News Archive 2009

Duathlon in an Cheathrú Rua
Large field expected for Duathlon in an Cheathrú Rua on Valentines Day

The Duathlon event  which was cancelled on the 28th of December in Carraroe Co Galway, will now be held on Valentines Day  14/02/2010.

The organisers of  Rás na Nollag in an Cheathrú Rua are expecting up two hundred participants, over  80 participants have already registered online.

The event comprises of a 7k run and 22k cycle, which can also be done as a relay team, and will cater for all age groups and abilities.

There are also fun races for kids (free to enter), maybe the first ever pedal go-kart race and a short bicycle race in the morning at 11.30am

The main event will commence at 1pm, Sign on is in An Cistin bar in Carraroe, interested participants can also book online at http://www.trysport.ie

To keep with the theme of the day, there will be a prize for the first couple.

It will also be the first event for team Trysport which is a new club for competitors with a passion for adventure racing and the Irish language.

Some well known gaelgeoirí have already signed for the team.

Western Lakes CC Racing Results 2009
This season was arguably one of the club’s best to date, winning Connacht and national medals.

Open race results 4 Race Wins; 2 Seconds and one 3rd .

The season got off to a flying start in April when Padraic Marrey was 3rd , 6TH and  8TH on stages in Gorey – 3 day. To finish 5th overall.

Success for Padraic again in May when he won The Gogarty Cup in a sprint finish in Renvyle.

Also in May, in RAS Dun na Gall, Mark Dowling finished 3RD in General Classement overall.

Into June and the RAS Connachta, Padraic Marrey won the final  Stage into Westport.

At the Connacht Champs Road Race, Padraig took 2nd in A category and 3rd overall, JJ Flaherty Was 3rd in B cat, Joe Marrey was 3rd in C category, The club got silver in the Team competition.

Connacht Hill Climb, Constaine Bartels and Padraig Marrey won gold and Joe Marrey won a bronze.

Connacht TT  CHAMPS the club won medals with Brian Martin & Padraig Marrey both winning silver and also taking silver in the team competition with JJ Flaherty being the 3rd team member.

Connacht league the club scored in most rounds with Padraig Marrey winning round 1, and placing 3 riders in the top ten

In Mayo league the club was also well represented, winning 2 rounds and finishing 2nd in 2 rounds. 4 members were in the top 10 overall.

Connacht Time Trail league, Brian Martin was 2nd in the overall of the Senior C competition and Padraig Marrey was also 2nd in the A competition.

In the Ballinrobe Two Day in August, both Constantine Bartel and Gerard Hack took Stage Wins. With Gerard winning the Green jersey overall. Joe Marrey was 6th in the final stage.

At The MTB National Champs in Dromara Brendan Scullion won a bronze medal in the U16 competition.

At the Connacht MTB champs the seniors did well again with Gary Collins winning the Sport section and Padraig winning Gold and  the overall.

At the National Time Trial All Ireland champships Padraig and Joe Marrey won the Gold in the tandem event.

At the Connacht Presentation night on November 6th the club had the honor of 15 of its cyclist receiving prizes at various Connacht Road race, Time Trial, Mayo, MTB summer and winter leagues:  in the seniors Joe & Padraig Marrey, Graham Casey, John Murphy, Constaine Bartels, JJ Flaherty, Gary Collins, Brian Martin and in the Youths Hazel & Brendan Scullion, Seamus Walsh, Mark Finnerty, Kevin Vahey, Neil Hughes, Mark Biggins all won one or more prizes each.

There were also a number of placing, beginning with Padraig Marrey taking 3rd place in the Waller Cup in March.  J.J. Flaherty took an unplaced prize in the Brian McNamara Memorial in June. Constaine Bartels was 6th in Mayo GP

The Club was represented in 14 Open Races and 4 Stage Races during the season.

The club league is recruiting new racers all the time so in the next few years we might even have more results.

Yours in sport – John James Flaherty

Club News December 2009
Christmas Activates
Western Lakes CC will be busy organizing a host of events over Christmas Holidays, there are activities to suit all abilities.

Fun Time trial on St Stephen day

A novelty 10 mile Time Trail will take place at 11.30am on St Stephens day on the Ballyglass road out Ballinrobe, the aim is to have fun and blow out the Christmas cobwebs with a short 10 mile effort.

All cyclists have to pre guess their times and are not allowed to wear a watch or use a cycle computer as the winner is the person who guesses closest to their predicted time.

Everyone is welcome and it makes no difference what type of bicycle you use.

Sign on from 11am at Watson’s furniture.

Refreshments at Inch’s bar main St Ballinrobe afterwards.

Contact Fergal 08712111047

Round 5 of the Connacht MTB league

Will take place on Sunday  December 27th in Tourmakeady woods.

This will be a great opportunity to try out your new Christmas present (bike) as the course is not too technical.

The event is open to all abilities, you can race it if you like.

Sign on from 11am at the woods in Tourmakeady, Youths race start at 12noon, Seniors at 1pm.

Contact Martin 0872226260

Challenge your Family Fun day cycle.

The Challenge your Family Fun Day will be a great event for all the family, with a gentle cycle  spin through the woods from Cong to Clonbur on the newly developed Coillte walking & cycling trail all completely free from traffic.

Why not use  Santa’s present of a bike and enjoy this great day out, Refreshments will be served at the end of the spin.
Make your New year’s resolution early on December 30th with  the Sign on at10.30am at the car park on the way into the village of Cong, the  event starts 11am

Contact Gerry  0872580294

Western Lakes CC would like to thank all its sponsors and members who supported the club in 2009, Merry Christmas and Happy cycling in 2010.

Triathlon and open water swimming clubs for the Ballinrobe area
Following the successful gathering on Tuesday last it was decided that an Open water swimming club and Triathlon club were necessary in the area and to give everyone a chance it was decided to hold another meeting to set up the clubs on Tuesday the 8th of December at 8pm in Gannon’s bar, anyone interested in being involved in open water swimming or Triathlon should turn up and get involved.

This will be the first time a club of this nature is set up in the North Galway South Mayo area.

Western Lakes CC Family Fun Spin
The club are organising a fun cycle for all the family in the Cong/Clonbur woods on Sunday 13th December.
Come along and  enjoy a great day out, everyone welcome Mum`s and Dad`s, Granny`s and Grandad`s.(d`ont forget the Children).
We are meeting at the new car park in Cong at 11am.
Mountain bikes or Hybrid recomended .
For more info contact G.Butler.0872580294

Cheque presentation to Mayo Cancer Support
Padraig Frain, Michael Moran, Jimmy Durcan, Gabriel Coen, Noel Brady, Brendan Scullion and Padraig Marrey presenting a cheque for 10,000 to Angela Kirrane Manager of Services, Mayo Cancer Support Association proceeds of the Mizen to Malin 20hr Cycle Challenge which took place in late June.

A group of cyclists cycled the 590 kms from Mizen to Malin at an average speed of 33kph to complete the distance in a time of 18 hrs and 53 mins to set a new record for the group.

Each of the cyclists burned an average 15,000kals pedalled over 10,000 pedal strokes and drank 20 litres of fluids over the duration of the bid. Bids like this could not be achieved without the efforts of a skilled support crew who managed the food, hydration and mechanical problems for the riders.

Every effort was made to ensure that the cyclists had a safe passage through all the main towns as the group raced through the 4 provinces and 13 counties on the way from Mizen to Malin

The organisers, Western Lakes CC would like to thank all the people who gave generously and donated to Mayo Cancer Support Association and to the Gardai along the route who helped with the marshalling.

Mayo Cancer Support Association would like to acknowledge with sincere thanks the Organisers, Padraig Frain and Padraic Marrey and the team of cyclists and support volunteers for this tremendous undertaking on their behalf and the huge financial reward which ensued.

Sporting News
Open meeting.
Next Tuesday the 24th of November at 8pm in Gannon’s bar, a meeting will be held for anyone interested in being involved in open water swimming or Triathlon, if the interest is positive then a club may be set up.

This year a group of novice swimmers swam across Lough Mask, and as part of their training they also use the lake for honing their swimming skills for Triathlons so both parties could benefit from a proper structured open water swimming club. This could be the first time a club of this nature is set up for the North Galway South Mayo area.

CYCLE ROLLER/ TURBO MARATHON FUNDRAISER
The Western Lakes Cycling club will hold a fund raiser Roller Marathon on Saturday the 28th of November in conjunction with Ballinrobe’s special shopping incentive day.

There will be 5 /6 stationary bikes positioned on the back of an artic truck with them all wired to speedometers just like in a gym. The idea is that club members will give an hour or 2 of their time to the fundraiser, by either cycling or collecting on the street from the public. The music will be pumping along with the cyclists so that a vibrant atmosphere is created to entice the public to support our active club. The Truck will be located at the Cornmarket outside the new Barber shop.

The day will be a fun event with cyclists spinning away while at the same time attempting to cycle the equivalent distance of a round Ireland trip in 10hrs, a giant map will be  erected with the route marked out, and up dated each hour to show the cyclists progress. This will require each participant to cycle for 1hr at an average speed of 25mph so that we can hit the target distance of 1250 miles.

We will also have a stationary bike for members of the public to come and have a go whilst also aiding the GOAL and adding some extra miles to the distance! The spinning will start at 10am and finish around 8pm that evening or when we have the distance covered. We are looking for people to volunteer their time for collecting as well as for cycling. For more info contact Mary 0879704069

BMX OPEN DAY
Western Lakes CC will hold round 3 of the BMX League on Sunday the 29th of November at 11am sharp, the league is open to all categories from adult right through to U8’s. A variety of races and jump and skill competitions will take place during the day. An open session will be held where jumps and specific BMX skills can be practiced .           The BMX track is situated at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road out of Ballinrobe Co Mayo. For more details contact Gerry 0872580294

Enrolment night for Fitness and circuit class
Monday the 23rd at 6.45pm enrolment takes place at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road for  4 week’s,  50 minute Fitness class, these classes are designed to work on all the muscle groups to help  strengthen and tone the whole body.
The class Starts at 7pm, all that is required is a towel, suitable clothing, shoes and a bottle of water.

Enrolment for Spinning classes.
Thursday November 26th at 6.45pm enrolment for 4 weeks of  classes begins, these classes are always over subscribed so book early. Participants can use their own bike that attaches to the special upright rollers. If you don’t have a bike that’s not a problem as there are plenty of bikes to choose from.
This class works on fat burning and development of the cardiovascular system much like what a run or a cycle does out doors.
Again all that is required is suitable shoes and clothing and towel and a bottle of water.
There are 2 classes available,  1st class starts at 7pm and  2nd class at 8pm sharp.

By supporting these classes you also help fund the cycling centre.

For more info contact Padraig  at 0877992857 or Mary 0876248407

BMX League Round 3
Western Lakes CC will hold round 3 of the BMX League on Sunday the 29th of November at 11am sharp, the league is open to all categories from adult right through to U8’s.

A variety of races and jump and skill competitions will take place during the day.

An open session will be held where jumps and specific  BMX skills can be practiced .

The BMX track is situated at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road out of Ballinrobe Co Mayo

For more details contact Gerry 0872580294

Club AGM 2009
The Club AGM will take place in O Malley bar Glebe St on Tuesday the 10th  of November at 8pm. All members are requested in attend as your input is dearly required so the club can progress.

CYCLE ROLLER/ TURBO MARATHON FUNDRAISER

The Western Lakes Cycling club will hold a fund raising Roller Marathon on Saturday the 28th of November in conjunction with Ballinrobes special shopping incentive day.

There will be 5 /6 stationary bikes positioned on the back of an artic truck with them all wired  to speedometers just like in a gym. The idea is that club members will give an hour or 2 of their time to the fundraiser, by either cycling or collecting on the street from the public . The music will be pumping along with the cyclists so that a vibrant atmosphere is created to entice the public to support our active club. The Truck will be located at the Cornmarket outside the new Barber shop.

