Hi all, it was another eventful and successful week in Western Lakes CC, the races are starting thick and fast and the weather is due to pick up.
The leisure spin last Sunday was wet and cold and 18 brave souls started from Cornmarket on Sunday morning. I think the route was adjusted a few times along the way in order to get home. Well done to all who got the KM's in, it will stand when the summer comes. M. Conroy reckoned his hands were so cold when he got home he could not take off the cycling kit so he left it on all day.
Spins will continue on the Sunday and a schedule of times, dates and distances will be issued shortly on the site.
Congrats goes to Patricia Harte who in her 3rd open race, finished 4th overall, only a matter of time before she features on the top steps of the podium.
Well done from all at WLCC
Ras Maigh Eo was the main event at the weekend and 4 WLCC members took part in the A2/A3 & A4 races.
Few of the lads all smiles before the race. Gerry Towey took part in the A4 race and was racing hard throughout but had not a team mate to help pursue the lone rider who went for a 40km solo win.
Cathal Usher had a great weekend and was in the break for the stage only to be mopped up in the final 500mts. He finished 7th on stage 2 and took 9th place in the GC which a great result considering the conditions and how cold it was. Cathal is moved up to the A2 grade, congrats to him, must be back in the Mayo air, won't be long till A1.
Sean O Malley took to the roads in Limerick for a race in Broadford, he was pleased with the performance, it wont be long before the Cipollini bike will feature on the Podium.
Congratulations to Sinead Waters who was 2nd in a mountain bike event in the Derroura Blitz.
Great Cycling by all, and hope to see more out on the bikes in the coming weeks for leisure spins and some races, Mayo league is starting soon.
Once again there was various events over last weekend and WLCC was well represented in numerous events.
The Saddleup4eplisey took place on Saturday from Castlebar via Tubbercurry and back to Castlebar, there was two routes 70km and 128Km and both routes were well represented by former pros and wannabe pros.
Back to Winning Ways
Tom Hughes and Oillie Kelly in Hollywheelers colours in the leading group with new Carbon Orbea
Mr Gibbons and Co drove the pace in the second group which was probably faster than the long group. There was a great set up in the hall with soup sandwiches, and all sort of information.
The cycleway Cup was held around the roads of Naven and was well attended by the WLCC racers.
Sean o Malley A1 105km
Cathal Usher A3 71km
John Gill A3 71km
Janis Blinovs A3 71km
Trish Harte Ladies 71km
2 laps circuit for ladies and A3’s, 3 laps for A1’s
A3 race had big field (100+) no break stayed away, Cathal went up the road a few times with no success. All 3 finished in top half of the bunch. Big crash with 200m to go all WLCC stayed up. Young fella from Omagh won the sprint.
A1 high profile field a break of 8-10 got away in first 10km Sean worked hard in chasing group but never pulled them back. Was be all accounts a very hard and fast race, Sean finished safely in the chasing bunch. Damien Shaw won.
The ladies had 12 starting again had some top quality experienced racers from the east. Started hard and fast got split up on the first climb, Trish ended up with 2 other ladies chasing for the remainder and finished well.
Some Pics form the event, I could not find SOM maybe he was up the road. Well done to all who attended.
Great weather this week and it getting better for cycling, some up coming events over the weekend, the Saddleuprepilepsy is on http://www.saddleupforepilepsy.com/ this week see attached links.
It starts from Breffey House at 10.00 am, there is sign up for on the morning of the event if you have not signed up online. There are two course lengths 68km and 128km so routes for all abilities.
Great local event and support from WLCC would be appreciated
The domestic Race Season has kicked off with the traders cup last week held in Dundalk, WLCC had members in the ladies race and the Men A4 race. This was great to see and even though Jerry had a bit of a spill he is up and flying again.
The Cycleways Cup take place this Sunday the 29th on the roads around Meath and WLCC will have a good few members attending, Sean (Superman) O Malley, Janis Blinovs, John Gill & Catal Usher to name a few. Anyone interested in supporting them would be good.
The Cycleways Cup 2016 will take place on Sunday February 28th.
The venue is the same as in recent years
– sign on from 11 at Simonstown GAA (link) on the R162 Kingscourt Road
– start at Blackcastle on the N51
– finish at Wilkinstown on the R162.
The format will be similar to recent years, except that there will be an extra standalone race for A2s. So 5 races in total
– A1 (3 laps)
– A2 (3 laps)
– A3/Junior (2 laps)
– A4 (2 laps)
– Ladies (2 laps)
A KOH prime will be awarded on Lap 1 to the first rider over the climb in each of the races (A1, A2, A3/Jnr, A4, Ladies).
Primes (€20) are sponsored by Navan Taekwon-Do School (navantkd.ie)
Details subject to change
All WLCC Members its a good time to get back on the bikes
Hi all great turn out to the Ballinrobe Duathlon 2016, please see race report below
The ninth edition of the annual Spring Ballinrobe run bike run event was hailed as the best yet despite the cold wet conditions, a change to the first run meant all participants had 1.5k extra to cover, there were bigger gaps than normal between the bikers and made for a harder event.
A field close to 300 participants traveled from all four provinces to compete and the event was a huge lift to the town of Ballinrobe.
The event was supported by Ballinrobe Tidy towns, Abbey Tyres, Cummins Homevalue, Western Lakes CC, The Gardai, Order of Malta, Lakeside centre, Core Timing and Mayo road safety.
Sponsors Marrey bikes held the sign on and post event prize presentation at their new super store premises on Watson's lane, Ballinrobe.
Ballinrobe Physiotherapy clinic also Watson's lane sponsored the prizes for the first locals home.
