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.
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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.
Hi all , spring is in the air, dust down or wash down the bike and head out for "Spring Spin"
"Winter Miles = Summer Smiles"
Leisure cycling & MTB & Youths Reports
As the weather has turned for the worse, its hard to get the road season off to a start. The MTB side is flying at the moment. The first round of the Connaught MTB league was held in Moorehall last Sunday, with a great crew from WLCC taking part and finishing up on the podium as well.
The Expert Men race consisting of 5 laps was won by Colin Snow of Western Lakes
James English won the Junior Men, John Staunton came 4th in the Sport Men and Sinead Waters came second in the sports woman group and Eimear Flannery came first in the Novice Woman and Katriona McHugh came fourth and Robert Flannery came second in the U-10 Boys.
These are great results by WLCC members. It’s great to see the younger members getting in a few races. The next round of the MTB league is the Biking Blitz in Derroura on March 12th. It would be good to see lots of members take part in this event. MTB bikes can be hired near Derroura. Check Facebook for details of the results.
The now annual training camp to Cliften takes place on Saturday the 25th of February. There is about 21 riders leaving Ballinrobe on Saturday morning and cycling back to Cliften in the sunshine and no wind or rain. They will stay the night in the station house hotel where they will have some light salads and some training information. Recovery drinks such as “Hop House 13” or a Gin or two will be needed. Mayo match will be watched and early to bed after the nightclub.
The brave souls will cycle back to Ballinrobe with the breeze at their backs on Sunday at a ADV speed of 37km per hour. We will wait for the stories next week.
Anyone not doing the Cliften cycle, may like to take part in the Saddle Up For Eplisey on Saturday, check Facebook for details. This is a great and well run event for a great cause. Its the first Sportif of the year and has 3 routes for all abilities. You are quartered to put on weight at this event lol. https://www.facebook.com/saddleupforepilepsy/
The new club gear is ready to be collected and is available in Cummins hardware
As you may know by now the dispute with Cycling Ireland over the Ballinrobe 3 day continues on. WLCC has made the decision to pull all the open racers for the year as a result. This is a hard blow for the racers in the club, every effort will be made to resolve the issue. See club website for full report. There is an online petition to be signed, please see link below.
The racers of the club are training hard and all should be flying for the Ras Maigheo on the 25th & 26th of March 2017 in Westport.
Keep up the the training as “tomorrow will be bright” as they say
Western Lakes News December 2016 – Present date
The WLCC AGM was held in December 2016 and the most of the existing officers retained their positions in the club, a few roles had new name and there was a few new roles established.
ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR 2017
Chairperson: Martin Joyce
Secretary: Michael Kelly
Treasurer: Vincent Cummins
Racers’ Rep: John Gill
Club Racers’ Rep: Noel Gibbons
Leisure Rep: Ken McCarty
Ladies Rep Karen Regan
BMX/Youth Reps: Gerry Butler
Off-Road Cycling Sinead Waters
PRO: David Connolly
Committee: Gerry Butler and Breege Connolly
As the winter season is here, it is a good time to take a break for a while or take up some off roads cycling, like Mountain biking or Cyclocross racing. A few members took part in the Cyclocross race in Clonbur on a bright, cold dry day. This was a great event and well attended by WLCC. Special thanks Sinead Waters who ran a great event.
The Sunday spins are continuing through-out the winter if the weather permits. There are two groups each Sunday the Leisure group and more advanced group. This is going well and is been well attended each Sunday. Many lads and ladies are trying other ways of keeping fit throughout the winter, many are attending spin classes, circuit training and Pilates.
Mountain biking is really taking off in 2017 and there are spins arranged for Tuesday nights and most Sundays, keep a eye on Facebook or Whatapp groups for spin details.
There is MTB hire in Derroura outside Mamm cross, great trail and good work-out
The New Year has come about and along with it the Ireland West Duathlon Series. We have now completed the 3rd event out of 5 and this has been going well with many WLCC and Hollymount wheelers taking part in these events. They are well run by P. Marrey of raceface.ie. The last event in Ballinrobe had about 400 participants. WLCC had a great attendance and had the best 5 person team/squad, this is great for WLCC on their home turf great for the cycle club, especially when up against specialist triathlon clubs. It woul dbe great to see lots of members attend the final two events in Cong and Westport, WLCC have a good chance to become 3rd team/squad overall.
