Twelve Bens Leisure cycle Sportive September 9th

First 150 entries receive a special commemorative medal.

March 2017 saw the launch of a great new cycling club for Connemara, the Twelve Bens Cycling Club. The club took off at speed with over 50 people signing up. Since its creation the club has held weekly cycle meets as well as taking part in a number of cycle events including Tour de Connemara ,Westportif,Tour de Burren,Wicklow 200,Tour de Lough Corrib,Great Western Lakes Sportif and Western Lakes Ladies Sportif.

 

They have now set their sights even higher as they are busy organising their inaugural sportive, Tour de Bens. The event, taking place on Saturday September 9th 2017, is suitable for all levels of cyclists with a 80km and 57km route available.

 

Cyclists will be treated to some of the most beautiful scenery that Connemara has to offer as the routes encompasses the majestic Twelve Bens mountains, bringing them through Inagh Valley, Renvyle and along the Sky road. Clifden will be the event headquarters with the first cyclists leaving at 10am that morning.

 

Entry into the sportive includes a souvenir t shirt, refreshments along the route and a unique once off medal designed and created in GMIT Letterfrack furniture college.

The event costs just €30/€35 (for non Cycling Ireland members) with any profits going to local charity Connemara Therapeutic Riding. You can find out more details and enter online at www.tourdebens.ie. Or follow them on facebook.

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.

 

 

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

Position Name Club Total
1 Anthony O’Toole WLCC 48
1 Niall McLaughlin Covey 48
2 Lorraine Mulchrone Covey 44
3 David McDermott WLCC 34
4 John O Halloran WLCC 33
5 Mike Kelly WLCC 32
5 Liam O’Suillibhean Covey 32
6 Noel Mulroy Covey 31
7 Eoghan Carr Covey 29
7 Mike Flynn Covey 29
8 Keith Mulroy Covey 25
9 Colin Loughrey WLCC 22
10 Martin Jennings WLCC 21
10 Yannick Scheerer Covey 21
10 Robert Coakley Covey 21
11 Noel Gibbons WLCC 20
11 Eammon Marrey WLCC 20
11 Brian Glavey Covey 20
11 Aidan Gill Covey 20
11 Sean O Malley WLCC 20
11 Philip Staunton WLCC 20
12 Neill Wilson WLCC 18
13 Paul Feeney WLCC 16
14 Shane Gilligan WLCC 12
15 Anthony Murray Covey 10
15 Padraic Furlong Covey 10
15 Noel Jennings WLCC 10
15 Pat Flannery WLCC 10
15 Jerry Towey WLCC 10
15 Scott Towey WLCC 10
15 Padraig Marrey WLCC 10
15 James McGreevy Covey 10
15 Shane Gill Covey 10
15 Martin O’Donnell WLCC 10
15 John Hughes WLCC 10
15 Keith O’Connell Covey 10
15 Ryan Scott Covey 10
15 Declan Gallagher Covey 10
15 Joe Moran Covey 10
15 Francis McGreal Covey 10
15 Darren Foy WLCC 10
15 Walter Lyons Covey 10
15 Patricia Harte WLCC 10
15 Keith Hastings Covey 10
15 Karen Regan WLCC 10
15 David Conway Covey 10
15 Yanis Blinov WLCC 10
15 Mark Gannon Covey 10
15 David Connolly WLCC 10
15 Mark Kelly WLCC 10
15 John Murphy WLCC 10
15 Tom Hughes WLCC 10

 

Great Western Lakes Sportif June 25th

The Great Western Lakes Sportif take place this Sunday the 25th of June, Sign on open from 7.45am at the cycling centre, Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe.

The cycle leaves at 9am sharp.The route is 85k Ballinrobe, Partry, Tourmakeady, Ail Duil, Kilmilkin, Maam (Food stop 55k) Cornamona, Clonbur finish back at Cycling centre.

Entry fee is €20 and proceeds will go to the Ballinrobe branch of 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 Great  day out, we will try and keep the group together for the first half of the event if traffic permits.

Western lakes Cycling Club-Upcoming events

Hi all, please see list below of upcoming events in the local area, there is a good mix of Sportive’s and race events for every club member to enjoy.