The day will be a fun event with cyclists spinning away while at the same time attempting to cycle the equivalent distance of a round Ireland trip in 10hrs, a giant map will be  erected with the route marked out, and up dated each hour to show the cyclists progress. This will require each participant to cycle for 1hr at an average speed of 25mph so that we can hit the  target distance of 1250 miles.

We will also have a stationary bike for members of the public to come and have a go whilst also aiding the GOAL and adding some extra miles to the distance ! The spinning will start at 10am and finish around 8pm that evening or when we have the distance covered.

We are looking for people to volunteer their time for collecting as well as for cycling.

For more info contact Mary 0879704069

BMX OPEN DAY

Western Lakes CC will hold round 3 of the BMX League on Sunday the 29th of November at 11am sharp, the league is open to all categories from adult right through to U8’s.

A variety of races and jump and skill competitions will take place during the day.

An open session will be held where jumps and specific  BMX skills can be practiced .

The BMX track is situated at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road out of Ballinrobe Co Mayo

For more details contact Gerry 0872580294

Active Leadership Training
Do you want to be a sports leader in your community? If so than this course maybe just what you are looking for.
The Mayo Sports Partnership is due to hold an active leadership course on Friday 13th (7.30 – 10pm) & Sat 14th (9.30am – 4.30pm) November 2009 in Ballyheane, Castlebar. The course will lead to a certified sports leader award which is recognised by the Irish Sports Council. Participants will be brought through a series of theoretical and practical exercises which will improve communication, observation and group management skills.

Here are some comments from previous participants:

“The tutors were fantastic. The course was much more enjoyable than I expected”

“Very enjoyable, worthwhile, looking forward to next course”

“The course was enjoyable and helpful. It was varied and covered a lot of ground. The tutors were reliable and approachable and I would recommend others to take the course”

Aims and Objecives of the course
It is intended that the course is a practical and enjoyable experience for the participant
The intended outcome is that the trainee leader will be competent and confident in taking charge of a group for physical activity sessions. Specifically, the successful leader will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to plan, organise and lead physical activity sessions within their own group setting

Learning Outcomes
Following the course, the successful leader will: –
Understand their role as a leader and how they will apply it within their organisation
Display an ability to plan and lead a fun physical activity session demonstrating leadership skills such as communication, observation and group management
Demonstrate an ability to safely lead a group of up to 16 people

If you are interested in attending this course please contact Jacqueline 094 9047025 to book your place or fill in the attached application form and forward it to Mayo Sports Partnership, c/o Community & Enterprise, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co Mayo.

MSP Mission Statement: “To plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of sport in Mayo”

Mayo Sports Partnership
Mayo County Council
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

Phone:
Jacqueline O’ Boyle (Administrator) Main Office No: 094 9047025
Charlie Lambert (Coordinator)    094 9047256
Ray McNamara (Sports Inclusion Dev.Officer) 094 9047023
Anne Ronayne (Community Sports Dev.Project Worker) 094 9047022
Email: msp@mayococo.ie
Web: http://www.mayosports.ie

Western Lakes BMX Open Day
Western Lakes C.C held an open day of  BMX racing  at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe Co.Mayo on Sat 25th Oct in very poor weather conditions, this did not take away from the enjoyment of this occasion for the many cyclists that travelled from far and near to take part.

Senior cyclists showed the way on the jumps and some of the younger cyclists were very capable also and put in great performances.

Those to shine in the seniors were Eamon Wyer 20 inch Ireland, Conor O’Brien Orwell Wheelers, Dundrum, Fran Kearns Westcoast Wheelers Galway, and young Gavin Carroll, Flow Racing at only 16 years of age he performed some unreal jumps whilst also setting the fastest lap of 56seconds.

In the youth section 7 year old Michael Sheridan, Covey Wheelers Westport C.C had a great day with a few tumbles but never gave up.

Under 10 Fintan Bartley Navan Rd Club put in great performances in all the competitions.

In the under 12 section Matthew O’Donnell Covey Wheelers Westport C.C

Luke Farrell Navan Rd Club, Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers Westport C.C, Andrea Connolly, Covey Wheelers Westport C.C all done well. Others who performed well were Brendan Mercer Western Lakes,

Frank Finnerty Western Lakes, Jonathan Smith Navan road club, Shane Mulchrone  Covey Wheelers Westport C.C all under 14.

Gavin Burke Innishfree,  Francis Sheridan, Covey Wheelers Westport C.C, Aaron Chambers Covey Wheelers Westport C.C, Robert Staunton Covey Wheelers Westport C.C all under 16 and Juniors.

William Sheridan Covey Wheelers Westport C.C, and Connor Bartley Navan Road club.

The day showed that there is a great hunger for this type of competition

And Western Lakes will continue to promote the BMX league throughout this year and into the New Year.

For more information call Padraig on 0877992857 or Gerry 0872580294

Kearney Cycles winter mountain bike league 2009
RD2  NOV 8TH KNOCKRANNY WOODS, WESTPORT,

RD3 NOV 22ND .DERROURA CO.GALWAY.

RD4 DEC 6TH. SHRAMOOR NEWPORT CO.MAYO

RD5 DEC 27TH TOURMAKEADY CO.MAYO

All races sign on from 11am Youth race 12noon, Seniors 1pm
Contact Martin @0872226260 or Darren 0872307821

CHALLENGE YOUR PARENTS
FUN DAY CYCLE 30TH DEC CONG WOODS,CO.MAYO

Western Lakes Club Awards
Every year the club hosts a night out for all its members and presents awards to people who have achieved or volunteered their time above the ordinary, 2009 was one of the better ones for the club.
We were extremely active on all fronts, from Youth cycling  right through to the racers.

Events the club organised
The club organised 2 very successful leisure events, The Mask Challenge and The Polkadot challenge, good numbers turned up for both.
We promoted  3 road races,  The Bog Week GP and Gogarty cup in Tully Cross/ Letterfrack area and the Ballinrobe 2 day.
On top of all that the club runs an 11 round club league for all its members with venues scattered all around North and West Mayo, on top of that it also gets involved in organising mountain bike races in various woods close to Ballinrobe.

This year the club membership had a bumper year with nearly 80 people affiliated to cycling Ireland, it has at least another 30 people that help out at different events who are not affiliated.

The club has the use of an old factory building which we call the cycling centre  which we use like a club house, its fully kitted out with spare bikes and Turbo trainers for classes etc.

Last year we built a BMX track,  one of the only ones in the whole of the country and this could well be the crown jewel in the years to come as the sport is fast and explosive and very exciting to watch, watch out 2016, Olympic year.

On top of all that the club has an administration side that sorts out Insurance and affiliation to the various bodies both locally and Nationally, the committee are involved in adding news to the club  website, this helps to give some  PR to our sponsors as well as alerting members of what is going on in the club..

The club even has its own Kit and  leisure wear and most members are proud to wear it.

We also have a club Bus (van) with sponsors logos and information printed on panels, this Bus  is seen regularly at events around the country.

The club even promotes extreme Challenges, in 2009 the challenge was to cycle from Mizen head to Malin head in under 20hrs as a 20 person group, the club had 5 members on the team, and had another 5 helping out as crew.

Every year we want our members to get involved with the club committee as we are all volunteers and the more members that get involved to help, the less  burdened our committee will be.

Honouring our members gives us a few reasons to have a great night out, it creates camaraderie, and it builds esteem and unites the members.

This year the following people were nominated.
Youth Cyclist of the year Mark Finnerty, for his super achievement of winning a Gold medal at the National Community Games
Leisure Cyclist Fergal O Neill, for his role in the development and participation of leisure cycling.
Racing cyclists Joe and Padraig Marrey, for winning Gold medals at the National Time Trail Champs, on the Tandem

Club person of the year,  Brendan Scullion won this title for is unselfish contribution to cycling in all its facets, Brendan has to drive 110 miles round trip to attend the closest event near the club, he does this at least once a week and in most cases anything up to 3 or 4 times in a week, he helped out at every event the club held throughout the year.

Cycling legend Micky Palmer is star attraction at Club awards
Western Lakes CC and Covey Wheelers (Westport CC) held a  joint awards night together at Gannon’s bar Ballinrobe.

A great crowd turned up with over 80 seated for dinner.

Cycling legend Mickey Palmer and his former teamate Mickey Berry presented the prizes to all the winners.

Awards were made to the volunteers of the league with Mary Hughes, Mick Reidy, Brendan Scullion, Mick Sheridan and workaholic

Martin Mc Nally,  all receiving nice pieces of crystal for all the good work done over the year.

The club invited along many special guests to the night, but Mickey Palmer was the star attraction, Mickey has come to prominence in the last few months after the launch of his book “Woollen jerseys and Whiskey legs”, a great storey of what it was like to be a bike rider in the fifties

The club would like to thank JJ Gannon and his staff for a wonderful night.

Partying went on to the small hours of the morning and a great night had by all.

Club league overall.
1st Joe Marrey
2nd Darragh Reidy
3rd Chris Kennedy
4th Jarlath Togher
5th Francis Sheridan
6th JJ Flaherty
7th Brendan Scullion
8th Constaine Bartels
9th Aran Chambers
Joint 10th Alan Flaherty & Padraig Marrey
Most improved in Senior TT Andrew Shaughnessy
Most improved in Senior Hill Climb Michael Gilvarry
Most improved in Senior overall Alan Flaherty
Most improved in Youth  TT Seamus Walsh
Most improved in Youth Hill Climb Ryan Scott

Connacht MTB Champs 2009
The weather in the picturesque village of Cong  Co.Mayo started out like a spring morning but then somebody realised there was a Mountain Bike race on so down came the rain to make the going soft, but this did not deter a large group of over fifty  mountain bikers the youngest being 8years old.

The under 10 race had newcomers Andrea Connolly from Westport and Declan Maloney from Louisburgh both in Covey Wheelers Westport Cycling Club both put in good performances but Maloney had the power to take first place.
Under 12 Had a lot of new comers some of whom were unable to start but Ciaran Needham from Louisburgh also in Covey Wheelers Westport C.C Showed good pace to take 1st place from Mark Finnerty Western lakes C.C
Edel Burke Innishfree was 1st lady.

Chris Kennedy and Kieran Coughlan both Covey Wheelers Westport C.C had a great battle for top honours but on the last lap Kennedy pulled away to take 1st place from Coughlan with Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers Westport C.C in 3rd
Hazel Scullion was 1st lady.

Under 16 Gavin Burke Innishfree C.C is again this season the strong man of Mountain biking taking 1st place by 3 min from Aaron Chambers Covey Wheelers Westport C.C.

The senior expert race was a cracking one, Mike Flanagan The Edge got off to a great start, leading by 13 sec from Anthony Testa Westcoast Wheelers
and 20 sec from Padraic Marrey Western Lakes C.C on lap 2 but on the  following laps Marrey dug deep to pull back the lead and win by nearly 40 sec from Mike Flanagan with Anthony Testa in 3rd.

Garry Collins Western Lakes C.C had a good win in the sports section and Padraic Conway Covey Wheelers Westport C.C took the Vets, Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers was 1st lady

RESULTS
UNDER 10

  1. Declan Maloney Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  2. Andrea Connelly Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  1. Lady, Lydia Sheridan Covey Wheelers Westport C.C

UNDER 12

  1. Caran Needham Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  2. Mark Finnerty Western Lakes C.C
  1. Lady, Edel Burke Innishfree C.C

UNDER 14

  1. Chris Kennedy Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  2. Kieran Coughlan Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  3. Shane Mulchrone Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  1. Lady, Hazel Scullion Western Lakes C.C

UNDER 16

  1. Gavin Burke Innishfree C.C
  2. Aaron Chambers Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  3. Robert Staunton Covey Wheelers Westport C.C

Expert

  1. Padraic Marrey Western Lakes C.C
  2. Mike Flanagan The Edge
  3. Anthony Testa Westcoast Wheelers

Sport

  1. Garry Collins Western Lakes
  2. Joe Carroll Galway Bay C.C
  3. Garry Daveron U/A

Vet

  1. Padraic Conway Covey Wheelers Westport C.C
  2. Danny Maloney Covey Wheelers Westport C.C

Lady

  1. Sadhbh Baxter Westcoast Wheelers

The Connacht Mountain Biking Championships will take place in Cong Woods on Sunday the 18th of October.
Sign on from 11am at the Pigeon Hole, youths start at 12noon, seniors at 1pm.
For more info contact Padraig 0877992857.

