Wow what a week for Bike Week, it all started last Sunday with eth Croi Tour De Lough Corrib, this was well attended by WLCC, and local Groups, Holly Wheelers and Tri Lakes.
WLCC cycled up to the event and went in the opposite direction and covered 130km, it turned in to a race from Cornamona to Cong as these things do, practice for the WLCC league.
On Tuesday we had a newbie night and family cycle, the town was buys as the 5km series also took place. This went well and great to see new faces out and about. The Thursday spins are going well and back to the Tuesday evening spins from next week.
The Cornamona 50 Mile is on Saturday form Cornamona at 10.30am and the Tour de Burren is on in Clare, Tuam are holding a Cancer Care West event on Sunday form Tuam, so there is plenty of events to attend over the weekend.
The John Hollian race took place from Cross and the A4 group contested the final with Westport lad taking the first place, fair play to Jerry Towey who took 6th place, he really enjoyed it by all accounts.
On Wednesday evening the first Round of the Western Lakes CC club league took place in Hollymount, 32 members signed on which in its self was a great achievement.
Sign on was in the Football pitch, the race started up the street and 4 groups were given handicaps. The scratch group had 9 minutes to wait after the first group started. It was a fine evening but a serious breeze took its toll on the event. After the first lap the motorbike passed the first group and all of a sudden the second motorbike passed, all the groups merged in the village of Hollymount and it was a good spectacle for the spectators. The scratch group caught the second and third group to form a big peloton which stayed together for most of the second lap. Coming to Ger Kirranes Padraig. Marrey attacked and brought Sean O Malley with him, they were followed by Brendan Butler and John Gill but they could not catch the former A1 or the existing A1 who crossed the line in first and second. Refreshments were served in Finnertys after the race and a good bit of banter and crack was had by all. The finish was shown on TV and the results were given out. Please see link below to spread sheet of the results. This was very enjoyable race and the same again can be expected on the next round in Kilmaine on July the 13th, the race co-ordinator is Gerry Sheridan
The Claremorris Crit takes place on Friday evening at 8.40pm, it is great to watch the fast racing form close quarters, please show support or help out with the race.
Beautiful weather has lead to a big increase in cyclist out in the last week, there was a great turn out at the weekend, for the Pieta House fundraiser starting in O Malley's Bar in Cross
As you can see from the photo it was full of WLCC Members in the bunch for the 100km Cycle, the Tuesday night group was well represented in the 50km cycle. The 100km cycle featured a mix of racers including former pro's some A1, A2 & A3 and a good mix of club racers, the group more or less stayed together and saying it was an average of 36Km per hr by the turn in party and bit less out to the food stop in Partry. I think it was said before the start that it was not a race but we were not listening lol. Well done to all who organised the event and there was great support and food at the stops, in fact a few may have gained a few lbs over the course of the cycle.
The Tuesday and Thursday spins are really going well and keep this going.
Upcoming events include
Next Rd of the Mayo League in Cong on Wednesday 8th of June
The Croi Cycle form Galway on Sunday the 12 of June
Next Tuesday the 14th of June there is a newcomer to cycling event, this is to get more people out cycling and more younger people. Further details closer to the event.
Next Wednesday the 15th of June is the start of the WLCC club league, this take place in Hollymount starting in the village and completes two laps. Parking available and showers and refreshments afterwards. Please keep eye on Facebook for route details and times. This event will be well handicapped and all members with LC licence should give it a go.
We have beautiful weather at the moment so great times for out on the bike,
The Tuesday evening spins are going from strength to strength. This week it was a 50km hilly spin around the sawmill loop, this is great preparation for longer sportives, like the Pieta House on Sunday or the upcoming Western Lakes Sportive. As you can see by the photo it was well attended and great weather and there is a few budding Chris Frooms or Lizzy Armatage in the making.
The Thursday spins are going well also with several groups on the road, keep it up.
The Tuam Pieta House fund raiser is on this Sunday June the 5th, this is a great local event with great support and refreshments. There is a 45km and 100km route so a route for all WLCC members. Keep an eye on Facebook as a group may cycle from Cornmarket on Sunday morning to Cross. It promised hot so make sure plenty of water and sun cream as you could burn to bits on the bike and not even know it and also heat stroke.
This week saw the second round of the Western/Covey League on the same Srah Loop. It was well attended by both clubs. The top of the table is still John O Halloran but he is surrounded by Covey members, the Covey's are way out in front in the club points so a big turn out is required for the 3rd and final event. This will be a lap of Mauria Lukes and back, with refreshments and prizes on the night, at least its only one lap.
