Claremorris Criterium results
Wow what a week for Bike Week, it all started last Sunday with eth Croi Tour De Lough Corrib, this was well attended by WLCC, and local Groups, Holly Wheelers and Tri Lakes.
WLCC cycled up to the event and went in the opposite direction and covered 130km, it turned in to a race from Cornamona to Cong as these things do, practice for the WLCC league.
On Tuesday we had a newbie night and family cycle, the town was buys as the 5km series also took place. This went well and great to see new faces out and about. The Thursday spins are going well and back to the Tuesday evening spins from next week.
The Cornamona 50 Mile is on Saturday form Cornamona at 10.30am and the Tour de Burren is on in Clare, Tuam are holding a Cancer Care West event on Sunday form Tuam, so there is plenty of events to attend over the weekend.
The John Hollian race took place from Cross and the A4 group contested the final with Westport lad taking the first place, fair play to Jerry Towey who took 6th place, he really enjoyed it by all accounts.
On Wednesday evening the first Round of the Western Lakes CC club league took place in Hollymount, 32 members signed on which in its self was a great achievement.
Sign on was in the Football pitch, the race started up the street and 4 groups were given handicaps. The scratch group had 9 minutes to wait after the first group started. It was a fine evening but a serious breeze took its toll on the event. After the first lap the motorbike passed the first group and all of a sudden the second motorbike passed, all the groups merged in the village of Hollymount and it was a good spectacle for the spectators. The scratch group caught the second and third group to form a big peloton which stayed together for most of the second lap. Coming to Ger Kirranes Padraig. Marrey attacked and brought Sean O Malley with him, they were followed by Brendan Butler and John Gill but they could not catch the former A1 or the existing A1 who crossed the line in first and second. Refreshments were served in Finnertys after the race and a good bit of banter and crack was had by all. The finish was shown on TV and the results were given out. Please see link below to spread sheet of the results. This was very enjoyable race and the same again can be expected on the next round in Kilmaine on July the 13th, the race co-ordinator is Gerry Sheridan
The Claremorris Crit takes place on Friday evening at 8.40pm, it is great to watch the fast racing form close quarters, please show support or help out with the race.
Once again there was various events over last weekend and WLCC was well represented in numerous events.
The Saddleup4eplisey took place on Saturday from Castlebar via Tubbercurry and back to Castlebar, there was two routes 70km and 128Km and both routes were well represented by former pros and wannabe pros.
Back to Winning Ways
Tom Hughes and Oillie Kelly in Hollywheelers colours in the leading group with new Carbon Orbea
Mr Gibbons and Co drove the pace in the second group which was probably faster than the long group. There was a great set up in the hall with soup sandwiches, and all sort of information.
The cycleway Cup was held around the roads of Naven and was well attended by the WLCC racers.
Sean o Malley A1 105km
Cathal Usher A3 71km
John Gill A3 71km
Janis Blinovs A3 71km
Trish Harte Ladies 71km
2 laps circuit for ladies and A3’s, 3 laps for A1’s
A3 race had big field (100+) no break stayed away, Cathal went up the road a few times with no success. All 3 finished in top half of the bunch. Big crash with 200m to go all WLCC stayed up. Young fella from Omagh won the sprint.
A1 high profile field a break of 8-10 got away in first 10km Sean worked hard in chasing group but never pulled them back. Was be all accounts a very hard and fast race, Sean finished safely in the chasing bunch. Damien Shaw won.
The ladies had 12 starting again had some top quality experienced racers from the east. Started hard and fast got split up on the first climb, Trish ended up with 2 other ladies chasing for the remainder and finished well.
Some Pics form the event, I could not find SOM maybe he was up the road. Well done to all who attended.
It starts from Breffey House at 10.00 am, there is sign up for on the morning of the event if you have not signed up online. There are two course lengths 68km and 128km so routes for all abilities.
Great local event and support from WLCC would be appreciated
The domestic Race Season has kicked off with the traders cup last week held in Dundalk, WLCC had members in the ladies race and the Men A4 race. This was great to see and even though Jerry had a bit of a spill he is up and flying again.
The Cycleways Cup take place this Sunday the 29th on the roads around Meath and WLCC will have a good few members attending, Sean (Superman) O Malley, Janis Blinovs, John Gill & Catal Usher to name a few. Anyone interested in supporting them would be good.
The Cycleways Cup 2016 will take place on Sunday February 28th.
The venue is the same as in recent years
– sign on from 11 at Simonstown GAA (link) on the R162 Kingscourt Road
– start at Blackcastle on the N51
– finish at Wilkinstown on the R162.
