Road Racing

Bogman 2 Day

Routes Bogman 2 day July 7th and 8th 2018

Stage 1

Stage 2 TT

Stage 3

Entry here 

The Bogman 2 Day Cycle event happening this July 7th and 8th, is now in it’s 8th year and has built itself up to become a firm favorite in the cycle race calendar. The weekend, held in North West Connemara, provides for 2 days of challenging racing with up to 120 cyclists from all over the country competing. This event is organised by the award winning CEECC in conjunction with Western Lakes CC – one of the finest clubs in the country.

The weekend includes a 90km stage on Saturday 7th & a time trial & 85km stage on the Sunday. The route bring you through some of the most stunning areas of scenery that Connemara has to offer including Renvyle, Inagh Valley, Maam Valley, Kylemore & more. A great weekend of racing guaranteed!

“Connemara has proven to be a mighty location for this great event. John James Flaherty has laid out a challenging course through some of the finest scenery in the country, and the great welcome the cyclists receive make this a special event. We are delighted that it has been so successful and look forward to another outstanding weekend of cycling” states Leo Hallissey, Director Ceecc.org.

The winner of the Conamara Bog Week 2 Day Cycle Race will be presented with the beautiful and prestigious Gogarty Cup which is sponsored by Renvyle House Hotel. ‘We are delighted to sponsor Conamara Bogman cycle event, especially as the founder of Renvyle House Hotel, Oliver St. John Gogarty was not only a leading literary figure but was also a first class cyclist’. says Ronnie Counihan of Renvyle House Hotel.

The Bogman Shield on Saturday will cater for A4 riders, the route will be the same as Stage 1 of the main race but for two laps. Shield presentation will be held in the Marian Hall Tullycross directly after race. For full details including all times and route maps please go to www.ceecc.org, or contact JJ Flaherty 087 – 7060723

Claremorris GP

For 5 years a criterium used to be organised around the streets of Claremorris but with ever increasing traffic and now council restrictions it is now not viable to hold a Crit in the town centre.

This year promoting club Western Lakes CC and in cooperation with Claremorris Chamber of commerce have decided to go with a circuit race on Friday June 15th.  The 18k lap will start at the entrance to Mc Mahon park where the Land of the Giants recreational area is situated on the Ballinrobe road. Its ideal for parking with amble room. The lap itself is undulating with a few tight areas that will squeeze the bunch, a few drags on the way into Claremorris will test the legs and the long pull up Mayfields to the finish line will suit the powerful sprinters or maybe climbers !!!. This route is used in the well known Land of the Giants Duathlon event held at Christmas.

The race is 3 laps of the circuit finishing at the top of Mayfields. total distance will be 54kms,  Sign on Open from 6.15pm at Kileens bar Lower James St, close to Mc Mahon carpark.

The race will run as a Hcap with small gaps between club, A4,A3,A2 with scratch at the back

Prizes for 1st 6 across the line with a prime or 2 thrown in.

Race start at 7.30pm sharp from Mc Mahon park, finish at approx 8.45pm

Prize presentation and refreshments at 9pm approx in Kileens bar.

Results

Results from the Claremorris GP promoted by Western Lakes CC on June 15th
1st Charles Prendergast Castlebar Cycling Club
2nd Richard Meaney Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Club
3rd Mark Shannon Burren Cycling Club
4thDavid Brody Castlebar CyclingClub
5th David Walsh Castlebar Cycling club
6th Keith Mulroy Covey Wheelers Westport
7th Kian Dolan unattached
8th Ollie Kelly Longford Cycling and Racing Club
9th Eoghan Mc Ardle Ruane Craig Gallaway
10thEamon Daly Covey Wheelers Westport
59 riders signed on with a Hcap of 8mins front to back
Thanks to the following Ray Staunton for Commasire Irish Red Cross Claremorris,Claremorris Men’s Shed Killeen’s/Sam’s Bar and to all the lead car drivers and marshals.

John Holian Cup Memorial 2018

The John Holian memorial will be held on the evening of Friday the 8th of June in the Village of Cross County Mayo. The race covers 5 by Eleven Km laps. The event is open to all racers as its a Handicap event.

Holian transport Cross have kindly sponsored a perpetual cup in honour of John’s cycling talents.
The event is sponsored by O Malley’s bar Cross, the sign on and post race refreshments will also take place there.
Sign on open from 6.00 pm, race start at 7.15pm .

The route: starting in the village  of Cross, turning left in The Neale left again at Ashford castle gates Cong for Cross, for a total distance of 55 KM finishing at the hill of the Derries approx 500m form the village of Cross at approx 8.45pm.

Prizes for the first 6 overall on the evening

 

Rás na nÓg

All at Western Lakes CC wishes Scott Towey who is riding Rás na nÓg this weekend the best of luck.

Scott Towey

Scott Towey

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.

Club league report after Rd 1 in Kilmaine

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…

Western Lakes Cycling Club News 24-07-2017

Lesiure and MTB Report

Hi cycling folk, it has been a busy few week on the bikes, the club spins are going well on Tuesdays and Thursdays and longer spins on Sundays, Martin Joyce is back out and about and going well.

The WLCC Ladies Sportif was a great success and well run by the Sportif Director Ken McCarty. Thanks to all who took part and helped out on the day. Full reports and pictures can be seen on Facebook pages including the WLCC Facebook page and the Ladies Sportif Facebook page.

Just a reminder if anyone wants to stay in clifden the night after the Twelve Bens sportive could you book it today as they can’t hold the rooms any longer

As ye all know Twelve Bens Cycling Club have their sportive on sept 9th and the committee have decided to make it our end of year spin and make a night of it after by staying in Cliften after the event

MTB spin are taken place each week and keep an eye on the Facebook page for details and route etc.