Upcoming events include the trip to Cliften on the 25th of February, this will consist of cycling back from Ballinrobe to Clifton and a few refreshments and dinner that night in Cliften and try cycle back the next day. There are about 21 signed up for the event. Anyone who is not doing the Cliften cycle may like to do the “Saddle up for Epilepsy” on Saturday the 25th of February. This is a great event and a worthy cause, there are various distances so no problem to anyone to try. Please see link to website http://www.saddleupforepilepsy.com/
The WLCC racing scene has been put in to disarray by CI not permitting WLCC to hold the Ballinrobe 3 day on the May bank holiday weekend as agreed on the CI calendar.
WLCC has made a decision to pull the 3 day and all other open races in protest for 2017. The full report was issued to every member via email.
"Keep her pedaling"
See attachment full details of Ladies sportive.
Western Lakes Cycling Club Summer league Results
Well Cycling Folks, the summer coming to an end, the last league race took place last Wednesday in Partry. The Final league table is published below. With Brendan Butler injured due to a fall in the Bogman 2 day, it was up to the John O Halloran to see if he could take the league title. With Oillie Kelly and Martin Joyce in close quarters in the table, this would ensure real racing to the end. Oillie Kelly won the last race in Partry which he felt he had done enough to take the title. When the trio of O Halloran, Joyce and Gilligan passed the main bunch to claim 4th 5th and 6th on the night, this sealed Oillie’s fate
The Top Ten overall in a wonderful league is as follows
- John O Halloran (WLCC, consistent high results on the Titanium Bike 106 Pts)
- Ollie Kelly (Holly Group, this is Holly answer to Steve Cummings 97 Pts)
- Martin Joyce, (WLCC great top finisher throughout the league 91 Pts)
- Brendan Butler (WLCC, was leading the league all the way till the end 84 Pts)
- Donal O Reilly (WLCC, great improvement throughout the year, 83Pts)
- Shane Gilligan (WLCC, Back to good year for Shane A2 next year 76 Pts)
- Padraig Marrey (WLCC great come back, with good win in Robeen 75 Pts)
- Conor Gill (Holly Group, this is a racer in the making keep it up 69 Pts)
- Sean O Malley (WLCC, he gave other a chance thanks god, 65 Pts
- David Connolly (Holly Group, big lad at the back can come good too 62 Pts)
Prizes will be given out for the league after the club champs next Saturday evening in Inch’s bar Ballinrobe.
Special thanks to all the race directors, all the Marshalls, all the venues for providing the refreshments.
And thanks to all who took part, without members willing to give this a go including the ladies like Anne Flynn, Marie Frazer &Trish who raced each race in the knowledge that it is hard to win but kept trying anyway, it’s great to see.
Final League table
Now that the Westportif is over, this does not mean we can rest on out summer laurels, there are a few more events to attend, and also keep up the mid-week and Sunday spins, the fitness levels can drop off dramatically if we miss a few weeks on the bike with holidays etc. The Giro De Baile is on Sunday and this is a good sportive, with great scenery around north Mayo, it can be a challenge if the weather is bad, but it looks like it will be fine. Get a few mates and head down the cycle starts at 10.00am
Its been a busy few weeks on the race front.
Constantin Bartels won last night’s Tourmakeady Festival Race in Co. Mayo, the Waterford Racing Club man soloing home at the end of the 50-kilometre contest.
Bartels, a former Western Lakes CC rider, started with the scratch group who were six minutes behind the A4/club riders and two minutes behind the A3 men.So he and the other limit men sure had their work cut out.But on the hilly course they made great inroads on the opening lap – despite the best efforts of a truck to unintentionally block their path across to the groups up ahead.
The A3 men weren’t hanging around either but they were joined by the minority scratch group and together they bridged across to the A4/club group, cutting down a three-minute gap on that last lap.Brendan Butler (Western Lakes) made a brave bid for victory when he jumped off the front of the lead group but that was brought back by a group of four scratch men, Bartels among them.
