All at Western Lakes CC wishes Scott Towey who is riding Rás na nÓg this weekend the best of luck.
Since 2007 it has become one of the premier youth racing events on the calendar. Hosted by Drogheda Wheelers and under the stewardship of the hard working Gerard Campbell it is a very well run and safe event. It’s also Scott’s home away from home with him born in Drogheda, so three stages over two days at Bellewstown Race Course is a marginal gain for the nerves before the flag drops. Its Scott’s first year U14 but a few very well structured training weekends with the Connacht Youths Academy with our own Padraig Marrey & John O’Halloran as coaches which has been spearheaded by Noel Mulroy of Westport Covey will have all riders well ready for the two day event. The event attracts Irelands elite youth cyclists of the day but it is not all about the podium, it encourages young cyclists to race to the best of their ability. Positioning, bike handling, gear selection, when, where & how to attack & when to sit in are as much important as your name on a top 10 results sheet when you take the chequered flag. Even more so the youths that just haven’t made that level they know they are only a few bike lengths of the guys that are there so it’s all to play for them at the next race.
The Kilmovee youth is steadily learning his trade and has proven there is nothing to be afraid of and as the year rolls on we will have squads at open youth races. Hard races “up the front” OR “out the back” is all about life experiences, it’s about doing your best even if you end up in a race within a race with the pelothon vanishing up the road and any chance of you name on a results sheet gone. It’s about picking yourself up after a spill and going again, it’s about making friends, it’s about seeing how much you have grown stronger & smarter race after race, it’s about learning from those who have gone before you, it’s about respect, for your team mates, for other competitors, for your Club, earning the respect of organisers that keep the sport we all love alive… by simply having a pop off the front. It’s about having fun.
A gigantic crowd turned up for round one of the Western Lakes CC club league in Kilmaine. Gerry and Veronica Sheridan hosted the event and have set the bar high for all remaining rounds. In total 37 people turned up to either race or marshal.
The league is aimed at getting club members out to ride or race in a group of similar abilities. Round 1 is always tricky to get the H/cap right as we don’t know the form of everyone and how they will handle a group situation at speed so bear with us on getting you into the right group. Either way its a massive opportunity to meet up and have a bit of banter plus you get to know the other members. The fact you learn tactics, bike skills and group riding are all only bonuses
Niche training groups from villages around Ballinrobe all descended upon the village of Kilmaine even the Clifden and Renvyle gang made the long journey. There was an aire of tension as rivals talked gingerly… All mad to find out what the other did over the winter, lads talked about not getting out and having nothing done (Ya right) as the weather was so bad. The Knight riders from the Continuity …had to be favorites the miles them guys put in since last October must be savage… The Hollies have been put through a regimental turbo & Zwift session plan with one member supposedly putting out the same kind of wattage as Mark Cavendish in a sprint …. I Think he is watching too much GCN…Reality boys stay with Reality…New bikes and wheels were flashed all boding to their commitment… but as we all know its not really about the bike its about how we look….
It had to be one of the worst evenings ever for a race with freezing cold hail and sleet falling only over the village of Kilmaine (Not sure why mother nature only picked Kilmaine) with everyone huddled in the hall hoping and praying the event would be canceled not knowing that there was only a slim and no chance of that ever happening … Crys from Inch to have only one lap went on deaf ears Dave Mac and softy Gibbons hitted for the turf and bolted home… the Holllies all of a sudden were Marshaling did ya ever see the like…
JJ and the Clifden gang were loving it … this weather was like a soft day in Summer to them boys…saying all that seeing them all inside in JJ’s van warming up on spinning bikes was a sight to be hold. ..
4 group were seeded with a Handicap of 9 minutes from front to back set-out for the 2 lap course totaling 34.9k. The racing for most was probably a new experience.. trying to stay in a group watching for the wheel in front of you.. figuring out what the best gear to be in were only a few of the technically issues…more importantly was figuring out how long you could sustain this effort and pace while hyper ventilating at the same time your legs filled with concrete was highest on most their agendas… Pulling out on the first passage through the village seemed a like good idea for a few… The scratch (Back group) Caught group 3 with 9k to go they had a mix of group 2 with them them, out front John Hughes, Earnan Naughton and Sinead Watters held on for dear life… till Foggy Sheridans X roads when the juncture was made by the back groups … With 4k to go it was always going to be a scratch rider that took the laurels … Janis and John O Halloran the only A3 riders in the group looked to be favorites … John was playing the I am the coach trick while keeping a gamy eye on presiding … Ainars and Jerry ploughed hard on the front with the odd trick from Shane the sheep Gilligan and Colin bullet Loughney throwing in… JJ used up his bullets earlier on but was still lurking… Jennings and Feeney were been chute I say toooo chute as they kept their powder dry and never got to spark at all… Marrey was just hanging in the pocket waiting for it all to kick off … once the sprint started by Colin Loughney with 600m to go… it kind of through the cat amongst the pigeons.. who was going to chase.. he who chased ruined their own chances .. a few skirmishes and the gap was closing but the finish line was closing too… Ainars decided twas time to launch.. O Halloran and JJ set up behind Marrey knowing he was the wheel to be on.. Marrey launched his effort at the 200m mark … Loughney glanced and was sure the win was his.. with a mere 20m to go..Marrey past Colin and breasted the line first with a deflated Loughney 2nd and the ever improving Ainars 3rd with Coach O Halloran 4th….
