News Archive 2011

Guinness Book of World Records Presentation Night
The 11 climbers who completed 12 climbs of Croagh Patrick inside 24hrs back in July will be presented with Guinness Book of World Records Certificate on December 30th at 7pm at Campbells pub.
Want to be part of the buzz that was created on July 1st and 2nd this year ? there  is a chance to relive the memories….
The aim is to meet at 2pm at the carpark in Murrisk and go for a climb,at a nice steady pace, all are welcome to join the world record holders and their support crew.

Afterwards meet at Campbell’s bar for the presentation proper at 7pm.
The whole afternoon will be about recapping on what was achieved and the handing over of the monies raised for Mayo Mtn Rescue and Irish Red Cross.
There were 4 western Lakes members who were part of the team, club members are invited to come over and join the action

BMX Racing in Ballinrobe
On Thursday the 29th of December kids and adults get the chance to try out their new Santa bikes at the BMX track on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
Activities will get under way at 10.30am with practice and the Fun and Competition with get under way at 11.30am.
The club have some BMX bikes for hire but it is recommended that you bring your own. All participants must wear a helmet.
This event is jointly promoted by Western Lakes CC and Connacht Youth Cycling and is opened to all.
The event starts with a warm up session followed by  time trials and group racing .Trophies will be presented to 1st ,2nd and 3rd places in the following age groups under 8’s,10’s,12’s,14’s ,16’s and Adults.
The entry fee  is 5euro, refreshments will be served at the presentation.
There is  an extra incentive of a trip to Rathoath BMX track Co Meath in the New year for those that meet the criteria set out by Connacht Youth Cycling Committee.

Fun against the watch on St. Stephen’s Day
Western Lakes CC will hold a 10 mile Time Trial on December 26th, the aim is to get as many on bikes as possible after the Xmas day indulges.
All participants must Guess their times prior to starting and will NOT be allowed to wear a watch or use a bike computer to see how fast they are going.
The winner is the person who guesses closest to their predicted time.
Prizes for the closest 3 predicted times and also for the fastest 3 competitors on the day. Special prize for best costume.
This event is open to all.
Sign on from 10.30am at the Cycling centre, Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe, first off 11am.
Refreshments afterwards at Inc’s bar Main St Ballinrobe.
For details contact Padraig @0877992857

Connacht MTB League Rd 5
Takes place on Sunday the 18th of December at Tourmakeady woods.
Racing for all catgories from Under 8’s up to adults.
Sign on and practice open from 10am, racing starts sharp at 11am.
This course is suiatble to anyone new to mountain biking as its not very technical, the woods are very pictureque and in good condtion for racing.
For more details contact Martin at 0872226260

Western Lakes CC Prize Winners
The following will recieve prizes for winning a medal or a prize at The Mayo league, Connacht Road Race League, Time Trial league, Mountain bike, Time Trial, Hill Climb and road Championships.
Barry Holian, Michael Flanagan, Padraig Marrey, Gert Hack, Brendan Scullion,  Michael Gilvarry, Mark Quigley, Joe Marrey

The Presentation  Prizegiving Night is scheduled for Friday 25th. November 2011 in The TF Hotel, Castlebar commencing at 7.30pm

Any prizewinner who is unable to attend should ensure that there prize is collected by someone on the night.

Connacht Cycling extends an invitation to all to attend on the 25th.

Connacht MTB League 2011 Round 3
The Connacht Mountain Bike Winter League Round 3 was held in the picturesque village of Cong, Co.Mayo in ideal weather conditions on Sunday last.

The challenging track was the hard work of Padraig Marrey and Garry Collins, and the circuit of 6k was enjoyed by all the competitors, young and old.

The first race off was the elite men and this is always a very competitive section and this round was no different, Anthony Testa Westcoast Wheelers was on great form covering the 24k in a average lap time of 12.2mins, 1min behind was Michael Flanagan Western Lakes and a great performance from Garry Collins Western Lakes in third who improves with each outing.

Martin Jennings Western Lakes was the winner of the Sports, but a great performance from Norman Walsh Western Lakes who finished 2nd in his first outing, and in third

Fergal O’Neill Western Lakes who was also a new to Mountain Biking.

The Novice section was well contested by an all Connemara Mountain Bike Club members, with Terence Cunniffe taking top spot from James Martin and Aiden Perry in third.

The leading lady was Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers.

The Junior section was won by Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers Westport C.C

Eoin Murphy Westcoast Wheelers was second

Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers Westport took the Under 16 group in a very close battle with Philip Comerford, Predator, Mike Finnucane Limerick C.C in third.

Under 14, Sean Flynn Covey Wheelers Westport was very strong taking first place from Matthew O’Donnell Covey Wheelers Westport with Darren Mulloy in third.

Krystian Bednarek took the Under 12 age group in a strong finish from Joey Fox and Eoghan McArdle in third.

Under 10 Tom Fox was the winner in this group from Michael Sheridan Covey Wheelers, James Rochford in third.

Rory Collins won the under 8 age group from Owen Collins


1. Anthony Testa Westcoast Wheelers
2. Michael Flanagan, Western Lakes
3. Garry Collins Western Lakes
4. Brian O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers
5. Padraig Marrey Western Lakes
6. Michael Brady Covey Wheelers Westport C.

1. Martin Jennings Western Lakes
2. Norman Walsh Western Lakes
3. Fergal O’Neill Western Lakes

1. Terence Cunniffe Connemara MTB
2. James Martin Connemara MTB
3. Aiden Perry Connemara MTB
4. Paddy Mc Dermot, Connemara MTB
5. Colin Keegan, Connemara MTB

1. Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers

1. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
2. Eoin Murphy Westcoast Wheelers

1. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
2. Philip Comerford, Predator
3. Mike Finnucane, Limerick C.C
4. Chris Carey, Limerick C.C
5. Niall Moores, Predator
6. Cale Coen, Castlebar C.C
7. Philip O’Malley Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
8. Robert Mannion Castlebar C.C
Shane O’Hara DNF

1. Sean Flynn, Covey Wheelers, Westport C.C
2. Matthew O’Donnell Covey Wheelers
3. Darren Mulloy U/A
4. Dara O’Connor Cunga C.C
5. Shane Moores, Predator
6. Ross Mc Grath Western Lakes
7. Joseph Clancy U/A
8. Bailey McNally Covey Wheelers

1. Krystian Bednarek U/A
2. Joey Fox U/A
3. Eoghan McArdle, Galway Bay
4. Aoife Scullion Western Lakes
5. Oscar Coburn U/A
6. Thomas McCormack U/A
7. Oisin Coburn U/A
8. Peter Mulloy U/A
9. Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers

1. Tom Fox U/A
2. Michael Sheridan Covey Wheelers
3. James Rochford U/A
4. Andrea Burke Innishfree C.C

Under 8
1. Rory Collins U/A
2. Owen Collins U/A

Western Lakes CC AGM
Will take place on Tmw evening Friday the 11th of November at 8pm at the Parish centre Cornmarket Ballinrobe.
If you know of someone is is interested in cycling please bring them along.
There are quite a few positions up up change, its up to YOU the member to help out by going forward for the committee. There are only a handful of meeting per year as must communication is done over email.
Please try and attend.

Mayo Cycling League AGM
Takes place on Wednesday the 9th of November at the TF Royal hotel Castlebar @ 8pm.
Western Lakes CC must send 2 members to this meeting, anyone interested in helping or changing the Mayo cycling scene please let me know.

Just a reminder re the Mayo AGM,

Secretaries can you please bring this notice to the attention of your members.

Mayo Cycling League AGM
Takes place on Wednesday the 9th of November at the TF Royal hotel Castlebar @ 8pm.


1.    Adoption of Standing Orders.
2.    Chairman’s Opening Address.
3.    Minutes of the 2010 AGM and matters arising there from.
4.    Secretaries Report.
5.    Treasurers Report.
6.    Mayo League report
7.    Election of the 2011/2012 Executive Committee.
8.    Motions Received. No Motions received by closing date of 31/10/2011.
9.    Determination of the 2012 Fees.
10.  AOB
11.  Close of Meeting.

2 Voting Delegates are allowed from each Club in Mayo
Anyone with a current Cycling Ireland licence is welcome to the AGM.
The meeting will last for approximately an hour or so.


Mayo Cycling league secretary


Please see draft dates for 2012, if your club wants to be included please let me know as these dates are due with Cycling Ireland and time is running out, the exact format of the league can be easily changed around.

Draft dates for Mayo league 2012.
Start with hill climb and TT fastest get points finish with both but to get points people have to beat their first times.
Team competition clubs can enter as many teams as they like but they must have at least one lady cyclist or U14 rider in their starting 6 riders all 6 must finish together.

23/3 Tourmakeady, (5k Hill Climb)
30/3 (16k  TT) Ballinrobe
4/4 Road Race Westport (45k)
20/4 Road Race Castlebar (50k)
2/5 Road Race Swinford (55k)
25/5 Road Race Srah (50k)
30/6 (TT) Ballinrobe (16k )
6/7 (Hill climb) Tourmakeady (5k)
13/7 (Team TT ) Srah. (40k)

The aim is to do some thing different to the other leagues?

Mountain Bike Leagues
People with mountain bikes will get the chance to have a go at the new single track course at Cong woods.
Taking place on Sunday the 13th of November in Cong woods, the new course will be fully taped off on the day, great spectacle for all the family. Parking for all MTB people at the carpark on the approach to Cong, No parking allowed for MTB riders at church carpark.
Practice open from 9.30am, Sign on from 10.30am, Race start for Adults at 11am, Youths 11.10am
For more info contact Darren 0872307821
Cycling Foundation Coaching Course

Date:  19th November 2011
Venue:  Cycle Centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Time:  9am to 5pm
Cost:  €40
Places Limited. Please Contact me for an application form.

Pedal Fever Conference
Also, just a gentle reminder about the on the 26th of
November, check out for more details.
Book early to secure your place!

Spin and Fitness Classes
There are still places available for both, the Circuit class on Monday nights 7-8, and 8 to 9pm.
Spinning Thursdays 2 classes, 7-8, and 8 to 9pm

Club Training Spins
Every Sunday from 9.50am at the Cornmarket Ballinrobe, open to all abilities, make sure bike is in good working order preferably a racing bike, bring spare tube, pump, tire levers and some pocket money.
It also recomended that everyone fit mudguards, helps keep you dry and your fellow members clean from splatters.

Want to try BMX riding?
Ballinrobe has Mayo’s only BMX track with its ramps, burms and banked corners making it one of the best play ground’s for anyone.
Western Lakes CC organize supervised sessions every Monday evenings from 6.30pm at the track on the Kilmaine road (underneath the water towers) Ballinrobe.
Want to try a special session then Thursday the 3rd of November club members will have a demonstration and participation session for anyone who wants a go, the club have some BMX bikes for use but best  bring your own.The track is floodlit so need for lights on your bike.
Contact Norman 0879854080 or Martin 0872775027

Foundation Coaching Course
Foundation Coaching Course – Co. Mayo

Date:  19th November 2011
Venue:  Cycle Centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo
Time:  9am to 5pm
Cost:  €40

Places Limited. Please Contact me for an application form.
Also, just a gentle reminder about the Pedal Fever Conference on the 26th of November, check out for more details.  Book early to secure your place!

Rachel Ormrod
Coach Education Officer
Cycling Ireland

Western Lakes CC Annual Club Awards
A great night was had by the massive crowd that turned up for the annual prize giving night at the Valkenburg hotel, the food was excellent and the craic was savage. Well done to all that turned out and doing their bit for the club.
Prizes and awards were presented for the club league, club championship and the  Western lakes club awards.

Chairman John Murphy announced that Club racer of the year for 2011 would go  to Mark Quigley after a year that seen him win an All Ireland title and 3 open race wins

Club leisure cyclist of the year was awarded to two members Breege Morrin and Marie Fraser for their exploits in organising and participating in leisure events around the country.
Club person of the year was awarded to Mary Hughes for putting time and effort into the club over the past 5 years even though she had no real ties with the club

Team Time Trial Results
11 teams turned up for a new novel idea of a 9 person Team time trial, each team had a captain and vice captain. The teams had to abide to a criteria of  having a minimum of 2 leisure cyclists 1 youth and one lady cyclist.
Teams times below.

Mark Quigley & Breege Morrin Western Lakes  team 1.10.30
Robbie Flynn & Ray Staunton team Covey Westport 1.05.04
Martin Joyce & JJ Flaherty team Western Lakes 1.02.06 DQ
Colin Kelly & Keith O Connell team Covey Westport 1.02.13
Jim Tuohy & Gerard Hack team Western Lakes 1.04.40
Michael Brady & Derval Devaney team Covey Westport 1.02.55
Mary Mulchrone & Brendan Scullion team Western Lakes crashed
Anthony Murray & Noel Brady team  Covey Westport 1.06.38
Michael Gilvarry & Padraic Hughes team Western Lakes 1.12.34
Tom Bourke & Colm Staunton Team Covey Westport 1.04.40
Declan Gibbons & Mark Kelly team Western Lakes 1.15.31

Get Well Soon
Western Lakes CC members and committee would like to wish Bernard Geraghty and Gabriel Coen a speedy recovery after their smash at the club team time trial event on Saturday last.

Prize winners at awards night
A great night was had by the massive crowd that turned up for the annual prize giving night at the Valkenburg hotel, the food was excellent and the craic was savage. Well done to all that turned out and doing their bit for the club.
Prizes and awards were presented for the club league, club championship and the  Western lakes chairman’s awards.

League overall
1st Kieran Heneghan WLCC
2nd Padraic Hughes WLCC
3rd Mark Quigley WLCC
4th Alan Flaherty WLCC
5th Michael Brady CW
6th Brendan Scullion WLCC
7th Padraig Marrey WLCC
8th Eamon Marrey WLCC
9th Damien Gannon CW
10th Jason Prendergast CW

Most improved in the league

Time Trial
Senior: Sean O Malley Western Lakes CC
Youth: Keith Hasting Covey Westport

Hill Climb
Senior: Aran Chambers Covey Westport
Youth: Aran Doherty Covey Westport

Club Champions
Western Lakes CC Sean O Malley winner Group 2
Covey Westport Joe Brown

Group winners at Club Championships race
Group 1 Sean Flynn Covey Westport
Group 3 Peter Murray Covey Westport
Group 4 Danny Maloney Covey Westport
Group 5 Barry Holian Western Lakes cc

Western Lakes CC Annual club awards.
Club racer of the year Mark Quigley
Club leisure cyclist of the year Breege Morrin and Marie Fraser
Club person of the year Mary Hughes

Club championship.Rd10
Sean O Malley was crowned Western Lakes CC Champion
Joe Browne was crowned Covey Wheelers Champion.

76 Cyclists came to the MTB championships in Ross Wood, Rosscahill, Co.Galway

Promoted by Connemara MTB club and a lot of work put in to make this event a very challenging one, held over a 8k circuit.

The youth section got off first on a smaller circuit and there was great competition in the all age groups, the under 12 followed by under 10 and after 1min the under 14 got off the line.

Tom Fox had a great afford to take the under 10 followed closely by Jonathan Walsh in second and Andrea Burke Innisfree in third

Under 12 Michael Jalman was very quick in this age group and in second place Ben Cleggett, with Jack Noone in third.

