The cold and wet days are here again, but there are a lot of events or activities taken place to keep you at a good level of fitness over the winter period. Training is been carried out each week by Marrey training in the cycle center. Tuesday evening MTB spins are been held in the woods by Sinead Winters. There is BMX/MTB skills training on Wednesday evening at the BMX track. Sunday spins are continuing as long as weather permits. Please check the Facebook page for details of these events.
The Sean Stagg Shield is been held on Sunday the 20th of November in Hollymount. Sign on is at 09.00 and 40km race to starts at 10.00. All categories will be catered for and one day licences will be issued on the day. Start fee is 10e with nice prizes for different categories.
The West of Ireland Duathlon Series will be starting next month, this is a five race event with great chances for everyone especially in the relay event.
A reminder that the Club AGM will be held in the Valk on Saturday 26th of November, it would be great to see you all there.
Hi all Cycle fans
Please see the Leisure groups training schedule from the end of March to the end of June 2016. The mid week spins will start shortly when the time changes. These are links to the pages so click on the link and see the page.
Times and dates are set and there will be reminders posted on WLCC Facebook page, so keep an eye out for the posts.
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.
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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.
Great weather this week and it getting better for cycling, some up coming events over the weekend, the Saddleuprepilepsy is on http://www.saddleupforepilepsy.com/ this week see attached links.
It starts from Breffey House at 10.00 am, there is sign up for on the morning of the event if you have not signed up online. There are two course lengths 68km and 128km so routes for all abilities.
Great local event and support from WLCC would be appreciated
The domestic Race Season has kicked off with the traders cup last week held in Dundalk, WLCC had members in the ladies race and the Men A4 race. This was great to see and even though Jerry had a bit of a spill he is up and flying again.
The Cycleways Cup take place this Sunday the 29th on the roads around Meath and WLCC will have a good few members attending, Sean (Superman) O Malley, Janis Blinovs, John Gill & Catal Usher to name a few. Anyone interested in supporting them would be good.
The Cycleways Cup 2016 will take place on Sunday February 28th.
The venue is the same as in recent years
– sign on from 11 at Simonstown GAA (link) on the R162 Kingscourt Road
– start at Blackcastle on the N51
– finish at Wilkinstown on the R162.
The format will be similar to recent years, except that there will be an extra standalone race for A2s. So 5 races in total
– A1 (3 laps)
– A2 (3 laps)
– A3/Junior (2 laps)
– A4 (2 laps)
– Ladies (2 laps)
A KOH prime will be awarded on Lap 1 to the first rider over the climb in each of the races (A1, A2, A3/Jnr, A4, Ladies).
Primes (€20) are sponsored by Navan Taekwon-Do School (navantkd.ie)
Details subject to change
All WLCC Members its a good time to get back on the bikes
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.
Westport’s Aichlinn O Reilly scores on the double during tough Ballinrobe Duathlon
The first Duathlon of the season in the West of Ireland attracts over 200 competitors in far from ideal conditions.
Both of last year’s winners were beaten by young up and coming talent, which proves that the standard is rising all the time, the course record was also shattered in conditions that were far from record breaking.
Young Aichlinn O Reilly has shown a rich vein of form winning two of the biggest Duathlons to date in the space of 5 weeks (Claremorris Land of the Giants and now Ballinrobe) Stephen Donnelly Ballina last year’s winner had to settle for second and John Greaney Galway filling the podium for third.
In the Ladies race Barbara Dunne Galway beat her nemeses Marie Boyle Spiddle with a storming last run, the ever improving Catherine Conway Claremorris held on to third.
In the over 40 race new man on the block Donal Mulligan from Longford took the honours from Jimmy Lawlor Westport and Noel Gibbons Partry. In the ladies the ever competitive Betty Walsh from Newport took the honours.
The battle between the relay teams became a local affair with Western Lakes CC providing the cyclist and Westport Athletes doing the run sections, Shane Gilligan & Paddy O Toole team completed the double winning in Claremorris and Ballinrobe, on both occasions Gilligan had the fastest bike legs to help secure the wins, John Conroy WLCC and Brendan Gill Westport were second team on the day and pre race favourites Sean O Malley and Ciaran Horan misfired on the day to role home in third.
For many the weather proved too big an obstacle and instead of hugging their runners and bike helmet they hugged the duvet instead, while this seemed a nice option for some but for others the weather was not the obstacle, the Elites had their fun battling each other but 95% of the participants had their own special goal of either losing weight, setting a faster time, getting a faster split etc; for the special few their Goal was just to finish the course and be proud that they were part of a bigger picture in getting fit.
Two particular women had their own special triumphs, one was recovering from cancer, her time might not set the record books a lit but her joy crossing the finish line a year after been diagnosed showed she has the fighting spirit to beat the deadly disease, another woman celebrated finishing the race only a few weeks after giving birth to her first child, what a great present to give oneself.
Race organisers would like to thanks Western Lakes CC, Lakeside centre, Gardai, Mayo county council, Ballinrobe Tidy towns and all the locals who made it possible. The event sponsors were Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe Physiotherapy and Vaughan shoes.
1st Aichlinn O Reilly Westport 51:00
2nd Stephen Donnelly Ballina 52:09
3rd John Greaney Galway 52:48
Over 40 Donal Mulligan Longford 54:56
Junior Sean Flynn Westport 55:41
1st Paddy O Toole and Shane Gilligan Western Lakes 51:07
2nd Brendan Gill and John Conroy Western Lakes 52:37
3rd Ciaran Horan and Sean O Malley Western Lakes 58:01
1st Barbara Dunne Galway 1:00:26
2nd Marie Boyle Spiddle 1:01:27
3rd Catherine Conway Claremorris 1:04:08
Over 40 Betty Walsh Newport 1:08:52
Junior Nessa Gibbons Partry 1:21:56
1st Run Aichlinn O Reilly 11:06
Bike Shane Gilligan 26:28
2nd Run Aichlinn O Reilly 12:50
Full results on www.redtagtiming.com