Mayo to host ultra long off road cycling event.
Ever try cycling on a bog road or over a grass field or up and down a gravel rocky path.. well try doing that for 200k .. that’s the challenge Western Lakes CC have put together for a very interesting cycle that attracts hardcore cyclists from locally and around the country on Sunday June 30th.
The event is not a competition but a challenge to see can the participant navigate a 200k route over off road territory .. there is a sting in the tail in that all participants must complete the course visiting all the check points inside 13.5hrs.
Cycling and running events in Europe and further afield are constantly looking to push the barrier re how far one can go. Events like Ironman has helped promote long distance events and now all sorts of endurance events pop up to cater for the demand. Ireland has been slow enough to cater for such but Audax Ireland who are affiliated to Cycling Ireland embrace these ultra endurance cycling events.
A little inside into the route, its basically a lap of Lough Carra and Mask before returning via the shores of Lough Corrib.
The event starts off at the Western Lakes cycling centre and takes by and back roads to Moorehall woods hugging Lough Carra along the way. Bog roads and the Tochar walk await them around Ballintubber. Once they hit the village of Killawallia the first of the hilly sections await with ruins of old deserted famine villages scattered around.
Tourmakeady and the lovely waterfall path is just majestic.
The high back roads in the Partry mountains on the Kilteeaun side will definitely sap the energy before they hit for the longest inland peninsula in Europe at Durras Cornamona.
The ups and down of the Shan Bothar with views of lough Corrib that will take ones breath away.
Clonbur to Cong on gravel roads visiting the islands is just a pure experience.
The lanes between Cross, Kilmaine and the Neale wouldn’t normally see cyclist on them so it will definitely raise an eyebrow or two from the locals.
Next is a visit to the old eel farm on a long narrow peninsula on Lough Mask near Ballinchalla.
The last 10k is pan flat with the final few kms along the beautiful Resurfaced Bowers riverside walk will be a peaceful way to finish what is a hectic day. Up through Ballinrobe town to the cycling centre for adrenaline pumped lap of the BMX track which always brings a spill or two.
Participants need some form of an Off road bike ( MTB, Gravel bike, Cyclo cross etc) fully equipped for breakdowns. They need a navigation device ( Garmin, Wahoo etc) to follow their way around the route. Have a strong character and be self sufficient with mishaps as it’s a long tough day out.
There are potentially 6 venues to stop at for food and water around the route, so no shortish of watering holes.
We also have a support 100k event that gives participants a taste of what ultra cycling is about. Allow six hrs to complete the course..
Think you have what it takes then sign up at www.westernlakescc.com
Download Entry form
Sign in and Brevet card collection from 6.30am at the Western Lakes CC cycling centre postcode F31xk09
200k start at 8am
100k start at 9am
In fact Mayo is the only county in Ireland to host these off road events with Ballina hosting another off road adventure called the Mayo extreme 200k July 14th
For more info on the routes including check points and possible food stops see https://westernlakescc.com/2018/03/17/audax-event-to-test-your-endurance/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Western Lakes Ladies Sportive 2019 takes place on the 14th of July in support of Diabetes Ireland and in memory of Rachel McDarby
Event Details Registration times & Location Date: Sunday 14th July 2019
Location: LAKESIDE SPORTS & FITNESS CLUB, STATION ROAD, BALLINROBE. F31 YT18
Entrance fee: €25 (Group discount for 10 or more)On line registration: https://eventmaster.ie/event/L2nsp3H7
Times to Note: ON the day registration 08:30 to 09:45. Briefing: 09:50 Start time: 10:00
Route: Lap of Lough Mask, 65km (See PDF linked below)
For Further details Download this PDF
Connacht 3 Day
3-DAY STAGE RACE - June 1st to June 3nd 2019
Running over the June Bank holiday weekend, this 3 stage road race is open to A1,A2 and A3 categories only.
Entry Form to be completed and returned before Friday, 17th of May, 2019
Connacht 3 day stage race
The Wests Awake
The roads of the West of Ireland will truly be awake on the June bank holiday this year when 3 day stage racing returns with a bang. Western Lakes are staging a 3-day race on the hard roads of Mayo and Galway with stages finishes in both Ballinrobe and Tullycross.
After a break of 2 years Western Lakes CC are resuming the Ballinrobe 3day and merging it with the Bogman to help create, what it hopes to be, one of the premium stage races in the country. With nearly 500km of racing over hard roads and beautiful scenery this will definitely be a race to mark on the calendar. With stage 1 starting in Ballinrobe Mayo on Saturday afternoon and traveling to Connemara to finish in Tullycross, while day 2 will involve racing the old Bogman route with start and finish both in Tullycross before heading back for Mayo with the final stage finishing in Ballinrobe early on Monday.
Due to the logistics of having stage finishes in different locations all riders will have to be part of a team. Open to A1, A2, A3, juniors and ladies riding in teams of 5 with composite teams with perpetual cups, trophies and plaques for all jersey and stage winners.
|Stage 1||Stage 2 (4 laps)||Stage 3|
Sign on for Stage one from 1pm closed at 2.30pm sharp, from the Cycling centre, Kilmaine road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo post code F31XK09, Stage start at 3pm sharp.
Stage 2 sign on from 12noon, Marian Hall, Tullycross, start at 1pm
Stage 3 sign on from 9am, Marian Hall, Tullycross, start 10am
Prize presentation from 3pm at Cycling centre, Ballinrobe.
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;
Any members helping with junior training, this is a great local course to get you up to speed on the best approach to working with children in sport. This course is free and place are limited. If you are interested please contact the club secretary Alan by emailing email@example.com
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