Vaughan shoes Main st sponsored first prizes for the Lady's and men's category
Aurivo Goodness shakes sponsored a shake for all finishers.
1st Brendan Conway Westport Tri 59:45
2nd Jonathon Rowland Liquid motion Tri 1:02:09
3rd Art Naughton Galway Tri club 1:02:33
Junior Ben Walsh Westport Tri
Over 40 Jimmy Lawlor Westport
O50 Martin Kinneavy Western Lakes CC
1st Siobhan Murtagh Lough Key Tri 1:06:03
2nd Lorraine Carey Liquid Motion 1:06:11
3rd Michelle Lannon Lough Key Tri 1:10:39
Junior Nessa Gibbons western Lakes CC
O40 Colette Sweeney Multisport Westport
O50 Cathy Regan Tubbercurry
1st John Kyne &Shane Holleran Western Lakes CC
2nd Paul Phillips & Jerry Towey Western Lakes CC
3rd James Marrey & Niall Mc Laughlin Westport AC& CC
1st John Gill Hollymount Western Lakes
2nd Matthew Gill Hollymount Whleers
3rd Colm Jennings Ballinrobe Western Lakes
1st Paula O Neill Ballinrobe Western Lakes CC
2nd Angie Hughes Ballinrobe Duathlon group
3rd Siobhan O Malley Ballinrobe Duathlon group.
Thanks to all participants for taking part and supporting Ballinrobe and the Ireland West Duathlon Series.
Big Thanks to all the marshals, helpers and supporters who stood out in the cold wet weather to make this event happen.
Next event in the Ireland West Duathlon series is Ashford Duathon Cong on March 4th
Next event organisied by Race face team is the last round of the IWDS at the Castlebar Duathon on March 19th
Full results attached.
Race face team
Round 1 of the Connacht MTB Spring league takes place this Sunday
(14th) at Moore Hall.
All the info is on the Connacht MTB League Facebook page. You can also pre-sign on there.
There's a category to suit everyone from U8 to novices to elites.
The league is going from strength to strength every season with up to
100 children and adults taking part.
Moore Hall is a great trail for beginners as its not too technical and it promises to be a great race. I spent a lot of Friday evenings there last year with the WLCC youths, they are all well able for the trail, and they all enjoyed it!
Sign on is from 9:30 to 10:30 sharp.
Youth races start at 11:20 with junior and adult races starting at 12:05. Distances and entry fee for each category are on the FB page.
Hope to see you there.
The AGM of Western Lakes Cycling Club took place in the Valkenberg on Friday the 11th of December; there was a turnout of about 35 people which was great considering the wind and rain of that night.
The meeting was chaired by Brian Golden and he read out last year’s minutes and no issues were raised from previous minutes.
Vincent Cummins read out the Treasury report and while there were a few items to clarify, these will be carried out in the next committee meeting. The racers report was read by Mark Quigley and the Ladies report was read by Patricia Harte. Brian Golden read out the Lesiure report. Any matters arising from these reports were put in the minutes and will be discussed in the following committee meetings, just to say all the events went great throughout the year including the Sportifs, Club Leagues and any other events that took place
The election of the new committee delegates was carried out and the following were elected.
Club Chairman; Martin Joyce and Vice Chairman David Connolly
Club Secretary; Michael Kelly and Vice Secretary Paul Feeney
Treasure; Vincent Cummins and Vice Treasure John Cummins
Club P.R.O; David Connolly
Racing Rep; (Open Races) John Gill,
Racing Rep; (Club Races) Noel Gibbons
Lesiure Rep; Brian Golden
Ladies Rep; (Needs to be appointed)
Youths Rep; (Needs to be appointed)
Club Licences Renewal/Membership; Sean O Malley
Committee Members; Breedge Connolly & Gerry Butler
After the meeting there were refreshments in the front bar and the club awards were held
Club Racer of the year went to John Gill who had great results and improvement throughout the year who went from A4 to A3
Leisure cyclist of the year went to Michael Conroy who showed impressive improvement and always with a smile or a laugh to help make the KM’s tick away, the award was accepted in Michael Behalf by John Conroy, (Don't Tell Michael)
And the Club Man of the year went to Ken McCarthy who was great help all year, be it driving the Club Van, helping at Sportifs, races etc. He still drying out the car after helping people on the Wesportif this year.
Congratulations to all the award winners on the night
The committee meeting will begin in the New Year circa 11 TH Jan 2016, if anyone has concerns or ideas for the New Year please contact Martin Joyce or any committee members, all ideas will be greatly appreciated.
Padraig Marrey today completed a hat-trick of victories by winning round 3 if the Connacht mountain bike league in Moycullen. Padraig won the first round of the Connacht mountain bike league narrowly beating Michael Flanagan into second place, he then followed that up with victory at the cyclocross race in Gilligans field last weekend just ahead of Sean O Malley.
After todays race a shell-shocked Flanagan said " i cant believe it, i got up really early to fix my hair and make sure i was looking my best for the podium and then this happens". Lets all hope that someone stops Marrey from making it four in a row or he will be unbearable.
Padraig is shown below in full flight.
Connacht Cycling Winter MTB League starts this Sunday October 13th – Moore Hall and is also the Connacht Cycling MTB Championships,
Michael Flanagan in action
- Rd 1: October 13th – Moore Hall, County Mayo *RD1 is also the Connacht Cycling MTB Championships, so double incentive!!
Rd 2: October 27th – Venue tba
Rd 3: November 10th – Venue tba
Rd 4: November 24th – Venue tba
Rd 5: December 8th – Moore Hall.
Christmas fancy dress race with a prize for best outfit!
Prizing giving, tea and sandwiches afterwards!