Once again there was various events over last weekend and WLCC was well represented in numerous events.
The Saddleup4eplisey took place on Saturday from Castlebar via Tubbercurry and back to Castlebar, there was two routes 70km and 128Km and both routes were well represented by former pros and wannabe pros.
Back to Winning Ways
Tom Hughes and Oillie Kelly in Hollywheelers colours in the leading group with new Carbon Orbea
Mr Gibbons and Co drove the pace in the second group which was probably faster than the long group. There was a great set up in the hall with soup sandwiches, and all sort of information.
The cycleway Cup was held around the roads of Naven and was well attended by the WLCC racers.
Sean o Malley A1 105km
Cathal Usher A3 71km
John Gill A3 71km
Janis Blinovs A3 71km
Trish Harte Ladies 71km
2 laps circuit for ladies and A3’s, 3 laps for A1’s
A3 race had big field (100+) no break stayed away, Cathal went up the road a few times with no success. All 3 finished in top half of the bunch. Big crash with 200m to go all WLCC stayed up. Young fella from Omagh won the sprint.
A1 high profile field a break of 8-10 got away in first 10km Sean worked hard in chasing group but never pulled them back. Was be all accounts a very hard and fast race, Sean finished safely in the chasing bunch. Damien Shaw won.
The ladies had 12 starting again had some top quality experienced racers from the east. Started hard and fast got split up on the first climb, Trish ended up with 2 other ladies chasing for the remainder and finished well.
Some Pics form the event, I could not find SOM maybe he was up the road. Well done to all who attended.
Hi all great turn out to the Ballinrobe Duathlon 2016, please see race report below
The ninth edition of the annual Spring Ballinrobe run bike run event was hailed as the best yet despite the cold wet conditions, a change to the first run meant all participants had 1.5k extra to cover, there were bigger gaps than normal between the bikers and made for a harder event.
A field close to 300 participants traveled from all four provinces to compete and the event was a huge lift to the town of Ballinrobe.
The event was supported by Ballinrobe Tidy towns, Abbey Tyres, Cummins Homevalue, Western Lakes CC, The Gardai, Order of Malta, Lakeside centre, Core Timing and Mayo road safety.
Sponsors Marrey bikes held the sign on and post event prize presentation at their new super store premises on Watson's lane, Ballinrobe.
Ballinrobe Physiotherapy clinic also Watson's lane sponsored the prizes for the first locals home.
Vaughan shoes Main st sponsored first prizes for the Lady's and men's category
Aurivo Goodness shakes sponsored a shake for all finishers.
1st Brendan Conway Westport Tri 59:45
2nd Jonathon Rowland Liquid motion Tri 1:02:09
3rd Art Naughton Galway Tri club 1:02:33
Junior Ben Walsh Westport Tri
Over 40 Jimmy Lawlor Westport
O50 Martin Kinneavy Western Lakes CC
1st Siobhan Murtagh Lough Key Tri 1:06:03
2nd Lorraine Carey Liquid Motion 1:06:11
3rd Michelle Lannon Lough Key Tri 1:10:39
Junior Nessa Gibbons western Lakes CC
O40 Colette Sweeney Multisport Westport
O50 Cathy Regan Tubbercurry
1st John Kyne &Shane Holleran Western Lakes CC
2nd Paul Phillips & Jerry Towey Western Lakes CC
3rd James Marrey & Niall Mc Laughlin Westport AC& CC
1st John Gill Hollymount Western Lakes
2nd Matthew Gill Hollymount Whleers
3rd Colm Jennings Ballinrobe Western Lakes
1st Paula O Neill Ballinrobe Western Lakes CC
2nd Angie Hughes Ballinrobe Duathlon group
3rd Siobhan O Malley Ballinrobe Duathlon group.
Thanks to all participants for taking part and supporting Ballinrobe and the Ireland West Duathlon Series.
Big Thanks to all the marshals, helpers and supporters who stood out in the cold wet weather to make this event happen.
Next event in the Ireland West Duathlon series is Ashford Duathon Cong on March 4th
Next event organisied by Race face team is the last round of the IWDS at the Castlebar Duathon on March 19th
Full results attached.
