News Archive 2008

 

St. Stephens Day 10 Mile TT
The Western lakes CC novelty TT attracted a field of 29 riders including 2008 Olympic rider David O Loughlin.

The race was all about participation and fun and that’s exactly what we got.

No one dressed up for the fancy dress competition but that still didn’t stop people from giving the 10 mile Time Trial a real go.

Covey Wheelers turned up with a bus load of motivated  participants with them all willing to be on the prize podium at the end.

This TT had a twist in that you were not allowed to wear a watch or use a Speedo and then you had to predict your time.

Some of the younger riders were predicting times that they would struggle to achieve during the summer and the older wiser riders predicting times that were a good bit of the mark but it all made for good fun

In ideal condition the first riders off came close to their predicted times with very respectable rides but the riders at the back of the field got the closest, with Joseph Marrey getting closest with 27minutes .39swconds,  he predicted  a time of 28mins even only 21 seconds the difference.

Western Lakes CC would like to thank all that turned up and to Mary Munroe, Martin Mc Nally and Mike Reidy for doing the timing and to Inch’s bar main St Ballinrobe for providing the refreshments.

Placing according to predicted Time
1st Joseph Marrey WLCC,  27.39 predicted 28mins 21seconds margin
2nd Dara Reidy Covey Wh,  29.22 predicted 29mins, 22secionds margin
3rd Frank Finnerty WLCC, 35.34 predicted 35mins, 34 seconds margin
4th Des May B’robe, 31.29 predicted 32.10, 42seconds margin
5th John Murphy WLCC,  29.14, predicted 30mins, margin 46seconds.

Connacht MTB League Round 6
The 6th and final round of the Connacht Mountain Bike League will take place in Ross Wood,
Rosscahill,
Co.Galway on Sunday next Dec 21st.

Sign on 11am, racing 12 noon.
Open to S1, S2, S3 J, L, V and underage UNDER 8 TO UNDER 16 Boys and Girls.
Rosscahill is on the main road from Moycullen to Oughterard, Take the road to G.A.A Pitch on Right.

Info 0872226260
Club Kit
Looking for a  present to buy for someone this Xmas…. then why not get them the new Western Lakes club cycling kit.

There is a new order due in next week (15th Dec)so we will have the full range of sizes that will suit the very small youth to all sizes of  adult.

Items available are, cycling  shorts, short sleeve jersey and long sleeve jersey.

Get your orders in…

Old kit
We also a selection of old kit colours available, these items are great value as they are half price, sizes are limited enough.

The following items are available.
Thermal tops M-XXL
Gillet S-XXL
Long sleeve Jersey only a handful.
Selection of skin suits, shorts and short sleeve jerseys in various sizes.

Round 5 of Connacht MTB League
Takes place in Tourmakeady woods on Sunday the 7th of December.

This course is suitable for beginners.

Sign on from 11am, Youths race starts at 12noon, seniors 12.30pm.

For more info contact Martin 0872226260

Padraig Marrey
Cycling Coach
Website: http://www.marreytrainingsystems.com
Email: padraig@marreytrainingsystems.com
Phone: (00353) 877992857

XMas 10 Mile TT
Western Lakes CC promotes Xmas 10 mile TT.

On St Stephen day the club will hold a 10 mile TT on the Ballyglass road out of Ballinrobe.

This  event is a novelty one as participants have to predict their own time pre the TT , so the person who rides the course closest to the time they predicted wins the event, but the hitch is participants are not aloud to have a watch or Speedo to gauge their effort.

The course is 5miles out and 5miles back so it’s all about pacing.

There will also be a prize for the best Xmas outfit.

Sign on open from 10.30am from Watson Furniture, first rider off 11am.

Refreshments afterwards in Inch’s bar Main St Ballinrobe.

More info contact Padraig.
Website: http://www.marreytrainingsystems.com
Email: padraig@marreytrainingsystems.com
Phone: (00353) 877992857

Western Lakes CC Winners at Connacht Events 2008
The Connacht Presentation evening takes place on Wednesday the 10th December at the TF Royal Castlebar, starts at 7.30pm

All prizes will be given out on the night, if you cannot make it get someone to collect on your behalf.

Connacht Road Race League RDS
Rd 1 R/R League 27/5/08 1st, Mary Mulchrone,  3rd Padraig Marrey
Rd 2 R/R League 10/6/08 3rd John Murphy
Rd 5 r/R League 22/7/08  2nd Mary Mulchrone
Overall
1st. Mary Mulchrone
6th. Brendan Butler
8th. John J Flaherty.

Connacht Championship Medal winners all disciplines

Mountain Bike XC Champs

U-12 Silver Niall Hughes

U-12 Bronze Mark Biggins
U-16 Gold Brendan Scullion.

Various
R/R Champs,  Silver  Mary Mulchrone.
Hill Climb Champs,   Sen 2,  Silver John J Flaherty
Hill Climb U-16 Bronze Brendan Scullion
T/T Championships U-16 Silver Brendan Scullion

BMX Track Now Open
Legend Sean Kelly and Olympian David O Loughlin officially opened The Western Lakes BMX track on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe Co Mayo.
Sean and David have pitted their skills in professional bike races around the world today it was time to see what they are like using BMX bikes over a course with bumps, jumps and curved corners. Sean decided against the unfamiliar BMX bikes and tried out the course on his racer while the large contingent watched on who were all taking part in the Sean Kelly training weekend hosted by Brendan Quigley Partry.

Club members have worked (Volunteered) tireless  around the clock to get Ireland’s newest BMX track operational.
A  track like this normally cost  in the region of €50000 to build, which shows how resourceful the club has been in the past 12 months.

The aim is to get kids trying out cycling by teaching them how to BMX in a safe protected environment from road traffic, it is also hoped that with Coaching and Training that some of these kids would be Talent ID for the next Olympics in 2012 or 2016 as BMX is now a recognised Olympic discipline.

The track has 7 curved banked corners and 23 jumps/bumps,  some are double jumps which can used for jumping and landing.
The BMX Track also has a 300m oval grass track on the outside of  its boundary which can be used for grass track racing

Western Lakes Cycling Club can now boast the fact that they have a real quality centre of excellence that has a building,  meetings rooms,  and a hall for fitness/ spin classes and changing rooms etc. They share these facilities with the local Boxing club and scouts so that maximum use is made of the facility.

The club has purchased some BMX bikes for use, and it is hoped that grant aid will be sought to buy some more so that full scale competitions can be organised on the track.

All of these facilities would not have came about without the support and help of Mayo County Council, Mayo Enterprise Board, and the South West Development Company.

The club would like to thank  JP Ryan Lake valley Developments , Padraig Horan Construction, Ballinrobe Tool hire and all the Volunteers who helped with the construction of this fabulous facility for the South Mayo town.

New Club Training Times
LEISURE SPINS
Every Sunday, 10.30am, from Cornmarket, Ballinrobe. Distance varies according to who turns up, but anyone who turns up will be catered for. So all are welcome. Contact Fergal 0871211047 Liam 0879185867

YOUTH CYCLING
Every Saturday morning 9.45am, from the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine road, different leaders each week for different activities, Contact coordinator Margaret Finnerty 0863207666

RACING CYCLISTS
Meet at 10am most Saturdays and Sundays from the Cornmarket,  Ballinrobe, catering for cyclist from 16 up who want to race. Contact Padraig  0877992857

MOUNTAIN BIKING
Anyone interested in doing MTB spins at the weekends or during night hours, 3 woods to choose from, on safe tracks all you need is lights. contact Padraig 0877992857

SPIN CLASS
Every Thursday at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe. 1st class 7pm,  2nd class 8.05pm, book before hand to secure your place. Contact Padraig .

CIRCUIT TRAINING
Every Wednesday at the Lakeside centre, Station road from 7.30pm. Want to tone up your body … then try a circuit class, works all the muscle groups while also developing the cardiovascular system.

Connacht MTB League 2008 Round 4
The Kearney Cycles.com Connacht Mountain Bike League Round 4 was held in Cong, Co.Mayo on Sunday last in poor weather conditions making the going very heavy.
35 Cyclists signed on for this event and all enjoyed the challenging circuit set by Padraic Marrey.
Connacht Youth Cycling would like to see a lot more young people taking part in this sport, with no traffic to contend with it is a very safe way to enjoy cycling. Declan Maloney, Covey Wheelers in his second outing took the under 8 section.
Edel Burke Innishfree, C.C was again strong and took the under 12 ladies section from Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers.
Shane Mulchrone Covey came back to winning ways in the boys under 12 taking the win from Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes.
Gavin Burke Innishfree C.C was unlucky to break his chain just after the start
and had to retire, Chris Kennedy, Covey took the win from Francis Sheridan,Covey.
The under 16 section lost three of its number due to the heavy going, Andrew O’Hara, Kanturk, Darragh Reidy Covey Wheelers, and Diarmuid Hughes Covey Wheelers leaving Brendan Scullion Western Lakes and Stephen Clancey Kanturk
To battle it out, Scullion was the strongest to take the win.
William Sheridan Covey took the Junior section.
Padraic Marrey Western Lakes was very strong in the expert section and won with a good time gap from Colm Staunton Covey Wheelers
Darragh McShane Unattached took the sports from Garry Collins Unattached
A great ride by Padraic Conway Covey Wheelers gave him the Vets in a time that compared well with the experts group.

RESULTS.
UNDER 8

  1. Declan Maloney Covey Wheelers

UNDER 12 LADIES

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree, C.C
  2. Lydia Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  3. Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers

Under 12

  1. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers
  2. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  3. Mathew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers
  4. Niall Hughes Western Lakes
  5. Mark Biggins, Western Lakes
  6. Shane O’Hara, Kanturk
  7. Kevin Vahey, Western Lakes

UNDER 14

  1. Christopher Kennedy, Covey wheelers
  2. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  3. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  4. Frank Finnerty, Covy Wheelers
  5. Damien Biggins, Western Lakes
  6. Lauren Gourlay, Castlebar C.C.

UNDER16

  1. Brendan Scullion Western Lakes
  2. Stephan Clancy, Cycling Persuits

JUNIOR
1…William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
Senior expert.

  1. Padraic Marrey Weatern Lakes
  2. Colm Stauntion Covey Wheelers

SPORT

  1. Darragh McShane U/A
  2. Garry Collins, U/A
  3. Tom Moran Covey Wheelers
  4. David Higgins, U/A
  5. Gerard Collins U/A

Vet

  1. Padraic Conway, Covey Wheelers
  2. Danny Maloney, Covey Wheelers
  3. Michael Brady, Covey Wheelers

Polka Dot Challenge route 2009 Announced
SATURDAY 16th JULY 2011
Promoted by Western Lakes CC
“The West’s Ultimate Cycling Challenge”

Sign up now for the 2011 Polkadot Challenge to avail of the “early bird” discount, which is available for a limited time only. Anyone wishing to sign up early for both Western Lakes major Leisure events (Lap of the Mask on Saturday 14th May and the Polkadot Challenge) can avail of a discount for both events.

The Polkadot Challenge has become established as one of the best club-run leisure cycling challenges in Ireland, and over the past number of years has attracted cyclists from every corner of the country.  This year the organizers have designed three fabulous new routes. Participants will be able to enjoy the breath-taking scenery around the West’s beautiful lakes along the undulating roads of the Partry, Sheefrey and Joyce Country Hills that have become synonymous with this event.

You can choose from a 160km or 90km route, depending on your level of fitness and experience.  The 160km route is designed to challenge more experienced leisure cyclist and consists of a mixture of flat sections around the West’s lakes and the hill climbs through the mountainous sections of the course. The 90km route is achievable for any cyclist who puts in a few months training ahead of the event. This distance will take in the early parts of the 160km route, and has at times in the past offered a bail out for those setting out to complete the longer distance.  Keep an eye on the Western Lakes CC website (www.westernlakescc.com) in the weeks ahead for full details of the routes.

All the routes are well marked out and there will be support vehicles, food stops, and regular drink top-ups along each of the routes. There will be a barbecue for participants after the event, which this year has been changed to a Saturday to accommodate anyone wishing to stay in the area and join in the local festivities afterwards.

So why not sign up now for what promises to be a great event. Club members are always available to lend a helping hand or a word of encouragement to newcomers. All you need is a well serviced bike, a helmet, water bottle, spare tube, and with the right preparation between now and then you too can complete the West’s Ultimate Cycling Challenge.

PLEASE CHECK http://www.westernlakescc.com FOR UPDATES CLOSER TO THE DATE. You can also contact Marie on 087 7819954 or Michael on 087 9000368 for further information.
Entry Fee:     €25 including Early Bird and CI Membership Discounts. €30 on the day.

Connacht MTB Round 3 & 4
Round 3 Connacht MTB league

Takes place in Westport Nov 16th , at the Knockranny woods, beside the hotel on the Castlebar road.

Sign on open at 11am youth start at 12noon seniors at 12.30.
2 routes one 1.2 k long the 2nd 1.7k
Contact Martin at 0872226260

Round 4
Takes place in Cong woods Nov 23rd , sign on at the Pigeon Hole.

Directions: take Clonbur road out of Cong take 1st left after Mc Grath’s quarry,  down that road 500m on the left.

Sign on at 11am racing starts at 12noon.
Contact Martin 0872226260

Level 1 Coaching Course
Cycling Ireland are hosting a level 1 coaching course in Dublin over the weekend 21st-23rd November in ALSAA (near Dublin Airport).  The course will be facilitated by Adrian Hughes and Paddy Doran.  It is open to all current foundation level coaches who wish to expand their knowledge of coaching.

Further details can be found on at http://www.cyclingireland.ie

Interested parties should reply via email to coaching@live.co.uk or by phone to +447977244484.

If you are interested in shaping the future of coaching with cycling ireland please make contact with the coaching commission via email or by phone on +447751863332.

Cycling Ireland Coaching Commission

Kelly for Mayo Weekend
By Tommy Campbell Irish Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday Independent
Nov 3, 2008,

Mister consistency! Sean Kelly was one of the top achievers in professional cycling for over 18 years. 22 Classic wins under his belt, he is statistically the fourth most successful cyclist of all time behind Eddy Merckx (50), Bernard Hinault (29) and Jacques Anquetil (29).

Naturally, his experience in the professional peloton, gives him the platform for anything to do with cycling. The young boy who came form the Carrick Wheelers club in Co. Tipperary led by Dan Grant and Tony Ryan in the late 60’s and early 70’s went on to grace the world cycling stage for many a long year is one of the most sought after individuals in the world.

Sean always made it his business despite a hectic schedule to accommodate Brendan Quigley with a weekend activity in Partry, Co. Mayo in the month of November. When he is at home in Carrick-on-Suir, he takes the bike for a spin with “the boys” from the now famous town in Tipperary and helps the Mayo Wheelers with coaching weekends. He is a keen supporter of the National Council for the Blind with the group “Blazing Saddles” and has participated in charity cycle all over the globe.

Talking to Brendan Quigley yesterday, he confirmed that Sean will be in Partry for the weekending the 29th and 30th of November. “To be fair, Sean never lets me down. The cycling folk love the weekend and Sean has time for everybody. Truthfully he can do a room with chat and handshakes better than any politician I know.

“The event has been on the go for many a long year, but like everything it has a changeable date because ‘himself’ is in such demand.

“The cyclists love this part of the world and in between the conversations we get out on the bikes for a steady spin. Sean controls the pace and though there maybe many who aspire to upping the anti in regards to the spin, he gently in his own imitable way, slackens off the pace.
“In the evening we all sit around and discuss the season past and listen to Sean with his exploits during the year. It is great to be in his company and long may it continue here in Partry, Co. Mayo” said Brendan.

The event is being organised by Brendan Quigley in conjunction with the Mayo Wheelers.

To book your place and accommodation, Brendan is the man and he can be contacted on 087-6131891

Winter Training Camp
An open winter training camp will be held in Collooney Co. Sligo on the 15th and 16th of November. The camp is open to senior, junior and veteran riders of all abilities. There will be spins for racing and non competitive riders on both mornings at 11 o clock with coaching lectures to follow at 2.30.
Showers and refreshments will be provided.

Sign on at the Teeling Centre Collooney from 10.00 a.m. closing at 10.45 sharp.
Places are limited so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

For more info contact Daire at 087 6792414.

Try out dates for 20hr M2M Challenge released
Western Lakes CC and MTS will run a “Try Out” day  for participants who want to make the M to M squad that will aim to beat the Blazing saddles record from Mizen to Malin.
The Try out are an essential part of the initial training process for getting people fit for doing the  challenge, its also an opportunity to get to know your fellow team mates and to train properly  for the challenge as all participants will get a detailed training plan for the event.

To be part of the squad you must attend the January 11 “Try Out”.

Sign on from 9am at the Western Lakes Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe Co Mayo.
The spin will leave at 10.30am sharp for an 80 mile guided spin, which will have a back up van with spares.
To qualify for the next phase, participants will have to be able to complete 80 miles in 4hrs as part of a sizable group, leaders will control the pace and aim to help participants in their conquest.

20hr schedule for 2009
•    Try Out date (January)
•    March 2 day camp,  aim “ getting used to riding at night”
•    May 12hr spin
•    June Wicklow 200
•    Late June early July 20hr bid on the Mizen to Malin route, (weather depending)

Training spin for racers
The club will be holding the 1st of many training spins for people who want to try out racing.

This year the club league brought on the abilities of members who went to the different races, the aim now  is to build a club team that will be competitive in open races.

Club coach Padraig Marrey will give out a general training plan for each month throughout the winter/ spring months.

It is also hoped to have regular training sessions that would be held 2-3 times per week.

Anyone interested please contact JJ Flaherty or Padraig Marrey.

The first spin meets at the Western Lakes Cycling Centre on Saturday the 25th of October at 9.45am with spin leaving sharply at 10am.

The spin will be 2.5hrs long approx. there will be a short meeting afterwards to discuss future training plans.

Padraig Marrey
Cycling Coach

Connacht MTB League & Championship 2008
Round 2 of the Connacht Mountain bike league will take place in the Bros of Charity grounds, Clarenbridge Co.Galway

On Sunday next Oct 19th
Sign on 11am Racing at 12 noon.

Open to S1, S2, S3, J, V, L, and underage from Under 8 to Under 16, both boys and girls
This is also a Connacht Championship event.

Pedal power versus motor power
A unique cross-country cycle challenge pitting pedal power against motor
power takes place at the weekend when six cyclists take on six
motorcyclists in a bike run from Meath to Mayo.
The challenge is part of the sponsored motorbike run organised by the
John Curran Water Rats Motorcycling Club in aid of the Ciaran Maree
Cancer Research and Development Fund, in memory of the young Gibbstown
man who passed away a year ago.