The latter wriggled free and stretched his legs to take the win with Westport Covey Wheelers man James McGreevy coming across the line in second followed by Sean O’Malley of the promoting club.
Tourmakeady festival Race, 50k
Promoted by Western Lakes CC
1 Constantin Bartels (Waterford Cycling Club)
2 James McGreevy (Westport Covey Wheelers)
3 Sean O’Malley (Western Lakes Cycling)
4 Joe Moran (Westport Covey Wheelers)
5 Pat Joe O’ Connell (Westport Covey Wheelers)
6 Steven Murphy (Unattached
The Brian McNamera Memorial Race took place in Tuam last weekend, there was a strong national field as this was a National league event.
8 riders broke away fro the A1/A2 group and they were gone for the day. Sean o Malley was very active in the remaining group but with extreme winds they could not make up the gap. Daire Feely from ITAP won the event.
John Gill and Patricia Harte done well in their races
On Wednesday last Belmullet CC held the Mayo champs 2016.
This was well attended by WLCC members with Sean o Malley in A1 group, Janis in the A3 group and John Conroy and club chairman Martin Joyce in the Club race.
All four Western Lakers picked up prizes at the Mayo Club Championships in Belmullet. Sean O'Malley was the star of the show again retaining his club championship with first place again. Yanis Blinos was second in A3, John Conroy was first in Club Racer cat with Martin Joyce second in Club Racer Cat. Congrats to Belmullet cycling club for a really well run event.
Sean O Malley, Dave Brennan and 2 Westport Coveys Meaney and McCreevy and two others broke free in the first 5km. Those first 4 broke away with 15km to go and held a four to five minute gap over the main bunch. Sean won the sprint by half a wheel. He came around mcCreevy in the last second. Well done all
Sean O Malley Mayo Champ 2016
Well done lads, MJ has no shorts poor lad.
The Westportif routes are some of the most spectacular in the country, with mountains, lakes, valleys and scenery that will take your breath away.
We have 3 distances to choose from 80km, 120km & 160km
Here is a brief look at each distance and what it will take to get around the course.
Remember to eat and drink well the 24hrs before the event and don't over do the alcohol consumption.
The 80k Warrior route (Known locally as the Ring of the Reek) is pretty flat with only a few drags and one small hill to get over. The food stop comes just after the half way mark at 45k so its nice to know the 2nd half is that bit shorter.
This route is easily doable for a beginner, the key is pacing, while at the start you will be fresh and eager this is the time to hold back and not to get carried away by following the faster sportifers.
Key is to drink before your thirsty and eat before your hungry!
Take a drink every 10-15mins, eat a HIGH 5 bar or piece of fruit in the first hour this will keep the energy levels topped up.
At the Food stop, there will be a variety of snacks, sandwiches, fruit and teas &Coffee, our recommendation is have a sandwich and cup of hot drink, avoid the temptation to over eat because if you do you will feel slow and sluggish when you get back on the bike and make the return journey home very long...
Remember to keep warm at the food stop, you will be quite warm after cycling 45k and once you stop your body temperature drops quite fast, make sure to put on a gilet (sleeveless jacket) or rain cape.
Once you get back on the bike after the food stop give yourself a few kms to get going, our recommendation is to wait to Ashleigh falls then pull in and take off your cape or gilet and while you're at it make sure to take a picture of the lovely falls.
The last 28k home is pretty flat and hopefully you will have a tailwind home.
The last 2k home is neutralized so heed the warning signs and marshals. When you finish enjoy the Westportif village and relax and enjoy the banter outside the Clewbay hotel.
How long will it take me ?
If you are a regular cyclist that is out 2-3 times a week we reckon under 3 hours
If you only cycle occasionally but also partake in other sports we reckon 3.5 hours
If you are new to cycling your aim should be to complete it in 4 to 4.5hours
The 120k route
If you have signed up for the 120k distance, even though its only 40k longer this route is a great cycling test.
Even though there is six climbs on this route the real climbing doesn’t starts until 57k in when you turn left at Leenane village. For the next 20k the roads are either up or down and remember to keep your wits about you as there are dangerous descents and always sheep on the roads! Once over Maam Trasna you will see Lough Mask and the roads flatten out for a while and you'll get a small break.