Lucozade Sport Education Workshops
As part of a full programme of Workshops entitled ‘Preparing for Success in Sport 3’ Mayo Sports Partnership is pleased to announce a series of Lucozade Sport Educational workshops which will take place at the Breaffy GAA ClubHouse in October and November 2009.

Below is an outline of the upcoming workshops

Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Breaffy GAA Clubhouse, Breaffy, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Price: €10 per workshops. Book all 3 for just €25

Workshop 1
Monday 12th October: Fuel & Fluid (nutrition & hydration)

Workshop 2
Monday 9th November: Get fit for sport & planning for success

Workshop 3
Monday 23rd November: The Female Athlete

These workshops are aimed at all those with an interest in the development of sport and recreation including: sports clubs, community groups/organizations, agencies, schools, coaches, athletes, parents, and individuals.

To book a place: download an application form from Mayo Sports Partnership website on http://www.mayosports.ie or for further information contact the Partnership Office at 094-9047025

Child Protection in Sport Workshop
( Limited amount of places still available )
A four hour workshop over two evenings on the Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport will be held in the Mayo Education Centre ( At rear of GMIT ), Old Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th October. The course will start at 7.30pm each evening and finish at 9.30pm.  This ‘Child Protection in Sport’ training is for Children’s Officers and/or Designated Persons, Sports Leaders and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people. This course is fully certified by the Irish Sports Council.

The training will enable Children’s Officers/Sports Leaders to:

·        Implement best practice in protecting the welfare of participants

·        Create a child-centred environment within the sports club

·        List categories of abuse and some indicators associated with abuse

·        Make appropriate response to a disclosure

·        Make a report to designated officer or appropriate Statutory Authorities

Places are limited on the course and some places are still available by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9029911 or by e-mail to msp@mayococo.ie

MSP Mission Statement: “To plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of sport in Mayo”

Mayo Sports Partnership
Mayo County Council
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

Phone:
Jacqueline O Boyle Admin Main Office No: 094 9047025
Charlie Lambert (Coordinator)    094 9047256
Ray McNamara (Sports Inclusion Dev.Officer) 094 9047023
Anne Ronayne (Community Sports Dev.Project Worker) 094 9047022
Email: msp@mayococo.ie
Web: http://www.mayosports.ie

Fitness and Spinning Classes
With winter fast approaching and a return to the long dark nights what better way to keep in shape than take up a fitness or spinning class.
The classes are designed to cater for the needs of everyone regardless of fitness and ability.

Fitness and circuit class
The 45minute Fitness classes, are designed to work on all the muscle groups to help  strengthen and tone the whole body.
Starting on Monday the 12th of October at 7.30pm and will right through till March 2010 at the cycling centre,  all that is required is a towel, suitable clothing,  shoes and a bottle of water.

Spinning classes with a difference.
These classes every year are always over subscribed so book early. Participants can use their own bike that attaches to the special upright rollers. If you don’t have a bike that’s not a problem as there are plenty of bikes to choose from.
This class works on fat burning and development of the cardiovascular system much like what a run or a cycle does out doors.
Again all that is required is suitable shoes and clothing and towel and a bottle of water.
There are 2 classes available starting on Thursday the 15th of October at the cycling centre. By supporting these classes you also help fund the cycling centre.

Class 1,  7-7.50pm
Class 2,  8. 8.50pm
For more info contact Padraig or Mary at 0877992857.

Club News October/November
Club awards
Remember to book your ticket for next Saturday the 17th of October, Tickets can be purchased At Marrey Bikes or from Tom Kelly or Padraig Marrey and from Martin Mc Nally and Michael Brady from Covey wheelers. Presentation will kick off at 8.30pm in Gannon’s Bar restaurant, food and craic galore.

Special guests on the night will be the legendary Westport cyclists of the 50’s Mickey Palmer and his club racing partner Mickey Berry

There will also be a DVD of different types of cycling and photos of club outing dating back over the 10 year the club has been formed.

BIKES BACK TO CENTRE
Any one who has borrowed or hired a club bike during the year are requested to give them back to committee members by Monday evening the 12th of October at the latest, please make sure they come back in the condition that you received them.

FITNESS CLASSES
Fitness and Spinning classes returns.
With winter fast approaching and a return to the long dark nights what better way to keep in shape than take up a fitness or spinning class.
The classes are designed to cater for the needs of everyone regardless of fitness and ability.
Fitness and circuit class
The 45minute Fitness classes, are designed to work on all the muscle groups to help  strengthen and tone the whole body.
Starting on Monday the 12th of October at 7.30pm and will right through till March 2010 at the cycling centre,  all that is required is a towel, suitable clothing,  shoes and a bottle of water.

Spinning classes with a difference.
These classes every year are always over subscribed so book early. Participants can use their own bike that attaches to the special upright rollers. If you don’t have a bike that’s not a problem as there are plenty of bikes to choose from.
This class works on fat burning and development of the cardiovascular system much like what a run or a cycle does out doors.
Again all that is required is suitable shoes and clothing and towel and a bottle of water.

There are 2 classes available starting on Thursday the 15th of October at the cycling centre. By supporting these classes you also help fund the cycling centre.

Class 1,  7-7.50pm

Class 2,  8. 8.50pm

For more info contact Padraig or Mary at 0877992857.

BMX OPEN DAY
Western Lakes CC will hold round 2 of the BMX League on Saturday the 24th of October at 11am sharp, the league is open to all categories from adult right through to U8’s.
A variety of races and jump and skill competitions will take place during the day.
An open session will be held where jumps and specific  BMX skills will be thought by experts.
Maybe even learn skills like these, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z19zFlPah-o
See details on Western Lakes CC BMX track. http://www.westernlakescc.com/#/bmxtrackopen/4532134930
The BMX track is situated at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road out of Ballinrobe Co Mayo.
For more details contact Gerry 0872580294

Connacht AGM
Will take place at the Dalton Inn Claremorris at 8pm on Monday the 2nd of November, any matters arising during the year re events or other can be taken up at this meeting. We are also looking for a delegate to go forward onto the committee, so don’t be shy we all have to play our part.

Connacht awards
Will take place on Friday the 6th of November at 8.00pm at the TF Royal Castlebar, Club members have won prizes in the Mayo, Connacht, TT  and MTB leagues  plus medals at the open Connacht championships for road, TT and hill climb so we expect a big turn out from club members to support our winners.

CLUB AGM
Will take place in O Malley bar Glebe St on Tuesday the 10th  of November at 8pm. All members are requested in attend as your input is dearly required so the club can progress.

Connacht MTB CHAMPS
The Connacht Mountain Biking Championships will take place in Cong Woods on Sunday the 18th of October.
This will be an open race as well,  so all are welcome.
Races for all categories, Elite, Expert, Sport, Novice, Ladies, Juniors and youths U12-U16
Sign on from 11am at the Pigeon Hole Cong approx 2miles from Cong out the Clonbur road follow the brown sign posts to pigeon hole.
Sign On open from 11am at woods entrance, course will be set out from 10.30am
Youths start at 12noon, seniors at 1pm.
For more info contact Padraig 0877992857

ROLLER/ TURBO MARATHON FUNDRAISER
The clubs main fund raiser for 2009 will take place on Saturday the 28th of November in conjunction with Ballinrobe’s town special shopping incentive day.
The idea is to have stationary bike attached to Turbo trainers up on a trailer in the cornmarket for 10hrs starting at 10am and finishing around 8pm that evening.
We will be looking for people to volunteer their time for collecting as well as for cycling, there will be more on this closer to the time.
BMX Open Day
Western Lakes CC will hold round 2 of the BMX League on Saturday the 24th of October at 11am sharp, the league is open to all categories from adult right through to U8’s.

A variety of races and jump and skill competitions will take place during the day.

An open session will be held where jumps and specific  BMX skills will be thought by experts.

The BMX track is situated at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine road out of Ballinrobe Co Mayo.

For more details contact Gerry 0872580294

Western Lakes CC Awards Night
Club league(Western Lakes & Covey Wheelers) and Club awards for 2009
Will take place at 8.30pm at Gannon’s bar main St Ballinrobe and restaurant
on Saturday the 17th of October.
This will be an all ticket affair, tickets can be got from Committee
members, with Adults costing ?20 youths U16 costing ?10, this includes a BBQ
and buffet meal, with plenty of food.
Awards winners and league winners will be presented on the night.
Plus the most improved Youth and Adult cyclist of the Club league between
ourselves and Covey wheelers.
See club web in the next day or two for league placing. Western Lakes CC
celebrates 10 years of activities this year. To book your tickets please let
me know by OCTOBER 11th we need o know numbers in advance.

Padraig Marrey

Open Connacht MTB Champs 2009
The Connacht Mountain Biking Championships will take place in Cong Woods on Sunday the 18th of October.

This will be an open race as well,  so all are welcome.

Races for all categories, Elite, Expert, Sport, Novice, Ladies, Juniors and youths U12-U16

Sign on from 11am at the Pigeon Hole Cong approx 2miles from Cong out the Clonbur road follow the brown sign pots to pigeon hole.

Sign On open from 11am at woods entrance, course will be set out from 10.30am
Youths start at 12noon, seniors at 1pm.
For more info contact Padraig 0877992857.

Joe Marrey wins club league 09
Over 11 events that included  Time Trials, hill climbs and 7 road races,  Joe managed to hold his nerve to come 2nd in the last event to grap the league from an ever improving Darragh Reidy from Westport.

The two riders were neck and neck for the final 3 rounds with Joe sneaking it at the death.

The event was very successful with a total of 87 cyclist taken part in one or more of the rounds throughout the year.

The league works well as it allows beginners and experienced cyclist to race together using a handicap system and a most improved rider competition where times are  taken at the TT and hill climb at the start of the league which then have to be bettered at the end of the year if one is to win the league.

The most improved Adult and Youth cyclist will also be announced  on the night.

League presentation will take place along with the club annual awards on October 17th at Gannon’s bar Main St Ballinrobe.

Tickets can be got from club committee of either Western Lakes CC or Covey wheelers.

Club League & Awards 2009
Will take place at 8.30pm at Gannon’s bar main St Ballinrobe and restaurant on Saturday the 17th of October.

This will be an all ticket affair, tickets can be got from Committee members, with Adults costing €20 youths U16 costing €10, this includes a BBQ and buffet meal, with plenty of food.

Awards winners and league winners will be presented on the night.

Plus the most improved Youth and Adult cyclist of the Club league between ourselves and Covey wheelers.

See club web in the next day or two for league placing.

Western Lakes CC celebrates 10 years of activities this year so we are looking at a theme for the night please let me know by September 24th

BMX Winter League
Western lakes Cycling club are running a BMX league starting next Saturday 12th of  September at 11 o clock.all age groups under 8’s U10’s U12’s U14’s U16’s.Juniors, Seniors, will be catered for.Points will be awarded for each catagory.The league will be run over 5 rounds entry fee 3 euro per round.

Contact Gerry for more details 0872580294

Carlistrane Man Wins
Andrew Shaughnessy from Carlistrane put in a great performance in the 10 mile TT in Ballinrobe last Thursday evening with a 3minute and 45seconds improvement since the last time the TT was done 5 months a go in April.

Young Arran Chambers from Westport also put in a sterling performance in the Youth section with an improvement of 3minutes 20seconds which will have him in the driving seat for the most improved Youth rider competition with Andrew in the same position in the Senior section.

Next Thursday 5k hill climb up Lally’s Mt will tell who has improved most over the 5months, the overall in the league will also be settled with Joe Marrey and Darragh Reidy fighting it out for the top position, while below them there are 15 riders hoping to end up in the top 10.