Next round will be hosted by Robeen on Thursday April 26th.. lets get as many out as possible…
Thursday July 6th is the final round of the Western Covey league.
Sign on at Partry soccer club from 6.30pm, first group off at 7.15pm, the route is 5.5 laps of the Srah circuit. (45k)
The club need to get as many members out as possible to have a chance of winning the league and team prize.
Prize giving afterwards in the Village Inn Partry.
Here is the Overall after Rd 2
|4||John O Halloran||WLCC||33|
|11||Sean O Malley||WLCC||20|
Lesiure and MTB Reports
Hi Folks, we are slap bang in the middle of Sportif season and there are a great number of events around the area and in the west. A good few members took part in the Explore Mayo and Cornamona 50 mile cycles in recent weeks.
The Great Lakes Sportif take place this Sunday the 25th of June, starting in the cycle center at 09.00. Its €20 to enter and proceeds will go to the Order of Malta who provide great cover for all our events and races in the west. If all members could attend it would make it a good day out, we will keep the group together for the first half of the event if traffic permits.
The Ladies Sportif will take place in the coming weeks so like and share the poster on Facebook to all local clubs. https://www.facebook.com/WLCC-Ladies-Sportive-797159530403528/
Well its back to the local scene for Sean o Malley after his heroics in the RAS in recent weeks, Sean even managed the break in the final stage in to Skerries and his name was heard over Radio Tour, Chapeau to SOM in his great efforts.
The Galway Bay Criturium took place over the last weekend and WLCC had a few podiums and a great 2nd place for Gerry Towey son Scott Towey in the under U12 race, a budding racer in the making like his dad eh, who himself came 5th in the A4 category.
The Mayo league is coming to the last few races and round 7 took place in Ballyhaunis on Wednesday night. Seanie O Malley is leading the proceedings and will look for a few club members for help him in maintaining his lead in the league.
As it happened WLCC had two members on the podium, with Tom Hughes and Anthony O Toole taking 2nd and 3rd place. Tom a budding club racer form the fields of Hollymount, a part of the Hollymount Wheelers group, young Tom’s racing career is finally taking off. Sprint King Anthony O Toole is also a A4 in the making.
The Hollymount round of the WLCC club takes place on Friday the 30TH of June, this will be two 19km laps of the local area, a great turnout is expected. Keep an eye on FACEBOOK for details of the race.
Marrey makes it two in a row in Robeen
Robeen was the location of the first round of the WLCC club league in which 30 riders togged out. The handicapping was carried out by P.Marrey and the bunch was broke up into five separate groups. The first group consisted of 7 riders with a few new racers in the group Eimear Flannery, Martin McDonald, Sarah Canny and Karen Regan. This group was given 9 minute on G2 and and 12 Mins on G3 14 Mins on G4 and 16 mins on the scratch group. The racing was fast and the first group was down to 4 riders by the end of the first lap. The second and 3rd group joined forces to make a big bunch. By the last few Km’s it looked like the first group would stay away but as they approached Robeen crossroads the big bunch came over the hill. In the last KM Sarah Canny pushed on and Ann Flynn and Dave Connolly tried to fill the podium but in the final 100 meters the bunch caught and passed the group, Padraic Marrey took the sprint to take another victory in the Robeen race, he sure like this circuit,
Special thanks to John Conroy who put on a great race and to all the road marshals and thanks to all the Conroy family who put on a great feed after the race in Fr Paddy House. It sets a hard precedent for the next race directors.
Please see league table and pics in Facebook and on the website
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.
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 Leisure 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 with the first race in Hollymount, this will be a two lap race starting in Hollymount, up through Roundfort, over to Annfield cross, down to Scardawne and back to Hollymount, this is a 38km course.
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 the Hollymount Dressing rooms from 6.30 pm and the race starts at 7.30 pm Sharp. There is a 5 euro entry fee and showers and refreshments will be available afterwards. Check Facebook for updates.
|17 May 2017||Hollymount||Noel Stagg/Dave Connolly|
|24 May 2017||Robeen||John Conroy|
|26 July 2017||Tullycross||JJ Flatharty|
|16 August 2017||Kilmaine||Gerry Sheridan|
|23 August 2017||Partry||Noel Gibbons/Philip Staunton|
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