The cyclists involved are well prepared for the challenge – four of them
took part in the recent 3,000 mile race across America (RAAM) and one in the Malin Head to Fair Head challenge.
Alan Duffy, Steve McMenamin, Colm Laverty and Adrian McNally took part in
the recent RAAM, a 3,118 mile race from San Diego, California, to
Annapolis, Maryland, in seven days earlier this summer. They led the race
for 2,300 miles, neck to neck with the eventual winners for the last 170
and only defeated by a minute.

The trip took them though a 118 degree ‘Death Valley’ in the Arizona
Desert to minus 15 degrees in The Rockies, and a descent known as ‘the
Glass Elevator’, reaching speeds of 73 miles an hour. They will be joined
by Padraig Marry, top Irish cyclist coach and Malin Head to Mizen Head
rider, and David O’Loughlin from Mayo is also hoped to join in, he represented Ireland in this
year’s Olympics in the individual pursuit.
The cyclists will be leaving Ryan’s Pub, Gormanlough, Stackallen at
10.30am on Saturday next, with the motorbikes departing at 2pm. Six bikes
will be chosen from the motorbikers to compete against the six riders
and, staying within the speed limits all the time, the route has been
calculated in such a way that between times of departure, speed and
distance, both teams are on equal footing. The final destination is Maire
Luke’s Pub in Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, with camping facilities available for
those wishing to avail of them and returning on Sunday

The run is in memory of the late Ciaran Maree, who passed away in
September 2007 after a short battle with cancer. The accountancy graduate
was an avid sportsman and planning to travel to Australia with friends
when illness struck at the age of 25.
Following his death and to acknowledge the work  of the  Mater
Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin, where he attended, the
Ciaran Maree Research and Development Fund was established.
A major fundraiser took place in Kilberry before Christmas, and in March
this year, the Maree family presented a Cheque for €224,400 to head
oncologist, Professor Kearney at the Mater Hospital’s Cancer Research and
Development Centre.  In memory of Ciaran, the hospital are naming their
new library after him, as well as one of the private rooms in the
hospital’s new oncology wing.  The centre also run an annual scholarship
programme whereby a number of medical students will be sent to the USA to
study more advanced cancer treatments and cures.

The Maree family also hope to help support this cause on an annual basis
in the hope that continued learning, research and knowledge will result
in a breakthrough treatment and cure for the disease, and the run being
organised by the Water Rats will contribute to this ongoing fundraising.
All are welcome to take part, with €20 entry per motorcyclist entering.
The route takes in Kells, Athboy, Delvin, Mullingar, Ballymahon,
Lanesboro, Roscommon, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Cloonfad, Claremorris,
Castlerea, Ballyhaunis and Ballinrobe en route to Tourmakeady, where
Ciaran’s father, John, is a native of. Collections will be made in
various towns along the route. Further details are available from John
Curran (087) 230 3118 and Thomas Maree (086) 858 5259.

Regards,
John Donohoe
086-3884499

Club News for September
Western Lakes CC AGM
The club will be holding its Annual general meeting on Thursday 25th of September  at 8pm in the Parish centre Ballinrobe.
All members are requested to attend, you can also bring  a friend who would like to get involved in the sport of cycling.
Reports of the club’s  activities for 2008 will be heard on the night.
It is important that you all turn up as the meeting cannot go ahead without a specific number ATTENDING..

Club kit
A new order will be made in the next few weeks, anyone who wants to order will have to make it in writing stating exact size for each item and what they require, orders will only be acceptable like this. Closing date for orders will be October 9th.
The following items can be ordered; short sleeve jersey, long sleeve jersey, thermal jacket, Bib shorts and leggings.
There are still some items of old gear available in a various sizes, like thermal jackets, and gillets and a few jerseys, all these items are at half prize,  really good value.

Western Lakes Club awards
Fergal O Neill was compare for this section of the night, as the club gives out annual awards every year.
Tom Kelly was a popular winner of the leisure cyclist of the year for all the work he has done with promoting and developing leisure activities along with all the events he participated in.
JJ Flaherty was the winner of the Racing cyclist of the year where he represented Connacht as one of his main achievements of the year.
Brendan Scullion was a runaway winner of the Youth ride of the year, this is only Brendan second year racing, and his list of achievements bode well for the years ahead.
Padraig Marrey was presented with the club person of the year for his work as secretary, PRO and Ballinrobe 2 day and club league organiser.
A great night was had by young and old and plenty of song, dance and tells followed later in the night, a disco finished off preceding.
A big thanks to Ciara and Colm Staunton for helping with the hotel booking and to the Castlecourt hotel for their hospitality.

Club league huge success
The joint venture between Western Lakes CC and Covey Wheelers cycling clubs turned out to be a massive success with 73 riders in total participating.
The real winners were all the new cyclist who turned up to have a go, they came from  all over Mayo and Galway and from across a range of sporting disciplines , like Tri-athletes, footballers, rugby players etc.
When the league was thought up it was hoped that it would encourage established cyclist to come together and train, but that got turned on its head when a load of beginners came to try their luck.
The league spanned 11 rounds from April to September with 10 rounds counting for points with the first round to establish riders abilities , each rider could only count their best 7 results for their overall  but as it turned out only one rider scored in 7 rounds and that was the winner young Brendan Scullion from Claddaghduff  Co Galway.
Attendance and participation was high throughout the league with 40 riders turning up regularly to race.
The last 2 rounds were used to see what riders improved the most, we used  a 10 mile TT in April and a hill climb in May, then the 2 Time trails were repeated again in September to see what riders improved their times the most.
As it turned out it was riders who had not got in the top 10 that improved the most with U14 rider Robert Staunton been the most improved youth rider and Ronan Joyce a leisure cyclist from Cloughbrack improving the most in the senior category.
A league like this could never have been run without the input of volunteers especially Martin Mc Nally, Breege Connolly, Michael Sheridan, Mick Reidy and  Mary Munroe.
Club league and awards presentation
Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes cycling clubs awards night, tuned out to be a huge success with a large crowd attending.
David O Loughlin was guest of honour on the night.
Martin Mc Nally and Padraig Marrey presented the prizes to the top ten overall.

The top ten overall
1st Brendan Scullion Renvyle
2nd Graham Casey The Neale
3rd John Murphy Ballinrobe
4th Daire Reidy Westport
5th Padraig Marrey Ballinrobe
6th Mary Mulchrone Ballinrobe
7th Miceal Brady Westport
8th Colm Staunton Westport
9th William Sheridan Newport
10th James Brady Westport.

Fitness and Circuit class
Want to get your body fit and toned then try a Fitness and circuit class.
Starting on Wednesday the 10th of September with an introductory class and  a 7 week program starting the following week.
To sign up Ring The Lakeside fitness centre 0949541364 or Padraig @0877992857
Open to men and women of all abilities.
Male and female fitness instructors.
Great for developing core and strength endurance for any sport type.

Spinning classes are back
Grab your water bottles and join us for an exciting, energizing, spin class for amazing workout.
No experience necessary!
Bikes are provided, just bring a bottle of water, towel and wear suitable shoes and clothing
The first 60minute  class starts at 7.30pm on Thursday October 16th at the Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
Pre booking is essential as classes are limited to15
If demand is high a second class will be arranged.
Ring Padraig@0877992857 or email Padraig@marreytrainingsystems.com
See http://www.marreytrainingsystems.com for more details

Coastal 300k Report
In atrocious weather 25 cyclist braved the horrible conditions to complete the 300k trek around Mayo’s coast line.
Beijing Olympian David O Loughlin joined the group for the weekend, his inclusion was a nice surprises to all the participants.
Day 1, the cyclists cycled 185k through Westport, Newport, Mulranny, Ballycroy, Bangor, and Belmullet and out the mullet peninsula to Black sod and returned again via Belmullet to finish in Geesala. It was a pity that the lovely scenic views that are abundant  could not be seen as low cloud and poor visibility ruined any chance of that.
The group were very well looked after by the hotel staff of Teach Iorrais.
On the Sunday morning all the cyclist lined out again for the start of day 2 for another tough 150k spin.
The weather on the Sunday was even worse with heavy rain battering them all day. The very  beautiful Ceide Fields on the North Mayo coast line was completely covered in cloud much to the disappointment of the travelling contingent from outside of Mayo who would are hardly ever up this side of the country.
All the cyclists made it safely back to Ballinrobe with sprits high, even after the drowning they got.
Funds will be donated to Neurofibromatosis (N F) Ireland.

Mountain Bike League
In the first round of the Connacht MTB  League, turned out to be a  good one for Western Lakes CC riders with Brendan Scullion and Padraig Marrey winning their respective categories.
The event was held on a new course in Moorehall woods Carnacon, Darren Mc Gann designed the course.
Martin Mc Nally again officiated over proceedings.
The Connacht MTB Champs for all categories will be held in Clarenbridge woods on Sunday the 19th of October.
See http://www.connachtcycling.com for more details.

Looking to train for a challenge for 2009?? (see below)

M to M 2008 in Under 20hrs
The M to M cycle challenge will endeavour to see if  30 cyclists approx which may  include lady cyclists attempt to cycle non stop from Mizen Head to Malin Head or visa versa inside a time limit of 20hours. The distance is 365 miles (585kms) between the 2  Heads, a decision on the route direction will be decided upon 48hrs ahead of the challenge due to forecasted weather conditions.
The event date is not set yet but it  will be based around the longest days of the year which is late June early July.

This will be a difficult endurance mental challenge for all the cyclists who will have to  train very hard over the next 6-9 months to prepare for this bike marathon.
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We hope to get a title sponsor on board and we intend to donate to two charities who will be the beneficiaries of the funds raised from the project’s participants.

There will be a series of training camps where people can “try out” for the event. As a challenge like this is not for everyone or the fainthearted,  the first of these camps will be in January 2009.
We then hope to pick approx 30 cyclists from all of the Try out groups and have a buzzing bunch of cyclist  attempt to break the 20hr non stop Marathon. This Challenges was attempted in 2006 where a 30 person group broke 24hrs to do the distance in 20hrs 37minutes, now the goal posts have moved ….

The group will be using  the coaching knowledge of Padraig Marrey.” Who has participated and trained many athletes to partake in Ultra Endurance events and was also a member of the squad that did M TO M in 20hrs 37minutes back in 2006.
He says “The night hours of 1am to 4 am will present its own dangers and difficulties where safety and concentration is the number one priority. We will have  a top class support structure in place to support the cyclist in their record bid, but dawn has proven to be the most decisive time for people trying out at Ultra endurance events so this time zone will get special attention at the training camps”.

This  Challenge will need the back up of a 10 person support crew,  for breakdown support, helpers to hand out the huge quantities of food and water that will be devoured , and road safety marshals with lead cars and out riders” anyone not making the team of 30 is more than welcome to join the support team.
Funds from this event could also  help club finances .
Minimum time to beat 20hrs and 55minutes
For  further information please contact Padraig Marrey 0877992857

Connacht MTB League Round 1
Moorehall was the venue for the first round of the Connacht Mountain bike league on a new course set by Darren McGann, on Sun last.
The weather made for good competition in all groups.
The best battle of the day was at under 12 with newcomer Niall Hughes
Western Lakes putting pressure on the experienced Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers, with Hughes taking it by a minute at the finish.
Others to shine were Killian Chambers under8, Damien Chambers under 10, Francis Sheridan, Covey under14, Brendan Scullion Western Lakes under 16 and William Sheridan Covey Junior.
The expert section was a clear win for Western lakes Padraic Marrey Western Lakes And James O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers took the sports section.

Under 8

  1. Killian Chambers Covey Wheelers

Under 10

  1. Damien Chambers Covey Wheelers

Under 12

  1. Niall Hughes, Western Lakes
  2. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers
  3. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers
  4. Thomas Chambers, Covey Wheelers

Under 12 Ladies

  1. Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  2. Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers

Under 14

  1. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  2. Chris Kennedy Covey Wheelers
  3. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  4. Kieran Coughlan Covey Wheelers
  5. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  6. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers
  7. Seamus Walsh Western Lakes
  8. Sean Carr, Covey Wheelers
  9. Robert Staunton Covey Wheelers
  10. 1Nigel Mortimer Covey Wheelers

Under 16

  1. Brendan Scullion Western Lakes
  2. Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers
  3. Ryan Scott, Covey Wheelers
    D.N.F. Paul Curley Realt, and Diarmuid Hughes Covey Wheelers

Junior

  1. William Sheridan Covey Wheelers

Sport

  1. James O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers
    D.N.F. Fran Kearns Westcoast Wheelers

Expert

  1. Padraic Marrey, Western Lakes
  2. David Dowdall, Dolman
  3. Darren McGann Westcoast Wheelers
    D.N.F. Brian O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers.

Club League and Awards Presentation
Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes cycling clubs awards night, tuned out to be a huge success with a large crowd attending.

David O Loughlin was guest of honour on the night.

Martin Mc Nally and Padraig Marrey presented the prizes to the top ten overall.

Western Lakes Club awards

Fergal O Neill was compare for this section of the night, as the club gives out annual awards every year.

Tom Kelly was a popular winner of the leisure cyclist of the year for all the work he has done with promoting and developing leisure activities along with all the events he participated in.

JJ Flaherty was the winner of the Racing cyclist of the year where he represented Connacht as one of his main achievements of the year.

Brendan Scullion was a runaway winner of the Youth ride of the year, this is only Brendan second year racing, and his list of achievements bode well for the years ahead.

Padraig Marrey was presented with the club person of the year for his work as secretary, PRO and Ballinrobe 2 day and club league organiser.

A great night was had by young and old and plenty of song, dance and tells followed later in the night, a disco finished off preceding.

A big thanks to Ciara and Colm Staunton for helping with the hotel booking and to the Castlecourt hotel for their hospitality

Fitness and circuit classes
Want to get your body fit and toned then try a Fitness and circuit class.
Starting on Wednesday the 10th of September with an introductory class and  a 7 week program starting the following week.
To sign up Ring The Lakeside fitness centre 0949541364 or Padraig @0877992857
Open to men and women of all abilities.
Male and female fitness instructors.
Great for developing core and strength endurance for any sport type.

Spinning classes are back

Grab your water bottles and join us for an exciting, energizing, spin class for amazing workout.
No experience necessary!
Bikes are provided, just bring a bottle of water, towel and wear suitable shoes and clothing
The first 60minute  class starts at 7.30pm on Thursday October 16th at the Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe.
Pre booking is essential as classes are limited to15
If demand is high a second class will be arranged.

Ring Padraig@0877992857 or email Padraig@marreytrainingsystems.com
See www.marreytrainingsystems.com for more details

Coastal 300k Report
In atrocious weather 25 cyclist braved the horrible conditions to complete the 300k trek around Mayo’s coast line.

Beijing Olympian David O Loughlin joined the group for the weekend, his inclusion was a nice surprises to all the participants.

Day 1, the cyclists cycled 185k through Westport, Newport, Mulranny, Ballycroy, Bangor, and Belmullet and out the mullet peninsula to Black sod and returned again via Belmullet to finish in Geesala. It was a pity that the lovely scenic views that are abundant  could not be seen as low cloud and poor visibility ruined any chance of that.

The group were very well looked after by the hotel staff of Teach Iorrais.

On the Sunday morning all the cyclist lined out again for the start of day 2 for another tough 150k spin.

The weather on the Sunday was even worse with heavy rain battering them all day. The very  beautiful Ceide Fields on the North Mayo coast line was completely covered in cloud much to the disappointment of the travelling contingent from outside of Mayo who would are hardly ever up this side of the country.

All the cyclists made it safely back to Ballinrobe with sprits high, even after the drowning they got.

Funds will be donated to Neurofibromatosis (N F) Ireland.

Club League Huge Success
The joint venture between Western Lakes CC and Covey Wheelers cycling clubs turned out to be a massive success with 73 riders in total participating.

The real winners were all the new cyclist who turned up to have a go, they came from  all over Mayo and Galway and from across a range of sporting disciplines , like Tri-athletes, footballers, rugby players etc.

When the league was thought up it was hoped that it would encourage established cyclist to come together and train, but that got turned on its head when a load of beginners came to try their luck.

The league spanned 11 rounds from April to September with 10 rounds counting for points with the first round to establish riders abilities , each rider could only count their best 7 results for their overall  but as it turned out only one rider scored in 7 rounds and that was the winner young Brendan Scullion from Renvyle  Co Galway.

Attendance and participation was high throughout the league with 40 riders turning up regularly to race.

The last 2 rounds were used to see what riders improved the most, we used  a 10 mile TT in April and a hill climb in May, then the 2 Time trails were repeated again in September to see what riders improved their times the most.

As it turned out it was riders who had not got in the top 10 that improved the most with U14 rider Robert Staunton been the most improved youth rider and Ronan Joyce a leisure cyclist from Cloughbrack improving the most in the senior category.

A league like this could never have been run without the input of volunteers especially Martin Mc Nally, Breege Connolly, Michael Sheridan, Mick Reidy and  Mary Munroe.

The top ten overall
1st Brendan Scullion Renvyle
2nd Graham Casey The Neale
3rd John Murphy Ballinrobe
4th Daire Reidy Westport
5th Padraig Marrey Ballinrobe
6th Mary Mulchrone Ballinrobe
7th Miceal Brady Westport
8th Colm Staunton Westport
9th William Sheridan Newport
10th James Brady Westport.

The clubs will have a presentation night on Friday the 19th of September at 8pm in Castlecourt hotel Westport.

Club League Round 10
Round 10 of the club league again had big numbers participating with 43 riders.

This round was also used to identify the most improved rider of the league by seeing how much the riders could improve their times in the 10 mile TT, back in April the riders rode the 10mile TT from Ballinrobe to Ballygarris and back now they had the chance to repeat it and see how much they could improve in 6 months.

The results were staggering with minutes been taking of their PB’s and even on a bad wet night it was plain to see that fitness levels and techniques had improved immensely.

U12 rider Damien Biggins (Ballinrobe)won this round by taking a massive 7minutes and 32 seconds of his April time, Ronan Joyce (Cloughbrack) was send bettering his time by 5minutes 50seconds, 3rd went to U16 rider Brendan Scullion (Renvyle)  with an improvement of 5minutes 46seconds.