Results.
1st Andrew Shaughnessy Carlistrane improvement 3.45mins
2nd Alan Flaherty Renvyle 3.44mins
3rd Arran Chambers 3.20Mins Westport
4th Seamus Walsh Ballinrobe 3.13mins
5th Darragh Reidy Westport 2.55mins
6th Joe Marrey Ballinrobe 2.53mins
7th Mark Finnerty Ballinrobe 2.37mins
8th Chris Kennedy Westport 2.19mins
9th Brian Martin Loughrea 2.08mins
10th Francis Sheridan Westport 1.08mins

Sign on Thursday the 10th at 6.15pm at O Toole’s bar Tourmakeady.

Western Lakes cyclist crowned Gael Force Queen champion for the second time
Mary Mulchrone a native of Fahy Westport won back her Gael Force title after a one year lapse.

In 2008 race Mary was beaten by Jenny McCauley of Dublin who represented Ireland at the 2004 Olympic games In Athens (Greece) for Mountain biking.

In 2009 Mary took a more relaxed approach to training early on and only started thinking seriously about competing with 6 weeks to go after an encouraging personal best up the infamous Croagh Patrick climb.

This year’s event had a bumper field with over 2100 participants taking part in the 66k of multi discipline activities broken into 15k of road/cross country running, 1k of Kayaking, 45k of cycling and the tortuous 5k accent and decent of Croagh Patrick (The Reek).

Mary time of 4hrs and 16 minutes was 15minutes better than her nearest female competitor and good enough to get her 59th place overall.

Next challenge for Mary  will be the newly organised Roar event on Saturday September 12th, like Gael Force it’s a multi discipline event based in Keel on Achill island, this is sure to be another big hit for tourism on Achill island as entries have already closed with 450 participants entered.

See results on http://www.roar.ie

Club League Round 8 & 9
Mayo Wheelers Duo Charles Predergast and Jay Daly dominate club league.

Charles Predergast won round 8 in Westport with a convincing win on a very wet and windy night.

Jay not to be out done by his team mate goes just as good in Round 9 a week later in Ballinrobe when he soloed to a fine win.

With only 2 rounds left the league moves up a new level as now team tactics goes out the window and its time to race against the clock.

This Thursday the 3rd of September, the 10 mile Time Trial that was used away back in April on the Ballyglass road will find out who has improved in that discipline over the 5 months since the last test.

Likewise the following Thursday (Sept 10th )the Hill climb up Lally’s mountain will do the same.

Both the Time trail and Hill climb will be used to find out who are the most improved cyclists in the Youth and Adult sections, last year Ronan Joyce won the most improved adult while Robert Staunton won the most improved Youth, this year it could be anyone so come on out and have a go.

Solo win for young Chris Kennedy of Covey Wheelers
Making the most of his handicap young under 14 rider Chris Kennedy of  Covey Wheelers soloed to a great win in Round 7 of the western Lakes / Covey wheelers league.

JJ Flaherty and his team hosted the event at Tully Cross setting out a hilly tough course for the 30 cyclists.

Hard racing by the scratch riders caught the middle group after 18miles, 5 miles later all but one of the front group riders were caught, leaving young Kennedy out on his own with 4 miles to go.

Some frantic attacks by the scratch riders soon had Kennedy in sight but it was not enough as he held his nerve to hold on for the win, Padraig Marrey jumped the rest of the group to get 2nd with Gerhard Hack of Germany getting the nod for 3rd.

A big thanks to the Village Inn Tully for  providing  the refreshments and to the local ladies for making the sandwiches.

Next round August the 20th in Westport, sign on from 6.45pm at the Garden centre on the West Rd, race start at 7.30pm

Thanks from Ballinrobe 2 Day Cycle Committee
Western Lakes cycling club would like to thank all marshals, drivers, stewards who helped with smooth running of the Ballinrobe 2 day cycle race.

105 cyclist took part making it the biggest open cycle race to be held in Connacht this year. Cyclist came from all corners of Ireland to give the town 2 big weekends in a row of sporting activity.

The club would like to thank the GARDAI for the help with road Marshalling the Red Cross for ambulance support and to the Lake district / Tourist office and to Gannon’s bar and Restaurant for hosting the prize giving.

Special thanks to  Marrey bikes, Connemara fisheries, and to Petal and Buds for sponsoring this great event.

Western Lakes CC promotes many forms of cycling in the West of Ireland.

An Post Team Connacht Launch
In September 2009 an ultra marathon cycle challenge will take place in Ireland which will test endurance, strength and mental toughness.  The Race Around Ireland is a time trial consisting of 1350 miles of open roads, over some of Ireland’s largest mountains taking in magnificent scenery and passing some of Ireland’s most famous landmarks. During the Race Around Ireland cyclists will be competing in the most challenging event of their lives as this event lies second behind the Race Across America (RAAM) in terms of Toughness

At 8pm on the 16th September four riders from the An Post Team Connacht will start their journey from Navan to compete in the event.  The team of amateur cyclists includes Padraig Marrey (Western Lakes Cycling Club South Mayo), Dara Mooney (Eire Og Cycling Club) and brothers Noel & Michael Brady (Covey Wheelers Westport). The riders will toss aside interclub rivalry and form An Post Team Connacht for an adventure of a lifetime.

It is impossible for a team to complete the challenge with out a crew. It’s the responsibility of the crew to care for the cyclists by providing food, clothing, medical care, bicycle repair, massage, and navigation.  Crewing for the cyclists will be as much of a challenge as riding itself. It offers some immense rewards of seeing the country, building some lifelong friendships and the pride of getting your cyclists safely around Ireland. The crew includes Colm Casey (Manager), Jimmy Durcan, Jim Tuohy, Ray Mc Hugh, Brendan Scullion, Padraig Conway, Martin Mc Nally, Ray Staunton, Joe Marrey & Jesse Mooney

It is also impossible to enter a team with out the help of sponsors and with three postmen on the An Post team Connacht  the first letter seeking a sponsor went to Barney Whelan Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs with An Post. Thankfully An Post came up trumps once again for cycling in Ireland. “Without the support of An Post for our team it is quite simple we would struggle to be on the start line”  Barney Whelan said “An Post’s support for cycling in Ireland ranges from basic recruitment to the sport right through to professional level, with our sponsorship of the Sean Kelly Team. The An Post Cycle Series and The Race Around Ireland are great opportunities to support our customers and our own staff who put so much effort and commitment in at amateur level.”

The team has also been selected as the guinea pigs for an exciting research project said Colm Casey Manager of the An Post Team Connacht. While the An Post Team Connacht riders are competing, a group of scientists and researchers from Dublin City University, CLARITY: Centre for Sensor Web Technologies, and NUI Maynooth will be undertaking research into the effect this event will have on competitors and their environment. The effect that this type of ultra endurance cycle racing will have on the body, and how long it will take to recover from such an event, is currently unknown. CLARITY researchers will be working in conjunction with An Post Team Connacht.

Ballinrobe 2 Day 2009 Results
Meath Cyclist wins Ballinrobe 2 day
Colm Laverty an ex Meath footballer wins the Ballinrobe 2 day making it a
winning  weekend for County Meath.
Mayo was humbled by Meath in the football and had also to be content by been
humbled in the cycling by a great ride by a Meath cyclist.
After 3 stages covering 179kms at an average speed of  41.2 kms per hour,
racing was far from easy at the Ballinrobe 2 day.
Pre race favourite Paul Griffin Earl of Desmond struggled to get the scratch
group moving even after race director lowered the handicap time on the
second road stage.
In the morning time trial Mark Dowling set a scorching time for the 7.4k TT
winning it from Paul Griffin with Limerick rider Stephen Teeling Lynch 3rd .
The afternoon stage was again dominated by the C and Lady riders holding of
the scratch riders to the very end even though they had only a 5 min
handicap over the A riders.
Last year’s winner Patrick Clarke from Castlebar made a valiant attempt to
retain the Eileen Marrey memorial trophy by  jumping across  the gap with 3
others going into the 2nd lap of 43k and looked to have the overall sewn up
but found they could not get ride of the C riders.
In the sprint for the line Gerhard Hack of the promoting club Western Lakes
CC won the bunch gallop for the stage whilst as a bonus won the green points
jersey as he had already been up in the points competition,  he beat come
back man Derek Cunningham of Bray Wheelers in to 2nd and Frank Barret of
Galway Bay to 3rd.
Paul Griffin won the sprint out of the  A and B group some 15 seconds back
on the C group.
For a change the weather remained dry and mostly sunny making for a great
weekend’s racing.
Western Lakes would like to thank the Gardai for their road marshalling, the
Red Cross for their Ambulance support and to all the marshalls and drivers
who helped over the weekend, to Josie Quigley and Gannon’s bar and
restaurant for the refreshments and a special thanks to the sponsors Marrey
Bikes and Connemara Fisheries.
Here hoping next year’s event is bigger and better.

Stage 1 results
1st Constaine Bartels Western Lakes CC
2nd Stephen Clancy Cycling Pursuits
3Rd  Peter Rimmer Lakeside Mullingar
4th Frank Barret Galway Bay
5th Mick Cosgrove South Dublin
6th Colm Laverty Navan RC

Yellow Constaine Bartels Western Lakes CC
Points Jersey wearer Stephen Clancy Cycling Pursuits
Mountains Mick Cosgrove South Dublin
Team Western Lakes

Results Stage 2 a TT
1ST Mark Dowling Engrave.ie 9.17.89
2nd Paul Griffin Earl Of Desmond 9.23.66
3rd Stephen Teeling Lynch Limerick CC 9.26.63
4TH robin Kelly Comeragh CC 9.28.34
5TH Chris Troy Castlebar CC 9.29.33

Yellow Colm Laverty Navan RC
Points Constaine Bartels Western Lakes CC
Mountains Mick Cosgrove South Dublin CC

Results Stage 2 b
1st Gerhard Hack Western Lakes CC 2.03.22
2nd Derek Cunningham Bray WH
3rd Frank Barret Galway Bay
4th Paul Giblin Galway Bay
5th Alan Loftus Limerick
6th Joe Marrey Western Lakes.

Overall
1st Colm Laverty Navan RC
2nd Gavin Keane Donamon @6″
3rd Frank Barret Galway Bay @12″
4th Raymond Dunlop Lakeland CC @32″
5th Peter Rimmer Mullingar CC @34″
6TH mark Dowling Engrave.ie @34″
7th David Fagan Mullingar CC @36″
8TH Patrick Clarke Castlebar CC @36″
9th Mick Cosgrove South Dublin CC @37″
10TH Paul Griffin Earl of Desmond @40″

Team Galway Bay
Points Gerhard Hack Western Lakes CC
Mountains Mick Cosgrove South Dublin CC

Unplaced prizes Overall
C Derek Cunningham Bray Wh
B Stephen Teeling Lynch Limerick
V Tom Shannahan Limerick
Lady Sarah Piner Mullingar
Junior Stephen Clancy Cycling Pursuits
Stage 2b Result attached.

Home town win for Western Lakes CC

Young Constaine Bartels in his first year racing scored the biggest result of his life by winning stage 1 of the Ballinrobe 2 day.
He and 15 others made full use of their handicap to hold of the fast galloping A and B riders by only 35 seconds.
On the climbs Mick Cosgrove of South Dublin CC proved strongest and holds the jersey by 3pts from Anthony Testa from West Coast Wheelers.

The Sprint competition the stage winner holds the jersey but has to pass it over to 2nd place rider Stephen Clancy of Cycling Pursuits Limerick by virtue of him holding the Yellow jersey.

