Last weekend saw the start of the racing season for most of our clubs racing members. First up was a trip to Dublin on Saturday for Sean O'Malley where he took part in an event hosted by the Dublin wheelers. A handicapped race over 87km. It didn't take long for the break to establish but on this occasion Sean didn't make the break and crossed the line in the bunch.


Sunday saw three of our riders in Navan, racing at the Seamus Kennedy cup. Again Sean had the numbers pinned, and had club members Janis Blinovs and Ainars Maskalans for company. 115k of racing which went out hard from the gun. When the break away went up the road, there was
a lot of attacking in the chasing bunch, and this is where Sean finished, about a minute back from the leaders with Janis crossing the line shortly after. In the A3 race Ainars had a good day just finishing outside the top 10 in a chasing bunch of 15.

Also on Sunday Western Lakes were represented in Ràs Maigheo in Westport in the A4 race. Four of our riders took part in a shortened version of the race of 38k. Jerry Towey, Mike Kelly, Mathew Gill and Noel Jennings were all in attendance. With strong headwinds from the start a break was
unable to develop despite Jerry’s best efforts. It wasn’t until the return leg with a tailwind and massive speed two riders got away. The break stuck and crossed the line ahead of a chasing bunch which included Mike, with Mathew and Noel just behind. No podiums this weekend, but a good leg opener to start the season for the lads.

Western Lakes cycling activities this week

·       Tuesday evening MTB spin from Cornmarket at 7pm sharp, approx
30k, good lights essential.

·       Wednesday 2nd evening 6.30 – 8 pm Cycling Skills & Road Safety
course for 8 – 12 year olds , in Walshe Mechanical car park on
Kilmaine road ,Bikes in good working order &Helmets are compulsory ,
Bookings ring 0872580294

·       Saturday 14th: 6am 4 Club Members doing a 5 county challenge covering 360 km training route for their race around Ireland later in the year ,please support 

·        Saturday 14th: Markievicz cup Sligo @ 2 pm

·       Sunday 15th Connaught MTB league postponed round in Moorehall sign on from 10 am,full detail during week on Facebook 

·       Sunday 15th Leisure Spin ,Spin for Brendan Islandeady 45k and 85k @ 9.30 am , Full detail later in week on Facebook 

·     Sunday 15 th March Ladies only training, skill development from corn market @ 2pm (Dualatlon route)   

Want to join Western Lakes cycling Club ?
On Thursday March 5th @Marrey Bikes 7-9pm the club will hold an information evening.
Want to learn some mechanics about keeping your bike in good working order, short workshop from 7.7.40pm with Marrey Bikes mechanics.
Refreshment break.
Club Discipline Representatives will present their calendar of activities for the coming year. 7.50-9pm
Group chat, with like minded people.. make some plans.
Find out how to join the cycling club.

All interested people welcome..
To all our existing members please let all our friends and neighbours know about our introduction workshop

Essential for all children that are cycling to get involved from the start , learn the skills and safety first, in a quite controlled lit up area

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

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 paypal@audaxireland.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 

Prime winners

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

Some of the Holian family with podium winners