The under 14 race was a great race and a very close finish, Predator cyclist Deirmuid Harvey had a very close race with Camin Muldoon Seven Springs

But at the line Harvey had the sprint  to hold off Muldoon and Joseph Clancy, Predator in third.

Again this season Philip Comerford Predator and Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers, Westport are watching each other closely and they came over the line neck and neck, Philip took the sprint by a tyre from Mulchrone, Philip O’Malley, Covey Wheelers, Westport in third.

Junior, Brendan Scullion Western Lakes had an easy win as the others in the group retired with mechanical failure.


Under 10
1. Tom Fox
2. Jonathan Walsh
3. Andrea Burke Innisfree C.C

Under 12
1. Michael Jalman
2. Ben Cleggett
3. Jack Noone

Under 14
1. Deirmuid Harvey Predator
2. Camin Muldoon 7 springs
3. Joseph Clancy

Under 16
1. Philip Comerford, Predator
2. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers, Westport
3. Philip O’Malley, Covey Wheelers, Westport

1. Brendan Scullion, Western Lakes

The senior section was well attended but only a few Elites turned out and Three of those had to retire with mechanical problems; one of those was Westcoast Wheelers cyclist Anthony Testa who put in the fastest time of the day returning 36mins for the 8k circuit.Michael Flanagan held off Padraig Marrey for all of the 3 laps, Mike took the win having an average time of 39mins 4sec for the three laps, Jon Hynes was third

The Expert had some good racing John Clarke took the win from Michael McDonagh and Gerhard Hack Western Lakes in Third

Sport had the largest entry of the day and they had 2 laps of the 8k circuit

Darren McGann Westcoast Wheelers showed he has the power holding off his nearest rival Sean Holland by 4 mins at the line, in third place was Derek Hynes


1. Michael Flanagan Western Lakes
2. Padraig Marrey Western Lakes
3. Jon Hynes MBCC

1. Peter Walsh, Ballyhoura
2. Michael McDonagh, U/A
3. Gerhard Hack Western Lakes

1. Darren McGann Westcoast Wheelers
2. Sean Holland CMTB
3. Derek Hynes CMTB

1. Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers
2. Brenda Scaillion
3. Ruth Kilcawley

This year, on Sunday October 9th we will be hosting the Connacht MTB Champs for Connacht Cycling in Rosscahill Woods.  This is an open championship so anyone can enter.  There will be lots of categories -Elite, Expert, Sports, Juniors, Ladies, Vets, U-16, U-14, U-12 and U-10 and a prize for the best placed singlespeed.  Races will start at 11am with sign on from 10am. The Connacht medals will be awarded at a prizegiving cermony in November but there will be prizes on the day as well.  Entry fee is only €10 for seniors, €5 for juniors and €3 for underage.

The race trail is the 8km club loop (90% singletrack) and is a good technical test.  Come along and support mountain biking in the West!

Directions:  Heading west to Clifden from Galway on the N59 turn right in Rosscahill (signposted for Brigit’s Garden), forest is on your right after about 1 km.

Mountain Bike News
Big Finish by Western Lakes riders

The South Mayo club end the year by scooping a haul of medals at Connacht mountain bike champs, hosted by Connemara MTB club on a course in Rosscahill near Moycullen, a massive field of 75 riders took to the line in horrendous conditions with heavy rain and wind making the 8k course into a mud bath.

Western Lakes CC had riders racing in all the various age group races

Brendan Scullion from Claddaghduff got Western Lakes of to a flying start with a win in the Junior race over 2 laps.

Circuit and Spinning Classes
Circuit Fitness Class
A 6 week circuit class program will starts Monday Night October 10th at 7.00pm sharp. Catering for all abilities, all you need is suitable clothing, a towel and water. The class combines cardio and strength exercises to target every muscle in the body, great for people with poor flexibility and bad posture

Spinning classes
Starting Thursday the 13th of October,  2 classes, one at 7pm and the second starts at 8:00pm open to adults,  men and women, bring you own bike or use a club bike, please bring a towel and water.

Spin classes are renowned as a high aerobic workout, the resistance you work at will depend on how much you want to push yourself.

These classes are great for developing your cardiovascular system and help with weight management, ideal for anyone looking to get the most out of their time training.

Class instructors are both Gael force and cycling champions and have experience in most sports from running to adventure activities. Want to be trained by the best, want to push your limits.. then waste no more time and come see how its done

For more details contact Padraig @0877992857 or Mary 0876248407

All Ireland medals for Western Lakes CC duo
Mark Quigley won his 2nd All Ireland Gold when he won the A3 National champs on the Windy gap in Castlebar. Mark won it the hard way by attacking with 50k to go with 4 others, in turn he dropped his companions with repeated attacks on the heavy and hilly roads of North Mayo. With 3k to go and the climb of the Windy gap to climb Mark dropped Derek Joyce Galway Bay at this stage he didnt realize that teammate Barry Holian was after attacking the bunch and was on a solo pursuit to get to the front, the effort was enough to make it a great day for the South Mayo club with Mark winning and Barry taking 2nd making it the first one two for the club at National champ ship level.

Heneghan wins Western Lakes Covey Wheelers Cycling League
In his first year cycling Tuam man Kieran Heneghan won the 12 round cycling league at the death with a brilliant hill climb.

Mark Quigley Partry led the league after round 5 and defended it with style for 6 races but could do little to stop Kieran Heneghan from taking the leaders jersey on the final round.

The league was made up of the disciplines of Time trialing (race against the clock) hill climbing and handicap road racing; the idea is that all abilities have a chance at winning with the aid of an H/cap, which was revised as the league progressed.

There was a Time trail and Hill climb at the beginning of the league, the last 2 round participants had to beat their times from the early rounds to gain points.

With the last race up the 5k steep inclines of Drimcoggy Mountain (Known locally as Lally’s Mtn), the winner was only certain of victory providing they beat their time from the March round.

Western Lakes CC Padraic Hughes (Kilmaine) jumped up the leaders board to finish 2nd overall with Mark Quigley Partry 3rd overall.

The league was joint venture by Western Lakes CC and Covey Wheelers Westport, both clubs have prospered since its inception with a total of 120 cyclist racing in one or more rounds with races held in Ballinrobe, Cross, Renvyle, Aughagower, Westport, Carlistrane and Tourmakeady the league brings cycling to places who would never see cycle racing.

The most improved cyclist on the night was Aaron Doherty Westport with the fastest been Padraig Marrey Ballinrobe.

The league presentation night will take place in Ballinrobe on October 29th

Both clubs would like to thank all the marshals who help steward at the events and to Marrey bikes for sponsoring the leader jerseys.

Round 12 Hill climb  results
1st Aron Doherty Westport 15.50mins  Improved by 5.16mins
2nd Kieran Heneghan Tuam 14.32 mins Improved by 2.56 mins
3rd Aaron Chambers Westport 14.26mins improved by 2.42mins

Fastest on the night Padraig Marrey Ballinrobe 12.56mins

League Overall
1st Kieran Heneghan Tuam 210pts
2nd Padraic Hughes Kilmaine 201pts
3rd Mark Quigley Partry 197pts
4th Alan Flaherty Renvyle 183pts
5th Michael Brady Westport 171pts
6th Brendan Scullion Claddaghduff 156pts

Cornmarket to Castle Family Cycle
Cornmarket to Castle, happening this Sunday morning, sign on cycling centre at 11am kick off at 11.30am.  This is a family cycle, so whatever your definition of a family is, all are welcome, 5euro per family!  (donate more if you wish!) Refreshments in Ashford, (well outside) and a BBQ upon return to Cornmarket.

We need volunteers, lots of you! of note DRIVERS, LEAD AND BACKUP, people to help with sign on, and general dig out on the morning of, etc.

Can you let me know or one of the other Leisure crew know if you are available to help out.

Thanks in advance and looking forward to a big turnout.
087 7819954 (after 6pm)

End of season weekend away
As we head into the long winter months the club have decided to organize a night away to finish off the season. This season has been a great success on the leisure front with massive increase in numbers heading out on the Thursday night spin. So to celebrate this we are planning on cycling to the Downhill Hotel in Ballina on Saturday the 1st of October and home again on the Sunday. There will probably be a small food stop on both journeys (the cost of this will be added later)

This will very much be a leisurely spin with two groups on the road to cater for every level of rider.

We have done a great deal with the Downhill for €50 for dinner bed and breakfast. These nights away in the past have proven to be a great laugh so don’t be shy. So all I need to know is who wants to come.
I need to have replies in by next Tuesday evening ( the 6th) if your interested.

David 0872663393

Western Lakes/Covey Westport Club League
In the 15k time trail from Ballinrobe to Kilmaine and back the biggest improver was Keith Hasting Covey Westport taking a monster 6.20mins off the time he did away back in March, Sean O Malley who is on the fast track towards an open racing career also made huge improvements taking 5.19mins off his previous time.

Third on the night was Jack Halpin CW he took 4.51mins of his March time.
All 3 are new to racing and its great to see the improvements over the 5 summer months.

After 11Rds of racing the league is still wide open, there are still 6 riders who can win the league.

Mark Quigley who has lead the league since round 7 still leads on  197pts but he can still be overhauled as he didn’t participate in the hill climb or Time Trial back at the start of the league in March.

Hindsight is a great thing but now all he can do is wait as the results by the other contenders will be outside of his control.

If either Michael Brady, Kieran Heneghan, Padraic Hughes, Brendan Scullion or Padraig Marrey are to win then they must beat their respect time on Lally’s mountain that was set in March and  to top it of they have to get in the ten best improved times on the night, its a tall order but if they are willing to suffer then the reward could be great.

To date over 120 cyclist took part in the league with an average turnout per night of 35.

This league began 4 years ago and both clubs have prospered since its inception.

Last round (12) takes place on Thursday night Sept 8th, sign on from 6.15pm at O Toole’s bar Tourmakeady, first rider off at 7pm, times available after in the pub

Club championship.Rd10
Sean O Malley was crowned Western Lakes CC Champion
Joe Browne was crowned Covey Wheelers Champion.

Full finish order across the line below.
1. Sean O’Malley Western Lakes Champion winner group 2
2. Joe Brown Covey Westport Champion
3. Ray Staunton Cw
4. Alan Flaherty WL
5. Damien Gannon CW
6. Martin Joyce WL
7. Mary Mulchrone WL
8. Tom McGreal Cw
9. James Fitzsimmons Cw
10. Derval Devaney Cw
11. Dillon Core Cw
12. Barry Holian WL winner group 5
13. Jason Prendergast Cw
14. Chris Kennedy Cw
15. Padraig Marrey WL
16. Danny Maloney Cw winner group 4
17. Anto Murray Cw
18. Joe Marrey WL
19. Michael Gilvarry WL
20. Brendan Scullan WL
21. Peter Murray CW winner group 3
22. Oliver Whyte CW
23. Robert Conway CW
24. Declan Heneghan WL
25. Ger Corcoran CW
26. Mark Quigley WL
27. Rory Smyth  CW
28. Sean Flynn CW winner group 1
29. Aaron Chambers CW
30. John James Flaherty WL
31. Noel Gibbons WL
32. Bernard Geraghty WL
33. Padraig Hughes WL
34. Francis Sheridan CW
35. Keith O’Connell CW
36. Michael Dawson Cw
37. Theo Ingham CW
38. Declan Maloney.CW
39. Keith Hastings CW
40. Bailey McNally CW

The cycling centre is on the Kilmaine road underneath the water towers.

Supporting fitness classes at the cycling centre helps keep the cycling centre viable.

In the Elite race over 3 laps of 8k Michael Flanagan from Kilconally finally won gold after 4 years of near misses this time round beating teammate Padraig Marrey into second. Western Lakes could have had a clean sweep of all the Elite medals with Mark Quigley unlucky to have a mechanical on the second lap. Dara O Connor, Daniel Gibbons, Gerard Hack, Declan Heneghan all performed well.

The club will now finish the season will an end of year awards night at the Valkenburg on Saturday October 15th.

Padraig Marrey

Western adventure racers to do battle in Achill
After last year’s sell out success the ROAR Adventure Race is coming back to Achill this September.

This event in 2009 was the first of Ireland’s one day adventure races to offer the option of an entry level to sports and the more extreme challenge of the expert course.

The expert course is either a 1000m swim or 3000m kayak in Keel Lough followed by a 15km beach and mountain run taking in the summit of Minaun (662m) and then a 45km cycle including the famous Atlantic Drive costal route.

The distances for the sport option are approximately half that for the expert course but with significantly less climb on both the run and bike legs and so are achievable for the novice and elite alike.

The Achill event is set to attract the top adventure racers and Triathletes in the country as it is one of the events in the MSAI National Adventure Race Series.

Confirmed attendees include last year’s winner and 2010 Gaelforce winner and 2011 runner-up Padraig Marrey from Ballinrobe and 4 time Gaelforce Winner Peter of Farrell Dublin who won the Achill Roar in 2009 along with a host of others looking to topple the two big guns if they are not on top form.

The top two ladies from Gaelforce Emma Donlon Roscommon and Mary Mulchrone Westport who are winning all round them this year will again renew rivalry in Achill and in the Sport course the current National Series favorites Noel Brady Westport and Marie Boyle Spiddel will also take on all challengers.

With spectacular scenery, an away from it all setting and not to mention the best post race party of the year ,this year’s event is set to be another spectacular success.

For further details log onto

Club Championships 2011
Sean O Malley wins Western Lakes Covey Westport cycling champs
Great turn out by both clubs for this event with nearly 50 signing on, there
was close racing between the groups with only 30 seconds separating all the
groups at the finish.
Sean O Malley Ballinrobe WLCC took his first ever win with a timely Jump
with one mile to go at Clonee hill, He just about held on with the group
closing on him fast in the sprint.
Sean only started cycling earlier this year and has progressed rapidly
winning the first ever club championships.
Joe Browne and Ray Staunton of  Covey wheelers Westport were 2nd and 3rd
Joe is now the Covey club Champion for 2011.

Western Lakes/ Covey Wheelers Rd 11 Time trial
The action now moves to Ballinrobe on Thursday September 1st  for the final
15k time trial.
First rider away at 7pm sharp.Sign on open at 6.15pm at the cycling centre
The final 2 round counts towards the most improved rider competition, the
rider who beats their first TT time by the most amount of time wins, the
same happens in the hill climb on Thursday the 8th of Sept in Tourmakeady.
Refreshments after at Inch’s bar.
Partry’s Mark Quigley still leads the league on 192pts with Westport’s
Michael Brady on 161pts closely followed by Claddaghduff Brendan Scullion on
There are still enough points available to overhaul the leader providing
Michael and Brendan score in the last 2 events

Robeen Rockets Charity Cycle
On Saturday September the 10th Robeen Rockets are doing a charity leisure spin in aid of the homeless and destitute of the Phillipines.

A group of volunteers from the Robe Pastoral area will travel to the Philippines with the Irish charity SERVE next summer to help those forced to spend their life in the rubbish dumps around Manila. The Payatas refuse site is home to several thousand people who struggle to make a living by scavenging for items to sell. All money goes direstly to improving their standard of living and providing education to their children.