Tomorrows stages will no doubt through up more surprises with a 8k TT in the morning and a 86k rolling road stage in the afternoon.
The Ballinrobe 2 day is sponsored by Marrey Bikes and Connemara fisheries

Stage 1 results
1st Constaine Bartels Western Lakes CC
2nd Stephen Clancy Cycling Pursuits
3Rd  Peter Rimmer Lakeside Mullingar
4th Frank Barret Galway Bay
5th Mick Cosgrove South Dublin
6th Colm Laverty Navan RC

Yellow Constaine Bartels Western Lakes CC
Points Jersey wearer Stephen Clancy Cycling Pursuits
Mountains Mick Cosgrove South Dublin
Team Western Lakes

Cycle Challenge West
On Your Bike is organizing our very own Irish cyclosportive, Cycle Challenge West.  Choose from three stunningly scenic cycling routes of 50kms, 100kms or 150kms, all starting and finishing in Westport, County Mayo.

Click here to sign up today for Cycle Challenge West.

Your Entry Fee Includes your T-Shirt, goody bag, refreshments during the event, use of changing and shower facilities, parking by Westport House and a hot meal in The Farmyard at the finish and various support services during the event and a €5 donation to the Irish Heart Foundation   Note: Only entries before the 1st of August will receive an event t-shirt.

The Venue
Westport, winner of the 2008 Tidy Town’s competition is surrounded by Ireland’s most scenic cycling. The sportive venue will be The Farmyard in the grounds of Westport House . Westport House is one of Ireland’s most beautiful, privately owned, 18th century Historic Homes. It is situated in a magnificent Parkland setting, with a Lake, Terraces and Gardens overlooking Clew Bay. This will be the venue for Sign-On, Start and Finish, Free Parking, Hot Showers and a Free Hot Meal afterwards.

The Routes
There are three routes to choose from. All three routes will start out together for the first 25kms.

50km Partry Hills Route. Food and Water station at 26kms.  Map of Route.
100km Lough Doo Pass Route. Food and water stations at 44kms and 58kms.Map of Route.
150km Maamturk Mountains Route. Food and water stations at 44kms, 81kms and 106kms.  Map of Route

Sign-On
Sign-On will be in The Farmyard, Westport House (enter via Quay Rd.), Westport.

Saturday 15th August 18:00 – 20:00

Sunday 16th August 06:00 – 07:00
NEW ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AT SIGN-ON. However, only online entrants before the 1st of August will receive an event t-shirt. Online entrants must also sign-on at the venue where all entrants will receive their goody bag and event t-shirt.

Start/Finish Area
All three routes will start and finish at The Farmyard in Westport House Grounds. START TIME IS 8AM. There will be Free Parking available here. Afterwards, there will be Hot Showers available and a Free Hot Meal for all participants.

Weather Conditions
August is one of the best months of the year for good weather in the West, so it should be warm and sunny. However, this is Ireland so participants would be well advised to bring some wet weather gear.

Safety
All participants must wear a hard shell crash helmet. No helmet, no cycle.
Bikes must be in a roadworthy condition.
The roads will remain open at all times and in the interest of safety, participants must obey the instructions of any event personnel on the day.

Please be aware of other road users at all times.

First-Aid will be provided on the day by the Red Cross.

Accomodation
Westport Tourist Office, Tel 098 25711 offer a service of finding accomodation for you. You tell them what your requirements and budget are, and they find you somewhere to match your needs. They take a €4 booking fee and a 10% deposit for your accommodation. You pay the other 90% at your accommodation when you arrive.
Campsite, Westport House Grounds (Just beside Start/Finish & Sign-On). There is a special rate of €10 (down from €27) for event participants.

Big weekend of racing in the West
The Ballinrobe 2 day will again attract a big field with 100 plus riders signed up for Ireland’s only handicapped stage race.

Paul Griffin stands out as the clear favourite as he was 2nd in last weekend  Suirvalley 3 day, but will have to contend with the likes of , Murphy Surveyors and Stamullen teams and with  Castlebar CC fielding a big team eager to retain the trophy as  last year winners with Patrick Clarke, recently crowned National Junior champion Charles Prendergast riding on the Connacht team is another rider who could surprise..

Saturday stage is a little hillier than previous editions with 5 categorised climbs, this will suit the A cat riders who start a few minutes behind the C and Ladies and Over 50 riders.

Sunday  TT  stage could have a bearing on the overall with 8k Test against the clock, the strong Time Trialist like Simon Coughlan the  recent European Master Pursuit champion will be gunning for this  stage and maybe even the overall.

Stage 2B is a new edition to the race with 2 laps of 43k over open undulating roads around North Galway which will make it hard to control for any one club team.

The Western Lakes club is proud to be Sponsored by Marrey bikes and Connemara for the event and hopes everyone enjoys the weekend.

Polka Dot 2009 Report
The Ballinrobe 2 day will again attract a big field with 100 plus riders signed up for Ireland’s only handicapped stage race.

Paul Griffin stands out as the clear favourite as he was 2nd in last weekend  Suirvalley 3 day, but will have to contend with the likes of , Murphy Surveyors and Stamullen teams and with  Castlebar CC fielding a big team eager to retain the trophy as  last year winners with Patrick Clarke, recently crowned National Junior champion Charles Prendergast riding on the Connacht team is another rider who could surprise..

Saturday stage is a little hillier than previous editions with 5 categorised climbs, this will suit the A cat riders who start a few minutes behind the C and Ladies and Over 50 riders.

Sunday  TT  stage could have a bearing on the overall with 8k Test against the clock, the strong Time Trialist like Simon Coughlan the  recent European Master Pursuit champion will be gunning for this  stage and maybe even the overall.

Stage 2B is a new edition to the race with 2 laps of 43k over open undulating roads around North Galway which will make it hard to control for any one club team.

The Western Lakes club is proud to be Sponsored by Marrey bikes and Connemara for the event and hopes everyone enjoys the weekend.

Cyclists to flock to Ballinrobe on August 8th and 9th
With the Tour De France nearly over and Ireland’s young Nicolas Roche riding for the AG2R team putting in a storming performance in his first ever appearance cycling is really in the spot light, remember it was only a month ago that Nicolas struggled to beat Mayo’s own David O Loughlin.

Like the Tour De France the Ballinrobe 2 day is a stage race with 3 stages over the 2 days there will be plenty of racing for all the participants.

B&B and restaurants in the area will be busy over the weekend which will help stem the recession.

This year we are changing the routes to spice up the racing so that regulars don’t get complacent. Stage 1 is 90k taking 5 climbs around Tourmakeady, Maam and Clonbur so a really good day for the climbers, Sunday Morning has 2 stages with a 8K Time trial from Kilamine to Ballinrobe and the Afternoon Stage 3 will be 2 laps on the Cross, Headford, Shrule,  Ballinrobe circuit.

http://www.marreybikes.com bike shop again will sponsor the overall prizes, new sponsor Connemara Fisheries has been secured to sponsor the Polkadot jersey for the best climber in the race.

Without sponsors like these the race could not go ahead and the club really appreciates the help.

For more race details contact race director Padraig Marrey 0877992857.

Western Lakes CC wins first National medal at MTB Champs
Young Brendan Scullion from Claddaghduff won a bronze medal at the National U16 Championships for Mountain biking on  a very hilly testing course near Ballyhinch Co Down.

Brendan rode superbly  to win the medal, even a bad fall on the 3rd lap could not stop him.

Western Lakes were also represented by Padraig Marrey who was unlucky to puncture while in 3rd place in the Experts race.

David O Loughlin who rides for the An Post Sean Kelly professional cycling team also gave the champs a good lash, when he finished a very creditable 6th place in the Elites race where he had to overcome punctures and mechanicals to finish, this in only his first MTB championship every.

Club League 2009 Round 6
Brave escape by Doherty
Young Con Doherty pulled of a great feat at  round 6 of the Western Lakes / Covey wheelers cycling league. The Under 14 cyclist in his first every race made most of his handicap by averaging a speed close to 23mph for the 27mile race which was held on the main Louisburgh Westport road.

Con did really well to hold of the scratch group which was led in by  Constaine Bartels Belcarra and Colm Staunton Westport as the scratch men caught everyone else on the night to average a speed close to 26mph.

Jarlath Togher stills leads but by the slenderest of margins of only 1 pt, as he did not score pts in the top 10 which left him outside the big points, with only 4 rounds left there is all to cycle for especially anyone in the top 10.

The league continues to grow from strength to strength and members of the Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes club are welcomed to join the league at any time.

Round 7 will be held in Tully Cross Co Galway on August 13th starting at 7.30pm sharp, contact JJ Flaherty for more details @ 0879120910

Results Rd 6.
1st Con Doherty Westport
2nd Constaine Bartels Belcarra
3rd Colm Staunton Westport
4th Graham Casey The Neale
5th Joe Marrey Ballinrobe
6th John Murphy Ballinrobe
7th JJ Flaherty Renvyle
8th Keith Hynes Carlistrane
9th Brendan Scullion Claddaghduff
10th.Dara Reidy Westport

Queen of the Lakes Festival set to draw huge crowds to Ballinrobe
After a hugely successful revival last year, the popular Queen of the Lakes festival is set to have Ballinrobe rocking from July 19th to 26th – starting on Connacht Final evening and climaxing a week later with the popular Queen of the Lakes selection pageant in the town.

Generous sponsorship from Tesco and Failte Ireland have made it possible for the festival to become even bigger and better than last year’s event, and an active local committee have been working tirelessly on the project in recent months.

“Last year, our festival ran for three days, and it was a great success. Now we are expanding it to a full week, and we are looking forward to a great week in Ballinrobe,” said Deirdre Biggins, chairperson of the organising committee.

An action-packed weekend is promised in Ballinrobe with A Step Back in Time – Country Market and Heritage Day, street-painting, face-painting, soccer matches, and Ballinrobe Races.

There will be music and entertainment in local pubs every night of the week.

The Queen chosen on Sunday night, July 26th, will preside over social and community events in the region for the next 12 months.

The tradition started over 20 years ago when the Queen of the Mask contest was held, and in the past ten years it was re-named the Queen of the Lakes. The selection contest has always attracted huge crowds.

The reigning Queen, Aoife Kelly, will be on hand to place the tiara on the crown of the new Queen. Twelve contestants will take part from all around the Lake District. “I have had a great year as Queen of the Lakes, and I wish this year’s contestants the very best,” said Aoife Kelly, who launched the 2009 festival last week.

The winning girl will receive a cash prize of €500, a piece of Tipperary Crystal sponsored by Walkin’s Gift Shop, and will also go forward to next year’s Rose of Mayo contest. The winner in the Rose of Mayo takes part in the Rose of Tralee.

The full programme of events is as follows:

Sunday, July 19th:
The Polka Dot Challenge, taking cyclists up and down some of the highest peaks in the Lake District. Contact Western Lakes Cycling Club officer Fergal O’Neill (fjgon@eircom.net or 087 1211047) for more details;
Music on the Street – chat the Connacht Final night away – live music with Phase and Pot Electric, in Cornmarket, Ballinrobe. Barbecue, with pig roasting on the spit, from 7.30pm onwards; there is also a traditional roasting of the pig on spit outside O Haire’s pub in cornmarket. Come along and celebrate the Connacht final!!

There is a karaoke competition in Art O Neill’s Bar along with a traditional session with ‘Dancing at the Crossroads’ , from 7pm to 9pm in McCoy’s Bar followed by DJ Sean. All drinks are just €3

There is music in Costello’s Bar with DJ Richie.

Monday & Tuesday, July 20th and 21st:
Ballinrobe Races, one of the great west of Ireland traditions.
The first race commences at 5.40pm along with music in the race course with ‘Tempo’.

A 4 course race menu in McCoy’s is €25 with live music from ‘Sheebeen’.

Live music in Art O Neill’s with ‘Street Wise’ along with a free BBQ.

Costello’s Bar are hosting a Texas Hold’em Festival Freeze Out with €500 guaranteed. Please call 0872060595 if any enquires.

The race meeting specials are from €9.95 in the Aubergine Restaurant on Main St.

On Tuesday, the first race meeting commences at 5.40pm along with music by ‘SaFire’.

Live music in Art O Neill’s Bar with the ‘Elastic Band’ followed by a free BBQ. McCoy’s have live music with ‘The Neil Diamond Experience’ and a four course race menu costs €25.

