Itinerary for Ladies Sportive

With only a few days to go until Western Lakes CC end of season ladies sportive on September 27th. Goodie bags are being packed and our own Mary Berry’s are busy baking treats for all participants!

With the weekends forecast looking good, it promises to be a great days cycling supporting a great cause Rock Rose house
Don’t forget to avail of our discounted entry of 20euro by signing up online before Friday 25th at www.cyclingireland.ie. Alternatively, or if you are not a Cycling Ireland member, you can sign up on the day for €25

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Itinerary:
Sign on: 9-9.45am at Cycle Centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe
Event briefing: 9.45am
Event start time: 10.00am sharp
Refreshments: The Larches, Finney
Post event showers: Lakeside Sports Centre, Kilmaine Rd., Ballinrobe ( open 12.00-14.00 approx)
Post event lunch and after party: Fitzpatricks (Inchs) Bar, Main St., Ballinrobe
We look forward to welcoming all you lady cyclists to our end of season event.

See you there!

The women in one west of Ireland town are calling on all motorists to make their next pass a safe one.

 

Organisers of a ladies only cycling sportive are calling on motorists to think safety next time they go to pass a cyclist, they are using the event to promote the 1.5 campaign.(https://www.facebook.com/stayinaliveat1.5) .

The women in one west of Ireland town are calling on their men to make their next pass a safe one. Organisers of a ladies only cycling sportive are calling on all men to think safety next time they go to pass a cyclist, they are using the event to promote the 1.5 campaign.( https://www.facebook.com/stayinaliveat1.5) . Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

The women in one west of Ireland town are calling on their men to make their next pass a safe one. Organisers of a ladies only cycling sportive are calling on all men to think safety next time they go to pass a cyclist, they are using the event to promote the 1.5 campaign.( https://www.facebook.com/stayinaliveat1.5) . Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

This popular leisure cycling event,( www.westernlakecc.com) western lakes ladies sportive which will be held on Sunday, September 27th, takes participants on a scenic 64km route around the beautiful Lough Mask and sees great support every year .

The women in one west of Ireland town are calling on their men to make their next pass a safe one. Organisers of a ladies only cycling sportive are calling on all men to think safety next time they go to pass a cyclist, they are using the event to promote the 1.5 campaign.( https://www.facebook.com/stayinaliveat1.5) . Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

The women in one west of Ireland town are calling on their men to make their next pass a safe one. Organisers of a ladies only cycling sportive are calling on all men to think safety next time they go to pass a cyclist, they are using the event to promote the 1.5 campaign.( https://www.facebook.com/stayinaliveat1.5) . Pic: Michael Mc Laughlin

“Driving can be a stressful and challenging experience but with cyclists in the mix extra tensions can arise. Equally, cyclists are very vulnerable and the road can be a scary place if you don’t have the protective shell of a car body. That is why encouraging mutual respect and appreciation between car and bike users through the size matters campaign is so important.” The campaign reminds motorists to overtake cyclists with care and give at least 1.5m space between the vehicle and cyclist.

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The benefits of cycling for commuting, congestion reduction, and recreation in Mayo are apparent. The organisers of the cycling event are, however, very keen to also reduce the number of cyclists injured despite the increased numbers of cyclists on the roads. “Cyclists are legitimate road users entitled to mix with other traffic and while an extensive regional cycle network is planned and there has been great progress in developing dedicated cycle facilities, it is not feasible to build an entirely separate cycle network, so the campaign is focusing on two key behaviour messages to encouraging safer motorist and cyclist behaviour, it’s not every motorists who fails allow enough room for cyclists when over taking so we are calling on the few motorists who don’t leave enough room to think safety” said Patricia Hearte event organiser.

“The campaign provides an excellent reminder to motorists to take care around cyclists on the road. Looking out for cyclists and giving cyclists more room while overtaking are two simple measures that motorists can do to help improve road safety for cyclists and themselves.”