The cycle commences from Robeen Church at 9am and will cover a distance of 140km and incorporate the Mask ,the Corrib and The Carra.
Every penny from this cycle will be going to the charity so while there will be a refreshment handed out along the route, all cyclists are asked to bring money to buy their own food at the main food stop in Galway. This charity cycle is very much a leisure cycle and will be done at a leisurely pace. There will be a support vehicle and a bus for anyone who may feel like they need a break at any time along the route

The entry fee is €30 or there are sponsorship cards available. For cards contact John Conroy (0879170931), Pat Mc Govern (0851742082) or Tommie Mc Govern (0851743389)

Here is some background information on the charity involved.

Just one article of what a day of a native of the Payatas refuse site must go through in order to stay alive.

Club News August 2011
BMX Blitz
Saturday the 27th of August
Practice from 9.30am at the BMX track Ballinrobe, races start at 11am
Open to all ages and abilities.
Contact Norman for details 0879854080

An Post Tour of Waterford
A group from the club will be attending this event on Sunday the 28th of August, please make contact with any of the Leisure gang, Every Thursday they meet at 6.50pm in the Cornmarket.

Every Thursday from 6.50pm at the Cornmarket there is a club spin for all abilities, contact Fergal 0871211047 or Martin 0872613349 for details
Sundays meet same venue at 8.50am
BMX every Monday at 6.30pm

Cornmarket to Castle
This family day takes place on Sunday the 11th of September, there will be more info available shortly.

Ballinrobe 2 day
To everyone who gave a hand with the smooth running of the event, a big thanks from the race committee.
To the event supporters; Lake district tourist office, South Rural social scheme, Red Cross, Cycling Ireland officials, Queen of the lakes for presenting the prizes
and Ballinrobe soccer club

To race sponsors Inch’s bar, Petal and Buds, and Champion systems and the title sponsor Marrey Bikes

Connacht TT Champs
Sunday;  21st August 2011.
Sign on;Swinford Community Centre,Swinford Co. Mayo.Opening 9.00am,closing at 9.45 am,first rider off at 10.00am.
Adults €10,Juniors €5,
No one day licenses.

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Western Lakes Charity Donation
Western Lakes CC recently made a donation of €2,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis West charity from the money raised on their two main leisure events of the year – the Lap of the Mask and the Polkadot Challenge. While a lot of sweat was lost in the organising and participation of these events, it is a small part of a huge amount of charity work that club members participate from one year to the next.

In its second year working with CF the club has now made a direct contribution of €3,000 to the charity, with much additional sponsorship raised individually by participants. This money will be invested directly in the new CF unit at Mayo General Hospital.

The recent increase in popularity in cycling is very much reflected in the growth of Western Lakes CC membership in 2011 to over 100. As many of us new to cycling are fast learning – there is always a new goal up ahead. Whether it’s to stay with the experienced cyclists on a Thursday evening spin, ride around a lake of your choice, or ride to France, there is always a great sense of personal achievement after hitting a goal.  This is often matched by you putting your hand in your pocket to help out a charity, or gives you licence to persuade others to fork out for a good cause.

Much of this good work wouldn’t happen if it weren’t for the turning of lots of cogs – on and off the bike.  A huge effort goes into coordinating and running all of the club’s events throughout the year, along with the general running of the club.  A special word of thanks to all the members and volunteers who make it all happen from one year to the next, the club sponsors, and the many event sponsors.

Well done to all, and keep those pedals turning!
Padraig Marrey

Giants Causeway Coast Sportive
ts unique event based on the iconic North Coast of Ireland offering participants some of Northern Ireland’s most stunning natural landscapes, most notably the Giant’s Causeway and views over to Rathlin Island and the headlands to the east. The event will take place on Saturday 17th September, cyclists have the choice of 3 routes (57km; 126km; 182km) which all start and finish in the small rural seaside town of Ballycastle in County Antrim. In addition to the event itself, two social events have been organised for before and after the event.

The entry fee at £35 entitles participants to a free buff (RRP £13.50) and the usual benefits including ChampionChip electronic timing system, GPS plots of all routes made available for download, Public Liability insurance, race number, course marking on all routes and manned check points, hydration and feed stations.

On Friday 16th September, come and see guest speaker Irish Pro Cyclist Philip Deignan (Team RadioShack) give a talk and present a slide show at a pre-event evening at Ballycastle Golf Club, County Antrim.

Booking is available online at, club members can receive a 10% discount on their entry fee when booking online using the following discount code – GCCS1105 or why not get your entry free of charge by entering a group of five friends or family to take part in the event!

Beverley Pierson
Marketing Officer

Stationary Cycling to Raise Funds
Members of the Western Lakes cycling club will hold a fund raising cycling marathon on the main street of Ballinrobe on Saturday the 27th of August from 10am to 6pm.

The aim is to accumulate 1350 miles by a group which is the same distance as cycling the full perimeter of Ireland’s coastline.

At any one time 5 or more cyclist will cycle spin as hard as possible up to 2hrs. The club have over 100 registered members and its hoped that everyone will do 1hr or more for the club’s cause.

Every year the club organises fund raising leisure cycles for charities and good causes this time the club is doing it for itself. All funds raised will go towards the up keep and development of cycling in the South Mayo North Galway area.

We encourage anyone who wants to have a go to come and try a spin, no need to bring a bike as we will have one available.

Ballinrobe 2 day 2011 results
David O Loughlin powers to victory
Cunga CC rider wins his first race of the season in fine style, he made his
move on the 2nd Cat climb of Ail Duil  with 20 miles to go where he bridged
across to Colm Cassidy of UCD and the two rode together until Cassidy
punctured with 10k to go. At that stage Dave  O Loughlin had 1min 20seconds
on a group of 11 riders but by the finish line that lead had crumbled to
just 24seconds with some hard driving by the Murphy surveyors team of Peelo
and Lynch.
In the Sprint for second place Cassidy UCD was just piped by David Peelo of
Murphy Surveyors by a hair’s breath to finish 3rd.
The Ladies Development squad rode a great race with Cait Elliott and Sandra
Fitzgerald both sharing the Inch’s pub sponsored Combativitive award where
they drove their group for much of the stage.
The Cong man now starts as favorite for tomorrow 8k TT and should increase
his lead but the second 85k stage could prove difficult without a team where
he first has to bring back a H/cap on the ladies and A3 groups.

Results Stage 1 of Marrey bikes Ballinrobe 2 day
1st David O Loughlin Cunga CC
2nd David Peelo Murphy Surveyors @24″
3rd Colm Cassidy UCD s/t
4th David Brennan Castlebar CC @25″
5th Peter Rimmer Mullingar Lakeside CC @ 27″
6th Anthony Walsh UCD.@29″

UCD Colm Cassidy Holds on to win Ballinrobe 2 day
Colm Cassidy riding for UCD holds on to win the Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2
day, for the past  7 years the yellow jersey wearer from Satge 2 a  has
never held on to win the 2 day event.
A well drilled UCD team ended up winning, Cassidy the race overall and UCD
the Team prize.
David O Loughlin had a below par TT finishing 33 seconds behind Stage 2a
winner Cassidy leaving him second overall at 6 seconds.
The UCD Squad had to race smart and this they did, until the last lap where
they pilled on the pressure with 1 lap to go.
With 20 k to go the gap from front to back was 4 minutes it looked all over
for the scratch group of Cassidy and O loughlin but miraclasous by the end
the scratch group had took 3 minutes and 32 seconds of the strong A3 group
to hold on to the leader yellow jersey.
In the sprint for the line it was Western Lakes CC man Gerard Hack who lives
in Frankfurt Germany who out sprinted everyone to win by 2 bike lengths from
Frank Barrett Galway Bay and Liverpool’s Duff Fawcett third.
Ross Collins UCD who was most activate in the early laps  for the A3 group
took the Polkadot jersey after winning the two cat 3 climbs at Mile hill.
David O Loughlin  Cunga CC held on to win the Kieran Mc Mahon green points
Colm Cassidy UCD won the Overall.

Stage 1
Results Stage 1 of Marrey bikes Ballinrobe 2 day
1st David O Loughlin Cunga CC
2nd David Peelo Murphy Surveyors @24″
3rd Colm Cassidy UCD s/t
4th David Brennan Castlebar CC @25″
5th Peter Rimmer Mullingar Lakeside CC @ 27″
6th Anthony Walsh UCD @29

Stage 2a TT
1st Colm Cassidy UCD
2nd David Walsh Slaney CC
3rd John Lynch Murphy Surveyors
4th Ian Richardson UCD
5th Anthony Walsh UCD

Unplaced TT
A2 Eoghan Considine Black Rose racing
A3 Dave Fagan Mullingar
Junior James Mahoney Connacht Dev
Lady Sandra Fitzgerald Irish Dev

Stage 2 b
1st Gerard Hack Western Lakes CC
2nd Frank Barret Galway Bay CC
3rd Duff Fawcett Liverpool Centaury
4th Steve Davies Liverpool Century
5th Joe Marrey Western Lakes CC
6th Brian Hart Limerick CC

1st Colm Cassidy UCD 4HRS 26’20”
2nd David O Loughlin Cunga CC @06″
3rd Anthony Walsh UCD @19″
4th David Brennan Castlebar CC @24″
5th David Walsh Slaney CC @42″
6th Peter Rimmer Mullingar @45″
7th John Lynch Murphy Surveyors @49″
8th Ross Collins UCD @1’05”

Unplaced Overall
A2 Eoghan Considine Black Rose racing
A3 Ian Richardson UCD
Junior James Mahoney Connacht Dev
Lady Sandra Fitzgerald Irish Dev

Mountains Jersey
Ross Collins UCD

Sprints Jersey
David O Loughlin


Matthew Flynn Funathalon Report
Saturday last saw over 130 people take part in the Matthew Flynn Funathlon held in Greenfields on the Shores of Lough Corrib. The rain at the start did not dampen the spirits of  the people taking part and one must say there was a real party atmosphere about the place. Winners on the day were as follows:

Mens results:
1st.  Paul Feeney ( Covey Wheelers Westport)
2nd James McGreevey (Covey Wheelers Westport)
3rd Paul Flynn (TLTC)

Ladies results:
1st. Deirdre Lee(TLTC)
2nd Deirdre Quinn (Athenry AC)
3rd Elimar Flynn ( TLTC)

1st  Gary O’Brien & Frank Lee
2nd John Heneghan & Lisa Heneghan.

Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day to make this event such a success. Matthew’s Family wish to express their deep gratitude to all who took part.

Ballinrobe 2 Day Race Info
Race info for Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2 day

Hi Folks
Welcome to the Ballinrobe 2 day cycle race, and thanks for signing up, here’s hoping that it’s a successful event for you and your team and that you enjoy your stay in Ballinrobe
Below are a few things you need to know before Race Day. Also see pamphlet attached.

Sign on from 12noon to 2pm Saturday; At registration you will receive your race number, bike number and race info pamphlet, you will have to hand in your licence, this will be returned to you after the race once you return all race numbers.

Marrey Bikes will have a small shop set up at the centre, selling basics like energy bars, powders and drinks.
If you need something specific you can ring ahead to Eamon @0949542808

Post race Massage, For anyone who may need help with an injury or muscle soreness contact Butler Sports Injury & Remedial Massage Therapy Contact 087 988 088

Race Start Time:  Assemble at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road at 2.45pm parade through the town to Mc Hales on the Castlebar road for official start at 3pm sharp

Handicap, This will be at the discretion of the race organisation

Route Details
Saturday 6th August, 3pm start (Martin Munroe Memorial Cup for stage winner)

Stage 1  Ballinrobe-Partry, Tourmakeady, Maire Lukes 1st KOH, Killateeaun 2nd KOH, Maam Trasna 3rd KOH, Larches, Ail Duil 4th KOH, Dangerous decent, Kilmilkeen, Maam, Maimean 5th KOH, Cornamona, right for Cong, 2miles turn Left followed by 1.5miles left followed by 1.5 miles right at Dringeen for Ballinrobe, Kilimor bridge finish on drag 1.5miles from Ballinrobe at Ferrick’s hill.

Total  distance  85kms

Jersey presentation directly after the stage finish at the finish line podium, all race winners must be present. (Yellow, sprints and Polkadot jerseys plus Stage winners cup) it’s up to each rider to be aware of this.

Sunday 7th August, 9.00am start, Sign on at the line at the GAA pitch Kilmaine, reverse of GC
Stage 2A, Time Trial 8K, Kilmaine GAA pitch to Ballinrobe

Stage 2b 1pm start (Garhill Cup for stage winner)
Sign at the cycling centre from 12noon closing at 12.40sharp

Lap 1 Ballinrobe-The Neale- Cross- Glencorrib- Headford- Shrule- Kilmaine- Ballinrobe
Lap 2 the same with Finish outside the Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine Road .

Eileen Marrey Memorial Trophy for overall winner.

All riders remember it’s your responsibility to know the race route, study the maps at Sign on.

Time Limit, In line with racing in Europe we will be enforcing a time limit of 15% of the winners time on all stages, this is included to encourage positive racing.

Licences: Will be returned in exchange for your race numbers, this can be done at the cycling centre directly after the race.

Presentation of Prizes:  5pm on Main St Ballinrobe outside Inch’s bar .

Showers: will be available until 4.30pm at Ballinrobe Soccer club in the Green at the bottom of Bridge St

Refreshments: will be served at Inch’s bar from 4pm

Different pubs in the town are putting on after race entertainment so it promises to be a good weekend in Ballinrobe if you’re planning to stay, Hotel and B&B numbers can be found on our website

Horse Racing: On Monday Ballinrobe has its own Galway style horse racing meeting, it’s always a great day out and a good way to relax with the family.

Ballinrobe 2 day will be a tough challenge for all and we will do our utmost that it is as enjoyable and safe as possible, please do your bit by riding safely and obeying the rules of the road.

Mayo and Galway are proud of been letter free counties please refrain from dumping gel and energy bar wrapping’s Thank you.

If anyone has any questions please do not hesitate to contact me, see you in Ballinrobe over the weekend.

Padraig Marrey
Race organisation Team

Round 8 of Tri Lakes TT League
Takes place in Ballinrobe on Wednesday the 3rd of August, sign on at Corrib oil filling station on the Neale road from 6.45pm, first rider off at 7.30pm.
Route is 20k, turning left in the Neale for Kilmaine and left in Kilmaine for Ballinrobe, the last 8 k is the same as the Ballinrobe 2 day TT.
Anyone that is not racing and is free would u be able help marshaling?

Mayo to host third cycling stage race
n as many weeks Mayo is still the hot bed for cycle racing in Ireland with the staging of the Marrey Bikes Ballinrobe 2day (August 6th&7th) for adult senior cyclists, The Junior Tour for U18 cyclist and the Youth tour have all used Mayo roads now its the turn of the seniors.

The 2 day race is now in its 7th year and has gone from strength to strength each year with up to 130 participants taking part.
Damien Shaw of Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar won last year’s event as a third category rider, holding his nerve to beat all the first cat riders, he is back again in 2011 to defend his title, this year he is a much stronger rider but will have it all to do without the aid of a handicap.
This 2 day event is open to all categories from Juniors up, (A1,2,3 ) the event is handicapped so everyone gets a chance.