Finally, there is a Texas hold’em session in Costello’s Bar.

Wednesday, July 22nd:
No-Name Disco for teenagers, The Valkeburg, with DJ Fergal Darcy of i102 Radio.

Open day at the new BMX track, the cycling centre, Kilamine Rd. Bring your bike and helmet for a fantastic fun afternoon. 4-7pm. Ages 9-90. €2 charge.

Thursday, July 23rd:
The Queen Ball, The Valkenburg, 9pm. Music by Shaun Loughrey. Come along and meet the prospective Queen of the Lakes 2009.
The Conor Lambert Puppet show presents ‘Punch and Judy with hosts Ding and Dong’.  It shows at 5pm and 7pm in the Valk. Tickets are available at the door.
McCoy’s-Hypnotist and comedy show with the legendary ‘Barry Sinclair’. Show starts at 9.30pm.

Friday, July 24th:
Open Air Ceili, Abbey Street, Ballinrobe, with the one and only Carousel, 8pm. Dance the night away!
The Traditional Irish Music in Biggin’s Bar Bowgate St.
Art O Neill’s Bar hosts a Caribbean night.
Night club in the Valk.

Saturday, July 25th:
A Step Back in Time – Ballinrobe Heritage Day. An old favourite. Shop-keepers in traditional costumes. Vintage cars, stands, boiled boxty, roasted pig, costume characters, the lot. Prize for Best Shop Window. Galway Jazz Band from 12-2pm in Abbey Street. A superb day is in store. Please note Main Street will be pedestrianised on this day.

Soccer blitz in The Green for U8s, U10s, and Seniors.

Official opening by the Town Crier and current Queen of the Lakes, Aoife Kelly at 10.30am. Dress up in your old gear and join the fun.

Live music on the streets with the ‘Guinness Jazz Band’,12-2pm.

There is entertainment all day in Arts’ with the Duggan School of Dancing river dance special at 3pm along with a magician, face painting, pig on spit, BBQ and of course live music with the famous ‘Tempo’ at 6pm followed by DJ Geoff.

The ‘Guinness Jazz Band’ plays again, Abbey Street, 8-10pm.

Ibiza foam party with laser show and confetti bombs in McCoy’s Bar, Abbey Street.

70’s night in Inch’s Bar (Fitzpatrick’s), Main St.

Traditional music in the front bar of The Valk with the ‘Big Session’ at 10pm.

Music in Costello’s with ‘Tempo’ with free BBQ in the beer garden.

Sunday, July 26th:
Family Fun Day, Flanagan Park, Ballinrobe. Clowns, costume characters, bouncing castles, roaring and shouting, maybe the odd bit of screaming, but nothing we can’t handle. A Kiddies Disco, too, in Flanagan Park, and a (perhaps not unrelated) Tug-o-War.

Queen of the Lakes final pageant, in association with Tesco and Failte Ireland, in The Valkenburg, Ballinrobe, 9pm. Compere Liam Horan. Doors open 8.30pm. Come early to be guaranteed a seat. Admission €15. Show followed by live music with Tempo, and Disco.

Inter pub tug-of-war competition in Abbey St at 7pm.

Trad session in McCoy’s Bar from 7pm until 9pm. Music with ‘Dancing at the crossroads’. DJ Sean 10-late. All drinks €3

The Karaoke final takes place in Art’s Bar.

BMX Open Evening
Relive the highs of the 1970’s and 80’s by taking part in BMX cycling.

The Western Lakes Cycling Club will hold an open evening of competition on Wednesday 22nd of July  at the BMX Track on the Kilmaine Road Ballinrobe  from 4pm onwards.

Open to all categories from 9years of age to as old as you like.

There will be races from the different categories over different distances.

This event is been organised as part of the Ballinrobe Festival and we hope to get as many new people as possible turning up to have a go a BMX racing.

For More details contact Gerry 087 2580294

Club League 2009 Round 5
Togher still in control

Jarlath Togher from Cong remains top of the leader board after 5 rounds of the Western Lakes /Covey club league.

With 5 rounds still remaining its all to play for, especially as all the top guns are lining up behind him.

Carlistrane natives Keith Hynes and Andrew Shaughnessy pulled out all the stops when they finished 4th and 5th respectively on home turf against far more experienced riders.

Graham Casey is beginning to come into form at the right time when he narrowly missed out winning Rd 5, when he was out sprinted by in form Padraig Marrey.

Casey was in contention for the overall honours last year and is eager to make up for last year’s disappointment.

Bernard Gereathy Carlistrane  put on a fine show by organising everything from weather, Marshalls, lead car drivers and getting all the local ladies to bake  up loads of lovely refreshments for the post race presentation.

Results Rd 5.
1st Padraig Marrey Ballinrobe
2nd Graham Casey The Neale
3rd Jarlath Togher Cong
4th Keith Hynes Carlistrane
5th Andrew Shaughnessy Carlistrane
6th Charles Prendergast Louisburgh
7th Constaine Bartels Belcarra
8th JJ Flaherty Renvyle
9th Joe Marrey Ballinrobe
10th John Murphy Ballinrobe.

Report on M2M 2009
Western Lake riders part of the record setting team on the  Mizen to Malin 20hr Bid
5 Western Lakes riders were part of the team that completed the gruelling cycle form Mizen Head (Co Cork ) to Malin head(Co Donegal), the group were 18 strong in total,  that cycled the 590kms between the 2 points at an average speed of 33kph, to complete the distance in a time of 18hrs 53mins to set a new record for a group.
The group were lucky to have dry conditions but had not the advantage of a helping wind as the winds were mostly hitting the riders on their right shoulder.
For over 3/4 of the bid it looked like the riders would achieve a time under 18hrs but traffic problems in Derry city and tiredness hit in over the closing 1/4 of the bid,   and instead looked at getting inside the 19hrs mark.
The new mark is now nearly 2hrs better than the old time that was set back in July 2006.
Each of the cyclists burned an average 15,000kals, pedalled over 10,000 pedal strokes, and drank 20 litres of fluids over the duration of the bid.
Bids like this could not be achieved without the EFFORTS of a skilled support crew who managed the food, hydration and mechanical problems of the riders.
Every effort was made so that the cyclist had a safe passage through all the main towns as the group raced through the 4 provinces and 13 counties  on their way from Mizen to Malin.
The organiser Western Lakes CC would like to thank all the people who gave generously and donated to Mayo cancer care support and to the Gardai along the route who helped with the marshalling.
The western lakes riders :Michael Moran (BA), Constaine Bartels (Curly Bobs), John Murphy (Skins), Joe Marrey and Padraig Marrey
The back up team also had club members involved and they were Brendan Scullion and Gabriel Coen (Back up support vehicle)

Polka Dot Challenge Newsletter
Western lakes Polka Dot Challenge
Sunday July 19th  09
The West’s Ultimate Cycling Challenge supporting Concern

Sign on open at 7.30am Start at 8.30am
from Western lakes Cycling Centre
Kilmaine Rd. Ballinrobe,

Ride the Hills of South Mayo and Galway’s Joyce Country on quiet country roads
and discover the beauty of Irelands Western lakes.

Entry on line to day http://www.westernlakescc.com/#/polkadot-challenge-route2009/4531993692

Polka Dot Fada 180km
A challenge aimed at the experienced cyclist.

Ballinrobe-Carnacon-Ballintubber-Killawalla-Bohaun Climb-Teevinish Climb-Aghagower-Standing Stone Climb-Liscarney-Letterbrok Climb-Drummin-Barnaderg Climb-Doolough-Ashleigh Falls-Srahlea Bridge-Croghrimbeg-Lallys Climb-Tourmakeady- Churchfield Climb-Killateaun-Cappnacreha Climb-Derrymore-Maumtrasna Climb-Ail Dubh Climb-Maam-Maumean Climb-Cornamona-Treena Climb-ToonlegeeClimb-Cloghbrak-Clonbur- Ballinrobe

Sign on for Polka Dot Fada opens at 7.30am
Start at 8.30am

Polka Dot 120 km.
A Challenge for the leisure cyclist containing 9 climbs.

Ballinrobe-Carnacon-Ballintubber-Killawalla-Bohaun Climb-Croghrimbeg-Lallys Climb-Tourmakeady-Churchfield Climb- Killateaun-Cappnacreha Climb-Derrymore-Maumtrasna Climb-Ail Dubh Climb-Maam-Maumean Climb-Cornamona-Treena Climb– Cloghbrak-Clonbur-Ballinrobe
Sign on opens at 7.30am
Start at 9.30 am
Polka Dot Beag  80km

A route designed for riders who are dipping their feet into the world of cycle challenges.

Ballinrobe-Carnacon-Ballintubber-Killawalla-Bohaun Climb- Croghrimbeg-Lallys Climb-Tourmakeady-Derrymore-Maumtrasna Climb-Finny-Clonbur-Ballinrobe

Sign on opens at 7.30 am
Start at 9.30 am

Entry fee for all 3 events is
35 euro for Cycling Ireland Members
45 euro for Non- Cycling Ireland Members (includes 10euro day membership)

There will be 2 Water/Fruit stops on all routes with the 3rd  main feed stops for all riders in Tourmakeady. Riders should carry enough provisions to get them as far as Tourmakeady ie energy bars.

Although there will be support vehicles, riders are expected to carry out their own minor repairs. They should carry spare Tubes and puncture repair kit.

Riders are reminded that this is not a closed roads event and that the ‘Rules of the Road’ do apply. Please show caution and respect  other road users.

Please show respect for the environment and local residents. Do Not Litter, Bring back what you bring out

Contact Fergal
087 1211047 for further details

Cinema night in aid of Niall Mellon Township Trust
The original ‘Dirty Dancing’  with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray will be in Mayo Movie World, Thurs July 2nd. Cheese and Wine reception at 8pm with film at 8.30pm

Tickets €20     This is a Niall Mellon Township Trust fundraiser – Martin Munroe will be travelling out in November to work on the Building Blitz which provides housing for people now living in shacks. Following the very enjoyable night last year at Mamma Mia, this is another very ‘feel good’ movie.
Club News June 2009
Club leagues dates
Round Four of the club league will take place next Thursday June 11. Sign on from 7pm at the Garden centre on the West Road (Louisburgh) Westport racing starts at 7.30pm sharp. Refreshments afterwards in Mc McCarthy’s bar.  Round 5 will now move to Caherlistrane for July 9th instead of Ballinrobe, more details to follow.

Ballinrobe 2 day
There will be an open meeting held next Thursday June 18th at 9pm at Inch’s bar. The club is looking for volunteers to help with the  organisation of the event, it will be held on August 8th and 9th. If there are not enough volunteers willing to help the committee will have no option but to cancel the event.

BMX Summer fun
Ballinrobe’s BMX track remains a popular attraction to kids young and old around south Mayo. Kids from as young as five have been using the circuit since it came to the town last year.

In fact it is felt that starting at such a young age is beneficial for developing the skills for the sport, which is growing rapidly throughout Europe and around the world since it was introduced as a full Olympic sport in 2008.

Former Tour De France Director Jean Marie Lablanc as hailed the sport is the perfect introduction to all types of cycling and in Ballinrobe the track is well marshalled and maintained allowing for kids to really get a feel for BMX racing and the sport of cycling in general

Polka Dot Challenge
This year’s Polka Dot Challenge Cycle takes place on Sunday July 19 and interest is growing rapidly. The routes take in some of the tougher hills in south Mayo and north Galway and are broken into three specific levels to suit a wide range of cyclists starting with the 80km spin, then the 120 km and of course the 180km which includes all the big climbs.

On westernlakescc.com this week and in the lead up to the event itself you will be able to access a fully designed training programme catering for each event to help competitors get in shape for the gruelling but very manageable challenge.

The first focuses on the 80km spin with a strong focus on those of you who will be taking the bike from the shed for the first time in a long while and dusting off the cobwebs. Fitness wise, there are some useful tips and the technical issues are covered as well such as advise on if you will need a bike service etc. Log on and start training.

