cycling gear, this is a good way to show the club on the road. There will be sign on in the Hollymount Dressing rooms from 6.30 pm and the race starts at 7.30 pm Sharp. There is a 5 euro entry fee and showers and refreshments will be available afterwards. Check Facebook for updates.

 

DateRaceRace Director
17 May 2017HollymountNoel Stagg/Dave Connolly
24 May  2017RobeenJohn Conroy
26 July 2017TullycrossJJ Flatharty
16 August 2017KilmaineGerry Sheridan
23 August 2017PartryNoel Gibbons/Philip Staunton