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 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 the Saturday 2nd of the June Bank Holiday.
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 €5 for the 100k and €10 for the 200k
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
None of the above have a deli (Coffee machine and sandwich counter ) 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 2nd 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.
In the 100k route starting at the Cycling Centre section 1 finishes once you complete the lap in Moorehall, Section 2 finishes at Ballintubber Abbey, section 3 finishes in Tourmakeady and Section 4 is back to Ballinrobe but not the usual way…!!
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.
Leisure and Mountain Biking report
The open night for the Leisure group was held in the cycling center on Monday the 3rd, there was a great turn out and well run by Ken McCarty and helpers. The first Tuesday night spin will be held on Tuesday the 11th of April. Keep an eye on club website or Facebook page or Whatsapp group for information on the cycles.
The Cunga Ram cycle will take place from Cong this Saturday the 8th of April leaving Cong Village at 10.00am. The weather is looking good for the weekend so lets get out on the bikes.
The off road crew are still heading out on Tuesdays evenings, fair play the the commitment for the MBT scene. Rumor has it that Sinead Waters will be looking for road race podiums now since she has got new Orbea Orca race bike.
WLCC attended the Twelve Bens Cycling Club opening night in the station house in Cliften last Friday night, there was a great turn out by the all in Cliften. Twelve Bens are a group affiliated to Western Lakes Cycling Club and will be a great addition to the club with about 50 members signed up.
Paul Feeney of Western lakes cycling club with JJ Flaherty of the Twelve Bens Cycling club and John Gill of Hollymount Wheeler’s enjoying the opening night.
Welcome form Paraic Marrey to all in the Twelve Bens Cycling Club
The busy season of road racing has started with the WLCC Time Trial league, this is been organised and held in Hollymount by the Holly Wheeler’s. A great crew turned out for the first night last Saturday the 2nd of April. John Gill took first place with a 30.52 time. Check Facebook for the league table. There will be two more events run throughout the year so plenty of time to improve on those times.
After the open race of the Ras Maigheo, it was time for the domestic league season to kick off with the first round of the Mayo League, a TT race in Swinford which was won by WLCC Sean O Malley.
The first round of the Western/Covey league took place in Partry on Wednesday the 5th of April. There was a great turnout of 40+ riders, check club Facebook pages for results and placings. Round 2 & 3 will be held later in the year.
Keep her life race fans
Beautiful Weather bike fans
Leisure & MTB Reports
The mid-week spins will commence on Tuesday evening’s for Leisure groups, please check the Facebook page for times dates and routes. These are great spins to start cycling or to improve on the Bike. Please see poster for leisure Information Evening on Monday April 3rd at the cycling centre. Tuesday evening spins will commence on the 11th of April.
Congrats to Sinead Waters who took place in the Mountain Bike Battle on the Beach race in the UK at the weekend. She took the 1st lady home on a 2 lap 28km course. Well done to Sinead.
Also Kudus to all WLCC members who took part in the Westport Spring Duathlon on Saturday
The Ras Maigheo took place at the weekend in Westport, with a 3 stage race, John Gill and Janis Blinovs took part in the A2-A3 race. Well done to the lads and they finished well on each stage. There was an A4 race on Sunday and many WLCC lads took part in the race, some of which for the first time in a open road race. The lads did really well and finished in the bunch. It was great to see new young faces on the road racing scene. Noel, Connor, Tom & Mike starting their A4 racing careers.
Congrats to Patricia Harte who won the ladies race on Sunday, she is going from strength to strength.
Congratulation to John O Holleran who finished 2nd in the A4 race, life in those legs yet, showing the young lads how its done. This is a great achievement for sure. Thanks to all who helped out with club car and provided support to the racers.
The Mayo league is starting on Wednesday evening with a 16km time trial, it would be great to see WLCC riders take part in eth Mayo league this year. A 16km TT is achievable by most riders. Check Facebook for details of the races.
Please see details below for Round One (TT) of the Mayo League this Wednesday, March 29th.
Sign on: Amenity Park, Kiltimagh Road, Swinford (adjacent to Tesco)
Sign-on Times: 5.30pm to 6.15pm
(No entries will be taken after 6.15pm)
Please arrive early and remember as this is the first race, please ensure you are in possession of your Cycling Ireland Licence.