4th Keith Hynes Carlistrane
5th Robert Staunton Westport
6th Graham Casey The Neale
7th James Brady Westport
8th Andrew O Shaughnessy
9th Darah Reidy Westport
10th Frank Finnerty Ballinrobe

Fastest on the night was Padraig Marrey with 23minutes and 22seconds.

Overall the league is tightly poised with only a 5k hill climb to go, Brendan Scullion holds the lead with(261pts) a mere 2pts advantage over Graham Casey (259pts)with John Murphy (256pts)a further 5 pts adrift.

Round 11 the final round takes place in Tourmakeady on Thursday the 11th of September, sign on from 6.30pm at O’Toole’s pub, first rider off in the hill climb is at 7pm. Points will be awarded to the riders who improve their times by the most since they last did the Hill climb back in May.

Connacht MTB League
The first Round of the Connacht Mountain Bike league will take place in Moorehall, Co.Mayo on Sunday 21st Sep, Sign on 11am, racing 12pm.
Open to S1, S2, S3, J, V, L,
Underage Boys & Girls 8 years to 16 years
Info 0872226260

Mayo coastal challenge only a week away
The Mayo Coastal 300k on September 13th and 14th is exciting huge interest among cyclists all over Ireland, and it is shaping up to be one of the most popular charity cycle challenges this year.
“We are getting a huge reaction from cyclists who are looking on this two-day as a challenge worth taking. It takes cyclists on a scenic tour of Co. Mayo, and with full back-up and support, it is a very attractive event,” said a spokesperson for Western Lakes CC.
Apart from two great days of cycling, it will also be a great social event with an overnight stay at Teach Iorrais, Geesala, in north Mayo, where dinner and entertainment will be laid on.
Funds raised from the event will go towards the Neurofibromatosis Association of Ireland (NFAI) and Western Lakes CC. NFAI has started a campaign to raise public awareness about this rare genetic disorder, and to boost research efforts to find a cure. To take part, cyclists must raise in excess of €130, and this will cover the cost of accommodation, back-up on the road, and dinner on the Saturday night.
The event will see riders cover 175km on the Saturday, riding a scenic route from Ballinrobe to Geesala. This will take in Westport, Mulranny, and Belmullet.
Participants of all abilities are welcome as there will be leaders for a range of abilities with back-up cars with refreshments. The aim is to see all cyclists enjoy the event.
On Sunday, they will return to Ballinrobe, up through Crossmolina and Castlebar, in a spin totalling 145km.

“Every year we do a major challenge like this. In previous years we have cycled through Mayo, but this time we are doing a full Mayo tour,” added the spokesperson.
“Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to take part. It is particularly aimed at leisure cyclists.
“The route has been selected for its scenic beauty with unrivalled views of lakes and the Atlantic ocean. It will showcase what Mayo has to offer as a tourist destination.”
The closing date for entries (with full €130 payment) is August 30th, and full payment should be sent to Thomas Kelly, 4 O’Ruadain Court, High Street, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo (email: jimitheyard@gmail.com, tel 087- 985 1792.) or John Culhane at john.culhane@gmail.com  Cheques should be made payable to Western Lakes Cycling Club.
All cyclists must be self-sufficient in terms of bringing a pump, tubes, and other items they may need on the road. The organisers will help in any way they can with serious mechanical problems.
Sign on open from 8.30am at the cycling Centre on the Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe with spin leaving at 10am sharp, baggage will be carried to hotel by club personal.

Club League Round 10
Round 10 of the club league again had big numbers participating with 43 riders.

This round was also used to identify the most improved rider of the league by seeing how much the riders could improve their times in the 10 mile TT, back in April the riders rode the 10mile TT from Ballinrobe to Ballygarris and back now they had the chance to repeat it and see how much they could improve in 6 months.

The results were staggering with minutes been taking of their PB’s and even on a bad wet night it was plain to see that fitness levels and techniques had improved immensely.

U12 rider Damien Biggins (Ballinrobe)won this round by taking a massive 7minutes and 32 seconds of his April time, Ronan Joyce (Cloughbrack) was send bettering his time by 5minutes 50seconds, 3rd went to U16 rider Brendan Scullion (Renvyle)  with an improvement of 5minutes 46seconds.

4th Keith Hynes Carlistrane
5th Robert Staunton Westport
6th Graham Casey The Neale
7th James Brady Westport
8th Andrew O Shaughnessy
9th Darah Reidy Westport
10th Frank Finnerty Ballinrobe

Fastest on the night was Padraig Marrey with 23minutes and 22seconds.

Overall the league is tightly poised with only a 5k hill climb to go, Brendan Scullion holds the lead with(261pts) a mere 2pts advantage over Graham Casey (259pts)with John Murphy (256pts)a further 5 pts adrift.

Round 11 the final round takes place in Tourmakeady on Thursday the 11th of September, sign on from 6.30pm at O’Toole’s pub, first rider off in the hill climb is at 7pm. Points will be awarded to the riders who improve their times by the most since they last did the Hill climb back in May.

Cycling Night Out
Western Lakes CC and Covey wheelers have combined together to have a joint club night out on Friday September 19th at 8pm at the Castlecourt hotel in Westport.

The aim is to get as many cycling enthusiasts as possible to come along and enjoy a fun packed evening of awards and presentations

The night will also be used to present prizes to the top 10 overall in the 11 round combined club league which started away back in April and finishes on September 11th with a hill climb up Lally’s mountain in Tourmakeady.

Western Lakes CC will also present their annual club awards for most active Youth cyclist, racing cyclist  and Leisure cyclist of the year, along with  club person of the year for the 2008 season.

Accommodation can be arranged at the Castlecourt at special rate contact Padraig.

Tickets can be got from Padraig Marrey or Martin Mc Nally numbers have to be finalised by Wednesday the 17th

Western Lakes CC AGM
The club will be holding its Annual general meeting on Thursday 25th of September  at 8pm in the Parish centre Ballinrobe.

All members are requested to attend plus any one new who would like to get involved in the sport of cycling.

Reports of the club’s  activities for 2008 will be heard on the night.

Club League Round 9 Results
Tight at the top in club league.

With only 2 rounds to go there are still 6 riders in contention for the 11 round league event.

John Murphy is in pole position at the moment as he is the only one to have scored in 6 events, but to win the league only his best 7 results scores count so that really means that only one of the final races he does counts towards the overall.

Behind him there are 5 riders all within a few points of each other, they must score points in the final 2 rounds to have a chance of winning the overall, so it’s a bit like the premiership points in the bag are worth more than games in hand…..

The final 2 rounds really suit the people who only started racing at the start at the season as they should improve their times drastically in the 10 mile Time trail and hill climb.

Round 9 looked to be heading the way of the H/cap riders as the scratch riders looked out of it with 12 miles of the  return leg from Louisburg in to go.

Big efforts by Padraig Marrey and JJ Flaherty narrowed the gap to less than a minute at Murrisk with 4 miles to go, eventually all the riders were caught at Gannon’s garage with 2 miles to go, immediately JJ Flaherty attack the front runners who were lead by Noel Brady,  JJ’s move came to nought and Padraig Marrey countered straight way but was joined by Michael Brady, these 2 fought out the finish with JJ Flaherty leading in the bunch from Graham Casey.

With 2 rounds to go the league is still wide open, even though John Murphy is leading on 256 pts, its your best 7 results that count.

Results for round 9

1st  Padraig Marrey WLCC
2nd  Michael Brady  Covey wheelers
3rd  JJ Flaherty WLCC
4th  Graham Casey  WLCC
5th  Brendan Scullion WLCC
6th  Noel Brady Covey Wheelers
7th   John Murphy WLCC
8th  Chris Kennedy (U14) Covey wheelers
9th  Mary Mulchrone WLCC
10th  Kieran Coughlan (U14) covey Wheelers

Club awards and Prize giving night

September 19th at 8pm in the Castlecourt Hotel Westport. both clubs will be involved in the organising of this  prize giving night

The first 10 overall and best in each category will receive prizes  with the biggest prize of the night going to the most improved cyclist of the league.

Plenty of Food, music and craic on the night.

Tickets on sale at €20 each for adults and €10 for youth U16. Tickets on sale at next 2 league events or from Padraig.

Accommodation is available contact Padraig for special rate ASAP as its limited.

Western Lakes CC will also present the following awards to their club members, Racing cyclist of the year, Youth cyclist of the year, Leisure cyclist of the year, Club Person of the year.

Next rounds

Round 10 is in Ballinrobe Thursday September 4th , with a 10 mile TT, sign on at Watson’s furniture on the Ballyglass road from 6.30pm race start 7pm, refreshments afterwards in Inch’s bar main ST

Round 11 the final round will be a hill climb up Lally’s MT Tourmakeady on September 11th, sign on from 6.30 at O Toole’s pub,  race start 7pm, refreshments in O Toole’s bar afterwards.

Most improved rider of the league award

The last 2 rounds will count towards the most improved rider of the league prize,  we did the 10 mile TT and hill climb  at the start of the league so we will be able to compare times, so let every rider give it their all as all abilities has the chance to win this prize.

MSP Autumn Courses
Some Highlights for the Autumn;

Sports Stadium Stewarding Course- FETAC level 5 in association with the Mayo VEC.
This Course will cover all aspects of Stewarding at Sports events, including General responsibilities, Safety, Emergency awareness, Communications, Response to incidents, Planning, etc.  It is proposed to hold the initial modules of the course over the October to December period, with the final module in the Spring of 2009. An information night on this course will take place on Monday the 22nd September 2008 in the Mayo Education Centre (At rear of the GMIT ), Old Westport Rd , Castlebar at 8pm.  So why not come along to see if this course is for you…

Team Challenge 08 in Belmullet
The 2008 Mayo News / Mayo Sports Partnership team challenge takes place as part of a weekend Festival of Sport / Physical Activity in Belmullet on Saturday 4th October 2008. The hugely successful event which took place in Westport over the last two years as part of the Gaelforce Festival is now been brought to other areas of the county. Teams of 6 will compete in a fun adventure challenge. Each team will be set a series of mental and physical challenges throughout which will earn points. At the end of these challenges they use all points earned to purchase equipment to complete a final task. Winning team gets a prize worth €500. An information night on this Festival of Sport takes place on Monday 8th Sept at 8pm in Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet.

Applications and further information are available on our website www.mayosports.ie

Western Lakes CC on the Tour of Ireland
Western Lakes riders meet Mark Cavendish at the Tour of Ireland.
Mark Cavendish who won 3 stages at the TOI and 4 at the Tour De France has
developed into the most explosive sprinter in the World with 15 wins to date
in 2008.
The club had 3 members working on the event for the 5 days..
From left to right Graham Casey, Padraig Marrey, Mark Cavendish (Team
Columbia) Mary Mulchrone and Paul Higgins

Scullion wins round 8 of the club league
Young U16 rider Brendan Scullion from Renvyle was smartest in round 8 when he jumped clear on the only hill of the Srah course. He countered a move by Dara Reidy and jumped clear from the 7 person bunch with 2 K to go. It turned out a great night for the youth riders as the first 3 across the line were youth riders, with Robert Staunton (U14)from Covey wheelers who only stated cycling in the last 3 months taking 2nd and Dara Reidy (U16) 3rd  great to see the young riders being competitive.

With 3 rounds to go the league is still wide open, even though John Murphy is leading on 216 pts, its your best 7 results that count, so if John’s is to win he must score in the next 3 rounds.

Results for round 8
1st Brendan Scullion Renvyle WLCC
2nd Robert Staunton Covey wheelers
3RD Dara Reidy Covey wheelers
4th Mary Mulchrone WLCC
5th Padraig Conway Covey Wheelers
6th Padraig Marrey WLCC
7th Dan Maloney Covey wheelers
8th Michael Brady Covey Wheelers
9th JJ Flaherty Renvyle WLCC
10th Colm Staunton Covey Wheelers.

Next rounds
Next round (9)is in Westport on Thursday 28th of August, sign on from 6.30 at the garden centre on the Louisburg road, with a new start time at 7pm sharp due to fading light, refreshments in Mc McCarthy’s bar quay street afterwards.

Round 10 is in Ballinrobe Thursday September 4th , with a 10 mile TT, sign on at Watson’s furniture on the Ballyglass road from 6.30pm race start 7pm, refreshments afterwards in Inch’s bar main ST

Round 11 the final round will be a hill climb up Lally’s MT Tourmakeady on September 11th, sign on from 6.30 at O Toole’s pub,  race start 7pm, refreshments in O Toole’s bar afterwards.

Most improved rider of the league award
The last 2 rounds will count towards the most improved rider of the league prize,  we did these 2 event at the start of the league so we will be able to compare times , so let every rider give it their all as all abilities has the chance to win this prize.

Prize giving night
Both clubs will be involved in the organising of a prize giving night which at the moment will be probably be held in Westport as Ballinrobe does not have a venue to hold it.

Western Lakes CC will also use the night for the annual club awards, so a big crowd is expected, see this website for details, the date will be some time at the

Robeen rockets 32 county bike ride
Pictured above are the five cyclists from Robeen, who completed a five-day, 32 county, charity bike ride over the August bank holiday weekend. The five all keen amateur riders and members of Western Lakes cycling club in Ballinrobe, set off on their epic journey at 6am on Thursday July 31st and arrived back in Robeen at 6pm on Monday August 4th to a rapturous community welcome. All proceeds from the 650 mile marathon cycle went to Mayo Roscommon hospice, and Robeen church and playschool. Day one of the five-stage event took the group on a 150-mile journey from Robeen to Maherafelt County Derry. Day two saw the cyclists wind their way around Lough Neagh, North and East of Belfast, before making their way South to Kingscourt in County Cavan, a journey of 120 miles. Day three involved an extremely demanding 165-mile, nine County spin southwards from Kingscourt via Dublin to Waterford city. Day four, a stage of 155 miles started in Rockhapel County Cork. From their the group headed west to Brosna in County Kerry before turning North through Limerick, Clare, West Tipperary, Cloghan in County Offaly, and then to Ballinasloe for a well earned rest. The final 120 mile stage took the cyclists from Ballinasloe to Ballymahon via Athlone before they powered their way west through Roscommon, Cloonfad and Claremorris, with a Garda escort bringing them home safely to a wonderful warm welcome in Robeen. Speaking on behalf of the cyclists, Pat Mc Govern said that as amateur riders they were elated to have completed such a marathon journey. He acknowledged the tremendous commitment and support which the cyclists had received from the eight people who provided back up assistance to the group over the five days. He said that such an undertaking would not have been possible without such friends. He thanked all those who had shown such encouragement and generosity to the group by way of their sponsorship. He also thanked Western Lakes cycling club and in particular Paraic Marrey for all of his help advice and guidance. Finally, he said that the cyclists, having seen all thirty-two counties were happiest returning to the place and the people they had left five days earlier.

Mayo Coastal Challenge excites interest of cyclists all around Ireland
The Mayo Coastal 300k on September 13th and 14th is exciting huge interest among cyclists all over Ireland, and it is shaping up to be one of the most popular charity cycle challenges this year.
“We are getting a huge reaction from cyclists who are looking on this two-day as a challenge worth taking. It takes cyclists on a scenic tour of Co. Mayo, and with full back-up and support, it is a very attractive event,” said a spokesperson for Western Lakes CC.
Apart from two great days of cycling, it will also be a great social event with an overnight stay at Teach Iorrais, Geesala, in north Mayo, where dinner and entertainment will be laid on.
Funds raised from the event will go towards the Neurofibromatosis Association of Ireland (NFAI) and Western Lakes CC. NFAI has started a campaign to raise public awareness about this rare genetic disorder, and to boost research efforts to find a cure. To take part, cyclists must raise in excess of €250, and this will cover the cost of accommodation, back-up on the road, and dinner on the Saturday night.
The event will see riders cover 175km on the Saturday, riding a scenic route from Ballinrobe to Geesala. This will take in Westport, Mulranny, and Belmullet.
Participants of all abilities are welcome as there will be leaders for a range of abilities with back-up cars with refreshments. The aim is to see all cyclists enjoy the event.
On Sunday, they will return to Ballinrobe, up through Crossmolina and Castlebar, in a spin totalling 145km.
“Every year we do a major challenge like this. In previous years we have cycled through Mayo, but this time we are doing a full Mayo tour,” added the spokesperson.
“Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to take part. It is particularly aimed at leisure cyclists.
“The route has been selected for its scenic beauty with unrivalled views of lakes and the Atlantic ocean. It will showcase what Mayo has to offer as a tourist destination.”
The closing date for entries (with full €250 payment) is August 30th, and full payment should be sent to Thomas Kelly, 4 O’Ruadain Court, High Street, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo (email: jimitheyard@gmail.com, tel 087- 985 1792.) Cheques should be made payable to Western Lakes Cycling Club.
All cyclists must be self-sufficient in terms of bringing a pump, tubes, and other items they may need on the road. The organisers will help in any way they can with serious mechanical problems

Club News August
Mulchrone wins Connacht league
Western Lakes CC had their best result of the year when Mary Mulchrone won the 6 event series by scoring in all 6 events put only her 5 best results counted towards the league.

She won round 1 and finished 2nd in Rd 5 but it was the last round in Swinford at the Siasma Straid festival where she pulled out all the stops, she started in the 2nd group only 10 minutes in front of a very strong scratch group, where Charles Prendergast Mayo Wheelers and Patrick Clarke Castlebar CC were her main threats in 2nd and 3rd overall respectively

This is where the rest of the WLCC team came out to play as no fewer than 14 riders from the club raced in Swinford in what could only be described as atrocious conditions. Everyone knew what they had to do in their various groups  and do it they did.

Mark Quigley in his first race on the season made the night all the sweeter when he sprinted clear to take the win, Mary rode solidly to get 8th on the night to secure the league title the first for a Western Lakes rider.

JJ Flaherty and Brendan Butler also finished well up the ladder in the league standing.

Ballinrobe 2 day
The club would like to thank all the helpers, marshalls, officials, Commasires, result coordinators, photo finish, drivers and John O Toole transport for the loan of the artic and to anyone else who helped in any way.

An event like this could not be staged without the sponsorship of  Marreybikes.com. the club is very grateful.

The Gardai and Order of Malta deserve special praise and also the Mayo County Council for sweeping the roads in advance.

The 2 day event was great success with a big field of riders signing up,  the event brought a few hundred people to the town for the weekend boosting accommodation  nos in the town considerable.

A big thanks to all.

Club League
The next round of the club league Rd 8 takes place in Srah on Thursday night the 14th of August.

Sign on opens at 7pm at Srah School and race starts at 7.30pm sharp due to fading light.

Refreshments afterwards in O Neills of Partry.

