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Great Western Lakes Sportif Easter Sunday

Great Western Lakes Sportif 2018

Event Details

Start times

  • The 120km cycle starts at 9.00 am
  • 85/65k 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, Ballinrobe.

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 April 21st , 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.

There is amble parking near the cycling centre at Walsh’s engineering and the DPD carparks. Follow instructions of stewards.

What you get at sign-on:

You will receive:

  1. Your event number for helmet which can also be used to gain access to the event start area and at the food stops.
  2. Event map and emergency contact number (not to be used for punctures)

Event car parking

There are free car parking provided for participants around the Cycling centre and at Carparks near by, please don’t park on the main road.

Note: There is no set down area or parking at the start/finish area! Please park in the designated areas and cycle to the start area.

Please respect the residents of Ballinrobe and do not block access to any of the commercial premises in the town.

Event safety

NB: The GWLS Cycle is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.

  • There will be Western Lakes members in high vis advising you to cycle safely so please heed their direction they are called the cycle POLICE.
  • You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
  • No more than 2 abreast when cycling in a group to facilitate passing cars
  • The routes selected for GWLS are on quiet roads but you will encounter some traffic and road junctions.
  • There are a few MAJOR junctions where you MUST STOP before proceeding.
  • Great Western Lakes Sportif Orange direction signs will be placed throughout the route.(see below)
  • 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.
  • No earphones permitted
  • No tri bars permitted
  • The last 1km of all routes coming back into Ballinrobe will be neutralised, so everyone will have to slow down. Look out for signs!!!
  • Cyclists should be prepared as weather conditions on the course can change and you should bring the right type of clothing to keep warm such as a waterproof warm jacket.
  • Only cycle as fast as your ability allows, be careful on the descends and any open windy sections.


Event security

You are responsible for your bike and helmet at food stops so be vigilant and mind your gear. Bike thieves do operate at some events so maybe considering bringing a lock with you to secure your items.

Event mechanic

There will be a people available for any last minute issues on Sunday morning outside the building.

Remember: You are responsible for taking part on a safe and suitable bike.

Route maps



Official 85km GWLS route


Alternative routes

65km GWLS route option (If you are tired by Tourmakeady and do not want to cycle over Ail Duil or Mamean mountain take left turn at bottom of Maam trasna, this route is known locally as the Lap of the Mask https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27851970

Map of the routes


The signs you will use to navigate the course look like this:

 Event food stops

Food stops on the 120k route:

There are 2 food stops which are located at:

53k Twanyard at the look out point 300m down Shreffrey Mtn (fruit and water)

89k Maam,  Keane's bar  (Sandwiches, Tea and Coffee)

Food stops on the 85/65k routes:

There are 2 stops for the 85km route which is located at: at 33k just over  top of Maam Trasna Hill, Keane’s Bar Maam at 62k


We recommend you also bring also your own supply of cycling gels, bars and drinks.

Emergency medical and/or mechanical assistance

If you have difficulty on the course that STOPS you from completing the course or if you are involved in an accident or if you come across an accident please call either of the numbers below:

If you puncture DO NOT ring this number (You must BYO)

EMERGENCY 0877992857

 What to bring with you on the cycle

Your bike must be in good working order to cycle either routes:

  1. Helmet (No helmet no cycle!)
  2. Water bottle(s)
  3. Spare tubes/Puncture repair kit/Bike tools/Pump
  4. Mobile phone/Cash/Identification
  5. Energy snacks/Food
  6. Wind/Rainproof top
  7. Sun tan lotion (its promised very warm)

The finish line

No matter which route you choose you will all come back into Ballinrobe Via the Clonbur road where you will see a finish line and flags from here back to the cycling centre is neutralized so progress slowly.

Neutralised area means (so you must reduce your speed cycle cautiously).

Please be careful and vigilant as Ballinrobe can be very busy.

After you cross the finish line the following will be available:

Showers are provided at Lakeside Leisure centre, Station road Ballinrobe to all participants.

Post event catering
There will be hot food and refreshments at the finish area and even ICECREAM !!!

And finally we hope you enjoy the event

Overall we expect everyone to be blown away by the scenery en route, Ballinrobe is in the heart of the Lake district and  with gems like the Partry mountains, the Maamturks, Twelve bens, Lough Mask,  Killary Fjord, Joyce country and all the a spectacular scenery that  Mayo and Galway has to offer so we hope you enjoy it and hang around the town.


Road spin activity 2019

The plan for 2019 is to encourage the participation of new and existing cyclists in group leisure cycling activities. Communication of activities will be conducted through WLCC Club Website, WLCC Facebook page and Discipline/Location WhatsApp Group.

Based on our participating Member feedback to date in 2019, it is initially proposed to structure three Groups ranging in objective and average speed. These groups will designated by the WLCC club colours as follows;

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Garhill cup

The last road race round of the Mayo league took place in Ballinrobe hosted by Western Lakes cc.
Over 40 riders signed up for the mass start event.
The prestigious Garhill cup was up for grabs for the winner. Past winners included Junior World champion Mark Scanlon, Irish champions Morgan Fox and David O Loughlin and Giro stages winner Sam Bennett amongst other top riders.
The course was 4 laps of the old Ras Connachta course taking in the Neale Crossroads, Ballymartin and back into Ballinrobe where riders had to negotiate two tight left hand corners.
After only 6k of racing 4 riders broke free, Charles Prendergast Castlebar CC,Sean O Malley Western Lakes, Richard Meaney Westport Covey wheelers and Francis O Horo Ballina CC,  the latter falling back to the bunch a few Km later.
The 3 leaders held a gap of around 1minute on the bunch  for the entire 54k event.
Up front the leaders had a tough battle with attack after attack with Caharles Prenderagst and Sean O Malley looking to get away solo, the continuous sprint efforts eventually tired out Sean O Malley and he had to let the other two go leaving Meaney and Prendergast to fight out the sprint for the win. The in form Prendergast won with a few bike lengths to spare. With O Malley holding on for 3rd.
James Mc Greevy Westport Covey Wheelers and Kieran Gallagher Castlebar CC got away from the bunch in the closing stages to get 4th and 5th respectively and Janis Blivous Western Lakes CC has got his bunch sprinting technique down to a fine art with another bunch gallop win.
Keith Mulroy Westport covey wheelers finished safely in the front of the bunch and more importantly in the points to secure the Mayo League overall title for 2018 at only under 16.

Tourmakeady Race

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


A cycle sportif just for ladies in July

Western Lakes Ladies Sportive 2018

Event Details

Registration times & Location

Date:               Sunday 15th July 2018

Location:        Western lakes Cycling Centre, Ballinrobe

Registration: 08:30 to 09:50

Briefing:         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

Bogman Shield A4

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