Race face team
Round 1 of the Connacht MTB Spring league takes place this Sunday
(14th) at Moore Hall.
All the info is on the Connacht MTB League Facebook page. You can also pre-sign on there.
There's a category to suit everyone from U8 to novices to elites.
The league is going from strength to strength every season with up to
100 children and adults taking part.
Moore Hall is a great trail for beginners as its not too technical and it promises to be a great race. I spent a lot of Friday evenings there last year with the WLCC youths, they are all well able for the trail, and they all enjoyed it!
Sign on is from 9:30 to 10:30 sharp.
Youth races start at 11:20 with junior and adult races starting at 12:05. Distances and entry fee for each category are on the FB page.
Hope to see you there.
It's been 12 years since Western Lakes CC last organized a cyclo-cross event at the race course in Ballinrobe and its great to see the sport coming back to Mayo
Competitors are always looking for new and challenges and a more interesting way to get in the winter training. Cyclo cross is very much a high end cardiovascular workout where participants cycle on rough terrain needing skill and technique to negotiate the various twists and turns, add in the run sections over the hurdles and the skill to be able to hop on and off the bike at speed and you really get an action packed event that gets the heart pumping. There were a wide variety of bikes on display this weekend from 25year old mountain bikes to racers with cross tyres and proper cross bikes.
The 2.6k lap on Gilligan field, Cloonagashel, Ballinrobe was made all the more treacherous when heavy rain the night before and mist on race day made the course in to a muck bath.
The winner 12 years ago at the race course was Padraig Marrey Western Lakes and in typical Marrey style he also won the 2013 event but this time around was pushed all the way to the finish by up and coming talent Sean O Malley also Western Lakes CC, evergreen Chris Troy Castlebar CC rounded off the podium.
Thanks to Cycling Connacht committee, Western Lakes CC and the Gilligan Family for their help with this promotion.
The next round is hosted by Tuam cc and will be held in the park in Tuam city, on December the 15th. It will be great to see Marrey pushed to his limits and maybe beyond by Troy and O'Malley on what should be a less technical and hillier course (go on Seanie).
Results below and some great photos here: https://www.facebook.com/MayoCyclingLeague
1st Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC 55:40
2nd Sean O Malley Western Lakes CC 56.56
3rd Chris Troy Castlebar CC 60:10
4TH Michael Gilvarry Western Lakes CC 61:16
5TH Colm Staunton Westport Covey 63:21
6th Michael Devins Eire Og Sligo 63:49
7th Michael Flynn Westport Covey 65:01
8th Padraic Hughes Western Lakes CC 65:25
9TH Danny Maloney Westport Covey 65:26
10th John Lenehan Westport Covey 66:14
Under 16 (3 laps)
1st Sean Flynn Westport Covey 22:47
2nd Matthew Waters Cunga CC 25:24
1ST Declan Maloney Westport Covey 24:51
1st Matthew Devins Eire Og 28:55
2nd Dylan Watters Cunga CC 38:01
For the first time in years Western Lakes CC in conjunction with Connacht cycling are going to hold 3 cyclo cross events in the Mayo Galway region.
Cyclo cross is a form of bike racing performed on a short off road lap with grass, trails, forest and roadway thrown in so that the competitor has to have their wits about them at all times. The best competitor has to be strong and skilled and be able to run over hurdles.
The aim for year one is to make the routes less technical so that competitors foster a love for this type of racing, Leinster and Ulster cyclo cross forms a strong part of their riders preparation for the road season, developing technical skills, aerobic and anaerobic conditioning and strong pedalling technique..
A racing bike with plenty clearness around the front and rear forks and rough tyres is the preferred race bike but a Mountain or hybrid bike can also be used.
Cyclo cross is a great spectator friendly sport and one is sure to always see a spill or two.
Sunday November 17th
There will be 2 races:
Race A is for A4, and club racers and novice cyclist.
Race B is for A1,A2,A3 and experienced racers.
There will also be a youth race(U12-U16) over 3 laps.
Sign on from 9.30am at Gilligan’s field 5k from Ballinrobe on Claremorris road near the river Robe bridge or 3k from Hollymount heading towards Ballinrobe.
Race starts at 10.30am sharp.
December 15th Venue TBA
December 29th Venue TBA.