Changing and showering Facilities: Amenity Park
Race Time: First rider off at 6.30pm sharp
Route Distance: 16km
Route Details: Starts on the N5 approx 1km east of the Charlestown turn and adjacent to the new link road. The race will proceed east for approximately 7km and then veer left onto the Old Charlestown Road and head towards Carracastle. After approximately 1Km race will go left at Regans pub, travel under the N5 and then veer left again onto slip road and left again onto the N5. The race will finish approximately 500 meter west of the start on the opposite side of the road.
Refreshments and results in Cambell’s public house afterwards.
The Western/ Covey league starts on Wednesday the 5th of April, sign on in Partry & 18.45. Check Facebook and Website for further details of this league.
Hi all, it’s the start of the cycling season and the events are fast approaching, from “Sportif Charity spins” Club Races and Open Races and the MTB scene is also busy.
Leisure & MTB & Youths Report
The MTB Blitz was held in Derroura last Sunday, with a great crew from WLCC taking part and finishing up on the podiums aswell. Sinead Waters finished second in her event on Sunday and she also had a 3rd spot on the podium last weekend in Ballyhoura. It won’t be long until the top spot is achieved.
Congrats to Colin Snow who came 7th in the Grassroots endure series in Bike park.
The Tuesday evening MTB spins are ongoing and the Sunday spins, watch Facebook or Whatapp for details
The Sunday spins are ongoing also with the KM’s increasing. The Tuesday and Thursday evening spins will be starting shortly so keep an eye on Facebook for details. The club has put together club Rules and Etiquette for the safety of all members on the roads. Please take time to read this below.
Club Rules & Etiquette
Rules and Etiquette for Riding in Groups
Western Lakes Cycling Club wants riders to gain maximum enjoyment from their group rides whether highly energetic or social. All riders do so at their own risk, but experience shows that adherence to these rules and etiquette will create the safest possible environment in which we can all enjoy our cycling. The rules and advice incorporate long-standing practices and will be familiar to all experienced riders. Whilst they have been drawn up to help members who have never ridden in a group, we would like everyone to make a point of reading and following them. We have taken the opportunity to include items of general advice that may help new or relatively inexperienced cyclists.
Ahead of all the other suggestions below always remember the Rules of the Road, rules, regulations and laws of the road apply. You’re responsible for your safety so ensure your bike is road-worthy and you’re confident riding on the open roads. Helmets are compulsory
Safety and Risk Management
All riders take part in the group runs at their own risk. Those risks can never be totally eliminated but can be minimised by following this leaflet in the spirit as well as the letter. Senior club members will be happy to offer general advice and answer any questions
Warning Calls When Riding in a Group
These calls and signals are universal to all experienced cyclists – please use them at the appropriate times
- “Car UP ” . There is a vehicle coming UP through the group from Behind
- “Car DOWN ” . There is a vehicle approaching towards the Front of the group.
- “Single out” A call from riders at the back of the group when a vehicle is unable to pass the 2 abreast column safely. This call must be relayed forward by everyone to ensure that the move to single file is executed quickly and safely. The standard procedure is for the outside rider to drop back behind the inside rider. The call “single out” alerts everyone to the need to slow up and create spaces in the inside file.
- “Clear” and “Car” on Left/Right” This call lets following riders know at junctions, when the group is joining or crossing another road, whether or not the road is still clear. If the group cannot stay together the first ones across ride slowly until the others catch up.
- Re Calling Potholes/ Manhole covers Any pothole that could cause a rider to fall.
- Call” Hole Left or Right” If possible indicate where it is so that following riders can steer away from it and not into it. Please remember that the Front Riders are responsible for the first call
- “On the Left/Right” A general warning of some kind of hazard – usually parked cars or pedestrians. For hazards on the left, an alternative warning is to put your left hand behind your back, pointing to the right, away from the hazard. Give way to pedestrians – they can feel intimidated by cyclists just as we sometimes feel intimidated by motorists.
- “Stopping” “Slowing” “Easy” “Right Hand moving in an up and down action”. If you brake without letting those behind know your intention they can easily run into you
- “Puncture” Let the others know . 2 members of the group should stay behind to help. The Rest of the group will carry on for 2 Kilometers and turn back ..
- “Horse(s)” The group is about to pass horses and special care is needed. Pass as widely as possible. Make sure that both the horse and rider are aware of your presence and if you are approaching from behind call out. “keep pedalling slowly as you pass to keep noise from your freewheel and gears to a minimum” Pay attention to any request by the horse rider – they know the temperament of the horse and its likely reaction to a group of brightly clad cyclists.