Please see link to table Western/Covey league table as it stands CoveyWesternLeague2016.xlsx - Sheet1
Best of Luck to Cathal Usher who is taking part in Ras Dun No Ghail over the weekend..
The John Holian Race is on next Friday the 10th of June starting in Cross, a good race for any budding A4 out there..
On the International front the Criterium du Dauphine 2016, starts in France on Saturday, this has many of the top GC riders taken part including, Chris Froome and Alberto Contador, its live on Eurosport
We have a busy two month ahead as the sportive season and club race season peeks.
I will list and describe a few of the events coming up.
The Tuesday and Thursday Spins continue and these are going very well.
The second round of the Western/Covey League is on Wednesday the 1st of June, it is run on the same Srah course, sign on from 6.15 at Srah school. Race starts at 19.00pm. This has a generous handicap and suitable for all abilities. WLCC need a good show as we trail in the club points.
The Pieta house cycle starts in cross next Sunday the 5th of June. This is a great local event and well supported by WLCC members in the past, it would be great to increase the number with new members from the Tuesday night spins.
The Mayo league continues in Cong the 8th of June, this could be a good event for those who have done the Western/Covey league.
The Croi Tour de Lough Corrib Cycle takes place the following Sunday the 12th of June. This events starts in Galway and comes down to Cong, Clonbur and Cornamona, so well used local roads. This is all well attended event by WLCC members.
Tuesday 14th of June all comers cycle in Ballinrobe as part of bike week.
The First round of WLCC league will take place in Hollymount 15th of June, this will be a two lap course to show spectators a sense of the cycle race. This is a inter club league and it will have a generous handicap so novice riders have a opportunity to do well. There will be points for all who attend and points for top 10 and Ladies. It is advised to have a LC licence for this league. Club gear would be great to see on all riders but not mandatory. There will be parking and showers and refreshment available. All new comers welcome to race or be a Marshall on the night.
The Cornamona 50 Mile challenges will take place on Saturday the 18th of June
The Great Lakes Sportive will take place of the 26th of June, this is the Western Lakes own event and all hands to take part and help out would be appreciated.
The Tour De Burren is a great event also
All this leads to the Ring of Kerry 185km Cycle on the 2nd of July.
As you can see there is plenty to do, you could try a long distance sportive or a club race over the summer.
The summer Crituriam race hosted by Western Lakes will be held in Claremorris, this event is an hour of flat out racing around the streets of Claremorris.
Check Facebook and the WLCC website for details closer to the events.
Well Cycling Fans
Its been a busy few weeks for WLCC with the fine weather finally here.
The Tuesday evening spins for beginners and improvers is going great for the last few weeks. The group ethos is that no one gets dropped, and this is working very well with great reports from all involved.
The skills course for kids was held last week in the national school ground, it is a great way top develop kids in bike handling skills and for future members of WLCC. Many thanks to Gerry Butler and Joe Marrey for there work. This will take place on Sundays 12.30 at St Joseph's National School.
The Thursday and Sunday groups are going well and have been well attended. Last week there was a good group doing 137km cycle over mountainous terrain.
After the great 3 day event in Ballinrobe, we get back to more local events. The Connaught TT was held on Tuesday night with Sean O Malley posting the fastest time and a new PB over the course. He piped Chris Troy in to second. That Mavic Disc wheel must have done wonders. He will be going on till he buys that bike.
The First Round of the Western Covey league was held on Wednesday 11th of May on the Shra course. It was a lovely evening and a great crowd of about 45 turned up with a great mix of cycling abilities from ex-An Post Ras men to newbies to the race scene. There was 5 groups on the road and group 2 and 3 came together to contest the final sprint with the 4th and scratch group close behind. It was great win for John Joe Holorian for WLCC closely followed by Covey CC members. Full race report can be read in Facebook with great pics of the event. Next round will be June 1st at the same venue so please turn out for a good event.
Special Thanks to all who helped and Marshalled on the night as it can't be done without the helpers. Noel Gibbons will have sambos at the house the next day.
On the International scene it has been a great week for the Irish Para-Olympic cyclist Jerry Towey, who took part in the Para-Cycling world cup event in South Africa last week. Jerry Towey took the bronze in the time trial which is a great result for Jerry, it pays off for all his hard work over the winter competing in the local duathlons and TT events. His race can be seen on Facebook.. Congrats Jerry from all in WLCC.