The format will be similar to recent years, except that there will be an extra standalone race for A2s. So 5 races in total
– A1 (3 laps)
– A2 (3 laps)
– A3/Junior (2 laps)
– A4 (2 laps)
– Ladies (2 laps)
A KOH prime will be awarded on Lap 1 to the first rider over the climb in each of the races (A1, A2, A3/Jnr, A4, Ladies).
Primes (€20) are sponsored by Navan Taekwon-Do School (navantkd.ie)
Details subject to change
All WLCC Members its a good time to get back on the bikes
All Ireland Criterium Championships draws big guns to Claremorris
Criterium racing is explosive, exciting and very fast, experienced cyclist use skill, bravery and speed to negotiate a tight circuit usually held in a town centre, Claremorris was lucky to get the nod from Cycling Ireland to host such an elite championship and to make the most of the occasion the brilliant Maria Walsh of Mayo and the then current Rose of Tralee launched the event back in February.
The Championship draws the best Criterium racers in the country and with them all descending into town for a crack of winning a national title the scene was set for an exciting evenings racing.
Names like Padi O Brien Cork, Damien Shaw Wesmeath and Mark Dowling Dublin were all past medal winners and were sure to lit up the show.
Team ASEA on paper looked by far the strongest team and were expected to control things for the current road race Elite champion Damien Shaw.
As the race progressed Team ASEA raced aggressively and the race looked to be splitting up on several occasions but the ever astute Paidi O Brien and the Itap team helped to bring things back together with a bunch sprint the lightly outcome.
After 45 minutes of racing and with 5 laps to go and with the light fading Mark Dowling of the DID team took a flier and immediately opened up a gap, the bigger teams looked at each other and in the flick of an eye Dowling was opening up a race winning lead.
On the final lap Dowling held a precious 10second lead which he held to the Finish line to come home alone, the sprint for 2nd was frantic with Padi O Brien Osbourne meats Cork taking it followed by Conor Hennebry Carick on Suir.
The team prize was won by the young Itap squad of David Broady, Darragh Bailey and Darragh Feeley.
The organiser Western Lakes CC would like to thanks Mayo County Council, Claremorris Chamber of Commerce, The Claremorris men’s shed group, the Gardai, Red Cross, Claremorris CC, Hollymount Wheelers for their help.
The event was sponsored by PJ O Connor Florists, Claremorris Credit union, Flynn’s Pharmacy, Cummins Home Value, Smyth’s Newsagent, Cummins Super value and O Brien’s bar.
1st Mark Dowling DID Dunboyne
2nd Paidi O Brien Osbourne meats
3rd Conor Hennebry Carrick Wheelers
4th David Reilly South Dublin
5th Chris Reilly Team ASEA
6th Derek Finnigan Keevan CC
Team Result ITap, Broady, Feeley and Bailey
1st Prime Darragh Bailey Team Itap
2nd Con Collis UCD
Claremorris to host the 2015 National All Ireland Criterium Championships on Friday August 7th.
The town centre circuit has been used the past 2 years and the course has proven to be perfect for this type of high intensity street racing.
The winner will have to prove themselves to be powerful, skillful and courageous to take the title. Criterium racing is very different than open road racing and suits only a certain type of rider. The men from the West should have an advantage on this course with both the past two winners coming from the Fit science stable Ballina, Patrick Clarke in 2013 and Jason Prendergast 2014. The last time the National Criterium championship were held in the West the town of Westport was the venue and Navigators professional and Cong local David O Loughlin romped away for a solo win.
This championship carries world-ranking points and the winner gets to wear the Green Shamrocks on their kit at Criterium races for the next 12 months.
Western Lakes CC are promoting a bumper weekend with the Ballinrobe 2 day kicking of the day after Saturday with 105k stage around the Tourmakeady hills and 2 stages on the Sunday a TT in the morning and a road stage in the afternoon. See www.westernlakescc.com for details.
The chance to become a National Champion will ensure a large high quality field some of Ireland’s best racers due to attend.
This style of racing is the bread and butter for many who go to Belgium to see if they have what it takes to make it as a professional and there are at least ten Irish riders currently living and racing there who are all expected to line up.
Off the local riders taking part past winner Patrick Clarke will be to the fore, after spending a couple of seasons based in Belgium the chances of him winning here again shouldn’t be ruled out. The same can be said for his young stable mate, Jason Pendergast, also a past winner and has shown good form all year other locals are David Brennan Castlebar and Anthony Murray Westport who has shown consistent form all year and Western Lakes own Sean O Malley cannot be overlooked either.