The campaign reinforces that motorists and cyclists are subject to the same rules of the road meaning that cyclists have to observe the rules and courtesies expected of motorised vehicles on the road and in turn, they need to be treated with similar respect by motorists.

“It is great to see more cyclists on the roads as cycling is fun, efficient, good for you, and frees up congested streets. But safety is a concern, so we hope that this campaign helps raise motorist awareness while also reinforcing the importance for cyclists to ensure they are visible to motorists.”

A sportive only for lady cyclists

 Sunday September 27th is the date for this years end of season Ladies Sportive.

Western Lakes CC are organising a sportive (leisure cycle) for  Ladies exclusively, its one of the few lady only events in the country and it promises to be an enjoyable experience for all participants.

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Our chosen charity is Rock Rose House, Mayo Cancer Support Services, Castlebar. Our route is a scenic 64km around Lough Mask.

Cyclists will start in Ballinrobe, then pass Partry where they will head for Tourmakeady along the north shore of the lough. They then tackle the short climb of Ma’am Trasna, the top of which boasts stunning views of Lough Na Fooey and of the Partry and Maamturks mountains.  After this, cyclists will have a well earned food stop at Finney(Larches pub) before heading back to Clonbur and then onto the finish in Ballinrobe.

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Showers will be available afterwards at the Lakeside sports centre on the Kilmaine Road. Lunch will be provided after the event. The route will be fully marked and marshaled. Full back up will be provided.

Join in the fun and raise some funds for a great local cause. Cycling Ireland members can sign up online for 20 euro at www.cyclingireland.ie ( go to events booking, then checkout). Non cycling ireland members or anyone wishing to sign up on the day may do so.

Cost is €25. Entry includes marshaled route, back up, group leaders and refreshments on route with lunch after the event.

Registration is from 9-9.45am Sunday 27th September at the Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. The event starts at 10am.

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Looking forward to seeing you all there!

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Ladies End of Season leisure cycle 2014

Western Lakes cycling club are looking to emulate running by getting as many ladies together as possible to create the biggest cycle event for women only in the Mayo and Connacht area.  That said we won’t deter the opposite sex taking part providing they dress appropriately. For the ladies its a brilliant opportunity to show case  that cycling in lycra with shaved legs is not only for the guys, every woman can put their effort to the wheel by taking part and do their bit for women in sport.

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Western Lake's Ladies

Ballinrobe will be the venue for this unique cycle and with an up surge in women taking part in Triathlons, Adventure races, Duathlons and of course just normal recreational cycling what better way to meet like minded ladies but at ladies only event.

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This End of Season leisure cycle takes place on Saturday 18th of October.  The chosen  charity for this event is ‘Climb a Hill for Jack and Jill’.

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There are two routes planned for the day, both spins leave Ballinrobe at 10am and partly share the same route.  Sign on starts at 9am at the cycling centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe.

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The ‘Long Spin’ is approximately 80km, skims the southern shore of Lough Mask on it’s way into Joyce Country among the Partry mountains, the spectacular Lough Na Fooey lies at the base of the Ail Dubh our first of two climbs.  Ail Dubh has featured in the many of the big open races, although from the opposite direction! Take your time at the summit to appreciate the view and catch your breath before descending into the Maam Valley lying in the shadow of the Maumturks.

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‘Maumeen’, our second climb appears, short and sharp, before one reaches the village of Cor na Mona, on the shore of County Galway’s largest lake Lough Corrib.  The long route then meets up with the short route to journey back to Ballinrobe.

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The ‘Short spin’ is in the region of 50km, and shares part of the long route but veers south climbing Ben Levy or more locally known as ‘Mount Gable’ or ‘Cloach Breac’, the route then descends into the village of Cor na Mona joining up again with the Long Route to experience the panoramic views of Lough Corrib.

There will be back up, a water and snack stop and maybe some interesting marshals on route!

The cost for this wonderful spin, including lunch is €20

For more info visit www.westernlakescc.com

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