See you all over the next week
Hi all cycling fans, great weather this week for cycling.
The Ladies Sportif in Ballina was attended by a good crew of WLCC ladies, fair paly to all attended and wore the Club Colours.
The ACT for meningitis was held in Tuam last Sunday, this was a good event to try new flat roads. There was a good few local clubs attending and good crew from Hollymount Wheelers, just before the off a good bunch of speed demons form WLCC rolled in to town and I could see John Gill smiling at the prospect of a fast spin.. the rest of us were shaking in our lycra at the prospect.. Sure enough when we rolled out towards Tuam and Seanie O Malley eased past towards the front, followed by Joycer and Co, I knew it would be hot. It did not take long for the 100km group to split in to two groups.. I believe the first group reached the first food stop at a adv. of 33km per hr.. which is lively for sure..
A few lads did not quite do the 100km there was a mixture of 55k, 77km 80km etc. John Gill and Sean O Malley were first home of the first group..(No Prizes given I'm Sorry)..As one support driver aske SOM "How the F#%k you go up a hill at 50km per/hr." this explains a lot.
The Tuesday evening spin was led by Fergal O Neill and was a good success, these spins are to get members out again after the winter at a enjoyable pace and distance.
The Thursday evening spins are back and going good, last Thursday there was about 28 WLCC members split in to two groups.. Group A has open racers and LC Limited Racing (Club Racers) licence holders and Group B has Leisure Licence holders....A fine evening for a spin with the "Purple Sky" over west of Ireland.. Keep these going each and every week..
This week was quite in the racing calendar but the ACT sportif in Tuam was hot enough, with lads coming home for Majorca they have fire in the legs to get going..
Patricia Harte continued her good form with a 3rd lady finish in the Galway Bay Summer League. It was a distance of 48km and the A4/Ladies completed the distance at a average speed of 38.9KM/hr which is hard to fathom that speed lol.. Fair Play to PH keep it going..
The Mayo League continues next Wednesday the 27th of April with WLCC running the event. Its a Lap of lough Mask starting at Healys garage and finishing in Clonbur road..
Any one with open or LC (Club Racing Licence) can take part, it would be great to see new name taking part, we all know the route and if cannot stay the pace, it can be cycled at ease aswell. Marshells will be required if not taken part..
Refreshment in Inch's after the event.
Over and out
The Leisure evening spins have started on Thursday, there was 4 members out and they did a 30km Spin. The spins will be every Thursday evening at 19.00 at Cornmarket. Please check the website for the Calendars of dates, routes etc.
With the hour changing it will be good to start the evening cycling.
The Mayo League started on Wednesday, with a 16KM ITT (Individual Time Trial ). Sean O Malley of WLCC was the first man home with a great run. Check out the Mayo League Facebook page for the results. This was a great result considering Sean was laid up with a knee injury for a few weeks. The rest did him good. Check out the calendar for a list of the races and maybe more lads/Ladies would like to try out for the races. All you need is the LC (Limited Competition) licence and away you go.
Congrats to Cathal Usher who completed the Ras Muham last weekend, check the Sticky Bottle for all the stage results and reports.
The Tour of Flanders is on this weekend which is a great one day race to watch the attacks on the Koppaberg. This will be live on Eurosport.
Congrats to Eamonn Marrey who had the official opening of his shop last weekend. Good turnout by WLCC members, it was good to see Stephan Roach attending.
Hi all, I asked Patricia Harte to send a report of her experience of the open road racing events she has entered so far. She sent a great report and her insight in to the open race scene. Have a read below. Trisha has improved each week and finished in 2nd lady home over the weekend in the Seven Springs GP in Loughrea, bare in mind there was no specific ladies race and she had to race in the A4 bunch. Congrats from all in WLCC get it going
"My introduction to open racing began in Dundalk in February with the Traders Cup... My nerves kicked in about 2 weeks prior! As I drove to sign on, warmed up and got to the start line thoughts of 'why am I putting myself through this?' And 'will I get dropped in the first few hundred metres because I can't clip in quickly enough?' ran through my mind! Thankfully, it was a ladies only race with approx 15 starters including some newbies like myself. The course was a flat 40km and with a headwind starting out the pace was steady... Until a few kms later when everyone went 'mad'!! I thought the Supervalu bull had made it's way over from Ballinrobe Mart and was chasing us.. But no.. Someone had attacked and we were all chasing her. And so it began.. I had been forewarned that the ladies races were 'up and down'. I quickly learned what that meant! That day I finished in the second bunch with a few other girls.. Delighted with myself!