The Women’s National development squad have entered a strong team along a Connacht senior squad and with teams from all over Ireland, the main contenders should come GB fire brigade, Kilcullen CC, UCD and Slaney CC the racing should be fierce, local clubs will be well represented with Castlebar’s Dave Brennan and Chris Troy been the favorites if it comes down to the 8K Time Trial while Western Lakes CC riders will be keen to show on home turf with Barry Holian and Mark Quigley beginning to show form of late.

This stage race has the jerseys; the cups and €2500 in prizes so why not make a long weekend of it and stay around to go horse racing on the Monday the 8th of August.
For the 2nd year running there will be a specially donated cup presented to the rider who scored the most points over the 2 days, the cup will be presented by the Mc Mahon family on behalf of their late son Ciaran Mc Mahon.

The Ballinrobe 2 day August 6th and 7th  is the only Handicapped stage race in Ireland where Ladies, Juniors, and A3 riders can compete fairly with A and B riders.

This race is pre entry only and will be capped of at 140riders so enter early.

Marrey bikes are the main sponsors with Jersey sponsors  Champion System UK & Ireland.

Route Details
Saturday 6th August, 3pm start (Martin Munroe Memorial Cup for stage winner)
Sign on from 12Noon closing at 2pm sharp at cycling centre on Kilmaine road Ballinrobe

Stage 1  Ballinrobe-Partry, Tourmakeady, Maire Lukes 1st KOH, Killateeaun 2nd KOH, Maam Trasna 3rd KOH, Larches, Ail Duil 4th KOH, Dangerous decent, Kilmilkeen, Maam, Maimean 5th KOH, Cornamona, right for Cong, 2miles turn Left followed by 1.5miles left followed by 1.5 miles right at Dringeen for Ballinrobe, Kilimor bridge finish on drag 1.5miles from Ballinrobe at Ferrick’s hill.

Total  distance  85kms

Sunday 7th August, 9.00am start, Sign on at the line reverse of GC
Stage 2A, 8km Time Trial, Kilmaine to Ballinrobe

Stage 2b 1pm start (Garhill Cup for stage winner)
Sign at the cycling centre from 12noon closing at 12.40sharp

Lap 1 Ballinrobe-The Neale- Cross- Glencorrib- Headford- Shrule- Kilmaine- Ballinrobe
Lap 2 the same with Finish outside the Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine Road .

Eileen Marrey Memorial Trophy for overall winner.

Western Lakes CC hopes that no serious delays are incurred and thanks motorist for their patience.

Club Championship
Western Lakes and Westport Covey Wh will hold the club championships on August the 24th, sign on at Partry hall from 6.30pm race start 7.15pm.
This event will be handicapped and will be 6 laps of the 5mile Srah circuit.
The first home from each club will be crowned the club champion for 2011, there will be a separate prize for these riders at the annual prize giving which will be held in early October, the venue this year will be Western Lakes CC choice.

Tracey sprints to victory
Westport Covey wheelers man outsprints the bunch to win in Carlistraine.
With 3 groups on the road separated by 12mins over 2 laps of 20k the odds always favored the front groups.
The scratch group contained all the league leaders  with a total of 13 riders, things looked good for them after lap one when the deficit was down to under 6mins then race tactics took over and the momentum was lost,  it was left to group 2 to take the spoils as they reeled in the efforts of group one with 3k to go.
Knockma hill then played havoc with the bunch when it split and it was left for Fergal Tracey to take the down hill sprint from Western Lakes Brendan Scullion.

1st Fergal Tracey Covey
2nd Brendan Scullion WLCC
3rd Eamon Marrey WLCC

Mark Quigley still leads overall and wears the red jersey in round 8 in Tully Cross on Wednesday the 27th of July.Sign on at GAA hall Tully Cross from 6.45 race start at 7.30pm.
League table attached
Round 9 will take place in Westport on August 11th

Western Lake riders show good form in Mullingar
On the roads of the midlands, Western Lakes riders Barry Holian, Mark Quigley and German veteran, now Mayo resident Gerhard Hack competed with prestige at the annual Mullingar 2 day, 3 stage cycle race promoted by the local Lakeside Wheelers CC.
Stage one, an 85km road race saw many failed attempts to get off the front of the group and with 10km to go, it looked likely to come to a bunch sprint finish. With 2km to go Holian had himself well placed riding in the top 5 followed closely by Quigley however with 1km to go a drop in the speed at the head of affairs caused the group to bunch up and a touch of wheels amongst the closely packed group saw approximately 15 riders involved in a pile up.
Quigley was unfortunate to be one of those and this put paid to his chances of a high placing on the stage but due the the fact his crash happened within the last 1km of stage 1 he lost no time for his tumble with the rule book stating that riders who crash within the last 1 km receive the same time as the group they were in at that time. Up front Holian pulled his trigger and launched for the line along with Hack who with his wealth of experience had now got himself into an ideal position for the finish. But the uphill dash for the line proved difficult to judge and the honours went to Daniel Whiting of the Orwell Dundrum wheelers with Hack producing a fine sprint to take 4th and Holian 9th.
Stage 2a consisted of a 6km individual time trial against the clock on the fast N4 Dublin road. Holian who has been consistent in his solo efforts against the watch so far this season did not disappoint and scorched to 2nd on the stage with a blistering time of 7min 13sec. The win went to talented Ian Richardson of UCD who thundered to a 6min 53sec time at a whopping average speed of 52kmph. Quigley ended the stage 6th and and was happy to not be feeling the effects of his stage one crash. Stage three took place that afternoon with the riders facing another 80km road stage. Holian now stood in 2nd place overall with Quigley in 6th. the racing was tactical and shortly after the start a group of 3 riders broke clear. With no concerted effort by the yellow jersey of Richardson behind the trio up front built there lead steadily. Mid way through the stage the gap began to fall and  with attack after attack behind the elastic broke and 4 riders raced clear and set about reeling in the three leaders. This they achieved and by now the move looked dangerous with the added firepower of the fresh legs in the front group. With 15km to go and the gap just over the one minute mark the Western Lakes guys behind mounted chase, however disaster struck when 2nd place Holian punctured almost immediately. A quick front wheel change and a powerful chase back to the main bunch was little help to the ever increasing gap to the front riders and they would battle it out for the stage win some 1:30 ahead of the main field. This gap also saw Holian, Quigley and race leader Richardson loose their placings in the overall standings with the stage win going to the in form Dundrum man once again as on stage one and Richardsons yellow jersey settling on the shoulders of Wexford Wheelers man Martin Gill.

Mullingar 2 day A3 – General classification results:
PL  No.   Name                          Team                        GC Time              @
1    172    Gill,Martin                  Wexford Wheelers       4h16’30”
2    156    McCarthy,Denis          Slipstream                  4h16’41”          @11″
3    131    Dumoulin,Laurent       Kanturk CC                  4h16’42”         @12″
4    145    Whiting,Daniel            Orwell Wheelers         4h16’50”          @20″
5    101    Crowley,Paul              Mullingar LSW             4h17’13”         @43″
6    177    O Mahoney,Michael     Blarney CC                  4h17’17”         @47″

8    168     Holian,Barry             Western Lakes             4h17’34”          @01’04”
11  169     Quigley,Mark            Western Lakes             4h18’00”          @01’30”
56  170      Hack,Gerhard          Western Lakes             4h34’17”           @17’47”

Western Lakes / Covey League Rd 7
This Wednesday the 13th of July, the venue is Carlistraine.
Sign on from 6.45 at the GAA pitch.
Race start at 7.30pm
These races are H/cap and are suitable to all abilities.
There are 11rounds in the league with your 7 best results to count towards the overall.
Even though you might not be up in the league now you still have 5 more races to get score in.
Round 8 takes place on Wednesday the 27th of July in Tully cross.

League Overall.
1st Mark Quigley red jersey
2nd Barry Holian
3rd Michael Brady

Quigley gets sponsors all fired up
Western Lakes Cycling Club launched their new sponsors last Wednesday the 23rd of June and within 3 days Mark Quigley from Partry got the club of to a flier by winning the Galway city critirum.
The Galway city critirum  involves racing through the streets on a short circuit at high speed for one hour.
Mark who has returned to form after a few years away from the sport, used his experience and skill to win an 8 man sprint to the line which finished at the Claddagh.
The South Mayo/North Galway based cycling club, organise a vast array of events throughout the year for its 100 members, the Polkadot challenge and Ballinrobe 2 day are the club’s flagship events which draws huge numbers to the area each year.
Mark’s win was the perfect start for the sponsors, Mc Hales farm machinery, Bridge signs, Marrey Bikes, Cummins Super Value and Inch’s bar Ballinrobe
The clubs is indebted to them especially in the hard economic time that we have.

Galway bay Critirum results
1. Mark Quigley Western Lakes CC
2. Alan Jacobsen Galway bay CC
3. John Hasset West Clare CC
4. Aidan Consadine Dolmen CC Clare
5. Barry Holian Western LakesCC
6. Brian Reynolds Lucan CC Dublin

Are you up for the Polkadot Challenge?
With 2011 Polkadot Challenge only a few weeks away, you may be wondering if you are able to step up to the mark for one of the toughest challenges on the cycling calendar. Hopefully by this stage you will have put up some decent mileage on the bike, whether it is on regular weekend spins or through participation in one of the many sportives taking place at this time of year. With the right preparation over the next few weeks, you can gear up for the challenge on 16th July.

Renowned cycling coach and endurance athlete Padraig Marrey provided some training tips for the weeks ahead to help prepare for the event.

With 5 weeks to go, the aim is to get in some  endurance cycles, the minimum requirement to be able to complete the 100 or 160k is to cycle that distance in a week (3 or 4 spins) both routes are on hilly courses but the 100k course has less severe  climbs.

Try and do must of your training in the hills, work on pedaling smooth and at a good tempo, aim for a cadence of 80rpm. Try and get one long ride in the week say up to 2-3hrs with the other 2-3 other spins aimed at working on intensity in the hills.

To double your chances of training ring a friend to go with you it will help your motivation.

Keep an eye out on in the weeks ahead for some further advice on preparing for the event, including the route profile and nutrition tips. Don’t forget that the proceeds for this event will go towards the Cystic Fibrosis West Building Fund.

An Early Bird discount is available on until the end of June, so sign up today to avail of this offer.

Connacht League Rd 5 Ballinrobe
1st Charles Prendergast Cunga CC
2nd Rory Conroy Castlebar CC
3rd Dave Brennan Castlebar CC
4th Chris Troy Castlebar CC
5th Michael Brady Westport Covey
6th James Rourke U/N
7th Thomas Quin Bailey Castlebar CC
8th Kevin Roache U/N
9th Liam Corcoran Castlebar CC
10th Barry Holian Western Lakes CC
11th Derek Joyce Galway Bay CC
12th Jason Prendergast Westport Covey
13th Noel Mulroy Westport Covey
14th Dave Hannon Annagh Wheelers
15th Paul Mc Donagh Castlebar CC

Galway Bay Criterium
The plan for Saturday is as follows:-
Kids races in South Park from 4 pm U8,10,12
Registration from 3.30
Friends and Family race FROM 6.00 PM to 6.45
A3/ A4 Crit 7.00 to 7.45
Racing for 45 minutes plus one lap.

A1/ A2 Crit 8.00 to 8.45
Racing for 45 minutes plus one lap.
Registration for crit races will close 30 minutes before the start of each event.
Refreshments, food, prize giving and music from Frankie Gavin to follow.

Wild West Tour
Kingfisher Nuig
220 k Leaving at 8.00 am
120 Leaving 9.00 am
40 K Leaving 9.15 am

Racing News June 2011
Connacht Road Race league
Only heard this late but WLCC are down to host the Connacht Road Race league.TMW Tuesday the 21st
Sign on from 6.30pm at the cycling centre, at 7.10 cycle out to Creagh gates via Castlebar Rd, Ballinrobe Horse races are on, so too dangerous to race past.
The route is Partry, Clonee, Srah, Tourmakeady, Finney (No Maire Lukes), Clonbur finishing at Ferricks hill 3k from Ballinrobe.
Refreshments after at Inch’s bar.

Time Trial
Tri Lakes/ western Lakes 20k Time trial will be held on Wednesday June 22nd.
Sign on at the cycling centre from 6.30pm first rider off at 7.30pm from Topaz filling station on the Neale rd.

Galway Crit
On Saturday evening there is a Crit in Galway city, open to A1,2,3,4 still waiting on details so will email them on.

Connacht Road Race champs.
Western Lakes CC will host the Road race champs on Sunday the 3rd of July in Tullycross, JJ Flaherty is organiser .
Please contact JJ. for more details.

Tom Burke Midsummer Festival Race
Friday the 17th of June, sign on at the Leisure park James St Westport from 6.30pm race start sharp at 7.30pm.
This race is an open race which is also part of the Western Lakes/ Covey Westport club league, so even if you are not in the top ten keep sprinting as last week in Cross the last points scored came in 35th position.
The route is 6 laps of a 5 mile circuit based around Aughagower with the Finish on the Ballinrobe Rd near the Railway bridge.
Mark Quigley is the current leader of the league and will wear the Marrey bikes sponsored red jersey.
Refreshments and prize giving at Tom Burke bar on Castlebar St Westport.
Contact Michael Brady @ 0876811263

Launch of new club kit
Finally the new club kit has arrived. We are very happy with the quality and think it will really stand out from the peloton. We have increased the range of clothing items available this year and i have included a list of products and the prices below:

Western Lakes CC kit prices
Jersey €55
long sleeve jersey €55
Shorts €65
Thermal jacket €90
Wind proof gillet €40
Skin suit €90
Over shoes€17
Gloves €17
Base layer €17
Any one who has pre ordered some items can collect them from Mary before the launch date.

I would also like to add a small note on the wearing off the club kit.

Without the large investment made by our sponsors we would not be able to source cycling gear of this quality. We really are getting the highest quality kit for a very competitive price. Hence i would ask all leisure members to make sure to wear your club jerseys anytime you are attending a sportive anywhere in the country. It provides great exposure for the club and helps pay back our sponsors who have been very generous in these difficult economic times.
On the racing front:
All our club racers must wear the team kit when competing for the club. Not alone do we want this for our sponsors but it is also a UCI ruling:
“Riders competing for their sponsored club must wear their registered club jersey.”
This year we have seen an increased in the number of WLCC members entering the world of racing so by wearing the jerseys its really helping to promote the club.

Kit Launch
To officially announce the sponsors and launch the new kit we will be having a launch night in Inch’s Bar on Main St Ballinrobe at 9pm on Wednesday the 22th of June. We hope to see everyone there.

Time Trial
Before the launch the Tri Lakes/ western Lakes 20k Time trial will be held.
Sign on at the cycling centre from 6.30pm first rider off at 7.30pm from Topaz filling station on the Neale rd.