 

Racing Report

It have been a busy few week in racing front, congrats to Sean O Malley who won the Mayo league recently, great stuff Seanie. Western Lakes cam 3rd in the league overall, well done to any who took part in theses racers throughout the summer.

The next round of the WLCC league will take place in Tullycross, it will be a new race venue and be great to attend this race by club members, remember 10 points are issued for attendance and make make the difference at the end of the league.

Congrats to Scoot Towey on great result in Connacht Championships this weekend

This years Mayo Club Cycling Championships are on August 2nd hosted by Western Lakes CC in Hollymount

This years winner will also recieve the Sean Stagg Shield

Race Details as follows:
• Sign on: Hollymount Hall 5:45-6:45
• Sing on Fee: €15
• Race Start: Mass Start at 7pm sharp outside the Hall
• Course: 6 x 10km laps through Hollymount
• Eligible Categories: Club, Junior, Ladies, M40, M50, A4, A3, A2, A1, Team (best 3 across the line)
• Prizes: Top 3 overall and top 3 in each category
• Presentation & Refreshments in Hollymount Hall straight after, Also presentation for Mayo League….

Last round of Western Covey League July 6th

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

PositionNameClubTotal
1Anthony O’TooleWLCC48
1Niall McLaughlinCovey48
2Lorraine MulchroneCovey44
3David McDermottWLCC34
4John O HalloranWLCC33
5Mike KellyWLCC32
5Liam O’SuillibheanCovey32
6Noel MulroyCovey31
7Eoghan CarrCovey29
7Mike FlynnCovey29
8Keith MulroyCovey25
9Colin LoughreyWLCC22
10Martin JenningsWLCC21
10Yannick ScheererCovey21
10Robert CoakleyCovey21
11Noel GibbonsWLCC20
11Eammon MarreyWLCC20
11Brian GlaveyCovey20
11Aidan GillCovey20
11Sean O MalleyWLCC20
11Philip StauntonWLCC20
12Neill WilsonWLCC18
13Paul FeeneyWLCC16
14Shane GilliganWLCC12
15Anthony MurrayCovey10
15Padraic FurlongCovey10
15Noel JenningsWLCC10
15Pat FlanneryWLCC10
15Jerry ToweyWLCC10
15Scott ToweyWLCC10
15Padraig MarreyWLCC10
15James McGreevyCovey10
15Shane GillCovey10
15Martin O’DonnellWLCC10
15John HughesWLCC10
15Keith O’ConnellCovey10
15Ryan ScottCovey10
15Declan GallagherCovey10
15Joe MoranCovey10
15Francis McGrealCovey10
15Darren FoyWLCC10
15Walter LyonsCovey10
15Patricia HarteWLCC10
15Keith HastingsCovey10
15Karen ReganWLCC10
15David ConwayCovey10
15Yanis BlinovWLCC10
15Mark GannonCovey10
15David ConnollyWLCC10
15Mark KellyWLCC10
15John MurphyWLCC10
15Tom HughesWLCC10

 

Western Lakes Cycling Club News 28-04-2017

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..

Racing Report

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.

Winner Sean O Malley and his Domestiques

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 !

#Fullgas

 

Western Lakes Club News 27-03-2017

Beautiful Weather bike fans

Leisure & MTB Reports

The mid-week spins will commence on Tuesday evening’s for Leisure groups, please check the Facebook page for times dates and routes. These are great spins to start cycling or to improve on the Bike. Please see poster for leisure Information Evening on Monday April 3rd at the cycling centre. Tuesday evening spins will commence on the 11th of April.

Congrats to Sinead Waters who took place in the Mountain Bike Battle on the Beach race in the UK at the weekend. She took the 1st lady home on a 2 lap 28km course. Well done to Sinead.

Also Kudus to all WLCC members who took part in the Westport Spring Duathlon on Saturday

Race Report

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.

http://www.westportcc.ie/2017/03/27/mayo-league-round-1-tt-wednesday-march-29th/

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.

#Fullgas

Western Lakes Club News 13-03-2017

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

 General Etiquette

  • 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.

Racing Report 

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

DateRace
5 AprilLaps of Srah
31 MayLap of Maire Luke
5 JulyLaps of Srah
All races to start at Partry Barracks 

Western Lakes Cycling Club League 2017

DateRaceRace Director
17 MayHollymountNoel Stagg/Dave Connolly
24 MayRobeenJohn Conroy
26 JulyTullycrossJJ flaherty
16 AugustKilmaineGerry Sheridan
23 AugustPartryNoel Gibbons/Philip Staunton


TT League

DateRace
1 April21km Hollymount
17 June21km Hollymount
26 August21km Hollymount
  

WLCC Club Champs 2017

Saturday 2 September

 Western lakes Cycling club sportifs

 

13th may      Westportif
20th mayCross 100k/50k
25th June Great Lakes Sportive
15th JulyLadies sportive

 Mayo Cycling League Dates 2017

DayDateFormatDistanceStart Time & Venue
Wed29-MarchTime Trial16k6.30pm – Swinford
Wed12-AprilHandicap Road Race40k6.30pm – Ballina
Wed26-AprilMass Start Road Race50K7.00pm – Ballinrobe
Wed10-MayHandicap Road Race55K7.00pm – Ballaghdreen
Wed07-JuneMass Start Road Race55K7.00pm – Cong
Wed14-JuneMass Start Road Race60K7.00pm – Westport
Wed21-JuneHandicap Road Race50K7.00pm – Ballyhanuis
Wed28-JuneHill Climb TT7K7.00pm – Castlebar
Wed12-JulTeam Time Trial40K7.00pm – Swinford
Wed19-JulMass Start Road Race60k7.00pm – Belmullet
 
Wed02-AugMayo Road Race Championships70kTBD – (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.

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