Western/Covey League Thursday 01st June-Sign on in Partry 06.15

Please note the dates on this have changed to suit TT league, Check FB for details

Croi Cycle-Sunday June 4th-Group cycling to Galway, check Facebook for details

https://www.croi.ie/event/tour-de-lough-corrib-2017

Monday 5th June 2017-WLCC TT League hosted by Hollymount Wheelers-Sign on in Hollymount Dressing rooms from 5 o clock, first away 6pm

Cornamona 50 Mile Cycle-Saturday 17th June 2017- https://www.facebook.com/Cornamona50mileCycle/?fref=hovercard

Sunday 18th June 10.30am-Family Cycle

Great Western Lakes Sportive June Sunday 25th June 2017

Second round of WLCC Club league in Hollymount, Friday 30th June-Sign on 06.15 Race start 07.15

Check Facebook for details of all these events

Western Lakes Cycling Club News 07-04-2017

Leisure and Mountain Biking report

The open night for the Leisure group was held in the cycling center on Monday the 3rd, there was a great turn out and well run by Ken McCarty and helpers. The first Tuesday night spin will be held on Tuesday the 11th of April. Keep an eye on club website or Facebook page or Whatsapp group for information on the cycles.

The Cunga Ram cycle will take place from Cong this Saturday the 8th of April leaving Cong Village at 10.00am. The weather is looking good for the weekend so lets get out on the bikes.

The off road crew are still heading out on Tuesdays evenings, fair play the the commitment for the MBT scene. Rumor has it that Sinead Waters will be looking for road race podiums now since she has got new Orbea Orca race bike.

WLCC attended the Twelve Bens Cycling Club opening night in the station house in Cliften last Friday night, there was a great turn out by the all in Cliften. Twelve Bens are a group affiliated to Western Lakes Cycling Club and will be a great addition to the club with about 50 members signed up.

Paul Feeney of Western lakes cycling club with JJ Flaherty of the Twelve Bens Cycling club and John Gill of Hollymount Wheeler’s enjoying the opening night.

Welcome form Paraic Marrey to all in the Twelve Bens Cycling Club

Racing Report

The busy season of road racing has started with the WLCC Time Trial league, this is been organised and held in Hollymount by the Holly Wheeler’s. A great crew turned out for the first night last Saturday the 2nd of April. John Gill took first place with a 30.52 time. Check Facebook for the league table. There will be two more events run throughout the year so plenty of time to improve on those times.

After the open race of the Ras Maigheo, it was time for the domestic league season to kick off with the first round of the Mayo League, a TT race in Swinford which was won by WLCC Sean O Malley.

The first round of the Western/Covey league took place in Partry on Wednesday the 5th of April. There was a great turnout of 40+ riders, check club Facebook pages for results and placings. Round 2 & 3 will be held later in the year. 

Keep her life race fans

#Fullgass

Western Lakes Club News 24/02/2017

Hi all , spring is in the air, dust down or wash down the bike and head out for “Spring Spin”

“Winter Miles = Summer Smiles”

Leisure cycling & MTB & Youths Reports

As the weather has turned for the worse, its hard to get the road season off to a start. The MTB side is flying at the moment. The first round of the Connaught MTB league was held in Moorehall last Sunday, with a great crew from WLCC taking part and finishing up on the podium as well.

https://www.facebook.com/ConnachtMtbLeague/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

The Expert Men race consisting of 5 laps was won by Colin Snow of Western Lakes

James English won the Junior Men, John Staunton came 4th in the Sport Men and Sinead Waters came second in the sports woman group and Eimear Flannery came first in the Novice Woman and Katriona McHugh came fourth and Robert Flannery came second in the U-10 Boys.

These are great results by WLCC members. It’s great to see the younger members getting in a few races. The next round of the MTB league is the  Biking Blitz in Derroura on March 12th. It would be good to see lots of members take part in this event. MTB bikes can be hired near Derroura. Check Facebook for details of the results.

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The now annual training camp to Cliften takes place on Saturday the 25th of February. There is about 21 riders leaving Ballinrobe on Saturday morning and cycling back to Cliften in the sunshine and no wind or rain. They will stay the night in the station house hotel where they will have some light salads and some training information. Recovery drinks such as “Hop House 13” or a Gin or two will be needed. Mayo match will be watched and early to bed after the nightclub.

The brave souls will cycle back to Ballinrobe with the breeze at their backs on Sunday at a ADV speed of 37km per hour. We will wait for the stories next week.

Anyone not doing the Cliften cycle, may like to take part in the Saddle Up For Eplisey on Saturday, check Facebook for details. This is a great and well run event for a great cause. Its the first Sportif of the year and has 3 routes for all abilities. You are quartered to put on weight at this event lol. https://www.facebook.com/saddleupforepilepsy/

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The new club gear is ready to be collected and is available in Cummins hardware

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Racing Report

As you may know by now the dispute with Cycling Ireland over the Ballinrobe 3 day continues on.  WLCC has made the decision to pull all the open racers for the year as a result. This is a hard blow for the racers in the club, every effort will be made to resolve the issue.  See club website for full report. There is an online petition to be signed, please see link below.

http://www.activism.com/en_IE/petition/re-instate-ballinrobe-3day-race/196322?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

The racers of the club are training hard and all should be flying for the Ras Maigheo on the 25th & 26th of March 2017 in Westport.

