Claremorris Criterium


Town center racing back in Claremorris

12 months ago the first ever Crit was held in the town, on that particular night heavy rain made the going tough on the tight course, this year Claremorris will be alive with even more excitement on Friday evening the 13th of June as Western Lakes Cycling club promote a criterium “Crit” road race in the town centre of Claremorris. The circuit will be a 1.3km lap around the town centre incorporating a finish in the Square. Several Primes (Sprints) will be held during the race with live commentary throughout.

Map of route

Race Promoters Western Lakes CC have a long history of hosting successful road races throughout Mayo and Galway and this inaugural Crit is yet another example of the clubs promotion of cycling in Mayo and Connacht.

“Success in road criteriums requires a mix of good technical skills — in particular, the ability to corner smoothly while "holding your line" on the road, as well as rapidly and sharply — and riding safely with a large group on a short circuit and exceptional "sprint" ability to attack other riders and repeatedly accelerate hard from corners” Says Shane Gilligan (Race Director)

With Claremorris providing a technical circuit and open stretches, it is expected to be an exceptionally technical and fast race and has already attracted interest from some of the countries top riders.

The event will be an exceptional spectacle and all supporters and spectators will be in for good entertainment throughout the evening with vantage points throughout the lap and music and a festival atmosphere at the finish line in the Square.

“Its guranteed that this tough 1.3km circuit will allow the strong and the technically adept to battle for glory. With the first half of the circuit exceptionally tricky with sharp 90 degree turns and the infamous Mount street wind will ripple through the riders jerseys coming along the fastest section of the course, providing a mixture of fast and technical racing with pure grit. The barrier-lined finished straight located in the iconic Square coupled with what is expected to be a great atmosphere, live commentary and back ground music and volumeness crowd are set to make this one of the most exciting and challenging bike races around” Says Shane Gilligan (Race Director)

Traffic diversions will be in operation in the town centre from the period of 8pm to 9pm.

For sign on details and further information check out the Western lakes cycling club face book page  Details of the Claremorris crit including dates and locations will appear here closer to the date.