John Holian Memorial Results
John Holian memorial results.
The late John Holian would have been a proud man on Friday the 10th of June, when the who’s who of Connacht cycling turned up to race, Ras stars like Dave Brennan, David O Loughlin and Michael Duffy were there to race. Young TT monster from Wales and a proud Irish man Ryan Mullen (British Junior TT Champion) made the long trip across and didn’t disappoint.
Galway Bay CC were well represented with Nigel Forde there race captain and an old mate of John, Castlebar CC had nearly 20 racers looking to take back the cup.
12 minutes separated the front group from the Scratch riders, over the 35miles  with the scratch riders in no mood for hanging around, it didn’t take them long to reel in the 3 groups ahead, a strong 8 man group forged ahead on the 4th of the 5lap race,  Charles Prendergast Cunga CC , Ryan Mullen Planet X, Owen Clifford, Mike Ryder and Rory Geraghty Galway Bay, Michael Duffy Donamon and Castlebar Duo of Michael Conway and David Brennan.
This group stayed away till the sprint where Charles Prendergast just held off the fast finishing Michael Duffy with Ryan Mullen Planet X filling the podium for 3rd.
Big thanks to sponsor Paul Mc Donald Telly’s bar Cross and to all the marshals and drivers on the night. John’s Holian Family presented the Cup to Charles Prendergast.

1st Charles Prendergast Cunga CC
2nd Michael Duffy AC Bisontine
3rd Ryan Mullen Planet X
4th David Brennan Castlebar CC
5th Michael Conway Castlebar CC
6th Mike Ryder Galway Bay

Club league section
In the club league section of the race Mark Quigley sprinted home ahead of club mate Gary Collins to get  9th position overall of the main race, he was first club rider in the points section of the league.

Top ten  on the night.
1st Mark Quigley WLCC
2nd Gary Collins WLCC
3rd Jason Prendergast Covey Westport
4th Mike Dooley WLCC
5th Padraic Conway Covey Westport
6th Brendan Scullion WLCC
7th Aran Chambers Covey Westport
8th Danny Maloney Covey Westport
9th Kevin Ryan WLCC
10th Robbie Flynn Covey Westport.

Overall in club league after 5 rounds.
Mark now leads and will wear the leaders red jersey on Friday the 17th  at the Tom Burke sponsored race in Westport.
Sign on at 6.30pm at the Leisure centre, refreshments afterwards at Tom Burke’s bar Castlebar street.

1st Mark Quigley  on 132pts
2nd Francis Sheridan Covey Westport 101pts
3rd Padraig Marrey WLCC 97pts

National Bike Week Event
To celebrate Natioal Bike week Western lakes cycling club are holding a fun evening at the BMX track on the Kilmaine road  on Thursday evening the 23rd at 6-30pm Bouncing Castles, Music, Refreshments.Eeryone welcome all free of charge bring your bike and helmet.The club have a limited number of bikes to loan for the evening.
Contact G.Butler for more info 0872580294

John Holian Cycle Events
On Friday June 10th the village of Cross will be buzzing with cyclists as young and old come out to honor the late John Holian who was a famed cyclist in his day.
Telly’s Bar Cross will be the centre of all activities, Paul Mc Donald the proprietor will sponsor the event with prizes and refreshments.
The leisure cycle is open to everyone who has a bike, only requirement is to wear a helmet. This event kicks of at 7pm sharp, participants can do as many laps of  The Neale, Cong and Cross loop as they like,  All monies raised from this cycle goes towards Cross National school.
Sign on from 5.30pm at Telly’s bar.

The Elite race starts at 7.30pm, racers travelled from all over Ireland last year so expect plenty of fast cycling on the 7.2mile lap.
Race is expected to finish at around 9pm.

Ballinrobe 2 Day 2011 Ballinrobe 2 Day Open for Entries.
With 8 weeks to go for the  Ballinrobe 2day (August 6th & 7th), the race now in its sixth year and has gone from strength to strength.

In 2010 there were a few surprises, the two teams from across the water Liverpool century and St Helen’s squads helped livened things up, the biggest surprise was a novice from Mullingar the Lakeside Wheelers man Damien Shaw proved that he was not afraid to attack, each day he went up the road and in the time trials he proved that he could compete against the A1’s. In the end it was his strong team who helped him win the overall.
This event is one of Ireland’s only Handicapped stage race, allowing every participant a fair chance of success.The race is sponsored by Marrey Bikes of Ballinrobe for the third year in a row, This 2 day event is open to all categories except A4’s . Ladies and juniors (U18) can be competitive against the A1’s riders as there is a handicap system in place on Stage 1 and stage 2b.
This stage race has all the frills with jerseys, Yellow (Overall) Green (Sprints) and Polkadot   (Mountains) plus 4 perpetual trophies and cups for stage and overall winners, we try and cater for every category with €2500 in prizes.
Ballinrobe town will also be holding a festival around the race, so expect the gorgeous constantan’s of the Queen’s of the Mask to be on show, the Ballinrobe Horse races are on the Monday the 8th so why not make a weekend of it and throw some of the winning on a few horses.

The race starts on Saturday the 6th of August at 3pm with an 80k hilly road stage.
Sunday there are 2 stages, stage 2a is an 7k TT, 9am start, Stage 2b starts at 1pm with 85k road stage.

Entry forms and event details are on , Early bird option of €30 open till July 1st, Closing date July 28th.

Sheridan Wins Mayo League
With 5 rounds raced, young Francis Sheridan from Covey Westport Cycling Club showed real talent by been the most consistent performer in the Mayo cycling League.
Going into the final round held in Swinford, Barry Holian Western Lakes CC  had a slight 2 points advantage over David Brody Castlebar and Francis Sheridan Westport.
With Holian starting in the scratch group some 13minutes behind Brody, the chances were always slim for Holian to catch up. Francis Sheridan on the other hand started 8.30minutes behind Brody and with the aid of a well drilled Covey team to help, he made small work of bringing back the handicap, catching Brody group with 11miles to go.

With the Covey Westport team driving the pace, Barry Holian chances of winning the league were dead and buried and at the finish, the Western Lakes club salvaged the day, by sprinting to first with Mark Quigley and 2nd with Joe Marrey,  Francis Sheridan again showed his class finishing 3rd. The young David Brody CastlebarCC did well to hold on to the finishing bunch but was just outside the points of the top 10, he still performed very well throughout the league and finished 3rd overall.

The league presentation will take place at the end of the year.
A total of 131 cyclist took part in the league.
The Mayo League committee would like to thank the Gardai, all the marshals and volunteers from the various clubs and to any persons who were held up in traffic as a result of the races.

Round 5 results Swinford
1st Mark Quigley Western Lakes CC
2nd Joe Marrey Western LakesCC
3rd Francis Sheridan Covey Westport
4th Mike Dooley Western Lakes
5th Ger Corcoran Covey Westport.

Mayo League Overall
1st Francis Sheridan Covey Westport 68pts
2nd Barry Holian Western Lakes CC 58pts
3rd David Brody Castlebar CC 56pts
4th Ger Corcoran Westport Covey 54pts
5th Michael Gilvarry Western Lakes CC 48pts
6th Michael Brady Westport Covey 42pts

Sheridan Climbs To Victory
Club league Rd 4 report.

Young Shane Mulchrone started the race as league leader wearing the red leader jersey sponsored by Marrey Bikes. There was the another big turnout by members of both Covey Westport and Western Lakes Cycling clubs.With 4 groups on the road separated by 14 minutes from front to back, the onus was on the scratch group to catch up.

The last 8 miles up to the finish  on the hill of Calic just outside Aughagower were tough with plenty of rises to sap the strength out of the legs, this was a finish for the light climbers.

The third group worked well together and caught groups 2 and 1 respectively with about 4 mile to go, the scratch group caught the tail ends of the groups head on the way up the final climb but couldn’t catch the young Covey Trio of Sheridan, Prendergast and Doherty who finished in that order across the summit. Sheridan was by far the strongest winning by 17seconds, he now takes over the Leader red jersey for round 5.
Gary Collins WLCC did well to get 4th, Mark Quigley WLCC 5th,  Ger Corcoran Covey 6th.

Next round takes place on Friday the 10th June in Cross.

Mayo League Round 5 2011
Mayo League Round 5
Thursday May 26th 2011,  Swinford,

Location for Sign on
The Community Centre, Park Road, next to Golf Course and across the road
from Aras  Attracta

Time for Sign on
6.15pm to 7.15pm

Please note – NO ENTRIES TAKEN AFTER 7pm

Changing Rooms & Showers
Community Centre

After race refreshments will be served in Campbells Lounge, Main St.

Please indication to personnel at sign on whether you are availing of refreshments.

Race Route:
Race commences outside Baxter, Ballina Road.

Distances Travelled in KM

From start to Foxford
At Foxford turn left and travel onto main Castlebar Road onto Ballyvarry
At Ballyvarry turn left onto N5 and travel straight onto Swinford
Continue straight to Charlestown junction and turn left
Follow sign to Westport going left on the two roundabouts and cross the  N5 bridge  and   turn left on the N5 junction. (From exit to entry on N5 distance is approx 1K)
N5 junction to finish 6k

Total distance 57 kilometres

Terrain is mainly flat with a good surface which should return a high speed race.

Dangers – All of the turns on this route are left handed and competitors should be advised to exercises due car and attention when negotiating these turns, particularly when exiting onto the N5.

It is imperative that this race starts on time.  There will be no waiting about.  Sign on closes at 7.15pm sharp  and first group off at 7.30pm sharp.

Padraic Frain

Bog Week 2 Day Cycle Race
Strong winds and heavy rain made the going really tough in Tully Cross for the first Bog week 2 day stage race. JJ Flaherty of Western Lakes CC was the race director for the weekend. A smaller than usual turnout from the Connacht cycling clubs didn’t dampen the racing even if the rain did. The South east of the country was well represented with 2 teams from Wexford with Slaney CC and Wexford wheelers up to grip the laurels.
A Connacht Development team of mostly junior cyclist got the chance to race against the stronger A riders but they had the advantage of getting a handicap on the 2 road racing stages. With squalling winds the racing at times was fast and furious and when into the head wind nearly at a stand still, these were the conditions that the cyclist had to cope with, with the routes well marshalled by Gardai and local volunteers the race passed off without incident The weekend’s racing was sponsored by the local Conamara Environmental Education & Cultural Centre.

Stage 1 results 65K
1st David Walsh Slaney CC1.42.34
2nd Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC @1″
3rd Frank Dunne Slaney CC @3″
4th Mike Ryder Galway Bay CC @11″
5th Conchubhar O Crualaoich  Slaney CC @1.08
6th Mike Hennessey Fermoy CC @1.08

Stage 2  TT 4.8K results
1st David Walsh Slaney CC7.06mins
2nd Martin Mizgajski Wexford Wheelers @3″
3rd Padraig Marrey Western Lakes @16″
4th Alan Galavan Slaney CC @30″
5th Charles Prendergast Cunga CC @30″
6th Frank Dunne Slaney CC @36″

Stage 3 results 73k
1st Martin Mizgajski Wexford Wheelers 1.57.59
2nd David Walsh Slaney CC1.57
3rd Charles Prendergast Cunga CC @1.57
4th Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC @1.57
5th Derek Joyce Galway Bay CC @ 2.03
6th Frank Dunne Slaney CC @2.03

Overall results, 143k
1st David Walsh Slaney CC 3.49.36
2nd Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC @17″
3rd Frank Dunne Slaney CC @45
4th Mike Ryder Galway Bay CC @1.15
5th Charles Prendergast Cunga CC @1.43
6th Conchubhar O Crualaoich  Slaney CC @ 2.04

Bog Week 2 Day Results
Stage 1 Result
David Walsh  Slaney CC
Paraic Marrey  Western Lakes CC
Frank Dunne
Mike Ryder  Galway Bay CC
Conchubhar O Crualaoich  Slaney CC
Michael Hennessey  Fermoy CC
Charles Prendergast  Cunga CC
Alan Galavan  Slaney CC
Brian O Donnell  West Coast Wheelers
Derek Joyce  Galway Bay CC
Paul Crowley  Mullingar Lakeside Wheelers
Michael Conroy  Connacht Team
Kevin Ryan  Western Lakes CC
Barry Holihan  Connacht Team
Martin Mizgajski Wexford Wheelers
Liam Frawley Galway Bay CC
Gearoid Hynes West Coast Wheelers
Francis Sheridan  Connacht Team
Aaron Chambers  Covey Wheelers
Joe Marrey  Western Lakes CC
Robbie Flynn Connacht Team
Nick Cosgrave  Unattached
Brendan Scullion  Connacht Team
Joe Gallagher  West Coast Wheelers

Stage 3
Martin Mizgajski
David Walsh
Charles Prendergast Wexford Wheelers
Paraic Marrey Slaney CC
Derek Joyce Cunga CC
Frank Dunne Western Lakes CC
Conchubhar O Crualaoich Galway Bay CC
Mike Ryder Slaney CC
Kevin Ryan Slaney CC
Michael Hennessey Galway Bay CC
Paul Crowley Western Lakes CC
Alan Galavan Fermoy CC
Barry Holihan Mullingar Lakeside Wheelers
Robbie Flynn Slaney CC
Joe Marrey Connacht Team
Francis Sheridan Connacht Team
Michael Conroy Western Lakes CC

Final GC
David Walsh Slaney CC
Paraic Marrey Western Lakes CC
Frank Dunne Slaney CC
Mike Ryder Galway Bay CC
Charles Prendergast Cunga CC
Conchubhar O Crualaoich Slaney CC
Martin Mizgajski Wexford Wheelers
Derek Joyce Galway Bay CC
Alan Galavan Slaney CC
Kevin Ryan Western Lakes CC
Michael Hennessey Fermoy CC
Paul Crowley Mullingar Lakeside Wheelers
Barry Holihan Connacht Team
Robbie Flynn Connacht Team
Joe Marrey Western Lakes CC
Michael Conroy Connacht Team
Francis Sheridan Connacht Team

Round 3 Of TT League
Great turn out this evening in Tuam. A total of 43 Riders with some very good times. Big Thanks to the following : Lorraine and Andrew on Times, Pat and Ger in Safety Cars, Fergal on bike detail and to the stewards at the turn  John Brinn, John Mongan, Paul Flynn. Thanks to Gerge on photo detail which can be seen on , click on to the tri lakes section.
Thanks also for the tea and sambos at Canavans Bar, Tuam.
See you all in Two weeks in Caherlistrane check out www. for further details in the next week.

Reminder about Kilbeg Swim , let me know if you are going so far about 10 have replied back, see for info or send me an email if you wish

Best of luck to all members doing Spiddal Triathlon.

Croi cycle this weekend, a few of us are meeting in Headford on Sunday morning at 6.50 A.M. We Hope to meet up with the Western Lakes Cycling Club and continue to Galway for the start at 8.30 AM . All welcome to tag along, the more the merrier.

For all those who have joined the club in the last few weeks, great to have you on board, please feel free to contact me at any time.

