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Event Information for Great Western Lakes Sportif

Great Western Lakes Sportif 2018

Event Details

Start times
● The 135km cycle starts at 9.00 am
● 65/85k cycle starts at 9.30am

No going early if you are riding the shorter ​distances.
The Sportive starts from Western Lakes cycling centre, Kilmaine Rd,

This event is to commemorate club officer John Cummins, the sportive
will divert so that we pass his family business on New St

Charity​: Western Lakes will be donating proceeds to CROI for the vast
work they do in promoting a healthy heart.

Sign ​on times
● Sign on and registration is open from 7.30am on Sunday June 24th,
Please bring your Cycling Ireland license or else pay the €5 fee if you
don’t have it, this covers insurance
● Please leave plenty of time to get to the event sign on as there will be
a lot of traffic around the area.

Full Itinerary here GWLS participants event briefing 2018.docx (2)

Bogman 2 Day

Routes Bogman 2 day July 7th and 8th 2018

Stage 1

Stage 2 TT

Stage 3

Entry here 

The Bogman 2 Day Cycle event happening this July 7th and 8th, is now in it’s 8th year and has built itself up to become a firm favorite in the cycle race calendar. The weekend, held in North West Connemara, provides for 2 days of challenging racing with up to 120 cyclists from all over the country competing. This event is organised by the award winning CEECC in conjunction with Western Lakes CC – one of the finest clubs in the country.

The weekend includes a 90km stage on Saturday 7th & a time trial & 85km stage on the Sunday. The route bring you through some of the most stunning areas of scenery that Connemara has to offer including Renvyle, Inagh Valley, Maam Valley, Kylemore & more. A great weekend of racing guaranteed!

“Connemara has proven to be a mighty location for this great event. John James Flaherty has laid out a challenging course through some of the finest scenery in the country, and the great welcome the cyclists receive make this a special event. We are delighted that it has been so successful and look forward to another outstanding weekend of cycling” states Leo Hallissey, Director

The winner of the Conamara Bog Week 2 Day Cycle Race will be presented with the beautiful and prestigious Gogarty Cup which is sponsored by Renvyle House Hotel. ‘We are delighted to sponsor Conamara Bogman cycle event, especially as the founder of Renvyle House Hotel, Oliver St. John Gogarty was not only a leading literary figure but was also a first class cyclist’. says Ronnie Counihan of Renvyle House Hotel.

The Bogman Shield on Saturday will cater for A4 riders, the route will be the same as Stage 1 of the main race but for two laps. Shield presentation will be held in the Marian Hall Tullycross directly after race. For full details including all times and route maps please go to, or contact JJ Flaherty 087 – 7060723

Memorial Sportif to honour John Cummins with proceeds to CROI

CYCLISTS are being encouraged to get their pulses racing for this year’s Great Western Lakes Sportif on June 24.

Entry Fee is only €30 on line ENTRY HERE

The annual event has two routes, a challenging route of 135km and an achievable 85km for those hoping to take in the sights of the picturesque route.

This year, proceeds will go to heart and stroke charity Croí, in memory of late club member John Cummins.

Event facilitator Padraig Marrey said the club felt it was appropriate to honour one of its dedicated members who served the club well.

Vincent Cummins, club member and brother of the late Mr Cummins thanked the club for honouring John’s memory.

“On behalf of the Cummins family I would like to thank the club. It’s great John is being recognised in this way. He was an active member and served on the committee and we really appreciate this,” said Mr Cummins.

Starting in Ballinrobe town, the 135km route takes cyclist to Partry passing Lough Carra on your right.

Turning left towards Tourmakeady, the vast expanse of Lough Mask appears to your left.

Leaving Lough Mask, it’s time for the climb towards Maamtrasna, and on the descent Loch na Fooey comes into view. Then a further climb towards Aill Dubh with a spectacular descent.

At the bottom it’s decision time. Left will take you home via Maam, Corr na Mona and Clonbur for the shorter 85k distance, and right, towards Leenane and you are on the longer 135k route. This route, for the more experienced cyclist, takes in stunning views of Killary Harbour, Inagh Valley, Maam Cross and Lough Corrib.

Sign on at 7.30am on June 24th at the Western Lakes CC cycling centre, Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

The 135km route leaves at 9am sharp while cyclists taking on the 85km challenge hit the road at 9.30am.

For more info and entry see or Email for additional info or ring 087 7992857.


Claremorris GP

For 5 years a criterium used to be organised around the streets of Claremorris but with ever increasing traffic and now council restrictions it is now not viable to hold a Crit in the town centre.

This year promoting club Western Lakes CC and in cooperation with Claremorris Chamber of commerce have decided to go with a circuit race on Friday June 15th.  The 18k lap will start at the entrance to Mc Mahon park where the Land of the Giants recreational area is situated on the Ballinrobe road. Its ideal for parking with amble room. The lap itself is undulating with a few tight areas that will squeeze the bunch, a few drags on the way into Claremorris will test the legs and the long pull up Mayfields to the finish line will suit the powerful sprinters or maybe climbers !!!. This route is used in the well known Land of the Giants Duathlon event held at Christmas.

The race is 3 laps of the circuit finishing at the top of Mayfields. total distance will be 54kms,  Sign on Open from 6.15pm at Kileens bar Lower James St, close to Mc Mahon carpark.

The race will run as a Hcap with small gaps between club, A4,A3,A2 with scratch at the back

Prizes for 1st 6 across the line with a prime or 2 thrown in.

Race start at 7.30pm sharp from Mc Mahon park, finish at approx 8.45pm

Prize presentation and refreshments at 9pm approx in Kileens bar.


Results from the Claremorris GP promoted by Western Lakes CC on June 15th
1st Charles Prendergast Castlebar Cycling Club
2nd Richard Meaney Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Club
3rd Mark Shannon Burren Cycling Club
4thDavid Brody Castlebar CyclingClub
5th David Walsh Castlebar Cycling club
6th Keith Mulroy Covey Wheelers Westport
7th Kian Dolan unattached
8th Ollie Kelly Longford Cycling and Racing Club
9th Eoghan Mc Ardle Ruane Craig Gallaway
10thEamon Daly Covey Wheelers Westport
59 riders signed on with a Hcap of 8mins front to back
Thanks to the following Ray Staunton for Commasire Irish Red Cross Claremorris,Claremorris Men’s Shed Killeen’s/Sam’s Bar and to all the lead car drivers and marshals.

John Holian Cup Memorial 2018

The John Holian memorial will be held on the evening of Friday the 8th of June in the Village of Cross County Mayo. The race covers 5 by Eleven Km laps. The event is open to all racers as its a Handicap event.

Holian transport Cross have kindly sponsored a perpetual cup in honour of John’s cycling talents.
The event is sponsored by O Malley’s bar Cross, the sign on and post race refreshments will also take place there.
Sign on open from 6.00 pm, race start at 7.15pm .

The route: starting in the village  of Cross, turning left in The Neale left again at Ashford castle gates Cong for Cross, for a total distance of 55 KM finishing at the hill of the Derries approx 500m form the village of Cross at approx 8.45pm.

Prizes for the first 6 overall on the evening