The plan for 2019 is to encourage the participation of new and existing cyclists in group leisure cycling activities. Communication of activities will be conducted through WLCC Club Website, WLCC Facebook page and Discipline/Location WhatsApp Group.
Based on our participating Member feedback to date in 2019, it is initially proposed to structure three Groups ranging in objective and average speed. These groups will designated by the WLCC club colours as follows;
Western Lakes Ladies Sportive 2018
Registration times & Location
Date: Sunday 15th July 2018
Location: Western lakes Cycling Centre, Ballinrobe
Registration: 08:30 to 09:50
Start time: 10:00
Entrance fee: €25
Route: Lap of Lough mask, 65km
Registration will take place at the Western Lakes Cycling centre in Ballinrobe on the morning of the sportive, there is NO on-line registration.
Please leave plenty of time to get to the cycling centre and for registration and pre- Sportive briefing.
The proceeds from this year’s ladies sportive will go to the local Order of Malta
Full event details click here: Western Lakes CC Ladies Sportive 2018 Event Details
Great Western Lakes Sportif 2018
● The 135km cycle starts at 9.00 am
● 65/85k cycle starts at 9.30am
No going early if you are riding the shorter distances.
The Sportive starts from Western Lakes cycling centre, Kilmaine Rd,
This event is to commemorate club officer John Cummins, the sportive
will divert so that we pass his family business on New St
Charity: Western Lakes will be donating proceeds to CROI for the vast
work they do in promoting a healthy heart.
Sign on times
● Sign on and registration is open from 7.30am on Sunday June 24th,
Please bring your Cycling Ireland license or else pay the €5 fee if you
don’t have it, this covers insurance
● Please leave plenty of time to get to the event sign on as there will be
a lot of traffic around the area.
Full Itinerary here GWLS participants event briefing 2018.docx (2)
CYCLISTS are being encouraged to get their pulses racing for this year’s Great Western Lakes Sportif on June 24.
Entry Fee is only €30 on line ENTRY HERE
The annual event has two routes, a challenging route of 135km and an achievable 85km for those hoping to take in the sights of the picturesque route.
This year, proceeds will go to heart and stroke charity Croí, in memory of late club member John Cummins.
Event facilitator Padraig Marrey said the club felt it was appropriate to honour one of its dedicated members who served the club well.
Vincent Cummins, club member and brother of the late Mr Cummins thanked the club for honouring John’s memory.
“On behalf of the Cummins family I would like to thank the club. It’s great John is being recognised in this way. He was an active member and served on the committee and we really appreciate this,” said Mr Cummins.
Starting in Ballinrobe town, the 135km route takes cyclist to Partry passing Lough Carra on your right.
Turning left towards Tourmakeady, the vast expanse of Lough Mask appears to your left.
Leaving Lough Mask, it’s time for the climb towards Maamtrasna, and on the descent Loch na Fooey comes into view. Then a further climb towards Aill Dubh with a spectacular descent.
At the bottom it’s decision time. Left will take you home via Maam, Corr na Mona and Clonbur for the shorter 85k distance, and right, towards Leenane and you are on the longer 135k route. This route, for the more experienced cyclist, takes in stunning views of Killary Harbour, Inagh Valley, Maam Cross and Lough Corrib.
Sign on at 7.30am on June 24th at the Western Lakes CC cycling centre, Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.
The 135km route leaves at 9am sharp while cyclists taking on the 85km challenge hit the road at 9.30am.
For more info and entry see www.westernlakescc.com or Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional info or ring 087 7992857.
Western Lakes CC have stepped into the world of Audax events for the 2nd year running where athletes test themselves over a route by completing it inside a time limit.
The Mayo Western Lakes Audax MTB, has 2 event distances 100k and super tough 200k held on Sunday 30th June 2019.