Rob Murphy
Irish Sports Media
Mobile: (086)1676457
Fax/phone: (091)761618
Alt email: robmurphy00@yahoo.co.uk

Scott sprints to victory
Young Ryan Scott from Westport beat all the seniors to win  Round 4 of Covey / Western League.

Ryan started off in group 2 and held his nerve to win a 12 person bunch gallop.

Big numbers again signed on with 40 cyclist on the line for the 22mile race from Westport to Old head and back route.

Group 2 had a 6 minute H’cap and made full use of it by working together so that neither group 3 or 4 came close to catching them.

With the standard improving with every outing the scratch men are constantly having to up their average speed if they want to have a chance of catching the limit groups up ahead.

Jarlath Togher from Cong now leads the league on 105 pts, but one slip and he could find himself down the leader board again.

The next round is in Carlistrane on July the 9th, this will be  a new venue to the league, brining cycle racing to all parts of Mayo,  North and West Galway is a priority for the Western Lakes CC, it’s a great way to promote the sport said a club spokesman.

Mayo Youth Tour 2009 Launch
You are cordially invited to the official Launch of Mayo Youth Tour 2009
In Park Inn Hotel, Kiltimagh
At 9 pm
On Wednesday June 17th, 2009

SPECIAL GUEST  –  SEAN KELLY
This is the first time this competition is taking place in Kiltimagh and we hope it will become an annual event on the Sporting Calendar. It caters for cyclists aged 10 – 16, boys and girls. It will attract cyclists and their families from many parts of Ireland, North and South. Some international teams taking part are also competing.

R.S.V.P by Friday June 12th
Liz Cawley mob: 087 4163960    email: westgrip1@eircom.net
Mary Munroe mob: 087 2820623    email: munroepm@eircom.net

Invite to Championship Man Launch
Popular club man Liam Horan is launching his latest venture Championship man on Friday June 12th at 9pm at the Library Ballinrobe.

All are welcome, come along it will be a great laugh.

Club League Dates
Round 4 of the club league will take place next Thursday the 11th of June.

Sign on from 7pm at the Garden centre on the West Road (Louisburgh) Westport racing starts at 7.30pm sharp.

Refreshments afterwards in Mc McCarthy’s bar

Round 5 will now move to Carlistrane for July 9th instead of Ballinrobe, more details to follow.

Padraig.

Mizen to Malin cyclist final preparation event
The challenge is  to cycle from Mizen Head in Co Cork to Malin Head in Co Donegal a distance of 598kms (368miles)in under 20hrs non stop, the speed they will have to average 31 kph (19.3mph)

This is what was proposed to the cycling fanatics all over Ireland last January,  49 people replied  back then,  now we are down to 20 riders who are still keen to finish the job,  the attrition rate has been worst than expected said Padraig Marrey organiser of the bid on behalf of the Western Lakes CC, he believes that the main obstacle has been getting the time to train as the training time required is up on 20hrs a week which is a big commitment for people with full time jobs.

This weekend the 6th and 7th of June is the last big test, over the  weekend the aim is to cycle 250 miles (430k) over the 2 days… the  group will  cycle from Ballinrobe Co Mayo to Dublin (230k)on the Saturday and then cycle the 200 hilly KMS of the Wicklow 200 on the Sunday.

These spins will test the limits of the remaining participants and if they get through these tests  it  will help imbed confidence  that they are prepared for the challenge to come.

Undertaking a challenge like this requires a lot of planning with routes and food stops having to be mapped out, experienced back up personal required, having cyclist who are fit with the right mentality and then having the unpredictability of the weather where we will need  lady luck on our side,  hopefully  having a strong South South Westerly wind and dry warm conditions.

More reports will follow closer to the event.

The majority of the group are doing the bid in aim of Rock Rose House Cancer support care unit in  Castlebar. The promotion of a cancer care charity like Rock Rose House ties in neatly with the arrival of Lance Armstrong in Ireland later in the summer for the Tour of Ireland in August and the World summit on Cancer to be held in Dublin on the 24th of August.

Any cycling clubs who are based near the route can  give the group a roar or a cheer on Friday the 26th of June as it would be much appreciated.

Cycling Ireland coaching and cycling workshops for National Bike Week
As part of National Bike Week 2009 (14th June -21st June), Cycling Ireland will be organising a series of bike workshops in a number of locations around the country.

Some of Ireland’s top coaches and cyclists will be giving the workshops, which will involve the following:
·         Gear and bike maintenance
·         Training tips
·         Dietary tips
·         Bike set-up and positioning
·         Safety tips
·         Practicals
·         Advice on cycling in Ireland
·         Club information

The workshops are aimed mainly at leisure cyclists who would like to know more about the sport and how to get involved in relation to clubs, events and races. They are also designed to provide the information needed for the cyclist to improve their experience on the bike and fitness levels.

The workshop for interested people in Connacht  will take place in the Days Hotel, Lanagh Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo on Monday the 15th of June  7-9pm

Well known cycling guru Padraig Marrey coach to some of Ireland’s best cyclist will present the 2hr presentation and no doubt pass on his past experiences

All are welcome and attendance is free. For more in formation contact Cycling Ireland at 01 8551522.

And don’t forget to get peddling for National Bike Week.

Cornamona 50 Mile Challenge
The annual Cornamona cycle challenge takes place on Saturday June 20th sign on open from 9am outside  O Malley’s bar.

Sponsorship cards can be got from Ray Mc Hugh @  0872898229 or pay entry on the day.

There are 3 food stops on route and BBQ afterwards, all proceeds go to various charities

An Post Tour De Burren
An Post TOUR DE BURREN SAT 20th JUNE 2009 & MIDSUMMER BBQ

The Tour de Burren is now entering its sixth year of running and numbers are continuing to grow as word spreads of the fantastic route and the detailed level of organising and planning that goes into the event. The 2008 event had 200 cyclists and we hope that we will far surpass this number in 2009.

Note that wearing of a cycling helmet is mandatory for all 3 routes which are detailed below.

Closing date for Registrations is June 12th.
If you do not register before this date, you will not receive your bag of accessories for the Tour by post. You will have to collect on the morning of the event.

Online registration – which costs 30 Euro and is mandatory for insurance reasons – for both the 60Km Corkscrew Challenge and the 160Km Burnin Burren can be done here. Online Registrations and Timings for the Tour de Burren are being provided by Precision Timing Limited.

Postal entry form for all 3 Routes can be downloaded here.

An Post Tour de Burren ROUTE DETAILS
Aillwee Cave Family Loop
The 10 km Aillwee Cave Family Loop is all about fun, enjoyment and participation. The cycle will start from the Sea Front in Ballyvaughan at 12:30 and head out on a loop to Aillwee Cave. There will be a charge of 2 Euro for this cycle. This is to cover Insurance costs and all participants will have to register either by Post or on the day. Participants are only covered by insurance if they have registered and paid the 2 Euro Insurance fee.

Corkscrew Challenge
The 60 Km Corkscrew Challenge will start  from the Sea Front in Ballyvaughan at 11am. The cyclists then go up Corskscrew Hill – a grade 2 King of the Mountains climb on the F.B.D Ras – and meet with the 160 Km cyslists at the Lisdoonvarna Food Stop where cyclists will have time to swap stories of the experience. There 60Km cycle then continues to Doolin, on to Ballinalacken, and home via Fanore and Black Head to Ballyvaughan. Registration is mandatory for insurance reasons and will be by Post or online. Charge for this event is 30 Euros.

Burnin Burren
The 160 km spin Burnin Burren spin starts at the Sea Front in Ballyvaughan at 9.30am sharp and takes cyclists out of Ballyvaughan on the Galway road, veering left at Bellharbour, up Ballaghtdine, up Corker Hill, and on through Carron Village. Taking a right turn at Sheisamor Cross, back towards Ballyvaughan, at the cross a left turn and on towards the Corkscrew Hill – a grade 2 King of the Mountains climb on the F.B.D Ras.

Next comes Lisdoonvarna, where there is a food stop in the new Pavilion Theatre. Cyclists then head for Kilfenora, on to Corofin, Ennistymon, Lahinch, Liscannor, up by Cliffs of Moher, another grade 2 King of the Mountains Hill. There is a welcome descent into Doolin, – food stop at Doolin Community Centre – then on to Ballinalacken, and home via Fanore and Black Head to Ballyvaughan. Registration is mandatory for Insurance reasons and will be by Post or On Line. Charge for this event is 30 Euros.

All routes are clearly marked on the roads and there are plenty of food and water stops along the way for those weary cyclists who need a break. Support vehicles will be in a plentiful supply for any cyclist requiring assistance.

The post cycle BBQ will be held in Logues Pub in Ballyvaughan.

Ballinrobe heat of the Cycling Community games
Take place next Wednesday the 3rd of June at the Cycling centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe sign open at 6.30pm racing starts at 7pm sharp.

Prizes for U12 and U14 boys and girls. Races are short and on the grass so its an event for everyone.

Winners qualify for the Mayo heats which are held at the same venue the following Wednesday the 10th of June at 7pm. Contact Eamon for more details @0877646416

Bog Week GP Report 2009
BOG WEEK GP
Kirwan solos to win the  first edition of the Bog week GP in beautiful sunny conditions held in Letterfrack Co Galway.

Kirwan had attached earlier in the race with Eoghan Clifford but with 10k remaining Kirwan left Clifford to solo to a fine win, Bernard Towney made a huge effort catching and passing Clifford and  attempted  catching the Dublin man but narrowly failed but held of the bunch to get 2nd , Michael Devins returned to competition after a lapse of 5 years to win the sprint for 3rd  catching Clifford on the line.

Full Results 64k in 1hr 35 mins

1ST Daniel Kirwan Usher IRC
2nd Bernard Towney Castlebar CC
3rd Michael Devins Eire Og Sligo
4th Eoghan Clifford Galway Bay CC
5th Barry Sutton Engrave .ie
6th Brian Canty Kanturk CC

This event was sponsored by CONAMARA ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION & CULTURAL CENTRE
Letterfrack, Co. Galway

Marrey sprints to Gogarty cup win.

This race was held in tough windy wet conditions, and with the roads wide open there was no where to hide.

Daniel Kirwan looked to be the strongest rider in the race when he made repeated attacks but only to be closed down time and time again, eventually  mid way through the 80k event a group of 5 riders got away Kirwan(Ushers), Clifford, Kelly(Galway Bay), Daley (Mayo Wheelers)and Stephen Mc Nally (Orwell)  this group held a max lead of about 20 sec over 4 chasing riders Mark Quigley Padraig Marrey (Western Lakes CC) Brian O Donnell (West Coast Wheelers) and Bernard Towney ( Castlebar) with the bunch scattered over 2miles in the tough conditions.

Donal kelly Galway Bay was unlucky to puncture out of the lead group  just as the they looked to be pulling away, a quick wheel change and Kelly and Marrey make a big effort to close the gap to the leaders and just as they approached the first KOH Marrey made it to the back of the cavalcade  with Kelly blowing up.

In the sprint for the KOH Marrey’s momentum netted him 1st over the top  with Mc Nally 2nd and Daley 3rd.

These 5 riders stayed together for the last 18k with the only attack a sprint for the 2nd KOH, which Mc Nally won from Daley and Marrey 3rd leaving Mc Nally the clear winner of the KOH prize which was a day’s adventure activities at the K2 Adventure centre in Leenane.

In the sprint for the line Marrey jumped first  holding of the challenge of Mc Nally Dundrum and Kirwan Usher IRC 3rd.

Renvyle House hotel sponsored this event

Full result
80k in 2hrs 7mins

1st Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC
2nd Stephen Mc Nally Dundrum Orwell
3rd Daniel Kirwan Ushers IRC
4th Jay Daley Mayo Wheelers
5th Eoghan Clifford Galway Bay
6th Donal Kelly Galway Bay

KOH Stephen Mc Nally Dundrum Orwell sponsored By the K2 Adventure centre Leenane

Organiser JJ Flaherty thanked all the helpers, sponsors, and officials.