Coastal 300k
Entries are now been taken for the coastal  300k, the event is restricted to 66 people due to accommodation reasons. So sign up ASAP. To guarantee your spot.

Ring John Culhane @0876949455

See all Connacht event  dates at the top of the page on the club website http://www.westernlakescc.com for more details.

Ballinrobe 2 Day 2008 Final Overall
Exciting racing at the Mareybikes.com Ballinrobe 2 day

2 days of nail biting  racing climaxed with Patrick Clarke from Castlebar CC emerging as overall winner.

He secured the win by breaking away from the lead Bunch with Brain Quinn with 3 laps of the 5mile lap circuit to go, they were later joined on the last lap with 2 miles to go by Ciaran Steed and Niall Brosan this quartet  just held of the main bunch.

Over night leader Simon Coughlan and currant European master pursuit champion failed to close the Handicap  and  finished  20th overall at 1minute 40 seconds down.

Veteran Brian Quinn of Limerick CC won the gallop to the line for stage 2 B from Niall Brosan Earl Of Desmond Tralee with Ciaran Steed of Murphy Surveyors 3rd .Clarke finished 4th and took the overall.

Western Lakes CC would like to thank all the Marshalls, officials, Commasires, and helpers . and a big thanks to the Gardai and Order of Malta for their help over the weekend.

Overall

1st Patrick Clarke  Castlebar CC
2nd Ciaran Steed Murphy Surveyors
3rd Niall Brosan Earl of Desmond
4th Tom Shanahan Limerick CC
5TH Peter Buggle Team WORC
6th Aidan Reade Unattached
7th Brain Geraghty Murphy Surveyors
8th Charles Prendergast Mayo Wheelers

Mountains Jersey was won by Kenny Boylan Lakeland CC

Sprints jersey was won by Brain Quinn of Limerick CC

Team Castlebar CC

Unplaced overall

1st B Richard Malone Newbridge CC
1st C Robbie Kenny Lakeside Wheelers
1st Vet Rene Van Dam Cycling Pursuits
1st Lady Orlagh Henderon Orwell CC
1ST junior Sean Moylett Donamon CC

1 17 2h35’31″/4 Clarke,Patrick B Castlebar CC A 5h12’55”
2 2 2h35’31″/3 Steed,Ciaran B Murphy Surveyors 5h12’56” @01″
3 58 2h35’31″/2 Brosan,Niall B Earl Of Desmond 5h13’13” @18″
4 29 2h35’44″/21 Shanahan,Tom V Limerick CC A 5h13’41” @46″
5 87 2h35’44″/23 Buggle,Peter V Team Worc 5h13’44” @49″
6 98 2h35’44″/36 Reade,Aidan C Unattached 5h13’53” @58″
7 4 2h35’44″/38 Geraghty,Brian B Murphy Surveyors 5h13’56” @01’01”
8 90 2h36’25″/51 Prendergast,Charles J Mayo Wheelers 5h14’02” @01’07”
9 71 2h35’42″/5 O’Connor,Fergus B Fermoy CC 5h14’02” = s/t
10 33 2h35’44″/6 Dunworth,Joe B Limerick CC A 5h14’06” @01’11”
11 109 2h35’44″/34 Storan,Mark B West Clare 5h14’10” @01’15”
12 76 2h35’44″/12 Lynch,Eddie V Dundrum CC 5h14’14” @01’19”
13 113 2h35’44″/37 Malone,Richard B Newbridge CC 5h14’15” @01’20”
14 1 2h36’25″/51 Concannon,Miceal Killorglin CC 5h14’17” @01’22”
15 91 2h35’44″/15 Daly,Jay B Mayo Wheelers 5h14’22” @01’27”
16 34 2h35’44″/16 Kelly,Donal B Galway Bay CC 5h14’25” @01’30”
17 24 2h35’44″/19 Kenny,Robbie C Lakeside Wheelers 5h14’27” @01’32”
18 48 2h35’44″/24 Clogher,Alan B Stamullen MD RC 5h14’28” @01’33”
19 81 2h35’44″/28 Murphy,Wes B Dublin Wheelers 5h14’30” @01’35”
20 6 2h37’56″/53 Coughlan,Simon Donamon CC A 5h14’35” @01’40”
21 32 2h35’44″/45 Gallery,Aidan B Limerick CC A 5h14’37” @01’42”
22 53 2h35’44″/9 Gibson,Jonathon B Usher IRC 5h14’40” @01’45”
23 19 2h35’44″/39 Kilcourse,Paul C Castlebar CC A 5h14’43” @01’48”
24 101 2h35’44″/33 O’Donnell,Brian B West Coast Wheelers 5h14’43” = s/t
25 18 2h35’44″/22 Dunne,Paul C Castlebar CC B 5h14’48” @01’53”
26 21 2h35’44″/11 Quigley,Mark B Western Lakes CC 5h14’50” @01’55”
27 94 2h35’44″/20 Van Dam,Rene V Cycling Pursuits 5h14’53” @01’58”
28 14 2h37’56″/53 Brennan,David Castlebar CC A 5h14’56” @02’01”
29 65 2h35’44″/35 Coen,TJ C Castlebar CC B 5h14’58” @02’03”
30 9 2h35’44″/18 Moylett,Sean J Donamon CC A 5h14’58” = s/t
31 105 2h37’56″/53 Bennett,Sam J Dan Morrissey 5h14’59” @02’04”
32 52 2h35’44″/30 Molloy,Dave B Stamullen MD RC 5h15’00” @02’05”
33 22 2h35’44″/46 Flaherty,JJ B Western Lakes CC 5h15’04” @02’09”
34 54 2h37’56″/53 Cassidy,Colm Usher IRC 5h15’06” @02’11”
35 110 2h35’44″/43 Bracken,Gary WolfTrap CC 5h15’09” @02’14”
36 7 2h37’56″/53 Duffy,Michael J Donamon CC A 5h15’21” @02’26”
37 75 2h35’44″/42 Hendron,Orlagh L Dundrum CC 5h15’21” = s/t
38 106 2h37’56″/53 Butler,Michael Eurocycles 5h15’21” = s/t
39 31 2h35’31″/1 Quinn,Brian V Limerick CC A 5h15’24” @02’29”
40 102 2h35’44″/7 Testa,Anthony C West Coast Wheelers 5h15’27” @02’32”
41 99 2h37’56″/53 Buggle,Arran J South Dublin CC 5h15’28” @02’33”
42 20 2h35’44″/50 Casey,Graham C Western Lakes CC 5h15’30” @02’35”
43 95 2h37’56″/53 Kelly,Robin Commeragh CC 5h15’38” @02’43”
44 38 2h37’56″/53 Clifford,Eoghan Galway Bay CC 5h15’42” @02’47”
45 46 2h35’44″/47 Philips,Martin V Limerick CC B 5h15’43” @02’48”
46 80 2h35’44″/40 Flaherty,Paul C Dublin Wheelers 5h15’44” @02’49”
47 37 2h35’44″/14 Barret,Frank C Galway Bay CC 5h15’45” @02’50”
48 15 2h37’56″/53 Troy,Chris Castlebar CC A 5h15’57” @03’02”
49 92 2h35’44″/13 Ryan,Dave C Laois CTC 5h16’01” @03’06”
50 44 2h35’44″/32 O’Brien,Niall C Limerick CC B 5h16’04” @03’09”
51 50 2h37’56″/53 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen MD RC 5h16’08” @03’13”
52 72 2h35’44″/48 Doyle,Paul C Fermoy CC 5h16’10” @03’15”
53 100 2h35’44″/29 Mc Cauley,Jenny L Bray Whlrs 5h16’10” = s/t
54 51 2h37’56″/53 Robinson,Colin Stamullen MD RC 5h16’14” @03’19”
55 39 2h35’44″/41 Deignan,Michael C Galway Bay CC 5h16’22” @03’27”
56 70 2h35’44″/8 Murphy,John B Fermoy CC 5h16’27” @03’32”
57 40 2h38’11″/69 Mooney,Daire B Eire Og CC 5h17’25” @04’30”
58 88 2h38’05″/68 Griffin,Paul Giant Asia 5h17’48” @04’53”
59 57 2h40’10″/70 Lacey,Brendan Earl Of Desmond 5h18’04” @05’09”
60 8 2h35’44″/26 Feeley,Thomas J Donamon CC A 5h18’12” @05’17”
61 69 2h37’56″/53 Hennessy,Michael Fermoy CC 5h19’36” @06’41”
62 5 2h35’44″/25 Kieran,Kelly, B Murphy Surveyors 5h20’50” @07’55”
63 63 2h35’44″/27 Cawley,Elaine L Castlebar CC B 5h26’19” @13’24”
64 97 2h35’44″/31 Hassett,Jarlth C Unattached 5h26’39” @13’44”
65 77 2h49’20″/73 Martin,Peter V Lakeland CC 5h28’53” @15’58”
66 107 2h35’44″/17 Meade,Fiona C St Finbarrs 5h29’52” @16’57”
67 41 2h35’44″/10 Mooney,Turlough B Eire Og CC 5h32’25” @19’30”
68 59 2h35’44″/49 Hogan,Cian B Earl Of Desmond 5h32’29” @19’34”
69 49 2h37’56″/53 Mulvany,Simon Stamullen MD RC 5h35’14” @22’19”
70 56 2h37’56″/53 Kelly,Simon Usher IRC 5h35’47” @22’52”
71 78 2h49’20″/73 Boylan,Kenny V Lakeland CC 5h38’04” @25’09”
72 25 3h01’20″/77 Horanhoe,Mark C Lakeside Wheelers 5h41’48” @28’53”
73 13 3h01’20″/77 Keane,Gavin J Donamon CC B 5h44’38” @31’43”
74 27 2h49’14″/71 Piner,Sarah L Lakeside Wheelers 5h46’38” @33’43”
75 83 2h49’14″/71 Fraine,Padraig V Swinford CC 5h52’54” @39’59”
76 10 3h01’15″/75 Concar,John V Donamon CC B 6h06’07” @53’12”
77 28 3h01’18″/76 Flynn,Cathy L Lakeside Wheelers 6h06’32” @53’37”
78 26 2h35’44″/44 Cox,Stuart C Lakeside Wheelers 6h11’26” @58’31”

Ballinrobe 2 Day 2008 TT Results
1 6 Coughlan,Simon Donamon CC A 09’29.18″
2 54 Cassidy,Colm Usher IRC 09’45.37″ @16.19″
3 14 Brennan,David Castlebar CC A 09’45.91″ @16.73″
4 99 Buggle,Arran South Dublin CC 09’49.85″ @20.67″
5 105 Bennett,Sam Dan Morrissey 09’55.20″ @26.02″
6 7 Duffy,Michael Donamon CC A 10’00.01″ @30.83″
7 2 Steed,Ciaran Murphy Surveyors 10’04.69″ @35.51″
8 17 Clarke,Patrick Castlebar CC A 10’09.44″ @40.26″
9 1 Concannon,Miceal Killorglin CC 10’09.73″ @40.55″
10 106 Butler,Michael Eurocycles 10’10.74″ @41.56″
11 29 Shanahan,Tom Limerick CC A 10’14.31″ @45.13″
12 15 Troy,Chris Castlebar CC A 10’18.71″ @49.53″
13 95 Kelly,Robin Commeragh CC 10’21.82″ @52.64″
14 53 Gibson,Jonathon Usher IRC 10’23.02″ @53.84″
15 90 Prendergast,Charles Mayo Wheelers 10’23.10″ @53.92″
16 98 Reade,Aidan Unattached 10’26.31″ @57.13″
17 101 O’Donnell,Brian West Coast Wheelers 10’26.94″ @57.76″
18 58 Brosan,Niall Earl Of Desmond 10’27.28″ @58.10″
19 4 Geraghty,Brian Murphy Surveyors 10’29.17″ @59.99″
20 38 Clifford,Eoghan Galway Bay CC 10’31.29″ @01’02.11″
21 18 Dunne,Paul Castlebar CC B 10’31.82″ @01’02.64″
22 78 Boylan,Kenny Lakeland CC 10’35.10″ @01’05.92″
23 51 Robinson,Colin Stamullen MD RC 10’35.73″ @01’06.55″
24 94 Van Dam,Rene Cycling Pursuits 10’36.35″ @01’07.17″
25 23 Butler,Brendan Western Lakes CC 10’39.17″ @01’09.99″
26 57 Lacey,Brendan Earl Of Desmond 10’39.99″ @01’10.81″
27 65 Coen,TJ Castlebar CC B 10’41.83″ @01’12.65″
28 9 Moylett,Sean Donamon CC A 10’41.95″ @01’12.77″
29 52 Molloy,Dave Stamullen MD RC 10’43.00″ @01’13.82″
30 109 Storan,Mark West Clare 10’43.35″ @01’14.17″
31 87 Buggle,Peter Team Worc 10’45.68″ @01’16.50″
32 30 Loftus,Alan Limerick CC A 10’45.73″ @01’16.55″
33 76 Lynch,Eddie Dundrum CC 10’47.91″ @01’18.73″
34 113 Malone,Richard Newbridge CC 10’48.41″ @01’19.23″
35 50 Sweetman,Craig Stamullen MD RC 10’51.07″ @01’21.89″
36 110 Bracken,Gary WolfTrap CC 10’52.67″ @01’23.49″
37 91 Daly,Jay Mayo Wheelers 10’55.03″ @01’25.85″
38 34 Kelly,Donal Galway Bay CC 10’58.02″ @01’28.84″
39 24 Kenny,Robbie Lakeside Wheelers 11’00.44″ @01’31.26″
40 77 Martin,Peter Lakeland CC 11’00.91″ @01’31.73″
41 48 Clogher,Alan Stamullen MD RC 11’01.02″ @01’31.84″
42 75 Hendron,Orlagh Dundrum CC 11’04.14″ @01’34.96″
43 71 O’Connor,Fergus Fermoy CC 11’05.17″ @01’35.99″
44 33 Dunworth,Joe Limerick CC A 11’07.16″ @01’37.98″
45 32 Gallery,Aidan Limerick CC A 11’10.65″ @01’41.47″
46 102 Testa,Anthony West Coast Wheelers 11’10.75″ @01’41.57″
47 20 Casey,Graham Western Lakes CC 11’13.89″ @01’44.71″
48 19 Kilcourse,Paul Castlebar CC A 11’16.82″ @01’47.64″
49 3 Mc Glynn,Noel Murphy Surveyors 11’17.41″ @01’48.23″
50 81 Murphy,Wes Dublin Wheelers 11’21.23″ @01’52.05″
51 21 Quigley,Mark Western Lakes CC 11’23.41″ @01’54.23″
52 46 Philips,Martin Limerick CC B 11’26.35″ @01’57.17″
53 80 Flaherty,Paul Dublin Wheelers 11’27.85″ @01’58.67″
54 37 Barret,Frank Galway Bay CC 11’28.73″ @01’59.55″
55 8 Feeley,Thomas Donamon CC A 11’31.50″ @02’02.32″
56 40 Mooney,Daire Eire Og CC 11’31.98″ @02’02.80″
57 26 Cox,Stuart Lakeside Wheelers 11’34.92″ @02’05.74″
58 22 Flaherty,JJ Western Lakes CC 11’37.41″ @02’08.23″
59 63 Cawley,Elaine Castlebar CC B 11’39.82″ @02’10.64″
60 92 Ryan,Dave Laois CTC 11’44.67″ @02’15.49″
61 41 Mooney,Turlough Eire Og CC 11’45.03″ @02’15.85″
62 44 O’Brien,Niall Limerick CC B 11’47.27″ @02’18.09″
63 59 Hogan,Cian Earl Of Desmond 11’49.01″ @02’19.83″
64 72 Doyle,Paul Fermoy CC 11’53.73″ @02’24.55″
65 100 Mc Cauley,Jenny Bray Whlrs 11’53.77″ @02’24.59″
66 25 Horanhoe,Mark Lakeside Wheelers 11’55.34″ @02’26.16″
67 97 Hassett,Jarlth Unattached 11’59.20″ @02’30.02″
68 88 Griffin,Paul Giant Asia 12’00.56″ @02’31.38″
69 96 Quigley,David Commeragh CC 12’01.48″ @02’32.30″
70 112 McCormack,Fintan Newbridge CC 12’04.94″ @02’35.76″
71 39 Deignan,Michael Galway Bay CC 12’05.28″ @02’36.10″
72 31 Quinn,Brian Limerick CC A 12’10.82″ @02’41.64″
73 86 Burke,David West Clare 12’12.67″ @02’43.49″
74 83 Fraine,Padraig Swinford CC 12’13.15″ @02’43.97″
75 107 Meade,Fiona St Finbarrs 12’15.42″ @02’46.24″
76 13 Keane,Gavin Donamon CC B 12’21.90″ @02’52.72″
77 49 Mulvany,Simon Stamullen MD RC 12’22.17″ @02’52.99″
78 27 Piner,Sarah Lakeside Wheelers 12’28.60″ @02’59.42″
79 56 Kelly,Simon Usher IRC 12’55.01″ @03’25.83″
80 70 Murphy,John Fermoy CC 13’00.36″ @03’31.18″
81 69 Hennessy,Michael Fermoy CC 13’07.37″ @03’38.19″
82 10 Concar,John Donamon CC B 13’25.74″ @03’56.56″
83 28 Flynn,Cathy Lakeside Wheelers 13’47.88″ @04’18.70″
84 5 Kieran,Kelly, Murphy Surveyors 14’22.85″ @04’53.67″

August Press Release
The West of Ireland is traditionally a great spot for cycling and all things assocated with the bike because of the terrain and the safety. So! No doubt the lycras will be in abundance in Ballinrobe today and tomorrow for the Marreybikes.com Ballinrobe two day.

Kerry will be well represented with the defending Miceal Concannon from Kilorglin CC and Tralee’s Paul Griffin of the Giant Asia team. Both of these boys are on a mission and will certainly will be afforded no leeway. Also, Concannon and Griffin are stronly tipped to wear the green tunic in the upcoming Tour of Ireland sponsored by Failte Ireland.

When the sponsor for the event for the last three years stepped aside, Marreybikes took up the reins.

Marrey bikes situated on Watson Lane Ballinrobe have close ties to the event as both brothers, Eamonn and Padraig were instrumental in getting the event off the ground.

“The event has gone from strength to strength and it was also an opportunity to give the public in South Mayo and North Galway a sense of racing at a level which they would not be accustomed to. The chance is also there that they may be see a star of the future!” said a spokesperson for the club.

