Like Cycling and want to Try out the different Disciplines of the sport ..?
In the last 6 months there has never been as many kids on bikes, so much so that nearly every bike shop in the country is sold out of bicycles. Parents and Adults have also taken to the bike as a means of getting out in the fresh air and experiencing the wind in their hair.. Wherever there is a greenway like Westport or Waterford those areas seem to be booming. I suppose it's an ill wind that blows no good and at least Covid 19 brought people back to their roots with the humble means of transport called the bicycle.In sporting terms Ireland never had it so good with Carrick on Suir native Sam Bennett winning a stage in the Tour De France and also holding the green points jersey a feat not done for 31 years by an Irish man. I say Sam had many a day flying down the river bank greenway between Carrick and Clonmel.
Western Lakes CC are inviting all kids from 6 years of age up and their parents to attend an Adults and Kids activities day on Saturday Sept 26th from 11-2.30pm using  the safe confines of the Ballinrobe racecourse. All participants must sign up using the Cycling Ireland registration at https://eventmaster.ie/event/vK3quPoSb4.
We want Adults and kids to try out the different disciplines of the sport of cycling, most would only use their bikes for scooting around their neighbourhoods on the road, we want them to experience what it's like to cycle on grass, on gravel trails, on tight muddy corners and on a track with a fixed gear and much much more. We want them to practice and test their skill level and to really experience the thrills of the sport in a safe environment. 
We will have set out areas for practice for each cycling discipline with coaches on hand to pass on expert advice. The qualified coaches will be coordinating a series of Try Out sessions for the following cycling disciplines: Mountain Biking, Cyclo cross, BMX, Track and road cycling, we will have skill and obstacle courses as well in operation to have a go at.. MTB, track and Cyclocross bikes will be available to use but we recommend that participants bring their own bike and helmet and to wear the appropriate outdoor clothing.
We will have strict guidelines re the use of the track and will apply all the relevant Covid 19 guidelines. This type of session has not been tried before using just one venue so it’s sure to be exciting for both kids, adults and coaches..Remember to sign up you must go to  https://eventmaster.ie/event/vK3quPoSb4.

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He hit the afterburners to win on the gap..
Round 5 of the Mayo cycling league turned into an epic.. strong winds,driving rain and 2 ascents of the windy gap proved to be a real hard day on the bike over 70k
Sean was on the attack from the first lap going ahead on the first ascent of the windy gap, keith Mulroy Westport Covey wheelers joined him and the 2 worked well together till the last ascent of the climb, behind Niall Mc Loughlin Covey and Jonathan Caulfield Castlebar looked to be pulling the 2 leaders in but ran out of road..
Seanie had to kick hard to beat Keith in the sprint.
Sean Barnicle had another great race finishing in the top 15.
Colin Loughney was unlucky when a mechanical put him on the back foot for most of the race..
Sara Canny put in another strong performance.

Well done to Castlebar CC for Organising a great race.. a good dress rehearsal for the Nationals on September 12&13th

Next up is the Connacht road race on Sunday in Loughrea..

At long last after a difficult few months we are beginning to return to normal. Following the government announcement on Friday it looks like normality will resume shortly and we just await final clarification from Cycling Ireland, fingers crossed some form of racing will resume shortly.

We are resuming the usual club leisure spins , on a Tuesday evening spin meeting at 6.50 departing at 7.00pm and a Thursday evening spin meeting at 6.50 departing at 7.00pm from Cornmarket, groups will be divided up to suit ability and to adhere to Covid19 guidelines.   

It looks like cycling is on the increase locally and nationally and we hope to welcome new members in the coming weeks. We have groups to suit all abilities and you can do 3 tryout spins before committing to club membership. Apart from this exception all members are to have club membership and cycling Ireland membership to participate in any club activities .

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.

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