1 Hynes – 75 – 0:25:09
2 Mark Kelly – 76 – 0:26:43
3 Mike Dooley – 82 – 0:27:00
4 Mike Gilvarry – 62 – 0:27:16
5 Padraig Marrey – 74 – 0:28:09
6 Michael Forde – 69 – 0:28:21
7 Leo Hynes – 59 – 0:29:10
8 Andrew O Connor – 77 – 0:29:20
9 Martin Keane – 68 – 0:29:45
10 Johnathon Murphy – 72 – 0:29:59
11 Eugene Hoade – 80 – 0:30:00
12 John Conroy – 49 – 0:30:04
13 Enda Holian – 50 – 0:30:06
14 Kieran Heneghan – 66 – 0:30:09
15 Mary Mulchrone – 48 – 0:30:34
15 Martin Dooley – 83 – 0:30:36
16 Padraig Hughes – 73 – 0:30:38
17 John Hansberry – 58 – 0:30:51
18 Tony Carney – 53 – 0:31:04
19 Cian Lynch – 84 – 0:31:06
20 Tommy Loughran – 65 – 0:31:29
21 Celia Davin – 52 – 0:31:31
22 John Joe Higgins – 51 – 0:31:51
23 Frank McDermott – 81 – 0:32:22
24 Gerry Synott – 55 – 0:32:43
Keith Flynn – 63 – 0:33:14
26 Diane Murphy – 42 – 0:33:21
27 Alan O Connor – 67 – 0:33:35
28 Michelle Hynes – 47 – 0:33:41
29 Alan Thompson – 71 – 0:33:56
30 Stephen Brady – 57 – 0:33:58
31 Sharon Walsh – 41 – 0:34:15
32 Marian McTigue – 46 – 0:34:43
33 Deirdre Lee – 64 – 0:34:59
34 Mike Gibbons – 54 – 0:35:15
35 Monica Forde – 70 – 0:36:10
36 Stephanie Reid – 40 – 0:36:12
37 Ronan Kelly – 60 – 0:36:18
38 Susan Costello – 44 – 0:36:12
39 Fiona Carton – 61 – 0:36:18
40 Olwyn Daley – 78 – 0:38:03
41 Edel Hynes – 43 – 0:39:49
42 Jennifer Carney – 45 – 0:41:09

25 Elimar

Lap Of The Mask 2011 Report
A large group of leisure cyclists took on the 64k lap around Lough Mask on Saturday 14th May.  This was the 5th annual running of Western Lakes Cycling Club’s “Lap of the Mask”, which was raising funds for the Cyctic Fibrosis West Building Fund.

The event started at the Western Lakes cycling centre in Ballinrobe in the morning, and the group of 110 cycled out the Castlebar road into a strong head wind, turning off at Partry and into Tourmakeady for the first leg of the journey.  There was a welcomed cup of tea and sandwich provided at the half-way point and the cyclists got a chance to re-group before taking on the second half of the journey.

After the break, the hills of Derrypark and Maamtrasna awaited, after which the cyclists were rewarded with the spectacular view across Lough Nafooey. Most riders stayed on the 64km route around the lake, with some taking in the extra few kilometres round the “Head of the Mask”. At this point the sun started to peek through the clouds, and spirits were high as the participants rolled back towards the finish line in Ballinrobe. Everyone who signed on achieved their goal for the day having completed the trip around the lake at their own pace. After a quick shower, most of the group reconvened for a well earned snack and beverage.

Western Lakes CC would like to thank all the cyclists for supporting the event, the organising committee, everyone who volunteered their time in the lead up and on the day, and the local businesses who provided sponsorship in kind (Marrey Bikes, O’Heirs pub, and Cummins Super Value). The club’s next event offers an even bigger challenge to those leisure cyclists who would like to take on more hills over longer distances. This year’s Polkadot Challenge (Saturday 16th July) has new 100km and 160km routes to choose from, so keep up the training in the meantime! See for further details.

Fancy The Challenge Of A Lifetime
My name is Donal Harrington and this time last year I was a seventeen stone trucker. Now, at thirteen stone and fighting fit,  I will endeavor to cycle the whole 3500km of the 2011 Tour de France in memory of my late father and in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. However, unlike most that tackle an event like this, I will be doing it STAGE BY STAGE over 25 days (June 22 to July 16) taking only four days more than the the Pro Tour guys.

As most of you will know only too well this is a very serious undertaking, it requires determination and no shortage of fitness and focus.
Following the advice given to me by the man himself, Sean Kelly, we have come to realise that the most important factor to consider is not the logistics, the stage length, heat or even the climbs its actually having help on the roads. On some of these stages a headwind could be the deciding factor in wheather we succeed or fail. THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN.

I’m hoping that you will consider coming and helping us out on the road. Our crew, managed by David Geraghty, have worked out the logistics of the trip along with transfers etc. We will have a support vehicle on the road with us at all times and will be using a camper van and the superbly well run and equiped French campsites for our accomodation.

I feel this is a huge opportunity for you all to experience what the Tour De France is all about. It’s not the Etape, IT’S THE REAL THING. We’ve received huge coverage so far and my friends at Cycling Weekly are following closely. You could say you were a part of it!

I can’t offer you all the use of our camper etc and can’t cover you costs regarding food and so on as I’m sure you’ll understand. But I can say that should you or a group wish to accompany us on the road you will have full access to all our notes, plans, logistical info, nutritional info and so on. All you’ll need to do is organise accom. (camper etc) turn up and follow our lead! I’ve attached our route plan so you can see our rest days and so on.

I hope that you will think about joining in and helping out a good cause. Feel free to contact me on You can also check us out on Facebook or on our website

Kind regards,

Mayo League 2011 Round 4
Holian sprints to victory in Cong.
Mayo cycling league round 4 report, with 4 groups of the road on the 7 mile course based around Cong and Clonbur, a handicap of 13 minutes separated the groups from front to back,  odds on were that the scratch group would hold the winner on the night, but with some unusual tactical racing,seen riders from group 2 and a selection of riders from all the other groups managed to up set race favorites David Brennan and David O Loughlin. Yellow jersey on the night David brody Castlebar who now has scored in 3 out of the 4 races held on to the coat tails of the front break to snatch 6th on the night amid with help from his team mates.

Barry Holian from near by village Cross is only back racing 3 months after a lapse of 18 years from the bike, he is showing great form of late and looks set to return to his former glory days.
He now wears the overall yellow leaders jersey going into the final round, expect tight and furious racing from the Castlebar and Westport clubs who will be hoping to up stage the Western Lakes team at the end of a closely fought out league.

Round 5 takes place in Swinford on Thursday May 26th.

Mayo League Rd 4 results
1st Barry Holian Western LakesCC
2nd Francis Sheridan Westport Covey
3rd David Hannon Annagh Ballyhanuis
4th Ger Corcoran Westport Covey
5th Jarlath Togher Western Lakes CC
6th David Brody Castlebar CC Yellow jersey holder after Rd3
7th Tom O Dowd Castlebar
8th Ciaran Clarke Castlebar
9th Tom Burke Westport Covey
10th Padraic Gannon Westport Covey

Round 4 of the Mayo League takes place on Thursday May 12th of May  the new venue is the Cong.
Sign on open from 6.30pm at the Car park at the small roundabout approaching Cong.
Race start at 7.30pm sharp.
The route starts at O Connors filling station Cong Village, to Clonbur left for Cornamona and left at Ardhraun for Cong this lap to be completed 5 times total distance 35miles, race Finish outside O Connors filling station.
Refreshments, Results and prizes for the first 3 across the line at Lydons bar.
This race is part of the Cong Village festival and is organised by Western Lakes CC and David O Loughlin Cunga CC.

Race Report from Round 3 of Mayo League
53 signed on, in Castlebar, three groups seperated by handicap, group 1 had16 riders ,group 2 had 26 and group 3 had 11 riders which included seven  Ras men.

Distance 29 miles
Route (46km);Castlebar,Pontoon,Lahardaune,Bofeenaun,Beltra,with finish in Glenisland.
Rolling roads,with a 5 km drag to the finish.
Group no.1  @ 0.00 speed 21.5 mph expected finish time;1.20.56
Group no. 2  @ 9.55 speed 24.5 mph expected finish time 1.11.01
Group no. 3  @ 11.20 speed 25.00 mph expected finish time 1.09.36

At 26 km mark the race front to back was 3 min with 2 riders dropped from group 1 and two dropped from group 2., As the race left Lahardaune an attack succeed in group 1 with two riders Ronan Burke and David Brody escaping this group.
There was no respondence from the rest of their group,  at 38km the 3rd group had gone through group 2 and had taking a few with them,  now chasing the break who stayed away and were never caught.
Winners finished at 1.20’40” which was 16 sec ahead of their schedule,with 3rd to 10th at 1.21’10” and most of the race through at 1.22” 15”.

Round 4 takes place in Cong on May 12th, sign on from 6.30pm at the carpark approching Cong, race start at 7.30pm sharp from O Connor’s filling station.
Refreshments after in Lydons bar.

David Brody Castlebar is the new league leader

See selection of photos on this link, shows finish sprint.

Finish result
1st David Brody Castlebar.
2nd Ronan Burke
3rd Steve Franzoine Kilcullen (No league points)
4th Francis Sheridan Westport Covey
5th David Brennan Castlebar
6th Michael Brady Westport Covey
7th Gerard Hack Western Lakes CC
8th Barry Holian Western Lakes CC
9th Thomas Quinn Bailie Castlebar
10th Brendan Scullion Western Lakes CC
11th Kevin Ryan Western Lakes CC
10thTom O’Dowd Castlebar
11th Bernard Twomey Castlebar
12th Patrick Clarke Castlebar

Countdown to Lap of the Mask
As the leisure cycle season gets underway in earnest in the month of May, Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe are getting ready for the Lap of the Mask, their first big leisure cycling event of the summer. A large crowd are expected to attend this year’s event, which takes place on Sat 14th May.  Last year’s Lap of the Mask saw a 150 strong crowd complete the 64km circuit around the lake.

The cycle starts at the Western Lakes Cycle Centre (Kilmaine Rd, Ballinrobe) and heads out to Partry and on to Tourmakeady where refreshments will be provided at Maire Lukes with Lough Mask in full view. The route will then take the cyclists on to Finny, Clonbur and back to the finish line at the Western Lakes cycling centre. A much welcomed barbecue awaits everyone who finishes the cycle.

This event is suitable for anyone of a reasonable level of fitness and caters for all abilities, young and old, recreational and racers. Everyone can go as fast or as easy as they like as the route will be well marked and marshalled. Support vehicles will be on hand to assist with breakdowns, so people can just enjoy themselves in the beautiful scenery.

Once again this year, the Lap of the Mask will be supporting the Cystic Fibrosis West Building Project. So if you’re feeling up for the challenge, why not come along on the day and join in the fun in support of this worthy cause. Please ensure that your bike is in good working order and bring a spare tube and a pump. The wearing of helmets is compulsory. Sign on for the event begins at 9:30am at Western Lakes Cycling Centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe. The event starts at 11am sharp. Details and registration are available on

Results from Round 2 of TT League
Many Thanks to Padraig and Joanne  for sign on and time keeping on the Night and also to all the Marshall’s who Helped out. Thank also to Inch’s Bar for putting on the Tea and Sambos. See ye all in Tuam on the  18 th May ( I will send out a reminder before that date).
Please remember that if you are doing the whole TT series, you are required to lend a hand on one of the nights. Thanks

Keith HynesWLCC00:29:45
Joe MarreyWLCC00:31:06
Mike DooleyWLCC00:31:08
Kevin RyanWLCC00:31:48
Michael GilvarryWLCC00:31:50
Mark KellyRealt00:32:53
Bernard GerathyTri Lakes00:33:08
Paul FlynnTri Lakes00:34:21
Kieran HeneghanWLCC00:34:41
John ConroyWLCC00:34:57
Enda HolianTri Lakes00:35:02
Andrew O ConnorTri Lakes00:35:03
Martib DooleyWLCC00:35:06
Aran ChambersWestport00:35:27
Mary MulchroneWLCC00:35:36
Nick SkehanWLCC00:35:45
Eamon MarreyWLCC00:35:55
Martin KeaneTri Lakes00:36:17
Cian Lynch00:36:26
Tommy LoughranTri Lakes00:37:04
Celia DavinTri Lakes00:37:18
Sean O MalleyWLCC00:37:20
JJ HigginsTri Lakes00:38:06
Gerry SynottWLCC00:38:22
Elimar FlynnTri Lakes00:39:07
Fergal O neillWLCC00:39:47
Michelle HynesTri Lakes00:40:14
Sharon WalshTri Lakes00:41:34
Michael GibbonsTri Lakes00:41:47
Marian Mc TigueTri Lakes00:42:56
Fiona CartonTri Lakes00:44:36
Stephene ReidTri Lakes00:45:20
Olwen DalyTri Lakes00:47:09
Jennifer CarneyTri Lakes00:48:25
Jenny BuckleyTri Lakes00:29:45

Mayo League 2011 Round 4
Holian sprints to victory in Cong.
Mayo cycling league round 4 report, with 4 groups of the road on the 7 mile course based around Cong and Clonbur, a handicap of 13 minutes separated the groups from front to back,  odds on were that the scratch group would hold the winner on the night, but with some unusual tactical racing,seen riders from group 2 and a selection of riders from all the other groups managed to up set race favorites David Brennan and David O Loughlin. Yellow jersey on the night David brody Castlebar who now has scored in 3 out of the 4 races held on to the coat tails of the front break to snatch 6th on the night amid with help from his team mates.

Barry Holian from near by village Cross is only back racing 3 months after a lapse of 18 years from the bike, he is showing great form of late and looks set to return to his former glory days.
He now wears the overall yellow leaders jersey going into the final round, expect tight and furious racing from the Castlebar and Westport clubs who will be hoping to up stage the Western Lakes team at the end of a closely fought out league.

Round 5 takes place in Swinford on Thursday May 26th.

Mayo League Rd 4 results
1st Barry Holian Western LakesCC
2nd Francis Sheridan Westport Covey
3rd David Hannon Annagh Ballyhanuis
4th Ger Corcoran Westport Covey
5th Jarlath Togher Western Lakes CC
6th David Brody Castlebar CC Yellow jersey holder after Rd3
7th Tom O Dowd Castlebar
8th Ciaran Clarke Castlebar
9th Tom Burke Westport Covey
10th Padraic Gannon Westport Covey

Round 4 of the Mayo League takes place on Thursday May 12th of May  the new venue is the Cong.
Sign on open from 6.30pm at the Car park at the small roundabout approaching Cong.
Race start at 7.30pm sharp.
The route starts at O Connors filling station Cong Village, to Clonbur left for Cornamona and left at Ardhraun for Cong this lap to be completed 5 times total distance 35miles, race Finish outside O Connors filling station.
Refreshments, Results and prizes for the first 3 across the line at Lydons bar.
This race is part of the Cong Village festival and is organised by Western Lakes CC and David O Loughlin Cunga CC.

Tri Lakes News
Tri Lakes TT in Caherlistrane results
Big thanks to Andrew and his team for putting on a great event. To all the Marshalls, Time keepers and Drivers fair play to ye!
See you all in Ballinrobe for the next round. Check out for further info.
It would be great to see more Western Lakes CC members at these TT..
Results attached

Club Raffle

This Raffle is  to see who will be the main club sponsor, takes place on the 30th April next, at Canavans pub Tuam. I would appreciate if you could return tickets to  me before that date so as to be included in the Draw

Lough Key Triathlon

“As past entrants in the Lough Key Triathlon I wanted to give you a heads up on the date we’re opening for registration for this years event.
Registration will open through on the 18th of April. Our race always sells out pretty quickly so be in early to secure your place. We won’t be taking late entries this year so this is your only chance!!!

Given these recessionary times our entry fee is staying the same as it has been for the last 4 years – it’ll be the best €50 you’ll spend this year:)
Waterways Ireland have again sponsored the prize money for the event so there’s a little extra incentive.