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https://cyclingireland.azolve.com/workbench/public/events?ref=730AB7B2DDADCBD013853C4007BAB81B0E83DEC0

Keep up the the training as “tomorrow will be bright” as they say

#Fullgas

 

Western Lakes CC pull all Open Road races from 2017 Cycling Ireland Calendar

Announcement Regarding Ballinrobe Three Day Road Race

In 2016, Western Lakes Cycling Club (WLCC) promoted and ran the Ballinrobe 3 Day Road Race on the May Bank Holiday weekend. For the previous 13 years WLCC ran a two-day event in early August. WLCC decided to move the date to the May Bank Holiday weekend and run the event over three days. This decision was sanctioned by Cycling Ireland.

The race was extremely successful with 100 riders taking part. The feedback from the event was extremely positive from riders, teams and officials.

In September 2016 WLCC sent in its programme of open races for 2017, which contains ten open road races, including a three day, a two day, a crit and four other open races, which we have run for several years. Cycling Ireland accepted our dates and indeed published them on the draft Cycling Ireland calendar for 2017. As late as January 2017 Cycling Ireland informed us that we could not run the 3 Day on the May Bank Holiday weekend. The rule they cited for their decision was the following, Calendar Rule G8.5:

 

“Approval for an Event not previously entered on the calendar may be granted by the Provincial Secretary, but only after consultation with and approval from the Promoter, of any race scheduled for that day in an adjacent province with the exception of Sundays”

 

It is clear from the above that this rule is not applicable to WLCC as the race was indeed “previously entered on the calendar” in 2016. Therefore, Cycling Ireland has no grounds whatsoever to prevent our race going ahead. They are quoting their own rulebook to us in error. In fact, they themselves sanctioned the 2016 race and put it on their calendar and the race went ahead. Once the race went ahead a precedent had been set which makes Rule G8.5 irrelevant in this instance. Once we pointed this out, they quoted a completely different rule (G8.10) to justify their decision:

“In preparing the road racing calendar, dates will be reserved in advance of seeking general race applications for the following: All National Road Championships; National League dates; Established race dates; All Provincial Road Race Championships, which should take place on the same weekend.”

Our race date had already been established in 2016.

The position Cycling Ireland is putting a progressive club like WLCC in is intolerable. We are working every day to promote cycling in the West of Ireland. In 2016, WLCC ran more open road races than any other club in Ireland and a third of all the open road races in Connacht.

There comes a time when a stance must be made and where clubs must face up to the National Governing Body.

We have made several attempts with Cycling Ireland over the last number of weeks to resolve the issue, but have faced officialdom and bureaucracy at every turn.

 

Therefore, faced with no other option, WLCC has decided to cancel our entire open road racing programme for 2017 in protest against Cycling Ireland’s position. It is the riders who are losing out here due to the position this governing body has taken. We apologise to our fellow riders, who will not have the opportunity to participate in our races in Connacht, but we hope they and our fellow clubs around the country will understand our stance.

We believe we are being treated poorly by Cycling Ireland and while it’s OK to run a three day in Ulster and Munster, it does not appear to be acceptable to run one in Connacht on the same weekend.

 

Yours in cycling.

 

Western Lakes Cycling Club Committee

Western Lakes CC Club champs

A massive crowd of 38 riders signed up for the Club champs, the best for a number of years so fairplay to everyone for having a go, even though its nice to get a result its even more important to take part.

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Club champs results
Thanks to everyone who helped run last nights club champs. Thanks to inch for refreshments afterwards. Great turnout from riders. Congrats to Mayo champion Sean O Malley for his second consecutive win, after coming third in the Connacht hill climb on the Windy Gap Castlebar in earlier in the morning.

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For those who like to compete against the watch sign up for the Hollymount 22k TT on September 24th details to follow.

Club champs Top 10;

1 Sean O Malley
2 Ann Flynn
3 Brendan Butler
4 Shane Gilligan
5 Padraig Marrey
6 Mike kelly
7 Donal O Reilly
8 Martin Jennings
9 John O Halloran
10 Martin Joyce

ladies-podium

 

Top 3 ladies
1 Ann Flynn
2 Marie Fraser
3 Kathleen Gibbons

1st A1/2/3 Padraig Marrey
1st A4/CR Shane Gilligan
2nd A4/CR Mike Kelly

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Top 3 Hollymount riders

  • 1st Ann Stagg Flynn
  • 2nd Conor Gill
  • 3rd David Connolly