After all, one of their own from Cong is in Beijing for the Olympic Games, David O’Loughlin. He is being touted as a medal winner. But, in my opinion, looking at all the permutations including Bradley Wiggins the defending champion who will fail in his bid for the gold, David’s best hope is a top eight.

The two days of racing make up the annual Ballinrobe two-day road race which attracts cyclists from all over Ireland. Only yesterday the promoters got a significant boost with the announcement that a six man team from Melbourne CC requested an entry yesterday.

Elsewhere, Philip Lavery of EurobabyEurocycles is blazzing a trail for himself in Holland with two wins under his belt in the last forthnight. Philip of course was race leader of the Martin Donnelly Junior Tour last month in Co. Mayo but a problem with a shoe ultimately denied him overall victory. Those wins have cast him as a future prospect in the international arena.

Ballinrobe 2 Day 2008 Results
Juniors excel in opening stage.
The Marrey bikes.com Ballinrobe 2 day again attracted the biggest field seen
in the West of Ireland this year with 99 riders starting, The Traditional
H/cap system that this race uses helped keep the racing interesting right to
the wire, where the C, Lady, Veteran , Junior and B riders get a small time
allowance on the A and  International  juniors riders.
Sam Bennett, Charles Prendergast, Aran Buggle and Michael Duffy showed
their seniors counter parts that gear limits and age are no barrier when its
comes to racing.
The Scratch group that these juniors were part of started some 10 minutes
behind the ladies and C  group with the B and veteran riders stuck in the
middle.
It took 40 miles for the scratch group to catch all of the front runners
where KOH Leader Kenny Boyhlan from Lakeland CC lead the way from mile 12
before been swallowed up just at the finish line of sprint one where he took
2nd  behind Dave Brennan of the Castlebar CC with Tom Shanahan Limerick CC
3rd   , a few miles later Kenny  was spat out the back of the bunch but
happy in the fact that he  would start stage 2 in the Polkadot jersey as
mountains leader. Kenny  also  took 2pts towards the green sprints jersey .
2nd time through the line Brendan .Lacey Earl Of Desmond  lead them through
with Brendan Butler of the promoting club (Western Lakes CC) showing in
front of the home crowd to get 2nd , Peter Buggle of Team WORC  taking 3rd.
With just 11k to go 5 riders were out in front with a gap of 30 seconds but
Sam Bennett and Simon Coughlan who were still in the bunch had other ideas
and closed them down with just 8k to go, with 13riders up front and most
teams represented if looked as this group contained the winner.
Simon Coughlan again showed why he is European masters pursuit champion
launching a blistering attack with 500m to go, but junior Sam Bennett of Dan
Morrissey showed his class also sprinting clear of the lead group to catch
Coughlan on the line for the win. Charles Prendergast Mayo Wheelers showed
again for the juniors taking 3rd.
1st Sam Bennett Dan Morrissey
2nd Simon Coughlan Donamon CC
3rd Charles Prendergast Mayo Wheelers CC
4th Joe Dunworth Limerick CC
5th Patrick Clarke Castlebar CC
6th Michael Butler Eurocycles
7th Brendan Butler Western Lakes CC
8th Eoghan Clifford Galway Bay CC
9th Niall Brosan Earl of Desmond
10th Peter Buggle Team WORC
Mountains Kenny Boyhlan Lakeland CC
Sprints points jersey Sam Bennett Dan Morrissey
Leader Sam Bennett Dan Morrissey
Team Castlebar CC

Best Wishes to Olympian David O’Loughlin
Western Lakes Cycling Club wishes David O Loughlin from Cong and who races with the professional Pezula racing team the very best of luck at the Beijing Olympics

Story of David’s achievement

In a scene similar to what the Jamaican bobsleigh team did, Dave has achieved a remarkable feat in Qualifying for the Beijing Olympics, being a track cyclist in Ireland has considerable draw backs  as there is no indoor track (Velodrome) in Ireland. Did had to train and race virtual all over the world to achieve his dream of competing in the Olympics.

David finished 6th overall in the individual pursuit competition and 6th in the world rankings in the Individual Pursuit in the 2007/08 season and with 18 places going in the Olympics, it was a complicated qualifying process, but he eventually won the right to be an Olympian by getting the first reserve place, which was 19th.

The individual pursuit is a 4km race against the clock, its 16 laps of the 250m  velodrome (indoor banked track). David’s times improved from a national record he set of 4 minutes 29 seconds in November 2007 to where it is now at 4 minutes and 20 seconds in the space of six months, which was only 2 seconds off the world champions time for the gold medal.

David has trained specifically with the aim of not only been competitive but wants to go a few steps further and win a medal, he believes with the new technological developments in equipment and clothing that they have made in the last few weeks and having really good form that he could pull of the unthinkable and win a medal.

Western lakes cycling club wishes David the very best of luck.

Marrey Bikes steps in to sponsor the Ballinrobe 2 Day cycle race
The 2 day 3 stage event will now be known as the marreybikes.com Ballinrobe 2 day, Western Lakes CC would like to thank Sweeney oil under the name Castlebar oil major fuels who sponsored the event for the past 3 years but now they are undergoing re structuring within the company, hopefully they will be back again to sponsor cycling activities.

Marrey bikes situated on Watson lane Ballinrobe have a close affection with the race as both brothers are involved in the organising of the event, also there is a perpetual trophy in memory of their mother for the overall winner.

This event is getting bigger each year and people  living in the south Mayo and north Galway can look forward to a festival of cycling on local roads on Saturday and Sunday, August 9th and 10th.

The two days of racing make up the annual Ballinrobe two-day road race which attracts cyclists from all over Ireland .

“This will be a huge event with up to 120 riders, and in the past locals have been able to enjoy some great racing in the region,” said a spokesperson for organisers Western Lakes CC.

The routes for the two days are as follows:

Saturday, August 9th:
Stage 1, 3pm, starting at Finlay’s Filling Station, Ballinrobe – Partry – Srah – Tourmakeady – Maire Luke’s – Killateeaun – Maamtrasna – Finney – Clonbur – Ballykyne – Dringeen – Cahernagower Bridge , and onto The Neale crossroads. The race will then cover two laps of a circuit taking them from The Neale crossroads to Ballymartin, into Ballinrobe, and around again.

Sunday, August 10th:
Stage 2A, 9am, starting at Kilmaine Community Grounds – 8km time trial to Ballinrobe.

Stage 2B, 1pm, starting at Finlay’s Filling Station, Ballinrobe – Partry – Ballintubber – Ballyheane – Castlebar – Milebush – Belcarra – Ballyglass – Ballygarris –            Ballinrobe, followed by five laps of the Carnalecka Circuit (Ballinrobe-Cloongowla-Liskillen-Ballinrobe.)

Western Lakes CC would like to apologise for any inconvenience which may be caused to traffic, and they have assured motorists that delays will be kept to a minimum through the deployment of efficient marshalling.

“In the interests of safety of cyclists, motorists and all road-users, we would ask all road-users to comply with any requests made by the marshalls .

Club League Round 7 Results
Western Lakes and Covey wheelers league

Westport was the venue for round 7 of the league. The route was out to Louisburg and back in via a small loop for a total of 24.5 miles

It was the smallest field to attend the league to date with only 30 signing on but the racing was by far the closest, with a big bunch sprint deciding matters.

It was also the first time that the scratch group caught all of the other front groups.

Gerhard Hack who was over on holidays from Germany for the past few weeks won the Gallop up the hill into Westport closely followed home by Colm Staunton and Graham Casey. Dan Maloney led in the bunch to come 4th , all of the first four started in the scratch group some 12 minutes behind the front group who were only caught with 3 miles to go. Eoin Brady and Ryan Scott held on for along time against the headwind and made life very tough for all the other groups to catch up. There were also quite a few new racers on the line who have decided to see what its like to race,  great to see!!

Mc McCarthy pub the Quay provided the refreshments, and again a big thanks to all the Marshals and helpers on the night.

Next round is Thursday August 14th in Srah

See revised dates and venues on excel sheet on main league page

Results
1st Gerhard Hack Germany
2nd Colm Staunton covey Wh
3rd Graham Casey WLCC
4th Dan Maloney Covey Wh
5th Padraig Conway Covey Wh
6th Brendan Scullion  U16 WLCC
7TH William Sheridan Covey Wh
8th Mary Mulchrone WLCC
9TH Padraig Gannon WLCC
10TH Ray Staunton Westport
11th John Murphy WLCC
12th Bernard Gereathy WLCC
13th Ronan  Casey The Neale
14th Nick Duckett Covey Wh
15th Robert Staunton Covey Wh

Polkadot Challenge Report 2008
he sun brings the cyclists out.

Over 70 riders signed up for the Polkadot challenge which was in aid of the  make a wish foundation charity in association with Tesco Ireland.

The day had everything, sun, good route, plenty of cyclists and most of all loads of food which was sponsored by Tesco.

Ray Mc Hugh and his team catered for all the cyclist at Maam Trasna and at that stage the cyclist had  4 climbs completed the half way mark, Ray and his team layed out a spread of food that made it near impossible to climb afterwards so everyone stayed around and basked in the sun for a while longer than the norm.

The cyclists enjoyed a lovely brisk tale wind home which is not the norm for around there, but no body complained.

When the cyclist had finished their 75mile and 3000m of climbing they were again fed to capacity with a BBQ manned by Linus Fahy and a team of helpers.

Cyclist lazed around afterwards talking about their own personal ordeals as the climbs made it hard for a group to stay together for any length so at the finish people used the opportunity to mingle and tell stories.

Fergal O Neill organiser of the event thanked everyone for coming and supporting the event and especially the charity “The make a wish foundation” and also to all the helpers who made it a joy for all the cyclists .

Western lakes CC would also like to thank TESCO Ireland for sponsoring the event

Club League Round 6
Round 6 and the league is still going strong with another big field of 35 turning out.

Tom Kelly had and exceptional performance when he jumped clear of his bunch with 3 five mile laps to go.

The Scratch group were on fire tonight with guest riders Martin O Loughlin Carrick On Suir and Gert Hack helping to drive on the speed.

Going into lap 5 the scratch group had caught group 2 with only a handful of  rider’s left in front  from group 1 it looked inevitable that the scratch group  would take the spoils, but Tom Kelly had other things in mind when he time trailed all the way to just hold of the fast finishing Scratch group by a mere bike length.

Padraig Marrey came second with Gert Hack taken 3rd from Miceal Brady.

The clubs would like to thank all the marshals and drivers who helped on the night and also to Pat Durcan who provided the refreshments at O Neills in Partry.

Next round will be held in Westport on Thursday the 24th of July see http://www.westernlakescc.com for more details

See attachment for league points to date, remember only the first 10 across the line get points, so still all to race for.

Results of Rd 6
1st Tom Kelly WLCC
2nd Padraig Marrey WLCC
3RD Gert Hack Germany Guest
4th Miceal Brady Covey Wh
5th graham Casey WLCC
6th Martin O Loughlin Carrick On Suir
7th Mary Mulchrone WLCC
8TH John Murphy WLCC
9TH Dara Reidy Covey Wh
10th Bernard Gereathy WLCC
11th Ray Staunton Mayo Wh
12th William Sheridan Covey Wh

July News & Events
Club News
Junior rider Brendan Butler gets selected by Connacht to ride the International Junior Tour Of Ireland which starts on Tuesday the 8th of July in Castlebar with a time trial up the Windy Gap. The race continues up till Sunday July 13th.

The last few weeks Brendan has been in good form winning his Category at the last Connacht TT League, in the All Ireland’s Junior TT champs Brendan was a very Creditable 7th against Ireland’s best. Brendan still has another year in the Junior Category so this year’s experience will stand to him.

Brendan came into the sport through the Cycling and safety school,  started away back in 2002 along with William Connolly who turned professional this year with the Pezula racing squad and Martin Munroe who had a very successful run from 2002-2006 this project has greatly benefited the Western Lakes club over the years.

Western Lakes CC is  very proud of Brendan’s achievements to date.

Club League
The next round of the Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes CC club league takes place in Srah next Thursday the 10th of July, sign on from 7pm At Srah school, race start at 7.30pm sharp. This event is open to all members and abilities.

Connacht TT League
Next round this Tuesday the 8th of July, sign on from 7pm at Bohola hall, your last chance to practice for Connacht TT champs….

Tour de Turlough July 11th
Sign on at Ballyhaunis swimming club from 7pm

Connacht TT Champs
July 15th at Bohola Hall, sign on from 7pm first rider off at 7.30pm open to all cats.

Polkadot Challenge/ Joyce country walk.
The Joyce country walk is on July 19th sign on at Finney Hall from 8am, it’s a great 30k walk over the Finney hills

The Polkadot Challenge is on the Sunday the 20th with sign on open from 9am, proceeds to Make a wish foundation, the route covers most of the 3rd stage of the Tour of Ireland so a cycle not to be missed,  do what the Pro’s will do…

Get your entries in fast to Fergal

Connacht road Race league
In Crossmolina on July 22nd sign on from 7pm at GAA grounds

WLCC Club league
July 24th sign on at Ballinrobe in the cycling centre from 7pm

Tour De Turlough
July 25th sign on Swinford from 7pm

Donamon GP
July 27th sign on Donamon Roscommon from 12noon, open to all cats.

Ballinrobe 2 day August 9th and 10th,
entries been taken now, entries close in Late July so don’t miss out.

Coastal 300k
On Thursday July 10th after the club league John Culhane will announce details of the club’s 300k Challenge which takes place on the 13th and 14th of September, come to O Neill’s Partry for details and entry forms.

Training
Talk to club members for details, nearly everyday there are people out training just contact the Reps..

Padraig Marrey
Club PRO

Round 5 Results of the Westport Coveys and Western Lakes CC
JJ Flaherty and his band of troops designed and Marshalled a great event.
The route started at the Church in Tullycross and continued towards Letterfrack and then on towards Leenane turning right for Glassan Beach and back to the finish in Tullycross.

The route was undulating and it was probably the first time the new comers experienced hills at race pace, the wind really made things hard especially the last 8 miles to the finish along the beautiful Atlantic coast but against the strong prevailing westerly wind.

A special Thanks to all the Marshall’s on the day were Gerard Coyne, Alan Flaherty, Dermot Flaherty, Paul Kilkenny and Danny Scullion. Lead car drivers were John O Halloran, Brendan Scullion, Breege Connolly and Pat Flaherty and also to Barbara and Geraldine who made the sandwiches.

John Murphy (Skins) enhanced his reputation with another great result this time catching out all his breakaway companions with a perfectly timed sprint.
John only took up cycling a few months ago and has already amassed quite a few impressive  results.
Local lad Brendan Scullion who is  only U16 also tried hard on the night coming in an impressive 3rd against the seniors.

Results
1st John Murphy Western Lakes CC
2nd William Sheridan Covey Whls
3rd Brendan Scullion Western Lakes CC
4th Dara Reidy Covey Whls
5th Mary Mulchrone Western Lakes CC
6th Francis Sheridan Covey Whls
7th Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC
8th Colm Staunton Covey Whls
9th Gerard Hack Germany (guest)
10th JJ Flaherty Western Lakes CC
11th James Brady Covey Whls

Big Thanks to Paddy Coynes pub for the tea and sandwiches and to Connemara Fisheries who sponsored the event.

Next round is a handicap road race which will be held on the Srah course Partry on Thursday July the 10th , sign on at Srah school from 7pm race start at 7.30pm

Club League Round 5
The next round (RD5) of the Western Lakes and Covey Wheelers League takes place in Tullycross Co Galway this Thurs 26th,  sign on from 7pm at Marion hall Tullycross (shower facilities available after the race there) with , refreshments in Paddy Coynes pub afterwards.

Directions take the 2nd right after the K2 hostel on the Leenane to Clifden road continue for 8 miles turn right in Tullycross village the Marion hall is 100 m on the right.

This event will be a handicap road race. We hope to have a big crowd there.

For more info contact JJ Flaherty


Biking and walking challenges to attract large numbers to Mayo and Galway
An outdoor challenge with a difference awaits bikers and hill-walkers in the south Mayo/west Galway region on Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th.

On Saturday, July 19th, the Joyce Country Challenge features be a 30km hill-walk, starting and finishing in the village of Finney , just five miles from the Co. Galway town of Clonbur . There are also two shorter walk options on the day.

On the following day, Sunday, July 20th, many of the walkers will then turn their attentions to the bike for the Polka Dot Challenge. The main challenge here is a 120km ride over nine hills in the Partry/Joyce County mountains on roads circling Loughs Carra, Mask and NaFooey. There are short-course options too that will allow cyclists to complete 80km (over three or five, depending on level of ability.)

The chief organiser for the event is Fergal O’Neill, an active member of Western Lakes Cycling Club and the Lake District Hill-Walking Club.

All money raised will go towards the Make-a-Wish Foundation, with kind support by Tesco (Irl) Galway.

The programme is as follows:

Saturday, July 19th – Joyce Country Challenge:
Walks start and finish in Finney Village , at Finney Community Centre. Sign-on is from 6.45-8am, and experienced walkers can depart on the walk at anytime during that time-frame.

Discover one of Ireland ’s hidden gems. Follow the ridges of the Joyce/Partry Mountains that circle Lough NaFooey. The walk takes in the Maumtrasna Plateua, the Devil’s Mother, and the southern shore ridge of Bunacuuneen and Ben Beg.

There will also be the Joyce Country Half-Challenge, and the Joyce Country Ramble on the day, which will prove less demanding walks. The Joyce Country Half-Challenge sign-on is also from 6.45-8am, and walkers can either venture off on their own or join a group leader at 8am. The Joyce Country Ramble sign-on is from 8-9am, and will leave Finney at 9am, under the guidance of a leader.

Entry fee/donation is €50.

Sunday, July 20th – Polka Dot Challenge:
Cycle starts and finishes at the Western Lakes Cycling Centre, Kilmaine Road , Ballinrobe, at 10am.

The course sees riders leave Ballinrobe, travel to Carnacon, Ballintubber, Killawalla, Tourmakeady, Maam, Cornamona, Cloughbrack, Clonbur and back to Ballinrobe.

The Polka Dot Challenge takes riders over nine hills – Bohaun North, Lallys, Churchfield, Cappnacreeha, Maumtrasna, Ail Dubh, Maumean, Treena, and Toonlegee. The combined climb will be 3000m.

There will be refreshment stops at Lallys, Maumtrasna, and Cornamona. Short-course options involving three and five hills, both over 80kms, are also available on the day.