We’re really looking forward to welcoming you back to Lough Key in September and hope the training for the season goes well for you all!

All the best

Linda Shevlin & all the Lough Key Race Committee”

Second Place for Tri Lakes Member

Well done to Tri Lakes member Padraig Marrey who finished second at the Wicklow Adventure race at the weekend.

Yours on  sport


John Holian Memorial Cycle Events
On Friday June 10th the village of Cross will be buzzing with cyclists as young and old come out to honor the late John Holian who was a famed cyclist in his day.
Telly’s bar Cross will be the centre of all activities, Paul Mc Donald the proprietor will sponsor the event with prizes and refreshments.
The leisure cycle is open to everyone who has a bike, only requirement is to wear a helmet. This event kicks of at 7pm sharp, participants can do as many laps of  The Neale, Cong and Cross loop as they like,  All monies raised from this cycle goes towards Cross National school.
Sign on from 5.30pm at Telly’s bar.

The Elite race starts at 7.30pm, racers travelled from all over Ireland last year so expect plenty of fast cycling on the 7.2mile lap.
Race is expected to finish at around 9pm.

Mayo League Press Release
Over 100 participate at Mayo cycling league.
After 2 rounds of the Mayo Cycling league to date 110 cyclist have taken part, Western Lakes, Castlebar CC, Westport Covey CC and Swinford CC are the driving forces behind the drive to get bums on bikes and in the league case racing.

Round 2 was a battle against the watch, with the front group getting a very favorable handicap a group of 14 escaped been caught by the fast finishing scratch group on the Westport to Louisburgh and back course.
U15 National Champion Liam Corcoran Castlebar fought of the efforts of Westport duo Padraig Gannon and Ray Staunton to take the win.
The scratch group was lead home by the inform David Brennan of Castlebar.
Round 3 takes place in Castlebar on April 28th where the Castlebar club will have the home advantage in more ways than one with over half of the Westport and Western Lakes riders away in Majorca on a training camp.
Michael Gilvarry winner of round one still leads the league on 25pts with Ger Corcoran Westport in joint 2nd place on 23pts with Padraic Gannon also of Covey Westport CC.

The league table will definitely get a shake up after the Castlebar round see links below for details.
Full league table attached.
Photos and links are on Mayo cycling league Facebook.

League overall after 2 rounds

NAME Cat CLUB Signature RD 1 RD 2 PTS Total
Michael Gilvarry CR WLCC   20 5 25
Gerard Corcoran CR Westport   18 5 23
Padraic Gannon CR Westport   5 18 23
Keith O Connell CR Westport   17 5 22
Padraig Marrey A1 WLCC   16 5 21
Robert Mannion U16 Cbar   5 15 20
Liam Corcoran U16 Cbar   0 20 20
Barry Holian A3 WLCC   15 5 20
Robbie Flynn A3 Westport   14 5 19
Kevin Ryan A3 WLCC   13 5 18

The 17th Annual Cornamona 50 mile sponsored cycle
Takes place on Saturday the 11th of June, all proceeds go towards Western Alzheimer’s.
Sign on open from 9am in Cornamona village with the cycle starting proper at 10.30am.
The route takes in Maam, Leenane, Inagh Valley, Recess, Maam Cross, Maam and finishing in Cornamona.
Refreshments on route.
BBQ at 4pm at O’Malley’s bar
To get more details on sponsorship cards contact Ray @0872898229

Bog Week 2 Day 2011
The Bog week 2- day, stage race for Connemara.

For the first time Connemara will pay host to 2 days of exciting stage racing.

Connemara is no stranger to stage racing with many stages of the Ras been decided on the open and wild roads of West Galway.

Tully cross will be a hive of bike attention on the weekend of May 21st and 22nd.

Stage 1 is 70k starting at 4pm, Sunday morning stage 2A is at a 5k time trial against the watch. Stage 2B will be 85k starting at 12noon.

The first winner of the Bog week 2 day will be known by 2.30pm on the Sunday afternoon.

There is a special EARLY BIRD entry option for people who sign up before Friday April 22nd ONLY.

See entry form and for details.

The Bog week Shield.

On Saturday 21st  only  there is a separate race for all club racers and A4 riders .

Distance 70k. Sign on open from 2pm.

Tully Cross is only 5k away from the beautiful Lettergesh and Glassillaun beaches so make a weekend for the family out of it.

Accommodation is available

Connemara Rough Diamond Training Day
With Padraig Marrey on Monday May 2nd.

Sign on from 10.30am with Training starting at 11am outside Veldons pub in Letterfrack
FREE if you have registered for the race .€10 if you have not registered.
Bring your bike, runners and suitable clothing. We will cover the assault course,  the Diamond Mtn and part of the cycle course.
Padraig Marrey will be on hand to give out tips and suggest training advice to all levels of experience.

June 4th Letterfrack / Clifden Co Galway
Watch out for official training day on Facebook

Event Information:
Connemara Rough Diamond – Sports
John Wayne Steeplechase  1.5 km
Cycle (Road bike)  13 km
Fear Gorta Assault Course  1.5 km
Cycle  (Road bike)  8 km
Diamond Summit   8 km
Cycle (Road Bike) 14.5 km
TOTAL  46.5 k (Time: approx: 2.5 – 4.5 hours)

Connemara Tough Diamond – Expert
John Wayne Steeplechase 3 km
Mountain Run 8 km
Fear Gorta Assault Course 2 km
Cycle (Road Bike) 8 km
Diamond Summit  and Ellis Wood Trail Run 9km
Sky Road Cycle (Road Bike) 25 km
TOTAL    56km (Time: approx 3 – 6 hours)

Race2Glory Training
Training on the Race 2 Glory course on Friday the 22nd(Good Friday) sign on at Kiltmagh Gaa grounds from 4pm, training starts at 4.30pm.
Entry fee is €15, if you have registered for the race there is no charge.
Bring your bike, runners and suitable clothing. We will cover the first run, the transition and part of the first cycle course.
I will be on hand to give out tips on suggested training, equipment and clothing selection and whats up in Adventure racing

Race2Glory Officially Launched by Running Legend Catherina McKiernan
Kiltimagh where Olympians are born!

The Race2Glory was recently launched by Irish running legend and Olympian Catherina McKiernan in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo. The inaugural 40 Kilometre multi-sport adventure race  takes place in Kiltimagh on Saturday 16th July,  incorporating a 10 kilometre mountain run, 23 kilometre cycle and a 7 kilometre river run.  Kiltimagh provides an ideal setting for such an event, with the capabilities of its natural amenities to facilitate a multi-sport adventure race and a history of athletic success; as it was home to 1924 Olympian runner Sean Lavan.  The Race2Glory is already on track to become a huge success after the course was given the officially seal of approval by Irish Olympian Catherina McKiernan and Padraig Marrey, race co-coordinator and winner of Gael Force West 2010.

While visiting Kiltimagh Catherina tested the 40 Kilometre course and commenting afterwards at a public questions and answers session, as part of the official launch. Visibly impressed by the Race2Glory course the champion runner acknowledged that it would be a challenge for participants but envisaged that the annual race would be a huge success long into the future. Ms McKiernan said: “We went around the course today and it would be an achievement for anyone including myself to finish it, it is tough but very doable if you have any level of fitness and there is time to start training and to prepare for the race. I got my eyes open to a certain extend to the scenery up on Siablh Carin, it is a nice healthy place and it is a great amenity and you should be very proud of it .I want to congratulate the organisers for coming up with this idea and would like to wish them the very best. After spending the day with them I found them 100% professional in what they do and are very passionate about this event.”

Padraig Marrey, who was responsible for putting the stages of the race together encouraged everyone of all levels of fitness to sign up for the race as the challenge is to finish the race and not about finishing it in a particular time. Commenting at the question and answers session Mr Murray said:  “The Race2Glory course is an ideal training ground for all those who are preparing for Gael Force West 2011.Over the coming months there will be training events built around the Race2Glory so watch out for training days to see what the race will be like. People may think they are not able for a 40K race at first but what you do is break the race down in your training. So from April onwards looks out for some training days they should be one on a month. This race is doable for everybody and the only way you will ever know is to try, so by trying you have a chance of succeeding.”

Speaking at the launch Brendan Mooney, Chairman, Race2Glory said: The Race2Glory is much more than just a race it is part of a much bigger picture.  As much as it is an event that will provide a challenge for the participants, a fun and an enjoyable day for the local community, it is also an opportunity to showcase Kiltimagh and encourage new visitors to the region. The Race2Glory is a challenge of two levels, firstly it is a challenge for the participants taking part and secondly it is a challenge for all of us as a community to make this event into something big that will be anticipated by people both at home and abroad on an annual basis.”

Registration for Race2Glory is now open with a special early bird price of €40 per entry, this is a limited off so hurry and register now! To register or to see details of the course log onto If you require any further information please contact us Follow us on for all event updates and top tips in preparation for Race2Glory on July 16th.

Lough Corrib Charity Cycle
Sunday 22nd May 2011.
FREE Entry on
29 Mile or 75 Mile Option
Contact Jeremy on 091-542404 or email
Registration 7.30am – 8.15am NUIG Sports Pavilion, Dangan, Galway.
Website link

Early bird entry for Western Lakes CC Leisure Events
Leisure cycling in the West of Ireland

Western Lakes Cycling club are busy promoting leisure cycling activities this Summer, show casing the vast and beautiful secenry of Mayo and Galway by including the West’s beauty spots on the routes of  their events.
See details attached on the links provided.

Sign up online before 14th April to avail of the “early bird” discount for Western Lakes CC Leisure Events 2011.

Lally’s Mountain Challenge






















Club League 2011 Round 2
Western Lakes Covey League bigger than ever
Such is the growth in cycling in Mayo at the moment  that 2 clubs can field nearly 60 cyclist for a club league race.
Some very fast times were recorded on the Ballinrobe to Kilmaine circuit covering 9 miles. Fastest on the night was Western Lakes CC Padraig Marrey and Barry Holian.
The Rivalry between the the Ballinrobe based Western Lakes cycling club and the Westport based Covey wheelers is immense but very friendly  and though ambitions to win the league are near fever pitch at times but the comradely is still good.
With only 2 rounds completed the 3rd round is all to cycle for,  with the leaders jersey going to the first one across the finish line in Westport next Tuesday evening April 12th.
The first 2 rounds are about establishing who are the strongest cyclist  for the handicap groups for the road racing rounds of the league but the Hill climb and Time trial can still play a big part in who is the outright winner come round 11 next September.
Big thanks to Martin Mc Nally, Mark Quigley time keepers, Padraig Hughes and John Murphy sign on and Brendan Scullion and Pat Heneghan for marshaling.

Round 3, Tuesday April 12th, sign on at the Leisure park Westport from 6pm, race start at the railway station at 7pm sharp.

Club League Round 2
Get out your aero equipment for the next round as its a Time Trial, its  on April 7th,  sign on from 6.15pm at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
First rider off at 7pm sharp.
The route is from Ballinrobe to Kilmaine return its 16k, the return leg is the 8k that is used in the Ballinrobe 2 day.
Remember Time Trialing is the race of truth, its you against the watch, no slip streaming or wheel sucking allowed, if you are passed you must let the other rider go ahead.

A big thank you to all who helped at the last night’s event and remember its up to everyone to give a hand on at least one of the rounds this goes for both clubs Western Lakes and Westport Covey.
There are 11 races with 7 to count, the TT and Hill climbs are a must for everyone but plenty of chances to help out at the road races.
League committee.

Western Lakes/Westport Covey League Results from Hill Climb
A great turn out for the first round of the inter club league. Western Lakes had 29 cyclist and Westport covey wheelers had 22 taken part.
It would be easily possible to see both clubs fielding at least 10 riders more per club.
Constainan Bartel and Kevin Ryan proved fastest on the night. Full results attached.
The next round is on April 7th, sign on from 6.15pm at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
The route is from Ballinrobe to Kilmaine return, its 16k, the return leg is the 8k that is used in the Ballinrobe 2 day TT.
A big thank you to all who helped tonight and remember its up to everyone to give a hand on at least one of the rounds. There are 11 races with 7 to count, the TT and Hill climbs are a must but plenty of chances to help at the road races.

Bike Fit and maintenance workshop:
Members workshop on Friday 1st April at 7.30pm at the WLCC cycling centre Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
Marrey Bikes (Eamon and staff) and myself will give a free workshop on bike position and how to keep your bike in good working order .
Great night to get plenty of cycling tips.
Open to all paid up Western Lakes and  Trilakes members, non members cost €10

Workshop outline.
Proper bike setup
Cycling and pedaling techniques
Bike maintaince (cleaning, checks, up keep)
Fixing a puncture
Tools to do the job.

If you are interested please email Padraig at or just turn up with your own turbo trainer, bike and cycling kit  and bring  tools as demand may be high.

Spring Forward Safely
As the spring weather entices more people to take to the roads to enjoy the warm temperatures and scenery, we remind everyone to be more aware of other road users. Pedestrians and Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and in some countries constitute over half of all road deaths. The road safety Office of Mayo County Council urges motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to “spring forward” safely when Daylight-Saving Time begins at mid night., Saturday, March 26.

Road users should be aware that sunrise will occur one hour later, meaning that it will be darker later in the morning.

Club League 2011
Club league March 24th.
Only seven days to go to the first round of the club league between Western Lakes CC and Covey Westport.
To date the Covies have been recruiting at an enormous rate with nearly 100 members registered.
Western Lakes got the season of to a flying start with Michael Gilvarry winning round 1 of the Mayo league.
The Covies stole the show in 2010 with Francis Sheridan and Chris Kennedy making it a one 2 for the Westport town, will 2011 be the year of the Lakers… Well after 4 time trials and 7 handicap road  races all will be revealed.

Round 1 is a 5k hill climb up Lally’s Mountain.
Sign on for round 1 from 5.30pm at OToole pub Tourmakeady.
First rider off at 6.30pm sharp.
Entry fee €50 for 11 races seniors, Juniors and Youth fee €25
Or else €10 per race.

Round 2
March 31st, sign on from 6pm at Watson’s Furniture Ballyglass Rd Ballinrobe. First rider off at 7pm for a 16k Time Trial.

Western Lakes Covey Wheelers league rules
The Western Lakes /Westport Covey Wheelers Club League will start with a 5K hill climb TT On Thursday the 24th of March in Tourmakeady.
The Following Thurs a 16k time trial will be held.
There will be 7 H/cap road races held during the summer and the league will finish with a 16k TT and another 5k Hill climb in September.

There will be 7 H/cap Road races and 4 time trials. The first  2 time trial will let us know what level of fitness you have and will allow for each race to be handicapped. This will give everyone a fair chance of getting some points! So don’t feel this is only for the racing people!
The league is only opened to current members of the Western Lakes and Westport Covey Wheelers Clubs.

