A high quality field get caught out by hard working A4 group.
After one lap of the 18kms course the scratch group had taken 3mins out of the A4 group and it looked all but inevitable that they would be caught with only 4minutes of a cushion for the next 36kms.
Back in scratch group attack after attack meant cohesion went out the window and their average speed dropped dramatically in the 2nd lap.
Up front the A4 riders starting with just 16 riders were now down to 6 riders but all were committed to working hard and staying away..
In the end some of the scratch riders caught the A3 riders with 3k to go with the A4’s holding a slender 20second advantage, a mass bunch sprint looked on as the riders took the last corner with 500m to go, the A4’s just rounding the corner with a few second advantage, taking no chances young junior rider James Swift Castlebar CC opened his sprint early up the long drag and won by a few bike lengths from Anthony Hammond Ballina CC with Francis Togher Cunga CC 3rd.
4th Eoin Waldron Annagh Wheelers
5th Patrick Murtagh Ballina CC
6th Colin Loughney Western Lakes CC
7th Charlie Prendergast Castlebar CC
8th Eoghan McArdle Ruane Galway Bay Cc
9th Sean Moore Bio racer DHL-FR
10th Ben Walsh Blangac France
Race promoted by Western Lakes CC
Photos on western lakes CC Facebook page
On Sunday June 30th Western Lakes CC will host 2 Audax MTB/Off road events.
The 200k is for those who want to challenge and test themselves over a very scenic, multi terrain route, the participant has 13.5hrs to complete the course.
The 100k event is for those who have a reasonable level of fitness and are up for a good day out on roads and tracks less traveled. 6hrs to complete the course.
How to entry
Download the Audax entry form, print and fill out, state what distance you would like to take part in ? (€11 for 200k and €6 for 100k)
If you want a ACP medal (€7 )or Audax Ireland medal (€7) please tick the box.
If you need a Cycling Ireland one day licence also tick the box (€5)
You can pay by cheque make out to Western Lakes CC or BY paypal to email@example.com
Please send entry to Padraig Marrey 5 Pairc Na Coille, Westport, Co Mayo before June 27th.
See this website for more details and info on the routes, its on our leisure page.
We will post here the most up to date maps for download with 4 days to go, make sure to delete any old maps as we have made a good few changes.
John Holian Cup results
Tight racing in Cross village, after 55k of fast and furious racing (scratch averaged 44.3k) with the scratch men only catching the front of the limit groups with 5k to go.. Charles Prendergast and Eoghan Mc Ardle Ruane clipped of the front with 1.5k to go just holding off the mass bunch behind for the top 2 placings.. Sean O Malley and Padraig Marrey of the promoting club Western Lakes were 3rd and 4th with Castlebar CC David Brody 5th and Richard Meaney Westport Covey Wheelers 6th...
1st Charles Prendergast Castlebar CC
2nd Eoghan McArdle Ruane Galway bay CC
3rd Sean O Malley Western Lakes CC
4th Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC
5th David Brody Castlebar CC
6th Richard Meaney Westport Covey wheelers
Francis Togher Cunga CC
Feidhlim Dignan Galway bay CC
Claremorris GP next Friday evening June 14th sign on at Sam's bar from 6.15pm
It was Latvian 1-2 in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, last night at the local festival race after a last ditch attack was swamped.
Janis Blinovs and Ainars Maskalans, both riding for promoting club Western Lakes CC, took 1st and 2nd on a night when the A1s failed to fire on all cylinders.
The riders faced two laps of a lumpy 25km course, with three climbs on the circuit to be contended with.
It has a handicapped affair, with the A4 limit group having 3½ minutes over the A1 scratch riders from the start.
And in between them were A2 and A3 groups, and it was the latter than did a lot of damage on the night.
The A1s got reasonably well organised on the opening circuit and at the race’s halfway point the gap was down to 2:20.
But the A3s were riding particularly well – the experienced Nigel Forde of Galway Bay CC getting them organised.
And such were their efforts that after catching those ahead of them, the combined A3-A4 group held of the chasers.
A bunch sprint looked on the cards until deep inside the final kilometre when Diarmuid O’Callaghan of Burren CC put in a strong attack.
He pulled out a gap that looked like it just might prove the winning of the race. However, the sprint from the group behind mopped him up.
And it was Blinovs and Maskalans who went passed him first to take victory and the runner-up placing.
Johnny Kelly of Annagh Wheelers was also in the mix, getting past O’Callaghan for 3rd.
O’Callaghan then hung on for 4th place ahead of Bryan Hyland (Westport Covey Wheelers) and John Bird Kelly (Ballintubber CC).
Fri, July 20: Tourmakeady Festival Race
Promoted by Western Lakes CC
1 Janis Blinovs Western Lakes CC
2 Ainars Maskalans Western Lakes CC
3 Johnny Kelly Annagh Wheelers
4 Diarmuid O Callaghan Burren CC
5 Bryan Hyland Westport Covey Wheelers
6 John Bird Kelly Ballintubber CC
Western Lakes Ladies Sportive 2018
Registration times & Location
Date: Sunday 15th July 2018
Location: Western lakes Cycling Centre, Ballinrobe
Registration: 08:30 to 09:50
Start time: 10:00
Entrance fee: €25
Route: Lap of Lough mask, 65km
Registration will take place at the Western Lakes Cycling centre in Ballinrobe on the morning of the sportive, there is NO on-line registration.
Please leave plenty of time to get to the cycling centre and for registration and pre- Sportive briefing.
The proceeds from this year’s ladies sportive will go to the local Order of Malta
Full event details click here: Western Lakes CC Ladies Sportive 2018 Event Details
Stage 2b podium
Top 6 on Stage 2b
Team winner Castlebar CC
A3 winner Overall
Joe Moran Westport Covey Wheelers
Mountains Winner Conor Hennerby Viner Caremark Pactimo
All the prize winners over the weekend.
Stage 1 results
1st Bryan Hyland Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Club
2nd John Bird Kelly Ballintubber cycling club
3rd Johnny Kelly Annagh Wheelers Cycling Club
4th Ger Gerard Slattery Annagh Wheelers
5th James Quilligan Greenmount Cycling Academy
6th Kevin Porter Galway Bay Cycling Club
7th Brian Glavey Covey Wheelers Westport
8th Shane Kelly Newcastle West Cycling Club