For Cycling Ireland members, the entry fee/donation is €50, while non-members must also pay a €10 one-day licence fee.

For details on both events, contact Fergal on 0871211047

Email westernlakespolkadot@eircom.net. More details on both events can be found on http://www.lakedistricthwc.com, and http://www.westernlakescc.com.

For further details, contact Fergal O’Neill on 087 1211047, or email westernlakespolkadot@eircom.net. It is not necessary to take part in both events, though many participants are planning to do so.

Club League Round 4
Route: Ballinrobe, Glencorrib, Shrule, Ballinrobe (24miles)

Event: H/cap road race split into 4 groups.
Report
Round 4 attracted 49 riders,  this is the biggest attendance to date.

Road racing was introduced for the first time where a handicap was put in place so that every rider would have a chance of winning.

Riders were seeded into 4 groups with 13 minutes separating riders from front to back..

Gabriel Coen showed he didn’t need experience to take his first win, when he jumped his fellow competitors in Kilmaine 5 miles from the finish. He only started cycling 10 months ago.

Graham Casey won a tight sprint for 2nd only catching Fergal O Neill who finished 4th from the front group on the run in but still had the energy also to shake off  John Murphy (Skins) of his wheel  who got 3rd on the night.

Full results below.
Results
1ST Gabriel Coen    Cross     Western Lakes CC
2ND graham Casey    The Neale   Western Lakes CC
3rd John Murphy (Skins)  Ballinrobe   Western Lakes CC
4th Fergal O Neill   Ballinrobe   Western Lakes CC
5th Francis Sheridan  Westport   Covey Whlrs
6th Padraig Conway  Westport   Covey Whlrs
7th Dara Reidy   Westport   Covey Whlrs
8th Shane Mulchrone  Westport   Covey Whlrs
9th Matthew O Donnell  Westport   Covey Whlrs
10th Brendan Scullion  Renvyle   Western Lakes CC
11TH Des Joyce   Cloughbrack  Western Lakes CC

NEXT ROUND TO BE HELD IN RENVYLE ON THURSDAY JUNE 26TH
For more info contact JJ Flaherty 0879120910

Western Lakes CC launches new gear
Western Lakes Cycling Club, who have members on both sides of the Mayo-Galway border, have launched their new club gear – and the positive has been very positive.

“Cycling is such a colourful, vibrant sport, and we are delighted that our new gear has that sense of life and excitement about it,” said club chairman Gerry Butler, at the launch of the gear in Ballinrobe on Wednesday last, June 4th.

Mr Butler paid tribute to the sponsors who have put their names on the gear, and hope that “all of them get the kind of exposure their generosity deserves.”

He added: “We are extremely fortunate to have so many good sponsors of our club. We work to promote cycling as a lifelong activity for people of all ages.

“There are many elements to our club, including our strong unde-age programme, our leisure riders, and also our racing cyclists. All of them are equally important to us because it is our view that cycling should be seen as a sport that people can enjoy right throughout their lives.”

The jersey sponsors are The Neale Fresh Foods, Marrey Bikes, Mick Cawe Suspended Ceilings, Tim Kelly Electrical, McDonald Motors, and Inch’s Bar.

The launch took place in Inch’s Bar, Main Street, Ballinrobe, following the fourth round of the club league earlier in the evening.

The club would like to thank Mark Quigley for all his work in the design on the Kit and leisure clothing.

“Our club league is just one more example of how we try to encouraging racing right across the board. Our leisure members get to ride in this league, with an attractive handicap, and they really enjoy it. It brings another dimension to their enjoyment of cycling,” said Mr Butler.

Anyone who wishes to take up cycling should contact any club office, or turn up in Cornmarket, Ballinrobe, at 10o’c on a Sunday morning, when the leisure group convenes.

News & Events for June
Connacht league Win.
In the 1st round of the Connacht Road race league held in Castlebar over 37 miles, Western Lakes riders turned in  great results getting one two  with Mary Mulchrone just holding of the fast finishing bunch to win and Padraig Marrey winning the bunch gallop for 2nd .
Brendan Butler was next WLCC rider in coming 5th and JJ Flaherty also finished in the top 10. next round on Tuesday the 10th of June.

Club kit
The newly ramped club kit is for now sale, contact Mary Mulchrone for prices and sizes. There is still a large quantity of old kit available which is on sale at a 50% discount.
Items available are club sleeveless fleece, Polo shirt, Long Sleeve Jersey, SL jersey, Wind proof jackets, shorts, leggings, gillets.

Polka Dot challenge July 19th
Entry forms now on the club website.

Coastal 300k
John Culhaine will steer a leisure committee  to organise this event on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of September, this event will also act as a club fund raiser. Accommodation has to be booked so entries and names need to be in by the end of July. Contact John or Fergal for more  info

Events
Connacht Champs road race.
On this Sunday the 8th of June in Castlebar
Sign on open at 9.30am at An Sportlann race start at 11am. Open to all cats.
See http://www.connachtcycling.com for more info

Connacht League Rd 2
Tuesday the 10thof June
Sign on at 6.30 at An Sportlann Castlebar race start at 7pm

Tour de Turlough
Friday the 13th Sign on from 6.30 in Ballyhanuis swimming pool

Connacht League Rd 3
Tuesday the 17thof June
Sign on at 6.30 at An Sportlann Castlebar race start at 7pm

Connacht TT League 40k
Tuesday the 24thof June
Sign on at 6.30 at the hall in Bohola, first rider off at 7.30pm

Western Lakes Club League Rd 5
Thursday the 26th of June sign on in Renvyle from 7pm,  road race start at 7.30pm.
Contact JJ Flaherty for more info.

Tour de Turlough
Friday the 27th Sign on from 6.30 in Ballina swimming pool

The RAAM
For details and daily views on the RAAM (Race Across America) see http://www.marreytrainingsystems.com from Wednesday June the 11t.
WLCC rider Padraig Marrey is coaching  a 4 rider Irish team to try and set a new Irish record time for the 3150 mile journey.

Connacht Road Race Champs
This Sunday the 8th of June sees the running of the Connacht Road race Championships in Castlebar Co. Mayo.  Sign on is from 9.30 at the Sportlain GAA grounds, with the race starting at 11.All categories will be catered for.

The total distance will be 100 km with a planned route of Castlebar, Swinford, Foxford, Ballina, Pontoon, Lahardaun with the finish on the summit of the Windy Gap climb.

Showers and refreshments will be provided after the race.
For more info contact Denis Middleton @ 087 6799921

Club Kit Launch
The club will be holding a kit launch for the release of our new sponsors,  next Wednesday the 4th of June at Inch’s bar main street Ballinrobe

Everyone is invited as the new club kit will be sale as will the polo shirts and club fleeces.

The launch will start at 9.45pm after the club league race which starts earlier that evening at 7.30pm.

Please come and support your club as we want as many people there as possible for photos.

Club League
The next round of the club league will be on next Wednesday the 4th of June.

Sign on at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe from 7pm race start at 7.30pm.

The route will be a 29 mile Handicap race from Town to Headford and Back, finishing on the Kilmaine round.

All abilities catered for, results and refreshments afterwards in Inch’s bar to coincide will Kit Launch

Western Lakes CC Club Meeting
All members who would like to attend the next club meeting which will be held on  Wednesday night 28th of May, starting at 8.30pm in O Malley’s bar glebe St Ballinrobe .

Any one who wants an issue brought up please email the club Secretary or contact the Rep responsible for that area.

See draft agenda.

Padraig Marrey
Western Lakes CC PRO
Western Lakes CC BMX Track
Club members have been working fanatically over the last few weeks building one of Ireland’s first BMX tracks.

BMX racing will be for the first time an Olympic sport, so the club is hoping that with all the TV coverage that young people will take a liking to this very cool sport.

Western Lakes are hoping to capitalise on this by having the track ready before the Olympics start so that we have all the fine tuning done.

Gerry Butler is the motivator behind the project and he has cajoled a number of people to give their time money and machinery in helping building this track.

The BMX tack has been modified so that beginners can use it, the club has even bought 4 proper BMX bikes so that people can hire them when the facility opens to the public.

JP Ryan from Shrule who is a landscaper by trade designed and shaped out the track and his help is very much appreciated by the cycling community as this facility could see hundreds of kids from all over the county and country taking part in BMX training and racing.

The track will be open for use in the next few weeks.

Club News May 2008
Club League
The club league is going from strength to strength with over 40 riders taking part, the last event was a hill climb of Lally’s MT in Tourmakeady, see club web for results.
The next round will be held there again on June 12th.
Fair play to all,  that turn up to participate or help .

Connacht TT League
Tuesday night the 20th sign on at An Sportlann Castlebar from 6.30pm first rider of 7.15pm
Distance 30k, Starting 15k out the Ballyvary road from Castlebar.

Mayo League
Thursday the 22nd of May
Sign on at Partry Community hall from 6.30pm.
Open to all abilities
Race starts at 7.15pm at Srah school.
Tea and sandwiches in O Neill of Partry afterwards.

Croi Cycle around Lough Corrib
Next Sunday the 25th of May, sign on at 7.30am in the university college Galway
Club riders will hope to cycle up leaving town at 6.30am from Cornmarket Ballinrobe.
Contact Fergal  0871211047

Tour of Mayo 200k
Sign on Ballyhanuis from 7am event start at 9am
Contact Michael Cleary at 0949630275

Connacht road race league
The first round of the Connacht road race league starts 27th of May
Sign on at An Sportlann at 6.30pm race start at 7.15pm
Must have open racing licence.

Mayo League Final RD
May 29th at Srah same details as above.

Wicklow 200k
June 8th entries closing in 10 days see link for entry form http://www.wicklow200.ie

Club Kit
I have been informed that the new club kit is nearly ready and will be with us in the next 2 weeks, if you have not sent in an order please do so in time as demand is great.
Items that can be ordered, Long sleeve jersey, short sleeve jersey, shorts, legging with Chamois, Thermal top.
State size and amount.

Club Launch
The club will hold a launch for the new kit and unveil the new sponsors when kit arrives. We expect that all members will attend as that is when we will be distributing the kit. It will also be a social affair so why not make a night of it.

Details to follow.

If you have any details or pictures of events you want to promote please send email to padraigmarrey@yahoo.co.uk

Padraig Marrey
PRO Western Lakes CC

Club League Round 3
Again another very successful event for this combined club league event between Covey Wheelers and Western lakes CC with 41 riders signing on.

This round was about finding your climbing legs, with a hill TT (climb)up Lally’s MT which is 3 miles long with gradients of up to 15% in places.

David O Loughlin again showed his support by turning up to do the climb not once but 3 times in the one night, he said he was using it as preparation for the Ras which starts on Sunday in Navan, god help the opposition.. as Dave recorded the 2 fastest times on the night with 11.24 and a 12.12minutes.

As always there was fierce competition between the different categories see full results for breakdown.

Lough Mask challenge attracts over 40 riders
There was a turnout of over 40 cyclists at the annual Western Lakes CC Mask Challenge, in Ballinrobe on Saturday last.

Beautiful weather conditions made for a most enjoyable day’s cycling, and all participants were treated to a barbecue upon return to the Western Lakes Cycling Centre.

Funds raised will go towards the Niall Mellon Trust Fund, and the club would like to thank all who helped to make the event possible.

They would particularly like to thank sponsors Jarlath Connaughton, Sean Fahy, John Staunton (Ballintubber), Irish Pride, and Graham Casey for providing food items for the food-stop on Maumtrasna and the post-spin barbecue.

Activities this week
The Mayo League Thursday May 8th
Sign on at Partry Community centre from 6.15 racing starting at 7.15 on the Srah circuit, this event is suitable for begginers as there is a handicap in place.

The Mask Challenge this Saturday May 10th
Sign on open form 9am at the WL cycling centre, this event is open to all,
The club is looking for a big turn out so get your friends out for a fun days activities.
for more info contact Tom Kelly 0879851792

Help for Building the BMX track
The WLCC club are at the minute building the BMX Track at the cycling centre on  the Kilmaine road and we are looking for people to help, there is a final push this week to get it completed before the weather breaks, all we are looking for is a few Hrs of your time.
We will be at it every evening this week starting from Tuesday the 6th  at 5pm and again on Saturday after the Mask Challenge.
This facility will be a huge asset to the club when finished, and as the saying goes many hands make light work.
Contact Gerry 0872580294 or Padraig 0877992857 for more info.

Connacht TT League
The 3rd round of the Connacht TT league takes place again in Castlebar on Tuesday the 13th of May, Sign on from 6.30 first rider off at 7.15pm

WLCC Club League
The next round of the club league will be held in Tourmakeady on Thursday the 15th of May, with a hill climb up Lally’s  mountain.
Sign on at the Hall in Tourmakeady from 7pm first rider of at 7.30pm
Tea and sandwiches in O Tool’s bar afterwards with times and results.
See club website for times and results of previous rounds Click Here

Club League Round 2
A bright sunny evening greeted all 44 riders who signed on for round 2 of the WLCC club league.

13 new riders also signing up for what is proving to be a very enjoyable evening entertainment.

After 2 rounds a total of 57 riders have taken part in the league which boasts well for the future of cycling in the area.

Covey Wheelers Westport had another large contingent present who are the invited club.

David Murphy from Clonbur won round 2 after he beat his first time trail time by a staggering 4 minutes and 49seconds. David  only took up the sport last year after taken part in the Cornamona 50 mile challenge organised by Ray Mc Hugh and his team.

Michael Naughton from Kilimor the Neale was 2nd.

The club would like to thank all the marshals and helpers and especially to Mary Munroe time keeper, Gerry Butler, Eamon Marrey and Breege Connolly and a special thanks to O Malley bar Glebe street Ballinrobe for the tea and sandwiches.

The next round will be held in Tourmakeady with a Hill climb up Lally’s Mt on Thursday May 15th not as previously advertised at Maam.

Padraig Marrey
PRO Western Lakes CC

Mayo League Round 2
The second round of the Mayo League was held on the Shra circuit on Sunday last, with a good turnout from the clubs in the region, 25 seniors and 22 underage signed on.

Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers was first in under 12 but not without a great challenge from David Brody Castlebar C.C.

Covey Wheelers Francis Sheridan had a good performance to win at under 14, from Christopher Kennedy Covey Wheelers.

Under 16, this age group were in with the main race and Jack Sheering Castlebar C.C finished first under 16 and 3rd overall, Diarmaid Hughes Covey Wheelers in second and 5 overall.

In the senior race Paul Kilcourse Castlebar C.C was again in the final shake up for the second round and is now the one to watch, with second place going to the first round winner Paul Fahy, Castlebar C.C.

RESULTS
UNDER 12

  1. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers
  2. David Brody Castlebar C.C
  3. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Western Lakes
  4. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes..

Ladies

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree C.C
  2. Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers

Under 14

  1. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  2. Christopher Kennedy Covey Wheelers
  3. Gavin Burke, Innishfree C.C
  4. Kieran Coughlan Covey Wheelers
  5. Ned Walsh Roberts, Western Lakes
  6. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers
  7. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  8. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  9. Seamus Walsh, western Lakes

Ladies

  1. Lauren Gourlay, Castlebar C.C

Under 16

  1. Jack Sheering, Castlebar C.C
  2. Diarmaid Hughes, Covey Wheelers
  3. Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers
  4. Colm Morris, Castlebar C.C
  5. Brendan Scullion Western Lakes

Senior

  1. Paul Kilcourse, Castlebar C.C
  2. Paul Fahy Castlebar C.C
  3. Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers
  4. William Sheridan, Covey wheelers
  5. Mary Brennan Castlebar C.C
  6. Gerry Quigley, Castlebar C.C
  7. Brian O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers
  8. Michael Brady Covey Wheelers
  9. Noel Brady Covey Wheelers.
  10. Colm Staunton Covey Wheelers

First round of Western Lakes Club League
First round of the western Lakes club league was a great success with 43 riders signing on  for round 1,  which was a 10 mile Time Trial from Ballinrobe to Ballygarris and back.

Windy condition muscled the riders on the road but it did not stop David O Loughlin Pezula Racing from averaging 27.5MPH who went on to record the fastest time on the night with a 22minutes and 23 seconds.

A big thanks must go to all the helpers on the night mainly Mary Munroe time keeper, Mark Quigley, Breege Connolly and Gerry Butler and to O Malley’s bar Glebe street Ballinrobe who provided the refreshments for afterwards.

The first 10 riders not including handicap were as follows.
1st David O Loughlin Pezula racing with 22.23 minutes
2nd Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC 23.36 minutes
3rd Cameron Jennings Pezula Racing 24.11
4th Noel Brady Covey Wheelers 24.22
5th Brendan Butler Western lakes CC 27.19
6th JJ Flaherty Western Lakes CC 27.20
7th Nick Duckett Covey Wheelers 27.26
8th Diarmuid Hughes Covey Wheelers 28.31
9th Danny Scullion Western Lakes CC 28.33
10th Mary Mulchrone Western Lakes CC 28.34

Road awareness course for junior cyclists
Skills course in Road Awareness for cyclists, commencing April in
Ballinrobe.   Participants need to be over 10 years of age and have the
use of  a bike and a helmet.  Participants need to enrol prior by 23rd
April 2008. Course will be run over 4 weeks and there is a fee of 12.00 per
child.
Further information and enrolment forms from
Gerry @ 087-2580294 or Mary Biggins @ 087-9704069

Mayo League Round 1 Results
The 2008 Mayo League got off to a great start at the Shra

Circuit, Tourmakeady Co.Mayo on Sunday, over 40 cyclists signed on and all age groups had good competition in this 55km Handicapped event.

First off the line were the under 12 and Morgan Walsh Roberts Galway Bay C.C was strong to win from Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers.

The under 14 group was a fast race, scratch man Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers went through the field to take first place from Christopher Kennedy, Covey Wheelers

Dairmaid Hughes Covey Wheelers was first under 16 taking it from Brendan Scullion Western lakes.

In the senior event Paul Fahey Castlebar C.C in his first race performed well to take first place in a time of 1hr 30 from Paul Kilcourse Castlebar C.C in Second.