- Let others know if you are unable to keep up, have a problem or have decided to leave the group. Always pass the instructions along; if a rider cannot keep up, the leader needs to know. So be aware of the riders around you
- If you wish to remove items of clothing you must go to the rear of the group. You may feel secure in removing your hands from the bars but please consider the safety of those around you
- You are asked not to answer your phone if it rings but if you feel you have to Please move out and back to the rear of the group
- Ride steadily. Keep a steady line and constant speed while in a group. Any sudden change is magnified as it reaches riders at the back and so can have dramatic consequences.
- No racing. You can race to your heart’s content in organised competitive events but please not on group runs. Do not overtake the rider/riders at the head of the group. If you have to, then do not push your way back into your original position but rejoin at the back of the group as soon as possible.
- Ride two abreast where it as safe to do so but always be prepared to single out when necessary. Ride immediately behind the rider in front – do not overlap either forwards or sideways. Overlapping forwards gives you no chance to avoid the rider in front if he swerves or falls, and overlapping sideways results in the group presenting a three abreast profile. Never ride more than two abreast.
- When approaching a hill anticipate the gradient and change gear in good time. Missing a gear change on the steep bit can bring you to a sudden halt – not a good thing for the riders behind you! Ride safely at all times. Follow the requirements of the Rules of the Road as they apply to cyclists and guidance from your leaders.
- Treat members of the group and other road users with courtesy. Acknowledge with a wave courteous behaviour by other road users. (Many oncoming motorists will slow down or stop when they meet a large group of cyclists, whilst others allow the whole group to join or cross a major road). Do not “wave through” a following vehicle that is waiting to overtake – let the driver make this decision. This will avoid the risk of being held responsible if the overtaking results in any form of accident.
- Do not react to bad driving incidents with gestures or provoke retaliation. Remember a road rage motorist has a one ton weapon!
- Ride with the group which best suits your ability. It is usually better (and less embarrassing) to start low and build up. If in doubt senior club members will be happy to advise. It is sometimes nice to try an easier group, especially if you are a bit off colour. It is considered bad manners to hold back a strong group when an easier group is available.
Helpful Hints for New Cyclists (and a useful reminder for the more experienced)
Potential New Members are welcome to join us for 2 spins but must take out club membership to continue
- If you do not currently take regular exercise and/or are in any doubt as to your health, please consult your doctor before starting. Some general fitness is necessary so you might find it useful to try a short ride on your own, to check your fitness and familiarity with the bike, before joining a group.
- Don’t try to push yourself too hard, particularly on the hills. Ride up at your own pace, nice low gears are better! The group will wait at the top. Carry personal details – name, address, contact phone number and some money. Carry drinks and food, even on short rides. The food can be some form of high energy bar to get you to the next café stop. If you have problems or decide to leave the group then please inform fellow group members.
- Wear cycle-specific clothing if possible as it provides a better level of comfort and practicality. It doesn’t have to be Lycra – there are now casual style tops and shorts designed for cyclists. A brightly coloured jacket or jersey makes you more visible to other road users. Carry a waterproof jacket, not only for the rain but also to give an extra layer if you have to stop with a puncture and cool down. A club jacket or jersey will help to publicise the club and also make you very visible.
- Carry enough tools to get you out of everyday problems like punctures or nuts or bolts working loose. It’s easier to change an inner tube than it is to repair a puncture at the roadside (especially if it’s cold or wet). Carry two spare inner tubes, tyre levers, a pump and spanners / allen keys to fit as the minimum. A puncture outfit will also be needed in case you get more than 2 punctures.
- Helmets are Compulsory. Mudguards and Front and Back lights are compulsory during winter riding. Mudguards prevent you getting wet and dirty and also reduce the amount that you deposit on the rider behind and Lights make you visible in dull overcast days
- Keep your bike in good condition and replace any worn out parts. The group will help if something goes wrong but will not be best pleased if the problem was caused by poor maintenance. Keep a close check on your tyres which should be fully inflated, especially the one on the back wheel as it’s always out of sight. Look for bulges or cuts as well as the actual tread depth and pattern. Remember that just as we tend to notice only the inconsiderate or bad drivers so other road users see poor behaviour by some cyclists. Make sure that you do not provide ammunition to the anti-cyclists lobby.