Both routes are steeped in history and geography, starting in the old garrison town of Ballinrobe, following the Monk's trail to Moorehall woods along the banks of Lough Carra and onto Ballintubber Abbey. Chance to refuel at Corleys bar, a trek through the boglands of Killawalla to the hidden and deserted villages of Srah, the watering hole at O Toole's bar (Foodstop), Tourmakeady waterfall and the old escape routes through to the Black valley of Glensaul. High up in the Partry mountains over looking Lough Mask, drinking water out of Glacier lakes and hidden waterfalls. To the Murderous Maam Trasna pass, the Irish quarter of Finney to the end off the leg of the Mask, over the hill of the CO-OP and descend out onto Lough Corrib via the longest land peninsula of Europe. Climb Heart attack hill and the old Sean Bothar from Cornamona, travel back in time in the Joyce country Geo park and through the majestic woodlands of Cong and Ashford castle, through lane ways and Turloughs over the hill of Cairn and along Ballinrobe Inishmaine Trail: Takes in a variety of archaeological and historical points of Interest including a Souterrain, Caves, a Ringfort, a Cornmill, an Abbey, a Sweathouse and a Hillfort, the final few kms are along the river Robe on the Bowers riverside walk.
Entry fee €6 for the 100k and €11 for the 200k
Audax Ireland Medal €7
ACP (Audax club parisien) €7
MTB, Gravel or cyclo cross bikes suitable (Make sure to bring plenty of spares if using a Gravel or cyclo cross bikes)
Potential food stops
Only one of the above have a deli that is Ballintubber stores, all the pubs do teas and sandwiches.
For now we want people to try out the different sections of the route, we have recce more or less it all now, starts off on by roads, with occasional off road section, from Section 2 on alot more fire track and bog sections, end of section 2 gets hilly, section 3 is savage, section 4 and 5 are tough, section 6 is all off road and section 7 is a ramble through the lanes....coming via the Bowers river side walk, the finish line is back at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine road.
What to get of the road and onto the beaten track for a few weeks ?
Both routes were designed and recce for the Audax event that the club is organizing on June 30th 2018
Audax don't allow short, they don't encourage racing, the only challenge participants to try and finish a set out route inside a certain time limit.
Each route is broken into sections, a normal club spin could do one or maybe 2 sections at a time, as each section is about 30k return, depending where you start from.
if you want to see the route clearly download the free version of ridewithgps onto your Garmin, phone or Wahoo device.
The 200k route starting at the Cycling Centre section one finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady (hilly), Section 4 finishes in Finny (The hardest section) section 5 finishes in Cornamona, and section 6 finishes in Cong and Section 7 takes a looping way home to Ballinrobe taking in the sites.
When out on these routes ideally go with a buddy in case of mishap and bring the usual breakdown stuff and your phone.
Western Lakes Cycling Club Ladies Sportive 2017
In Aid of NCIB Centre Athlone
Registration times & Location
Date: Saturday 15th July
Location: Western lakes Cycling Centre, Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe
Registration: 08:30 to 09:45
Start time: 10:00
Entrance fee: €25
Please leave plenty of time to get to the cycling centre and for registration and pre-Sportive briefing.
What you need at sign on
- Your Cycling Ireland licence.
- A One day Cycling Ireland Licence is available on the day for €5.
- Your Entrance fee.
Event car parking
There is free car parking provided at the cycling centre.
What to bring with you on the Sportive
Your bike must be in good working order to cycle the Sportive.
You are also recommended to bring the following with you on the Sportive.
- Helmet (Compulsory, No helmet No cycle!)
- Water bottle(s)
- Spare tubes/Pump
- Mobile phone / Cash / Identification.
- Rainproof top and/or Suntan lotion (It is Ireland after all)
The route will be signed at all major junctions.
All major junctions will be marshalled.
Event Food Stop
There will be 1 food stop during the Sportive which is located at just past Tourmakeedy At Maire Luke’s bar.
Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Cake, Buns, fruit and water will be provided at the food stop.
