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

Western Lakes Cycling Club Summer league Results 2016

Western Lakes Cycling Club Summer league Results

Well Cycling Folks, the summer coming to an end, the last league race took place last Wednesday in Partry. The Final league table is published below. With Brendan Butler injured due to a fall in the Bogman 2 day, it was up to the John O Halloran to see if he could take the league title. With Oillie Kelly and Martin Joyce in close quarters in the table, this would ensure real racing to the end. Oillie Kelly won the last race in Partry which he felt he had done enough to take the title. When the trio of O Halloran, Joyce and Gilligan passed the main bunch to claim 4th 5th and 6th on the night, this sealed Oillie’s fate

The Top Ten overall in a wonderful league is as follows

  1. John O Halloran (WLCC, consistent high results on the Titanium Bike 106 Pts)
  2. Ollie Kelly (Holly Group, this is Holly answer to Steve Cummings 97 Pts)
  3. Martin Joyce, (WLCC great top finisher throughout the league 91 Pts)
  4. Brendan Butler (WLCC, was leading the league all the way till the end 84 Pts)
  5. Donal O Reilly (WLCC, great improvement throughout the year, 83Pts)
  6. Shane Gilligan (WLCC, Back to good year for Shane A2 next year 76 Pts)
  7. Padraig Marrey (WLCC great come back, with good win in Robeen 75 Pts)
  8. Conor Gill (Holly Group, this is a racer in the making keep it up 69 Pts)
  9. Sean O Malley (WLCC, he gave other a chance thanks god, 65 Pts
  10. David Connolly (Holly Group, big lad at the back can come good too 62 Pts)

Prizes will be given out for the league after the club champs next Saturday evening in Inch’s bar Ballinrobe.

Special thanks to all the race directors, all the Marshalls, all the venues for providing the refreshments.

And thanks to all who took part, without members willing to give this a go including the ladies like Anne Flynn, Marie Frazer &Trish who raced each race in the knowledge that it is hard to win but kept trying anyway, it’s great to see.

WLCC Summer League R5 Final Table 6-09-2016

Final League table

WLCC club champs 2016 Seeding

 

Bogman final overall results 2016

We are just coming back to earth now and the Bogman 2 Day says a big thank you to all! We saw the largest number of competitors since the event began 7 years ago & what a cracking weekend it was!

Stage 1 podium

TT Podium

Stage 2 B podium

Thank you to so many of you for travelling such distances to take part and we hope that the Bogman 2 Day will become an annual event on your racing calendar.

 

The event could not happen without a huge team of people behind it. Thank you to the commissionaires, Cycling Ireland crew & Seamus Shorthall for making it a fair & safe event. To the motor cyclists, marshals, local Garda, lead cars, Galway County Council, Civil Defence & Nurse Monica Nee for creating such a safe event for the cyclists & public. To Western Lakes for their equipment & support.

Final overall results Final overall and stage2b_result.pdf 2016 click here

Final podium 2016

To our sponsors Renvyle House Hotel, Marrey Bikes, K2 Adventure Centre,The Lodge Letterfrack, Veldons Seafarer, Rogans Store Tully & Connemara Fisheries.

See you all next year!
John James & Leo