RESULTS
Under 12

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Galway Bay C.C
  2. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers
  3. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers
  4. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  5. Lady Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers

Under 14

  1. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  2. Christopher Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  3. Aaron Chambers Covey Wheelers
  4. Kevin Mortimer Covey Wheelers
  5. Frank Finnerty, Wstern Lakes
  6. Stephan Williams Castlebar C.C
  7. Seamus Walsh Western Lakes
  8. Lady Lauren Gourlay Castlebar C.C

Under 16

  1. Dairmuid Hughes Covey Wheelers
  2. Brendan Scullion Western Lakes

Senior

  1. Paul Fahey Castlebar C.C
  2. Paul Kilcourse, Castlebar C.C
  3. Jim Touhy, North Tipp Wheelers
  4. Kevin Dunleavy, Castlebar C.C
  5. John Jennings Castlebar C.C.
  6. Ray Kirrane Castlebar, C.C
  7. Charles Prendergast Mayo Wheelers
  8. Dave Sands Castlebar C.C
  9. Noel Brady, Covey Wheelers
  10. Chris Troy Castlebar C.C
  11. Michael Brady Covey Wheelers
  12. Paul Dunne Castlebar C.C
  13. Colm Staunton Covey Wheelers

All newcomers welcome to take part in leisure cycles
If you are looking for a sport to get you into shape for summer, and one you will be able to continue for many years, Western Lakes Cycling Club have just the invitation you need.

The club is now holding Leisure Spins each Sunday (10am) and Thursday (7pm), meeting in Cornmarket, Ballinrobe, and all are welcome to come along.

“Everyone welcome to join these spins, male and female. They will be at an easy pace, and no-one will be asked to cycle further than they are comfortable with,” said a club spokesperson.

All you need is a bicycle in reasonable working order, and a helmet.

Season starts in Mayo this Sunday
The 1st round of the MAYO LEAGUE is on this Sunday at the Srah course with 55k of racing.
The event is handicapped which means all abilities are catered for.
Sign on at Partry hall from 10am with racing from the Srah National school at 11am.
For More info contact Martin 0872226260
For full list of all the events in Connacht in 2008 see http://www.westernlakescc.com see Connacht dates at the top of the page.

Connacht MTB Spring Final
The Connacht Mountain Bike spring League had its final round in the
Grounds of The Brothers of Charity in Clarenbridge, Co.Galway on Sunday last with a good field of cyclists and good competition.
Mike Flanagan Westcoast Wheelers set out two great courses to test
both Youth and Seniors, hopefully this course can be used during the season for some more events.
Results short course

Under 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts Galway Bay
  2. Matthew O’Donnell Covey Wheelers
  3. Keith Joyce Covey Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers

Under 12

  1. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  2. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree C.C, Sligo

Under 14

  1. Gavin Burke, Innishfree, C.C
  2. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  3. Chris Kennedy Covey Wheelers
  4. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  5. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  6. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  7. Seamus Walsh Western Lakes
  8. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Lauren Gourlay Castlebar C.C

Under 16 long course

  1. Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers
  2. Evan Flaherty Westcoast Wheelers

Junior

  1. Sean Carolan Covey Wheelers
  2. William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers

Senior Elite

  1. Brian O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers
  2. Martin Klinger, U/A
  3. David Dowdall, Dolman C.C
  4. Darren McGann Westcoast Wheelers

Senior Sport

  1. Eoin Marshall, U/A
  2. Ronan Egan MBUL
  3. Brian Quinn, U/A
  4. Andrew Wheiton, MBCC

LADIES

  1. Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers

CONNACHT MOUNTAIN BIKE
SPRING LEAGUE FINAL RESULTS 2008
UNDER 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts Galway Bay C.C
  2. Keith Joyce Covey Wheelers
  3. Matthew O’Donnell Covey Wheelers

Under 10 Ladies

  1. Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers

Under 12

  1. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers
  2. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  3. Shane O’Hara, Kanturk

Ladies

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree C.C
  2. Sarah Reidy Covey Wheelers

Under 14

  1. Gavin Burke Innishfree C.C
  2. Chris Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  3. Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  4. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  5. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  6. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  7. Kevin Coughlan, Covey Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Lauren Gourlay, Castlebar C.C

Under 16

  1. Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers
  2. Paul Curley, Realt
  3. Duirmuid Hughes, Covey Wheelers
  4. Evan Flaherty, Westcoast Wheelers
  5. Andrew O’Hara, Kanturk

Junior

  1. Sean Carolan Covey Wheelers
  2. William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  3. James Brady, Covey Wheelers

SENIOR EXPERT

  1. David Dowdall, Dolman, C.C
  2. Darren McGann, Westcoast Wheelers

SENIOR SPORT

  1. Eoin Marshall, U/A

Club Meeting Details
Here is a report and minutes of the club meeting that was held in O Malley’s bar on March 12th, it was great to see so many supporting the club’s efforts to make projects happen within the club, one only knows the clubs goings on when you attend a meeting like this.

There were many topics brought up so its important that if you have any ideas or queries please bring to the attention of the relevant Rep otherwise it may be over looked at the next meeting.

Next meeting will be held on April 9th at O Malley bar at 8pm

Thanks Padraig Club Secretary.

The 2nd Lough Mask Cycle Challenge
On Saturday, May  10th the 2nd edition of the Mask challenge will take place, one month earlier than last year to avail of a gap in the calendar. Get out your old bike and dust it down, your challenge is to cycle around scenic Lough Mask, starting and finishing in Ballinrobe.

“This trip is a total of 65k/38 miles, a doable task for most people. There is plenty of time for most people to get fit enough to do this challenge,” said Padraig Marrey of Western Lakes Cycling Club, the organisers.

“People around the South Mayo North Galway area have for years cycled this route but under no real banner. Now we expect all shapes and sizes to have a go at the official Lough Mask Challenge and we are even having a ‘fancy dress’ section and a prize, too, for the most impressive vintage bike.

Registration is on Saturday, May 10th, from 9-10am at the Western Lakes Cycling Centre with the event to roll off at 10.15am

For more details, contact Padraig Marrey (087 7992857, or email (padraigmarrey@yahoo.co.uk ), or any member of Western Lakes Cycling Club.

Training Schedule and Tips for Mask Challenge May 10th

Training
March
Week 1 &2: aim to do 2 spins of 60mins per week
Week 3 &4: aim to 3 spins, 2 of 60mins and one of 90mins preferably on a Sunday

April
Week 1 &2 : same as last 2 weeks of March but aim to increase total time on bike in one week by 60mins
Week 3 & 4 : same as the last 2 weeks( 2x60mins and 1 x 90+mins) but aim to increase total time on bike in one week by 90mins for total time of 5hrs

May
Taper down
With only a few days to go to your challenge around Lough Mask, now its time to start tapering down.
Only go out for a 2 short spin with the last on the Thursday evening no longer than one hour.
This challenge will see all types having a go from people who put in weeks of training to ones who will just turn up on the day, either way cramming a load training in the last few days is a big No No.
It’s a case of either being fit or hoping for the best on the day, as putting your body under stress in the days prior to the event will only leave you exhausted and unable to do the event enjoyable.

Things to check in the days leading up to your challenge.
For Novices I would recommend that you visit the doctor to get checked out, it’s only a pre-causationary measure.

Bike: Make sure your bike is in good working order, tyres well pumped, brakes and gears working and that it fits you are properly. Visit your local bike shop if you are unsure. Bring spare tube, pump and some snacks for the journey. And carry a water bottle as fluids are very important.

Clothing: bring clothes that are light and that can be easily taken off as you cycle, you will heat up rapidly. I would recommend shorts especially with a padded seating for added comfort. Gloves are a good idea as hands and shoulders take a lot of batting from the road surface. Bring a rain cape or light outer jacket as you can cool down when you stop at the designated stops.

Helmets: are a must for this challenge as road and personal safety is to be clearly adhered to.

Remember to get plenty of sleep in the days prior to the event.
Eat good quality food during your build up.
Make no major changes to bike, eating habits etc in the days coming up to your event.

During the event.
Aim to cycle with people who are of the same ability as you, this makes the challenge much more enjoyable. Pace yourself throughout the event, if you like you can up the pace after half distance. Drink regularly at least every 15 mins.

After the finish take on more fluids and food and do a little stretching of all the major muscle groups this will help to prevent soreness the next day.
Finally enjoy yourself, you did a good deed for others in doing the Mask Challenge

2 Challenge Weekend
This years Polkadot Challenge committee have combined forces with the lakedistrict Hill and walking club to make a fantastic double weekend of activities. Both events are being sponsored by Tesco and all proceeds will go to make a wish foundation

Hill walk
On Saturday the 19th  of July is the  Joyce Country Challenge, (Dushlan Duiche Sheoige)

The Challenge, 30km walk with 1900m of climbing circling Lough NaFooey, organised by the Lakedistrict Hill/Walking club.

Cycle challenge
On Sunday 20th of  July the Western lakes Polka Dot Challenge

A chance to cycle on some of the quietest roads and hills around the great Western Lakes in Mayo and Galway

The Route: 125 km /75mls with 3000m of climbing the Joyce Country Hills

See attachments for more details

 

Death of founder club member
Founder member of the Western Lakes CC, John Holian (Danagher to his friends) of Cross Co Mayo passed away on Sunday evening the 23rd of March.
John with the help of 6 others set up the South Mayo club, away back in 1999,  since then membership has grown to over 100.
John was well known all over Connacht for his talents on the bike, he won many races in the veterans section of open races. He also won numerous Connacht championship medals in road racing, Hill climbing and in Time trailing.
John was the envy of many other clubs when he turned up to races with his customised built van where he had it kitted out especially for cycling which was one of the first to be seen in the country.
The likes of Dave O Loughlin and Graham Casey can thank John for his persistence in looking to nurture them into young talents, but he also took many other young pretenders under his wing with a list longer than his arm..
John will be sorely missed for his hearty laugh and sense of humour by all his friends colleagues and competitors.
Funeral details
Reposing at Cummins funeral home  from 6-8pm Wednesday the 26th March and burial on Thursday the 27th after 11.30am Mass at Cross church.
The WLCC will honour John  and his family by doing a guard of honour at 8pm on Wednesday the 26th and again after 11.30 mass at Cross church on Thursday. Can all members please bring a WLCC jersey or top. Everyone welcome to join in regardless if not a club member.
William Connolly Interview
Date: March 11th, 2008
By Liam Horan
Busy times for William Connolly, the hugely promising 18 year-old Ballinrobe cyclist. He’s riding with the Pezula Racing professional team and, at the same time, studying in Galway. He could get bogged down just trying to keep it all going, but, typical of the individual sportsman, he’s also managing to keep an eye on the bigger picture.
“My short-term aim is to make the Irish team for this year’s European U23 Championships in Poland at the start of September. And, long-term, I want to ride in the Olympics in London in 2012, but that’s a long way off,” he explains.
Staying ahead of the pack takes quite a bit of organising. “I’m studying Construction Management in GMIT, Galway, and we have 28 hours of lectures each week, plus a fair bit of study too. I’ve just a scholarship there which is a big help to me,” says William.
“Then I have my training on my own, camps with the team, trips abroad, and even a bit of socialising.”
“A typical training week will start with a one-hour speed session on the ‘rollers’ on Tuesday. Basically, I set up the rollers in my house, with my MP3 player on, and I cycle indoors for an hour or so. It’s an intense session.
“Wednesday, I try get in a two or three hour spin. Thursday is a recovery day. On Friday evening, I cycle home from Galway to Ballinrobe, about a 30-mile spin. On Saturday, I usually do a three-hour spin in the Ballinrobe area, and four hours on Sunday. It’s all go.”
He wouldn’t have it any other way. His first introduction to biking came when he was just 12 years of age. “Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe ran special Skills hours on Saturday mornings in the CBS Parish Centre car-park,” he explains.
“It was for young boys and girls, and Padraig and Eamon Marrey showed us how to control the bike with a whole range of exercises. It was mainly fun, but it has stood to me over the years because I learned the right way. I got the right foundation.
“I started racing about six months later, and loved it.”
His talent was immediately evident. Inside two years, he was National U14 champion on the track. He has since four more national gold medals, all won on the track.
He has ridden European and World Championships in Greece, Germany, and Belgium.
“I started out on the road, like everyone else, but I found myself gravitating more towards the track as time went by. Track racing is beginning to take off in Ireland now, particularly with my Pezula Racing colleague David O’Loughlin doing so well on the world stage,” explains Willie.
“Track racing suits me as my main attribute is my speed. Also, with track racing, if you put in the work, you generally get the results. Less things can go wrong, there are less variables.
“On the road, you can get a puncture, miss the break, or crash out. The track is much more controlled.”
After five years racing for Western Lakes – where his mother Breege is a former chairperson – the opportunity came to join the newly-formed Pezula Racing earlier this year. This team is owned by Declan O’Loughlin, owner of construction management company Pezula, who is uncle of Cong rider David, one of the country’s top elite cyclists.
David’s father Brian is one of the team managers so it was far from a leap into the unknown for William.
“It was a great opportunity for me. It gives me professional back-up and support. We get together for excellent training camps and, from next year on, we will be taking part in high quality races all over the world,” he adds.
“For example, last January, we were in South Africa for a five-week stint, where the team  raced for two weeks and trained for three weeks. Because of my studies, I was only able to go for part of the trip, but it was still  hugely beneficial.
“I had great times with the Western Lakes club. That’s where I was introduced to the sport and it will always be my home club. But, for now, I couldn’t turn down the opportunity of riding with Pezula Racing.
“That’s the nature of the biking world. To really get on, you have to look beyond Ireland because the racing scene here is just not big enough. We don’t have an indoor track in Ireland, for example, so all my specialist track training has to be done in Belgium, Wales, and Manchester.”
He hopes the exposure to top-class training and racing will develop him at this crucial point in his career. “I am now moving from junior into the senior ranks, and it’s vital that I make the transition properly. Pezula Racing couldn’t have come at a better time for me,” he adds.
“It is great that they are also focussing on track racing, as well as road racing. That hasn’t happened before with an Irish team. Previously teams concentrated on the road. And also the fact that the O’Loughlin family are local helps too. Even though it’s a big international outfit, there’s a local feel to the team that you might not get in another team.
“David is chasing hard to qualify for the Beijing Olympics next year. He has broken Irish track records recently and done very well in track World cups to date finishing 7th overall in the series, he was also very successful at the recent Revolutions series in Manchester. We are all behind him and hope that he makes it to Beijing – he certainly deserves to.
“And if he gets there, maybe a few more of us will follow in his footsteps in London in 2012.”
For now, William’s focus is narrower. The new racing season started with the South African trip, then its full on racing at home before all the international program starts in the summer.
Time to get mileage in, and sharpen up.
William’s Treasure Trove
Main Career Highlights:
2007
11th European Junior Championships, Germany

2006
1st Irish National Track Sprint Championships
2nd Irish National Track TT Championships
2nd Irish National Track Pursuit Championships
16th World Junior Track Championships, team pursuit
38th World Junior Championships, individual pursuit
24th European Junior Championships, individual pursuit
15th European Junior Championships, team pursuit
2nd Manchester Division 1 track league, points race

National Team Selection 2006
Gorey 3 day
Martin Ashfield Junior Championships
European Junior Championships
World Junior Championships

2005:
1st Irish National Track Sprint Championships
1st Irish National Track Scratch Championships
2nd Irish National Track TT Championships
6th Irish National Road Race Championships
1st International Kerry Youth Tour, team prize
9th GP MolenBeek-Wersbeek, Belgium

2004:
1st Irish National Track Sprint Championships
2nd Irish National Track TT Championships
1st Cycling Ireland Superstars, team pursuit
1st Cycling Ireland Superstars Road Race

2003:
1st Irish National Track TT Championships
2nd National Track Sprint Championships
2nd Irish National Track Scratch Championships
1st Connacht Road Race Championships
1st Connacht TT Championships
1st Connacht Hill-Climbing Championships
1st Connacht Under-age Road Race League
Connacht MTB Spring League
The final Round of the spring league will take place in Clarenbridge Wood, Co.Galway (Bros of Charity Grounds) on Sunday 30th March, Sign on 11.30am, racing 12.30pm.
Open to S1, S2, S3, J, V, L,
Underage Boys & Girls 8 years to 16 years
Info 0872226260
Racing Trial
For all of you out there who have aspirations of racing this spring then this Training/Race spin leaving the Cornmarket Ballinrobe next Sunday will interest you….
Open to all who want to do club racing upwards… Seniors, Juniors, Veterans, Ladies and U16 riders
The spin will leave Ballinrobe heading out towards Partry and around Lough Nafooy and home via Cornamona. There will be a slight handicap of a 5 mile lap for riders who want to avail of it.
The event will finish will at the 50k sign on the Clonbur road into Ballinrobe. Total distance including extra lap 61miles…
The spin will leave at 9.30am sharp, bring spare wheels, bottles etc as there will be following back up car, catering for the main group on the road. There will also be a lead car, but its important to obey the rules of the road, after all its only a training race….
Contact Padraig for more info.
Family Fun Day Out
A day for everyone be you a runner, walker or cyclist even the kids can get involved…
The aim is to raise monies for the Red Cross.
There will be 2 cycling spins, one for beginners over 27miles(42k) around Lough Carra the other spin will be for the more experienced cyclist which will travel around the Mask. Distance 40 miles (65k)
Sign opens for all activities at 10am from the community Hall in Partry.
For more info contact Noel 087 7870055
February Club News
Club Members
Please note that the club had to call off the dinner and awards night that was to be held in Pontoon due to lack of a take up by our club members, instead the committee has improvised by bringing the club  awards evening to O Malley’s bar Glebe St Ballinrobe next Saturday night,  please can you make the effort to support your club by attending .  see note below…
Western Lakes Cycling Club Get-together
Western Lakes Cycling Club are holding their annual get-together in O’Malley’s Bar, Glebe Street, Ballinrobe, on Saturday next, February 23rd at 8pm,  All club members, parents, and supporters are invited to attend. The event will also see the club present their annual awards. There will be music and refreshments on the night, and all are welcome.
Leisure Spins
Leisure Spins take place among club members every Sunday (10am), Monday (3pm) and Thursday (3pm.)
Assemble at Cornmarket, Ballinrobe. Spin lengths vary but everyone is catered for – if you wish, you can cut out part of the spin to do a shorter run.
All are welcome, unless you’re very fast!
Spinning class
a new series of spinning classes starts Thursday the 21st of February at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine Rd out of Ballinrobe, class 1 starts at 7pm sharp and class 2 at 8.05pm. all you need is a towel and a water bottle, all are welcome. 4 classes 30 euro.
Circuit Training
Every Tuesday night at the Lakeside centre Ballinrobe, class open to all abilities. Come along at 8.30pm for a good enjoyable 50 minutes of multi type exercises…
Thanks
Padraig Marrey
Western Lakes CC PRO
Connacht MTB Spring League
ROUND 2 CONNACHT MOUNTAIN BIKE SPRING LEAGUE WILL BE HELD
IN THE BRO’S OF CHARITY GROUNDS, CLARENBRIDGE, CO.GALWAY
ON SUN NEXT 17TH FEB.
SIGN ON 11.30AM, RACING 12 NOON.
OPEN TO S1, S2, S3, J, L., V. UNDERAGE BOYS AND GIRLS 8YEARS TO 16YEARS.
INFO 087 2226260
New Jersey Design
The club has chosen the following new design for our club kit. The design which takes huge time and effort was designed and presented by Mark Quigley, the club would like to thank Mark for the great skill and time he put in to this project.
It will take 10 weeks for the clothing to be made, as of yet very few members have placed orders, even though there was a letter sent to you one  month ago.
The club has sent it an order based on what we thought was required, so it’s a case of first come first severed, if you would like to make an order send an email or letter to the club secretary with size and quantity you require.
The following items can be ordered, short sleeve jersey, Long Sleeve Jersey, Shorts, Legging with Chamois (Tights), Thermal top/Jacket
Padraig Marrey
Club Secetary
Connacht MTB League Round 6
The picturesque village of Cong Co. Mayo was the setting for the final round of the Connacht Mountain Bike League on Sun last on a flat but testing course set by Padraic Marrey, and with thanks to Coillte for the use of the Wood.
This was a very well supported event with 45 cyclists taking part.
The competition was tight at all age levels from under 8 to seniors.
League leader Keith Joyce  Covey Wheelers took the under 8 age group from club mate Damien Chambers by 2 secs with Brendan Monaghan Westcoast Wheelers in 3rd.
Morgan Walsh Roberts, Realt had a clean sweep in the under 10 section to take full points for the 6 rounds with Matthew O’Donnell Covey Wheelers a close second and Mark Finnerty Western Lakes third.
Edel Burke Innishfree also had a good run in the league holding off Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers and Lydia Sheridan Covey, to prove her strength in taking all the rounds in the ladies under 10.
The under 12 age group showed the strength of Christopher Kennedy, Covey as he won by 30 sec from club mate Kieran Coughlan, with league leader Shane Mulchrone, Covey in third.
Gavin Burke Innishfree, was again the man in form as he won the under 14 section from Francis Sheridan Covey, with club mate Darragh Reidy in third.
The under16 age group was a close fought battle between William Sheridan, Covey and Paul Curley, Realt who were only seconds apart for all of  the 8 laps, with William Sheridan taking it by only 6 sec from Paul Curley, Duirmuid Hughes, Covey in third.
The Senior race was fast and broke up after a few laps, with Steven Franzoni, Mullingar, making the pace and holding off the challenge of Padraic Marrey Murphy & Gunn, on lap 3 Franzoni had built a lead of 30secs, but as the laps went by Marrey started to close, and by lap 8 they were side by side,
At the line Marrey was strongest to take the win, Franzoni second and Brian O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers third.
Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers was the ladies winner from Cathy Flynn, Lakeside Mullingar.
RESULTS
UNDER 8