Tri-bars are not permitted on Club Runs for safety reasons.
The racing season has kicked off in last few weeks and Sean O Malley have recovered and took part in his first race of the season last week. He finished in 4th place in Clonard, which is a great result since Sean injury earlier on in the year. Also Patricia Harte who finished 3rd at Ras Naomh Finian 2017
Congrats to both.
The club racing scene is starting shortly with the Western/Covey League starting the club racing calendar on Wednesday April the 5th.
Please see below for details of the races.
Keep an eye on Facebook for the time and dates or the races.
These events are for people who would like to try racing in a safe friendly environment, there is no shame in getting dropped and trying these events is the main thing.
Cyclists must have a LC (Limited Competition) licence or open race CI licence.
The races will be “Handicapped” in groups of similar ability. These are friendly events with a little bit of local banter included to spice thing up. Please take time to read the rules below.
Rules of the League
1 Helmets are compulsory.
2 Rules of Cycling Ireland apply
3 Sign on for individual races will close 15 minutes before the start. Riders who fail to sign on will be refused race entry.
4 Every rider must wear their numbers (as they have indicated at sign-on), pinned to the lower back of their jersey at every race, and this must not be covered by a rain jacket or clothing..
5 Riders must wear their own club jersey or a plain jersey. Pro team jerseys are not permitted under Cycling Ireland rules.
6 No tri bars allowed in the Road Races.
7 Handicap committee decision is final, no debating on the start line.
8 Obey the Marshalls.
9 The league will be held on open roads and all competitors must obey the rules of the road. Riders found to be breaking these rules or riding in a dangerous manner will be subject to penalty, which may include disqualification from an individual race or from the entire series. Decisions made on this matter will be made by the organisers and are final. Riders must obey marshals instructions.
10 Earphones, Ipods, MP3 players etc. are strictly forbidden in all events. Riders found to be using these are subject to automatic disqualification.
11 Each host club is responsible for the organisation of their league round and must provide venue, safe and marked out route, map of route, sign on personal, lead cars, marshals, shower & changing facilities, refreshments and presentation venue.
Prizes Presented at Presentation Night
Overall Winner of the club leagues
Ladies Winner of the club leagues
Top 10 overall
Most Improved Rider
Most Aggressive Rider
Best Young Rider
WLCC Club Champs winner and top 3
TT League Winner and runners up
Western/Covey League 2017
|5 April||Laps of Srah|
|31 May||Lap of Maire Luke|
|5 July||Laps of Srah|
|All races to start at Partry Barracks|
Western Lakes Cycling Club League 2017
|17 May||Hollymount||Noel Stagg/Dave Connolly|
|24 May||Robeen||John Conroy|
|26 July||Tullycross||JJ flaherty|
|16 August||Kilmaine||Gerry Sheridan|
|23 August||Partry||Noel Gibbons/Philip Staunton|
|1 April||21km Hollymount|
|17 June||21km Hollymount|
|26 August||21km Hollymount|
WLCC Club Champs 2017
Saturday 2 September
Western lakes Cycling club sportifs
|20th may||Cross 100k/50k|
|25th June||Great Lakes Sportive|
|15th July||Ladies sportive|
Mayo Cycling League Dates 2017
|Day||Date||Format||Distance||Start Time & Venue|
|Wed||29-March||Time Trial||16k||6.30pm – Swinford|
|Wed||12-April||Handicap Road Race||40k||6.30pm – Ballina|
|Wed||26-April||Mass Start Road Race||50K||7.00pm – Ballinrobe|
|Wed||10-May||Handicap Road Race||55K||7.00pm – Ballaghdreen|
|Wed||07-June||Mass Start Road Race||55K||7.00pm – Cong|
|Wed||14-June||Mass Start Road Race||60K||7.00pm – Westport|
|Wed||21-June||Handicap Road Race||50K||7.00pm – Ballyhanuis|
|Wed||28-June||Hill Climb TT||7K||7.00pm – Castlebar|
|Wed||12-Jul||Team Time Trial||40K||7.00pm – Swinford|
|Wed||19-Jul||Mass Start Road Race||60k||7.00pm – Belmullet|
|Wed||02-Aug||Mayo Road Race Championships||70k||TBD – (mass start with prizes per category)|
Please see Facebook and the WLCC website for details of all these races. There are plenty of events for anyone trying out races this year.