At the Village of Tourmakeady (95k) you will get your last chance to refuel (Take this opportunity as the next 25k are hard). Once you turn left you are climbing for 5kms with sections as steep as 18% so pace yourself, the view at the top of Lally's mountain makes the hard work worthwhile and if you have the time stop and look back at the majestic Lough Mask. The descent of Lally's is fast, bumpy, windy and narrow so feather the brakes.
The last 13k home is up and down and very energy sapping so save a HIGH 5 gel for this.
Once back in Westport heed the neutralized section and make your way back to the leisure park on James st.
What’s it going to take to finish it and How long will it take me?
Firstly put a food and hydration strategy together, what we mean here is drink and eat regularly and remember pace yourself, go off too hard and we guarantee you will pay the price, we don't want to see you looking out from inside the broomwagon as you approach the finish !!!
If you are a strong cyclist who raced we reckon about 4hrs
If you are not as fit as you would like we reckon 5hrs
If you think it is going to take you longer than 6hrs we recommend that you stick with the 80k for this year.
The Legend 160k route.
This is a real challenge, not only are you breaking into the century (100miles) you are also cresting 7 categorized climbs.
This stage is as hard as anything that a Pro peloton will tackle, are you up for this? Better be sure as its very unforgiving.
Not only do you cover the same roads as the 80 and 120k courses but you also cycle along the famous Killary Fjord and cycle down the Innagh Valley before crossing the Maam turks.
The biggest difference on this route apart from the increased distance is the wind. Yes you read that correctly, the wind! The wind along the exposed cost road to the top of the Innagh valley is legendary, it can blow you sideways in an instance...
By the time you get to Maam at 105k you will be fit for bed never mind 55 more kilometers.
Take your time in Maam, gather your thoughts then go for it.
With an action packed 55k left to complete this is what all hardy cyclist thrive for, the pain and burning in the legs, the ecstasy of getting over the climbs with your mates and the joy of descending down hill with the wind blowing through your hair.
The last 25k will be a do or die effort, those who pushed too hard in the early Kilometers will now wish they held back, the last 10k back to Westport will decide if this is a character building day or one for folklore. The decision is yours.!!
How will you get through the 160k.
First by using the group smartly and be exact in your planning and food strategy while taking into account the weather conditions. But most importantly remember to PACE yourself,160k is a long day on the saddle for the best of cyclists.
How long will it take?
If you are a serious sportive rider or ex racer we reckon 5,5hrs is excellent.
If you are strong fit and prepared under 6hrs is very good.
If you think you have what it take to finish it, then we will give you 8hrs but no longer. We have time limits in place, if you are not in Leenane by 12noon then no Killary Fjord or Innagh valley, you be re directed to take the 120k route.
If you are not in Tourmakeady by 3pm then no Lally's mountain, you will be redirected to take the flat route home . Same goes for the 120k participants.
Westportif 2016 Event Details
Westportif start times
- The 160km cycle starts at 9.00 am
- 120k cycle starts at 9.30am
- The 80km cycle starts at 10 am
Both cycles start from Westport Leisure Centre, James Street in Westport town.
Westportif Finish times (Estimated)
- 160km between 2-4.30pm
- 120km between 1-3.pm
- 80km between 1-2.30pm
Westportif sign on times and locations
There are three options for participants to sign on for the event.
- Friday 15th July at Monaghan’s Skoda Showroom, Castlebar from 3.30pm-7pm
- Friday 15th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from
8.30pm – 10pm
- Saturday 16th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from
6.30am – 8am for 120/160k
- Saturday 16th July at Westport Leisure Park, Westport from
7.30am – 9.30am for 80k
A big thanks for all our Sponsors.
- Monaghan & Sons Skoda Castlebar
- High 5 Sports Nutrition
- Destination Westport
- Smarter Travel
- The Clew Bay Hotel
- Westport Leisure Park
- Delphi Adventure Resort
- The Mayo News
Westportif is a voluntary run dual venture between Westport Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes Cycling Club . Both clubs use Westportif to fund and develop the sport at grass roots.
The Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation' is Westportif 's 2016 chosen charity