Another Irish based rider, Robin Kelly of the Waterford Racing team’s, has come close over the past few years and he would dearly love to add this to his palamaries, Kanturk friends Padi O Brien and Barry Meade are real experts and have already signed up and are great men with it comes to taken a corner fast.
With the Suirvalley 3 day taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and some of the Team Asea boys showing great form maybe one of their stock could add to the titles they won on the road or the likes of Dublin’s Mark Dowling who recently represented Ireland and raced aggressively out there; could carry his form and spring a surprise, who ever takes the title on Friday evening at dusk will have earned it.
The main championship is open to all categories from A3 to A+ including Ladies and Juniors but medal winners will only be the first 3 across the line regardless of category.
A non championship support race for A4, A3 riders, these can sign on the evening and their race kicks off proceeding at 8.40pm numbers allowing
Entry is online only for Championship and open to a maximum of 60 riders. Register at www.cyclingireland.azolve.com is NOW CLOSED but there are limited numbers of spaces left for DAY ENTRY.
Friday August 7th
Sign on open from 7.30pm at the Dalton Inn the Square Claremorris
Course familiarization from 8.30pm
Support race start at 8.35pm (A4, A3, Juniors and Ladies only) Numbers allowing
Course open 8.40pm
Senior Championship race start 8.45pm (50min and 3 laps)
Medal presentation on Stage at 10.10pm
Showers available at Claremorris GAA grounds
Prize presentation at 10.30pm at the Dalton Inn
Claremorris to host first every National cycling Championship event.
On the evening of Friday August 7th Claremorris town centre will host the National Criterium championships the following two days the racing action will be based in Ballinrobe on August 8th and 9th.
The cycling scene in the West of Ireland will truly be awake this August when the National Criterium Championship returns West for the first time since Westport in 2006. After staging a very successful Crit on the streets of Claremorris for the last 2 years, Western Lakes have been rewarded with the staging of the 2015 National Crit Championship. To really make this a weekend to remember the host club has paired this event to their annual marque race “The Ballinrobe 2day”.
Starting on the 7th of August the elite riders of Ireland will get a chance to test their bike handling skills on the tight fast circuit on the Claremorris streets. This tricky 1.1km lap, where Jason Pendergast won in convincing style for Fit Science last year, will prove a to testing course for the like’s of Peter Hawkins to defend his title which he won in Mondello Park from Damien Shaw.
On the Saturday the riders will take to the roads for the 11th edition of the “Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2day”. This difficult 3-stage race which takes place on the mountainous roads on the Mayo/Galway border finishing in Ballinrobe, has a long history of attracting the best riders in Ireland. Past winners of this race include Morgan Fox, David O’Loughlin and in the 2014 version Paudi O’Brien prevailed against Damien Shaw on a difficult course.
On Friday the 6th of February the Rose of Tralee was on hand to launch the Crit in Claremorris a Mayo woman herself from Shrule she has a strong sporting backround and follows the cycling scene.
Also in attendance were local riders who need will no introductionwas Paddy Clarke Fit Science Ballina and Western Lakes CC strong man Sean O Malley both are expected to help highlight what should be a weekend that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Time change to Claremorris Crit, the race will now start at 9pm on Friday the 13th of June, sign on open at 8pm at the Dalton Inn. The race will consist of 45mins and 3 laps for A1,A2,A,3 and A4 with a handicap.
Traffic diversion will take place in Claremorris town Center on Friday the 13th of June from 9 – 10pm for a cycle race. traffic diversions will be in place to all main routes.
Connacht Criterium Series.
Exciting new series should encourage competition within all rounds of this new cycle street race series. The series consists of 5 rounds with points gained in each round to count towards the overall placings. There will be 2 categories within the series, Elite 1 which will consist of A1 & A2 riders and Elite 2 which will consist of A3 & A4 riders all categories will race in the same event with A3 & A4 getting a handicap.
The individual races will be held as follows throughout Connacht.
Claremorris Crit organisied by Western Lakes CC on June 13th. See www.westernlakescc.com Galway Crit organisied by Galway bay CC on June 14th. See http://www.galwaybaycycling.com Sligo Crit organisied by Eire Og CC on June 19th. See http://www.eireogcycling.com Westport Crit organisied by Westport Covey Wheelers on July 19th. See http://www.westportcc.ie Tuam Crit organisied by Tuam CC on July 27th. See https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tuam-Cycling-Club/166622450112568
For full regulations and points system refer to see www.connachtcycling.com
For details contact Dara Mooney Connacht cycling committee