  1. Keith Joyce, Covey Wheelers
  2. Damien Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  3. Brendan Monaghan, Westcoast Wheelers

UNDER 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Realt
  2. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers
  3. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes

Ladies

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree
  2. Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers
  3. Lydia Sheridan, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 12

  1. Christopher Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  2. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  3. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers
  4. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  5. Shane O’Hara, Kanturk.
  6. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 14

  1. Gavin Burke, Innishfree
  2. Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  3. Derragh Reidy, , Covey Wheelers
  4. Andrew O’Hara, Kanturk
  5. Aaron Chambers, , Covey Wheelers
  6. Aiden Fox, Kanturk

LADIES

  1. Lauren Gourlay, Western Lakes

UNDER 16

  1. William Sheridan , Covey Wheelers
  2. Paul Curley, Realt
  3. Dairmuid Hughes , Covey Wheelers
  4. Evan Flaherty, Westcoast Wheelers

SENIOR

  1. Padraic Marrey, Murphy and Gunn
  2. Stephan Franzoni, Lakeside Mullingar
  3. Brian O’Donnell, Westcoast Wheelers
  4. Morgan O’Connell, MAD
  5. David Dowdall, Dolman
  6. Paul Dunne, Castlebar C.C
  7. Darren McGann, Annagh Wheelers
  8. Michael Flanagan, Westcoast Wheelers
  9. David Cleary, Lakeside Mullingar

Connacht MTB Spring League Round 3
Results

UNDER 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Galway Bay
  2. Keith Joyce, Covey Wheelers
  3. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers
  4. Nathan Rennick Castlebar

Ladies

  1. Lydia Sheridan, Covey Wheelers.

UNDER 12

  1. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers
  2. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  3. Jason Walsh, Ballina
  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree.

UNDER 14

  1. Gavin Burke, Innishfree
  2. Christopher Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  3. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  4. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  5. Frank Finnerty, Western lakes
  6. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers
  7. Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  8. David Walsh, Ballina

UNDER 16

  1. Paul Curley, Realt
  2. Duirmuid Hughes, Covey Wheelers
  3. Darragh Reidy, Covey Wheelers

JUNIOR

  1. William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  2. James Brady, Covey Wheelers
  3. Sean Carolan, Covey Wheelers

Senior
Expert

  1. Paul Dunne, Castlebar C.C

Sport

  1. Michael Forde, Ballina
  2. Declan Forde, Ballina
  3. Peter Bannion, Ballina
  4. Damien Duffy, Ballina
  5. Thomas Lynn, Ballina
  6. Simon Walsh, Ballina
  7. James Geraghty, Castlebar C.C
  8. Michael Hopkins, Ballina
  9. Trevor Rennick, Ballina

Open Club Meeting
Will be an open club meeting to all paid up club members, the idea is to give the ordinary member who is not on the committee a chance to air their views.

This meeting to be held at O Malley Bar Glebe St, Ballinrobe on Wednesday March 12th at 8pm.

The attachment is the minutes of the club meeting on Feb 12th 08. put this up separately .

Western Lakes CC presents annual awards
Former club chairperson Breege Connolly was honoured with the Club Person of the Year award at the annual awards function of Western Lakes Cycling Club, in O’Malley’s Bar, Ballinrobe, last weekend.

Breege has been a tireless worker for the club for many years, and current club chairperson Gerry Butler paid tribute to her for her outstanding contribution to all aspects of the club’s affairs.

For the first time ever, the club’s Senior Cyclist of the Year award went to a female biker – Mary Mulchrone , who was singled out for her excellent performances at Mayo, Connacht and national level during 2007.

The other awards presented were:

Young Rider of the Year – Frank Finnerty;

Leisure Rider of the Year – Fergal O’Neill;

Appreciation Awards – Mary Munroe, Pauline Joyce, John Culhane , and Liam Horan . These members have and continue to do great work for the club.

Connacht MTB Spring League Round 2

The Connacht Mountain bike spring league round 2 continued on
Sunday last in ideal weather conditions in the Bro’s of Charity Grounds,
Clarenbridge, Co.Galway on a great course set by Mike
Flanagan and Donnacha O’Brien both Westcoast Wheelers, with
thanks to Coillte and the Bro’s of Charity, Clarenbridge, Co.Galway.
The underage section continues to draw large numbers, 28 cyclists signed
on for this round and that included the Keane Brothers Eoin and Ciaran
from Ennis in their first event and Evan Flaherty from Galway also new
to mountain biking and all putting in good performances, Eoin Keane
finished in 2nd place in the under 16 age group and Ciaran Keane in a 5th
place in the under 14 section, Evan Flaherty worked hard to finish in
a good 4th  place
Morgan Walsh Roberts, Galway Bay C.C, under 10, was as always very
strong to win his age group. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers was
pushed all the way by Shane O’Hara, Kanturk with only 5 sec separating
them on the line.

Gavin Burke Innishfree, continues to improve winning by 2 mins
from Chris Kennedy Covey Wheelers in the under 14 group.
Paul Curley Realt, took the under 16 age group in great style from
Eoin Keane, Ennis in second.
Sean Carolan Covey Wheelers took the Junior section from
William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers

The senior section was divided into Expert and Sport, in the Expert
Section Michael Flanagan and Donnacha O’Brien Westcoast Wheelers
Had a great battle over the four laps but at the finish O’Brien had
the strength to take 1st place from Flanagan.
The sports section had some good battles Eoin Marshall Unattached came
out on top with Mickey McDonagh Galway Bay in Second place.

RESULTS
UNDER 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Galway Bay C.C
  2. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers
  3. Keith Joyce, Covey Wheelers
  4. Brendan Monaghan, Westcoast Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Lydia Sheridan, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 12

  1. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers
  2. Shane O’Hara, Kanturk
  3. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes

UNDER 12 LADIES

  1. Edel Burke Innishfree
  2. Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 14

  1. Gavin Burke, Innishfree.
  2. Christopher Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  3. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  4. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  5. Ciaran Keane Unattached.
  6. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  7. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers
  8. Seamus Walsh Western Lakes
  9. Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Lauren Gourlay, Western Lakes

UNDER 16

  1. Paul Curley, Realt
  2. Eoin Keane Unattached
  3. Andrew O’Hara, Kanturk
  4. Evan Flaherty, Westcoast Wheelers
  5. Darragh Reidy, Covey Wheelers

JUNIOR

  1. Sean Carolan Covey Wheelers
  2. William Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  3. 3ames Brady, Covey Wheelers

Senior Expert

  1. Donnacha O’Brien, Westcoast Wheelers
  2. Michael Flanagan, Westcoast Wheelers
  3. David Dowdall, Dolman
  4. Darren McGann, Westcoast Wheelers

Senior Sport

  1. Eoin Marshall, Unattached
  2. Mickey McDonagh, Galway Bay
  3. Rory Griffin, Galway Bay
  4. Robert Doran, MBUL
  5. Gordon Monaghan, Westcoast Wheelers
  6. Jamie Donald, Westcoast Wheelers
  7. Martin Kearney, Galway Bay
    Ronan Fitzgerald D.N.F.

Cycling News
Western Lakes Cycling Club Enrolment evening
Thursday the 24th of January   from 6.30- 9pm at the Western Lakes Scouts Cycling Centre on the Kilmaine road.

The club hope to enrol everyone involved in cycling and for those who enjoy this pass time now is your chance to meet like minded people.

We also want to try and get everyone registered with Cycling Ireland for Insurance purposes please bring completed forms and appropriate monies or else call up on the night.

Free body warmer for everyone who has their completed forms returned to us on or before the 24th of January.

Spinning classes.
Spinning classes resume at the Cycling Centre every Thursday Night, class starts at 7  and again at 8.05pm book to secure place as numbers are limited. Contact Padraig.

Youth spinning class.
Youth classes will start at 6.10pm for 40mins every  Thursday evening also at the Cycling centre, open to all young boys and girls from 10 years of age up. All you need is water bottle and towel and if you have your own bike please bring along . contact Mary Mulchrone for further info 0876248407

Connacht MTB Round 5 League
Connacht Mountain Bike League 07/08
Monivea Co.Galway was the location for Round 5 of the Connacht Mountain Bike League on Sunday last.

This was the largest turnout of cyclists in this series with over 40 signing on.

The course set by Dara O’Neill, Realt, though flat provided quiet a challenge to all age groups but some great performances were recorded on the day.

Brendan Monaghan Westcoast Wheelers got the edge over Damien Chambers, Covey Wheelers in the under 8 age group.

In the Under 10 age group  Morgan Walsh Roberts Realt was again very strong holding off the challenge of Mark Finnerty Western Lakes.

Edel Burke Innishfree held off Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers in the Ladies section.

League leader Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers had to settle for a good second place with club mate Christopher Kennedy taking a very strong win in under 12.

A large entry in the under 14 age group did not deter Gavin Burke Innishfree, again taking minutes out of second placed Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers.

Under 16 Paul Curly Realt has not had the best of luck in this series having had problems on one occasion with his bike, a fall in an early round and on Sunday, just after the start another fall, but he kept on going and caught William Sheridan Covey Wheelers coming up to the line but did not have the energy to pass in the sprint and William Sheridan took the win.

The Senior race was again a great battle with only seconds separating the top three riders at the line.

Padraic Marrey Murphy & Gunn and Donacha O’Brien Westcoast Wheelers were the two front-runners with Steven Franzoni, Mullingar

in third, Marrey always had the edge and took the win from O’Brien

RESULTS
UNDER 8

  1. Brendan Monaghan Westcoast Wheelers
  2. Damien Chambers, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Realt.
  2. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  3. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey Wheelers

LADIES

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree
  2. Lydia Sheridan, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 12

  1. Christopher Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  2. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers
  3. Shane O’Hara. Kanturk
  4. Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes
  5. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  6. Kevin Mortimer, Covey Wheelers
  7. Daniel Moran, Realt

UNDER 14

  1. Gavin Burke, Innishfree
  2. Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers
  3. Francis Sheridan Covey Wheelers
  4. Andrew O’Hara, Kanturk
  5. Wes Moran Realt
  6. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers
  7. Robert Staunton, Covey Wheelers
  8. Ruairi Moran, Realt

UNDER 16

  1. William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  2. Paul Curley, Realt

JUNIOR

  1. Sean Carolan Covey Wheelers

SENIOR

  1. Padraic Marrey, Murphy & Gunn
  2. Donacha O’Brien, Westcoast Wheelers
  3. Steven Franzoni, Lakeside, Mullingar.
  4. Michael Flanagan, Westcoast Wheelers
  5. Brian O’Donnell, Westcoast Wheelers
  6. David Dowdall, Dolman
  7. Owen Marshall, U/A
  8. Enda Munnelly Lakeside Mullingar
  9. Martin Savage, Lakeside Mullingar
  10. 1David Cleary, Lakeside Mullingar.
  11. Danny Scullion, Western Lakes
  12. Paul Crowley, Lakeside Mullingar
  13. Gordon Monaghan, Westcoast Wheelers

Ladies

  1. Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Whee

Connacht MTB League 2007
The Connacht Mountain League round 4 finally took place on Sunday  Last Dec 30th in great weather conditions in Ross Wood, Rosscahill, Co.Galway on a great and difficult course set by Fran Kearns, Westcoast Wheelers with thanks also to Peter Walsh Rosscahill, and Coillte for the use of the Wood.

Mountain Biking in Connacht continues to grow, each round we have had new competitors, and the racing gets more completive each outing.

Newcomer Brendan Monaghan Westcoast Wheelers piped league leader to take the under 8 section.

Morgan Walsh Roberts, Realt, was on top form to take the under 10 group from an improved Mark Finnerty Western Lakes in second place.

Edel Burke Innishfree Wheelers was very strong to take the ladies section

The battle of the day was between Shane O’Hara, Kanturk, and Chris Kennedy, Covey Wheelers, under 12 with Kennedy just taking the spoils on the line.

Gavin Burke Innishfree Wheelers was again very strong in the under 14 section taking 3 mins out of Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers.

William Sheridan showed his strengths to take under 16 from Michael O’Shea and League leader Diarmuid Hughes all Covey Wheelers.

Sean Carolan Covey Wheelers took the Junior section from Damien Gavin, Covey

The Senior section was close on lap one with Brian O’Donnell Westcoast Wheelers leading Padraic Marrey, Murphy & Gunn, but Marrey’s Fitness

Came to the fore to take it from League leader O’Donnell.

Next race will be on Sunday the 13th of January in Monivea Co Galway.

Sign on at 11.30am at the rugby club.

RESULTS
UNDER 8

  1. Brendan Monaghan Westcoast Wheelers
  2. Keith Joyce, Covey Wheelers
  3. Damien Chambers, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 10

  1. Morgan Walsh Roberts, Realt
  2. Mark Finnerty, Western Lakes
  3. Matthew O’Donnell, Covey

Ladies

  1. Edel Burke, Innishfree Wheelers
  2. Lydia Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  3. Sarah Reidy, Covey Wheelers

 

UNDER 12

  1. Chris Kennedy, Covey Wheelers
  2. Shane O’Hara, Kanturk.
  3. Kieran Coughlan, Covey Wheelers
  4. Shane Mulchrone, Covey Wheelers
    Frank Finnerty, Western Lakes   DNF

UNDER 14

  1. Gavin Burke, Innishfree Wheelers
  2. Dara Reidy Covey Wheelers
  3. Andrew O’Hara, Kanturk.
  4. Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  5. Aaron Chambers, Covey Wheelers

UNDER 16

  1. William Sheridan, Covey Wheelers
  2. Michael O’Shea, Covey Wheelers
  3. Diarmuid Hughes, Covey Wheelers
  4. Padraic Doherty, Covey Wheelers

JUNIOR

  1. Sean Carolan, Covey Wheelers
  2. Damien Gavin Covey Wheelers

SENIOR

  1. Padraic Marrey, Murphy &Gunn
  2. Brian O’Donnell, Westcoast Wheelers
  3. Michael Flanagan Westcoast Wheelers
  4. Mickey McDonagh, Galway Bay, C.C
  5. R.Geraghty, Westcoast Wheelers
  6. Tom Moran, Covey Wheelers
  7. Danny Scullion Western Lakes
  8. Martin Kearney, Galway Bay C.C
  9. Gordon Monaghan. U/A
    Fran Kearns DNF

2008 Training Spin Times
A few people are starting to cycle on Mondays and Thursdays, leaving Cornmarket at 3o’c – in fact, eight people were out today for a grand spin out around Robeen, Hollymount and Roundfort.

Every Monday and Thursday at 3pm, there should be somebody in Cornmarket going for a spin, if you’re around.

Sunday Morning spins leave as normal at 10am from the Cornmarket all abilities welcome.

Club Members will also be out on Saturday morning contact the racing cyclists re this morning only

Western Lakes Dinner Date Change
Western Lakes Cycling Club have changed their annual dinner and get-together to Saturday, February 23rd, in the Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Pontoon. Originally, it was due to go ahead on Saturday next, January 12th.

To coincide with this popular event, members will gather at the club’s Cycling Centre ( Kilmaine Road , Ballinrobe) at 11am to cycle the 28 miles to the hotel. The club van will be travelling to carry clothes and personal items.

Accommodation at the Pontoon Bridge can be arranged at a special rate. Members are asked to contact Graham Casey (087 236 4211) or Michelle Conroy (087 641 2107) in advance of the dinner to avail of this rate.

The club’s annual awards will be presented on the night to the top club racer, leisure rider, and youth. The Club Person of the Year award will also be announced.

Tickets for the dinner should be purchased in advance from Graham or Michelle.

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