Rules of the Competition
1    Helmets are compulsory
2    Rules of the road apply
3    Current Western Lakes CC and Westport Covey Wheelers Club members can only participate
4    No tri bars allowed in the Road Races
5    No drafting in the Time Trials
6    Handicap committee decision is final, no debating on the start line
7    Obey the Marshalls
8    €50 Entry fee for the 11 races paid before competition starts
9    Or €10 Entry fee per race
10    All monies go towards Prize Fund

Scoring System
05 pts      To everyone who participates in each individual Road Race
50 pts    1st
47 pts    2nd
45 pts    3rd
43 pts    4th
42 pts    5th
41 pts    6th
40 pts    7th
39 pts    8th
38 pts    9th
37 pts    10th

No points for round 1 or 2 except participation points (5pts per rider)

Team Competition
The first 5 riders from each club across the line get points at each race, the team/club with the highest winning points total at the end of the league wins the team prize.

Mayo League 2011 Round 1 Results
Wintery Conditions open the Mayo Cycling League.
75 riders from clubs all over Connacht turned up for the first event of the 2011 Mayo league held in Ballinrobe.
The tough 60k course around Lough Mask and the cold wintery conditions took its toll on many of the riders.
In the end it was the H/cap that prevailed,  the front group(made of club racers) split and 4 riders stayed away to sprint it out  at the Finish, with the winner been the first rider to wear the Yellow jersey of league leader.
Michael Gilvarry of the Promoting club Western Lakes CC held of the challenge of Stephen Mullane Bottechia RC Sligo and Ger Corcoran Covey Westport to become the winner.
In the Club Competition Covey Westport 49pts held of Western Lakes CC 44pts with Castlebar CC 3rd on 15pts
The next round will be held on Thursday April the 14th in Westport, start time 7pm.

1st Michael Gilvarry Western Lakes CC
2nd Stephen Mullane Bottechia RC Sligo
3rd Ger Corcoran Covey Westport
4th Keith O Connell Covey Westport
5th Kamil Dasea Black Rose racing Galway
6th Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC

Bourke Waste Ras Mhaigheo
Westport Covey Wheelers are promoting The Bourke Waste Rás Mhaigheo which will again take to the picturesque roads of West Mayo on St Patrick’s Day 17th March.

Last year’s race proved to be a very competitive event, with cyclists from all over the country taking part.

With a large increase in membership in Mayo this year, many of those riders are expected to take part especially the Club riders who will get a Handicap over the more experienced rider and they should have a good race.

One day licences will be available at sign on.

Sign on will open at 9am until 10.15am at the Castlecourt Hotel, Castlebar St, Westport.

Racing will start at 10.30am

The Bourke Waste Rás Mhaigheo is open to A1, A2, A3, A4, and Club riders with a one day licence, and also YOUTH, under 12, under 14, and under 16.

Race Director Michael Brady has put a testing course together and is looking forward to a great days racing.

Showers and changing facilities are available afterwards at the Castlecourt Leisure complex. The Awards Ceremony and will also take place immediately after the Race at the Castlecourt Hotel. Refreshments will be served.

Map my Ride link attached for Route

Spring Forward Safely
As the spring weather entices more people to take to the roads to enjoy the warm temperatures and scenery, we remind everyone to be more aware of other road users. Pedestrians and Cyclists are among the most vulnerable road users and in some countries constitute over half of all road deaths. The road safety Office of Mayo County Council urges motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to “spring forward” safely when Daylight-Saving Time begins at mid night., Saturday, March 26.

Road users should be aware that sunrise will occur one hour later, meaning that it will be darker later in the morning.

“Driving through school areas becomes more challenging for motorists during the first week of the time change,” said Noel Gibbons Road Safety Officer. “Pedestrians and bicyclists should wear brighter, reflective clothing in order to be seen more easily, and those behind the wheel need to pay close attention and eliminate distractions while driving.”

“Drivers don’t wait until it’s fully dark to turn on your lights, use headlights even when there are street lights, especially in built up areas. Keep a good look out, see and be seen.’’

Pedestrians and Cyclists are been asked not to let fashion replace safety , to continue to wear Hi Vis jackets (commonly known as DON’T Kill ME JACKETS) even if the evenings are getting brighter.

Research has proven a motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking and cycling if more people walk or cycle, so more peple are encouraged to get out and exercise but to do so safely.

Making roads safer for pedestrians and cyclists is a key element in encouraging people to walk and cycle more, to-date this year 15 pedestrians have been killed in 2011 on Irish roads so lets all question our own behavior on the road to stop any further loss of live and injury, at some stage we are all pedestrians so lets share the road.

Noel Gibbons
Road Safety Officer

Mayo Cycling League 2011
Round 1 of the  Mayo League will take place in Ballinrobe on Sunday March 13th.
This is a 70k Handicap event.
Sign on open from 9.15am closing sharply at 10.15 from the Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
First group leaving Sweeney oil filling station on the Castlebar Rd at 10.30am sharp. The race finishes on the Clonbur Rd 3k from Ballinrobe same finish as Stage 1 of the Ballinrobe 2 day.

To participate all competitors must either have an open racing licence or club racing licence. Club racing licence holders can buy a race number that will do them in all the league races held in Connacht throughout 2011,  as they don’t get one from Cycling Ireland.

The cost is €5 and they can be bought on the day at sign on, please allow extra time for this, no entries taken after 10.15am regardless of excuses.

League fees.
By signing up at the start of the league for all 5 events will cost the adults/seniors €25 or  €8 per race.
Juniors €15 for 5 races or €5 per race
U16 get 5 races for €10 or €3 per race.

Big crowd is expected so come prepared.
Refreshments will be served at the cycling Centre afterwards.

Round 1 Ballinrobe Route on Map my ride
34.7 Miles for the revised Mayo League Round 1 route.

Padraig Marrey
Mayo cycling league Secretary.

Ballinrobe Duathlon Race Information
Tri Lakes Triathlon Club would like to thank you for supporting our inaugural club event and we look forward to welcoming you to Ballinrobe in the heart of the Lake District Co Mayo.

Ballinrobe is 44 kilometres (27 miles) North of Galway city. Follow the signs for Headford when leaving Galway. We are 28k south of Castlebar en-route to Galway.

Parking is available at Marrey bikes on Watson’s lane (Official sign on), and also at the Green just of High street near the Castlebar road where the Transition is setup.

Registration will open at 8.30am, and will close at 9.30am Sharp. Registration will take place at Marrey Bikes, Watson lane, Ballinrobe. If you are a Triathlon Ireland member, it is important that you bring your membership card with you, as you will have to show this at registration for insurance purposes. If you are new to the sport you don’t have to purchase a TI licence as this will be a training event.(3 event count rule)

Race Briefing:
A race briefing will be given by the Race Director at the start line at 9:45am.

The course is a 3km run, a 23km cycle, followed by a 3km run. The roads will be open to traffic, but traffic will be managed by Gardaí and by Marshalls. It is very important, however, that competitors adhere to the rules of the road.

The run is a scenic loop around the Bowers walk; most of this course is beside the river Robe and away from traffic, its nearly all pan flat. The run course is the same for both runs.

The bike route is just 23km in length. The roads will be open, but traffic will be managed. The route is a double loop of the same course. The course is out and back on the same loop and it will be well-marshalled. The cycle route is out towards Cahir pier and back.

Route profiles
Run course profile both runs.

Cycle course profile This lap has to be completed twice.

Transition will take place at the Green near the soccer and rugby pitches. There will be a mount/dismount line for cyclists. Participants must adhere to instructions from Marshalls. You must put on, and secure, your bike helmet before removing your bike from the rack. Water, refreshments and some complementary massage/ physio will be available here also.

Race Rules:
Please note that, as with all other Triathlon Ireland rules, drafting rules and penalties will be implemented. Please familiarise yourself with Triathlon Ireland/ITU rules at if you have not already done so.

Timing and Results:
The Ballinrobe Duathlon will NOT be chip-timed, There will be a giant digital clock at the finish line. Results will be available online at

After the Race:
Prize presentation will take place at Marrey bikes at 12noon.

Anyone who would like to help out please call me an info below

Padraig Marrey
Ph: 00353 877992857

Duathlon for Ballinrobe
Anyone who likes running and cycling is in for a treat on Saturday March 5th when Ballinrobe town hosts its first every Duathlon which is a run bike run event.

Local club Tri lakes Triathlon Club is holding round 4 of a Club league in Ballinrobe and is looking for as many locals as possible to take part.

The event is quite short starting with a 4k run/walk  starting at the Green gates via Creagh road and around the beautiful  Bowers walk and back to the Green, where Participants then collect their bikes at the Transition area then they will go on to cycle  20k, taking in Ballygarris and Robeen finishing back at the Green for the final leg of the event which is another lap of the Bowers. Total distance is 28k

The event is open to everyone and any fitness level, all you need is a desire to finish.

Sign on at Marrey Bikes, Watson’s Lane Ballinrobe from 8.30-9.30am on Saturday March 5th.
Start time at the Green gates 10am sharp, Finish time approx 12noon.
Entry fee €10
Marrey Bikes are sponsoring the event.
This event would make great preparation for the Harlequin Duathlon on March 26th.
For more enquires contact any member of Tri Lakes Triathlon club or see
Or  Eamon at 0949542808.

Club News January 2011
Public relation
The Mayo News is seeking to increase its coverage of the local cycling scene with a new section devoted to “grass roots” club news. Our aim is to provide Mayo clubs with a weekly “notice board” that will be of interest to existing members and to anyone thinking of joining a cycling club

Items can be supplied weekly or on an occasional basis. The emphasis is on bullet points, giving plenty of basic information on current and future events. Also, race results and photo’s will be welcome.

Please email items to:  to arrive no later than 8pm on Sunday. Maximum length is 250 words.

I hope this proposal is of interest to you and your members. If you require further information please don’t hesitate to contact me at the above email or on 098 35319.

Commissaires(Race Refaree)
I have been informed that a Commissaires Course has been arranged by Cycling Ireland on Saturday/Sunday 26/27 February 2011 at a West Dublin venue yet to be deciderd.

Applications for a place on this course is now invited.  All applications to me by 7th. February 2011 the date of the next Cycling Connacht Meeting.

All Clubs who do not have a representative on the Committee may send a rep to attend any Connacht meeting if they so wish, please let me know beforehand,  as if you wish to raise any matter, I would require advance notice of same.

Denis Middleton,
Connacht Secretary.

Clifden Cycling Weekend Jan 29th and 30th
Plan is to leave Ballinrobe via, Clonbur, Cornamona, Maam, Leenane (stop for coffee and food) meet the Westport Covey gang, split into 3groups of the same ability with 3 diff distance options. There will be the option of a run and swim when we get back for those looking for more. Also pre dinner there will be a coaching talk on season planning and training.

Staying at the Station House hotel with dinner at 7pm, Price €70 PPS.Contact JJ @0879120910

Sunday sign on for Red Cross fund raising spin from 10.30 with spin at 11am again 3 distance options for return journey.

There will be 3 vehicles following us back so they can bring back luggage and carry spares like wheels, bottles and food.

For those who booked alternative accommodation but want to have dinner with the group the cost is €25

There is  a €10 luggage transfer fee for those not staying at the hotel, this will be collected on arrival.

The exact routes will be posted on in the next few days.

Club Enrolment 2011
Please see Cycling Ireland and club membership fees  2011, remember your insurance runs on on the 31st of December, with your licence you get third party and personal accident cover so worth having. If you want you could send in your details and apprioate fee before Jan 13th

The club will hold an enrolment night on Thursday the 13th of January from 6.30-8.30pm this night is aimed at getting new people to join the club.

The WLCC  will be involved in various activities early in 2011 like MTB, Camps and road cycling leisure and racing.

Here are some of the activities.
Connacht reliability trial (Organisied structured Training spin ) January 23rd
Training weekend to Clifden Jan 29th and 30th
Training holiday in Spain Feb 6th to 12th
Connacht reliability trial (Organisied structured Training spin ) February 13th
For all of the above you must have a Cycling Ireland licence to participate.

Club membership rates for 2011

Please see Cycling Ireland and Club membership fees for 2011, for anyone who already had a licence in 2010 all you have to do is call into me before Jan 13th with  the apprioate fee and tell me what licence Type you want.

For anyone who is new to the sport I need a copy of birth cert or Passport and fill in the attached form.

Parental club membership
10 euros
No C.I membership

Youth member U10-U14 Only
10 Euro
€5 to CI Membership

CI Standard   new member
10 euro of which is CI membership

CI Standard  member official
20 euro of which is CI membership

C I Cycling membership Leisure
40 Euro
20 euro of which is CI membership

Club racing
80 euros
55euros of which is C.I membership

( under 16)
35euros of which is C.I membership

Open racing

A1, 2, 3, 4, Vet
170 euros
120euros of which is C.I membership

65 euros
50 euros of which is C.I membership

New junior
25 euros
C. I membership free for year one.

Club affiliation to CI and to Connacht
150 to CI before Dec 31st
Connacht €140

Total €290

January 2011 News
Training Spins.
Every Saturday and Sunday Morning meet at 9.50am at the Cornmarket leave at 10 sharp, bring pump, tyre levers, tube, food, water and some money for a stop.
Michael Moran (BA) will be the racers training spin cordinator he has put together 15 different routes (see attached they can be altered to suit) to choose from, its is hoped to cover most of them over  the next 7 weeks.
Martin Joyce  will be the cordinator for the lesiure people both groups leave at the same time but will split accordinly at the discretion of the group leaders.

Western Lakes Fitness Classes

Spinning classes
Join the fastest growing fitness program in the West Of Ireland, spin  classes start on Thursday the 6th of January, one at 7pm and the second starts at 8:00pm open to adults,  men and women, just bring a towel and water.

Circuit/Fitness Class

Want to loose those Xmas pounds then sign up to a 6 week circuit/fitness class, starting on Monday evening January 10th at 7.00pm sharp. Catering for all abilities, all you need is suitable clothing, a towel and water. The class combines cardio and strength exercises to target every muscle in the body.

For more details contact Padraig @0877992857 or Mary 0876248407

The cycling centre is on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe underneath the water towers.

Supporting fitness classes at the cycling centre helps keep the cycling centre viable.

Want to join a cycling club?

This is the question that many people in Mayo have been asking themselves the past 12 months. On Thursday the 13th of January from 6.30 to 8.30pm at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe Western Lakes CC are holding a club enrolment night,  so want to join other like minded people who take part in Adventure races, Triathlon, Leisure cycles, Mountain biking, Racing and Duathlon as they all come under the umbrella of a well organisied cycling club then Western Lakes Cycling club is the club to join, as it has one of the biggest memberships in Connacht with nearly 100 members. The club caters for all abilities and they even have their own club league.

If you are a member please get your memberships details back to Padraig.

BMX Training times..
BMX training for all abailities are supervised, starting again for 2011 on Monday the 10th of January at 7pm, there are some BMX bikes for hire, but are on a first come first served basis. Contact Norman 0879854080

Connacht Training spin
Mark Quigley as Connacht Development Rep has asked if WLCC will host the first of the Connacht training spins.
The date is proviosional down for Sunday Jan 23rd in Ballinrobe, we will need marshals and a few drivers for that. We hope to have as many Club racers out as possible as the spin will be divided in to 2 groups averaging 18-20mph and 20-22mph.

Training weekend 29th and 30th of Jan
Club training weekend in Clifden, JJ Flaherty is organising accommodation but we have to organisers drivers to bring back luggage so far 15 rooms booked which is about 30 people. If you want to go contact JJ asap.

Padraig Marrey
Secretary to Western Lakes CC