Cycle nutrition / Accessories shop
Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe will have a stall at registration. They will also be selling cycling accessories in case you forget anything.
Marrey Bikes, Ballinrobe will be on hand to resolve any last minute mechanical issues on the morning of the Sportive. Remember: You are responsible for ensuring your bike is safe and in good working order.
- The Western Lakes Ladies Sportive is not a closed road event and you must adhere to the normal rules of the road.
- You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of others on the road.
- Western Lakes Ladies Sportive is a leisure cycle and not a race.
- Cycle no faster than your ability or weather conditions allow, the West of Ireland is known for strong gusty winds.
- Cycle no more than 2 abreast when cycling in a group to facilitate passing cars.
- The route selected for The Western lakes ladies Sportive is on quiet roads but you will encounter some traffic and road junctions.
- Marshals will be visible on the route, but remember that they are only there to assist. It is your responsibility to check for traffic at junctions.
- Cyclists should be prepared as weather conditions on the Sportive can change and you should bring the right type of clothing to keep warm and dry such as a waterproof warm jacket.
- No earphones permitted on the Sportive
- No Tri bars permitted on the Sportive
Emergency Medical and/or Mechanical assistance
If you have difficulty on the Sportive that STOP’S you from completing the course or if you are involved in an accident or if you come across an accident please call the emergency numbers provided.
There will be an Order of Malta supporting the Sportive.
There will also be a neutral service car available to fix any mechanical issues or punctures you may have during the Sportive.
There will be a number of Western Lakes male cyclists taking part on the day to offer encouragement, guidance and assistance along the way if required.
In the event that you feel unable to finish the Sportive for any reason there will be a Broom Van available to bring both you and your bike to the finish line.
The Finish Line
The Western Lakes Sportive starts and finishes at the Western lakes cycling centre.
Showers are provided at the Lakeside Sports and Fitness Centre which is situated across the road from the cycling centre.
Post Sportive Nourishment.
Refreshments will be available at Inches bar on main street Ballinrobe after the sportive. Please join us after toe sportive for some refreshments.
On behalf of Western Lakes Cycling Club and the NCBI we thank you for taking part in this years ladies sportive. We hope everyone enjoys this ladies Sportive and are blown away by the scenery en-route. Mayo is known as the adventure capital of Ireland and with gems like Tourmakeady, Maumtrasna, Finny, Clonbur, Lough Na Fooey, Partry Mountains, Joyce Country and Lough Mask, it’s a spectacular tour of what Mayo and North Galway has to offer so we hope you enjoy it.
The WLCC Club League consists of 5 races and these are all well handicapped so everyone has a chance to win or finish in the points. Everyone that takes part get 10 points for attendance and this helps to ensure everyone has points on the board. Points will be issued to the first 10 across the line. This league will carter for everyone in the club from beginners to seasoned pros. All safety precautions will be put in place to ensure everyone will be safe. All participants must hold a LC Limited Completion Cycling Ireland license or greater. If you only have only a Lesiure license and wish to take part you can upgrade on the cycling Ireland website. All participants shall have a race number and wear safety helmets.
The Western Lakes Club leagues begins next Wednesday the 24th of May, with the first race in Robeen, the Race Director is John Conroy, this will be a two lap race starting in Robeen. It is a nice course and suitable for all abilities. All participants should wear Club or Group cycling gear, this is a good way to show the club on the road. There will be sign on in Robeen from 6.30 pm and the race starts at 7.30 pm Sharp. There is a 5 euro entry fee and refreshments will be available afterwards.
Check Facebook for updates.
Leisure and MTB Report
Please see Link to Mayo Day promotional video, proud to be Mayo
Hi all bike fans, the bright evenings are here again. The Club spins are going well. Sportif season will be picking up in the coming weeks. The KM should be increasing now to prepare for longer Sportifs rides.