The following weekends racing was to take me to NAvan. The ladies race was over 70km. Again approx 15 starters. This time the nerves only kicked in 2-3 days before the event.. Clipping in wasn't a worry.. I had bigger fears.. Like the climb stuck in the middle of the 2 lap circuit! Sure enough, there was a KOH at the top, which initiated an attack at the base, which resulted in me slowly loosing contact with the majority of the field. I did the remainder of the lap on my own and thankfully found 2 other girls for the last lap. Again, I was delighted to finish and finish with people!
My 3rd race was in Clonard. I was warned this would be a fast start as it was a 44km flat course. The field was bigger with 30 ladies signed on. Straight away there was an attack. Not really having a clue what to do I went with them. We were brought back a few minutes later by the main bunch. After that, I had a little chat with myself and decided as a clueless beginner I was better to stay in the bunch and see how I got on. At some point, the eventual winner Michelle O'Halloran (Lakeside Wheelers) made a solo break and stayed away. I joined the sprint at the end and got 4th! I felt like I had won the Tour de France!
Thankfully the following weekend I got a rest from the travelling and the physical and mental stress of the racing. I needed it.
My next race was 7 Springs GP. It was my first A4 race ( 3 Laps of a slightly technical slightly draggy course). Our bunch was big, over 70 riders and by far the biggest bunch I had ever been in. It was a great buzz though tense at times with some braking and shouting. After staying with the bunch for one lap, then 2 laps, I was feeling good and started to feel confident I could finish with them. Then, out of the corner of my eye, a bike and a man flew up into the air. Clanging sounds from behind became audible. Ploughing on to catch the bunch I wondered what carnage was behind me. The rest of the race was thankfully uneventful. A puncture in front of me a few hundred metres from the line meant I lost a bit of contact with the bunch and rolled in just behind them. Again, delighted to finish in one piece, 2nd lady, and have averaged just over 37km/hr over the 51km.
I hesitated in writing this report when asked by Dave Connolly. I didn't know whether racing would be for me or whether I'd enjoy it. I think I may have caught the bug! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me and helped prepare me for racing ( ye know who ye are). Thanks also to my friend Ger Powderly (Tuam CC) for brainwashing me to the start line! ... It's all your fault!! ( meant in the nicest way possible!)"
Good report Triaha, keep it going.
Hi Cycling fanatics
The evenings are bright and the weather is improving, its time to get the bike out and start cycling for your goals of a long Sportive, a Club Race or Mayo League Race.
There was a TT event on St Patrick's Day in Hollymount which had about 21 taking part. The event was won by John Gill of Hollymount and a valiant effort by John Conroy to come in second pace at 11 seconds down and Janis finishing in 3rd place.
There was a good selection of riders out last Sunday for the WLCC leisure spin,6 took part in the second group who did a lap of Lough Carra which 43km. The time is changing this weekend and the evening spins will start soon. Facebook page for time routes etc.
After the heroics of Ras Maigh Eo the last weekend, the racers had a quite weekend, apart from Patricia Harte who took part in the seven Springs GP in Loughrea with a excellent result of 2nd Lady home while also taking part in the A4 race. More to follow on this.
This week is the Ras Mumhan but Sean O Malley is injured and is not taken part this weekend. Cathal Usher is racing so best of luck to him.
The Mayo League times and dates are on the WLCC site.First event been a 16K time trial in Swinford. A great way to ease in to the league and take away any nerves.
Special mention to Eamonn Marrey who is having his offoial opening of Marrey Bikes on Good Friday 25th March with special Quest Stephan Roche.
Dan Martin is also going well in the Volta a Catalunga in Spain with a stage win and race leader.
See you all on the roads soon
Hi Folks please see links below to the WLCC summer league of clubs races, we had 3 events last year and it was a great success, so we have 5 races this year and a club championship. These races will be held around the local area during the summer. These events are divided in to categories and all abilities can enjoy. The start of the races are in June so there is plenty of time to get ready for these events. The leisure cycles from now till June will be a good give good practice for these events. These club races are a great way to see if you enjoy racing and you could enter Mayo leagues races or Open Races in the future.
Gerry Sheridan won the club league in 2015.
Some pics below from the races and of the 2015 club championship