The cycle for suicide will be passing Ballinrobe on Sunday, please see information below and all support would be appreciated.
Please see extract below form Ken McCarthy emails to all members.
The Annual Cycle Against Suicide (CAS) comes through Ballinrobe on Sunday 30th April.
Taken from the Cycle against Suicide Web page:
“Everyone has some connection with suicide, self-harm or depression. The Cycle Against Suicide movement believes that the best way to help fight the Battle Against Suicide in Ireland is to do it together. Our Mental Health is just like our physical health – it is something we have to be mindful of – and from time to time we have to ask for help – and that is OK. Exercise helps…Talking helps…So together let’s Cycle Against Suicide. Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can Break the Cycle of Suicide on the island of Ireland”
The cycle leaves Castlebar Sunday 30th at 10:30 from St Gerard’s School making its way to Ballinrobe racecourse for 12:00 where there will be a short talk and some refreshments.
Registration in Castlebar on Sunday 30th is between 08:30 and 10:00 in St Gerard’s School .
It would be fantastic if as many people as possible from our club could show their support on the day by either cycling from Castlebar to Ballinrobe (and beyond if you feel up to it).
Or come to Ballinrobe Race course from 11:30 and show your support for the cyclists who are taking part in Cycle Against Suicide.
James Vahey from Ballinrobe is completing all 14 days of this cycle so it would be great if the club and the town could come out in support of this cycle and of James.
If you want to register before the day the link to the Cycle Against Suicide web site is http://www.cycleagainstsuicide.com/cycle-suicide-2017/
We might organise to cycle from Ballinrobe to Castlebar on Sunday morning and join the CAS for their cycle from Castlebar to Ballinrobe..
The racing was in Boohomore last weekend with a few WLCC members taken part, fair play to any one who traveled to the race.
The third round of the Mayo League was held on Wednesday in Ballinrobe, Race Directors Sean O Malley & Martin Joyce put on a great event and all finished safely. Sean o Malley is back from his recent layoff and he is in good form, he made it in to a 6 man break which broke up over Mam Transa to a three man break and he took the sprint, the coverage can be seen on Facebook.
Fair play to all who took part in the race and all that helped out with the driving or did Marshals on the night, these events can’t be held without help from the club members. Brilliant results by all !
Leisure and MTB Report
The Tuesday and Thursday evening spins are gathering pace with the fine evenings we have been having. Please ensure we have members with front and rear lights on the bike and wear Hi-visibility clothing as its gets dusk around 8.30 at the moment.
Great numbers on the Thursday night bunch this week with a good bunch finish outside JJ Burke Garage. It will be Sportif season shortly so lets get out and about on the bikes.
The 3rd round of the Connacht MTB league was held in Moorehall on Easter Sunday. A great turn out by WLCC members with lots of podiums places.
Round 3 of the Connacht MTB League in Moore Hall today!!
Great results by all:
Robert Flannery came 1st in the U10 after an exciting finish.
James English O'Brien came 2nd in the Junior category.
Eimear Flannery came 1st in the Novice Ladies
Sinead Waters came 1st in Sport Ladies
The online shop for Club Gear will be closing on the 23rd of April. Check Facebook for details.
A reminder to all members to get the Cycling Ireland licence and select the LC racing licence so you can take part in the WLCC club league that will be starting shortly.
The final two round of the Western/Covey league have been changed to Thursdays nights to facilitate the Connacht TT league. The dates are Round 2 Thursday 1 June Round 3 Thursday 6 July" Keep an eye on Facebook for details.
Sean o Malley took place in the Ras Muham and did very well in Stage 1 and finished with same time of the winning group. This was good considering the average speed for Stage 1 was 44km per hour. Sean lost time in Stage 2 and retired with tendonitis and drove the last two stages. Good effort, get well soon SOM. Keep an eye on Instagram for his progress.
Training is continuing for WLCC club leagues with all the racers putting in the hours now.