Togher Speed to Victory
Jarlath Togher from Cong,  sprints to his first every win in the Western Lakes Covey Wheelers league held in Westport over 27 miles using an out and back circuit to Louisburg.
Jarlath only took up cycling a year a go when he got the bug by participating in the Cornamona 50 mile cycle challenge and has progressed steadily since but this victory is by far his greatest achievement.

Noel Brady and Joe Marrey mad most of their handicap by staying away from the scratch group and caught everyone else ahead, at Murrisk with 8k to go both men made what they thought was the winning move only to be dragged back by group one and 2 with 1.5k to go setting up a mass bunch sprint.

In the sprint Jarlath lead out and narrowly held of the challenge of Nick Duckett from Westport in a very tight sprint.

Next round June 11th in Westport.

Results
1st Jarlath Togher  Cong
2nd Nick Duckett Westport
3rd Brendan Scullion Claddaghduff
4th Francis Sheridan Newport
5th Graham Casey The Neale
6th Dara Reidy Westport
7th Chris Kennedy Westport
8th Ray Staunton Westport
9th Joe Marrey Ballinrobe
10th Padraig Gannon Westport

Western Lakes riders perform well.
In last week Mullingar grand prix JJ Flaherty and Mark Quigley were very aggressive with Mark been in the opening break after lap one, this break was brought back by the bunch and 10 riders immediately countered with JJ Flaherty  part of this group. This group stayed away till the finish. JJ Flaherty tried to win by braking away with 2 k to go but was brought back close to the finish, JJ eventually finished 7th.
Mark finished well up in the bunch gallop.

The Mask challenge

In terrible conditions 50 cyclist braved the wet and windy condition to complete the 38 miles around the lake.

Maire Lukes Tourmakeady provided teas and refreshment for the cyclists.

All funds raised will go towards the Lough Mask life boat.

A big thanks to all that helped and participated in the event.

Club promotes races for the Bog week in Letterfrack.

Western Lakes CC can never be accused about the lack of promotions. Twelve months of the year you can rely on the Co. Mayo Club to be serving up good fare.

And despite the magnetism of the FBD Ras, the club have two promotions this weekend in conjunction with Conamara Environmental Education & Cultural Centre. Cycling has become part of the ‘Bog Week’ of activities in the Letterfrack area of Co. Galway. On Saturday we have the first of two promotions. The cycling scene kicks off with ‘The Conamara Bog Week Grand Prix’ catering for all categories with a race distance of 65kms Sat. 23rd May – 4.00pm. Race open to all categories and sign on at Bards Den Letterfrack 3.00pm.

According to race organiser for both events. The Gogarty event is held in honour of the gentleman who retired to this part of the world. So it is appropriate that he remembered in this art of the world said JJ Flaherty. Also JJ is hopeful that there will be a big turnout. Favourites for both events have to be Padraig Marrey and runner up in the Credit Union Grand Prix last Sunday in Mullingar, Donal Kelly of Galway Bay. Also JJ briefed me on Oliver Gogarty.

Oliver Joseph St John Gogarty (August 17, 1878 – September 22, 1957) was an Irish physician and ear surgeon, poet and author, one of the most prominent Dublin wits. He was also a football player for Bohemian F.C. and an Olympic bronze medallist for literature. He is remembered as the inspiration for Buck Mulligan in James Joyce’s novel Ulysses.

By Tommy Campbell
Mayo Sports Partnership Update May 2009
Contents
Special Participation Grant Scheme 2009
Final Meeting of the current Mayo Sports Partnership Board
Directory of Summer Camps
Ballyhaunis Sports Network Meeting
Upcoming Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport Workshop
Mayo in Motion Walking Month June 2009
TAG RUGBY in Claremorris
Meet and Train
Opportunities for People with a Disability

Special Participation Grant Scheme 2009
The Sports Partnership would like to thank all groups / organizations who submitted applications under this years scheme which closed on the 1st May. Many applications were received and are currently being vetted by the Partnership and a decision will be announced by the board very shortly. Despite the financial uncertainty which surrounds all organizations in the current climate the Partnership has decided to set aside a total of 15,000 Euro for the purpose of this funding scheme. Many worthwhile community projects will receive a little assistance through this scheme which has the aim of increasing participation in sport and recreation in Mayo. Please keep an eye in the local press or log on to http://www.mayosports.ie for information on the successful applications.

Final Meeting of the current Mayo Sports Partnership Board
As a body under the auspices of the County Development Board in Mayo County Council the current Sports Partnership Board is to dissolve as a result of looming elections. In the last 4 and a half years, during which they oversaw the successful evolvement of the Partnership, the board has made a huge contribution to the sustainable development of sport in the county. Under the Chairmanship of Pat Stanton from Mayo VEC the board published the first strategy for sport & recreation in the county and has delivered a large majority of the actions within the plan. One of the first tasks for the incoming board will be to develop a second strategy and bring the Partnership forward on to its next stage. It is planned to hold elections from the Sports Forum to the next board in September so please watch this space for more details.

Directory of Summer Camps
Each year the Partnership compiles a directory of what summer camps, which are known to us, are available across the county. From GAA to multi sport camps we would like to know about it. So if you have a summer camp going on in your locality please send us some details ie Type of camp, dates & times, venue, fee involved and contact details for the person in charge. You can post in the details to Mayo Sports Partnership, Mayo County Council, Castlebar, Co Mayo or contact the office at 094-9047025

Ballyhaunis Sports Network Meeting
The next meeting of the Ballyhaunis Sports and Recreation Network is Thursday May 28th at 8.30pm in the Parochial Hall. All are welcome to attend.

All sports Clubs and Organisations in the area should have received a letter to ask them to submit details of what is happening within their club/organization for the summer. The sports and recreation network will put together a summer calendar of sports and recreation events in and around Ballyhaunis. So come along to the meeting or send on your clubs information to Anne Cunnane at the Ballyhaunis Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Centre, Ballyhaunis. Further information contact Anne Cunnane, 094-9630311, Chamber of Commerce or Anne Ronayne at Mayo Sports Partnership,094-9047025

Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport Workshop
A four hour workshop over two evenings on the Code of Ethics and Best Practice in Sport will be held in the Mayo Education Centre, Old Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo on Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th May. The course will start at 7.30pm each evening and finish at 9.30pm.  This ‘Child Protection in Sport’ training is for Children’s Officers and/or Designated Persons, Sports Leaders and other adults involved in the organisation of sport for young people.

Places are limited on the course and some places are still available by contacting the Mayo Sports Partnership at 094-9047025 or by e-mail to msp@mayococo.ie  Or download the application form on http://www.mayosports.ie

Mayo in Motion Walking Month June 2009
Mayo Walking Partnership in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership invites communities throughout Mayo to become involved in the Mayo in Motion Walking Month in June. If you would like your community to become involved or are looking for further information on what walks will be available to participate in please contact Walking Development Officer Anna Connor at 094-9047543 or e-mail aconnor@mayococo.ie

TAG RUGBY in Claremorris
Are you interested in Tag Rugby? Lyndon Jones Development Officer for IRFU in association with the Mayo Sports Partnership are running a 4 week Tag Rugby programme in Claremorris on the Astro Turf starting Monday next May 18th at 8.30pm for 4 Mondays. (Mon 18th May, Mon 25th May, Mon 8th June, and Mon 15th June). Tag Rugby is great fun and lots of exercise suitable for mixed teams of men and women. It is non contact but a great workout in a fun team atmosphere. You don’t have to have any previous experience just come along and enjoy.

Contact Joanne Quirke for further details on 087-2931965

Meet and Train
Meet and train continues every Thursday evening at the Claremorris Track at 8pm.  everyone is welcome. It also continues in Ballina, Swinford and Westport every Tuesday at 7.30pm at the Athletics Track in Horkans Hill. All newcomers more than welcome. The group is going from strength to strength and is really enjoying this fun way of training. It’s a fantastic way of getting fitter, feeling better and healthier and even loosing the odd pound. It is also an excellent way to meet people who have an interest in walking or running. There is only a once off charge for insurance which is €20.00 and after that is absolutely free of charge. There will be leaders available to give advice and help. You can dip in and out as you wish. You don’t have to come each week if it doesn’t suit. The programme is designed to suit everyone. Why not give it a try this Thursday….

Don’t forget to bring water and wear comfortable running shoes. Here is an ideal opportunity for those ladies training for the mini marathon to get a bit of extra training in with others…

Further details contact Michael on 086-8534729 and Brendan on 087-2941227

Opportunities for People with a Disability
Children’s  Inclusive Summer Camp for children with a disability and their friends week 1 : 13th – 17th July St Geralds college sports hall Castlebar, week 2: 20th – 24th July barnacarrol sports hall Claremorris for full details contact Ray on 094 9047023

Pitch and Putt Starts on Wednesday 20th May at 11am Castlebar Pitch and Putt in association with HSE, Castlebar Training centre if you are interested in participating contact Ray on 094 9047023

MSP Mission Statement: “To plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of sport in Mayo”

Mayo Sports Partnership
Mayo County Council
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

Jacqueline O Boyle Admin Main Office No: 094 9047025
Charlie Lambert (Coordinator)    094 9047256
Ray McNamara (Sports Inclusion Dev.Officer) 094 9047023

Anne Ronayne (Community Sports Dev.Project Worker) 094 9047022
Email: msp@mayococo.ie
Web: http://www.mayosports.ie

Extra Club League Race
There will be an extra club league race(Rd 3) held next Tuesday in Westport on the 19th of May, sign on from 7pm at the Garden centre on the West Rd ( Louisburgh) out of Westport. Race start 7.30pm sharp.

This round is a H/cap road race over 28miles on a flat course, very good for beginners, so come on have a go, its not all about the racing its about having a laugh and meeting like minded people…

Refreshments in Mc McCarthy’s Bar afterwards.

Sundrive track redevelopment
Track cycling Bike Hire & Pedals

We at the Sundrive Track have reviewed our price stucture as we felt that the fee of €10 was a bit steep for someone who might want to come to the track more than once a week, but we still need an influx of funds to keep our fleet of hire bikes maintained and functional. From now on cost of bike hire for seniors will be €5 and €2 for youth (& unwaged). This fee will be payable at the point of hire. League sign on fee fees remain unchanged with €5 for Senior with entry free for youth.

We do intend to change our pedal of choice to LOOK KEO (from the current DELTA) and when that is done there will be no changing of pedals or gearing allowed We will also have the inserts to convert to toe strap. Hire bikes are essentially for beginners and the maximum gearing on them would be 82 inches. . For now bring your own pedals & shoes but bear in mind that will be switching in due course and we will give advance notice of when we are changing our pedal system  We would encourage all committed track rider to buy their own bike. We would also ask that anyone who has cycling shoes which they have outgrown, that they donate them to us at the track and we will fit KEO plates to them for use by youth riders.

Training & Accreditation continues every Saturday.

Bike hire, sign on  & set at 1030 for 11am start.

Latecomers cannot be accomodated.

Monday Nights – organised training session with Terry Cromer.

Bike hire available from 18.30 to 1850 only.

This session is for accredited riders only and over the coming weeks will help improve your skill & performance.

Wednesdays: Track League
Bike hire available from 18.30 to 1855.
Racing for all categories starting at 7pm

http://www.trackcycling.ie
On behalf of the Track Commission
Hugh Byrne 086-3488708

Club News May 2009
he month of May kick starts one of the busiest month of the season with leagues and leisure events taking place on a nightly and weekly basis, keep a look out on the Connacht calendar on the club website for details. http://www.westernlakescc.com

Club League
The club league has got of to a flying start with 62 riders taking part so far, remember this is a league for all abilities, so if you think you know someone who likes a bit of competition then ask them to have a go at one of the events.

The next race will be on Thursday June 11th , sign on at the garden centre on the West road (Louisburgh) out of Westport. See full list of dates on club web.

The Mayo league.
This league caters for most abilities and age groups, This Thursday the 7th of May Rd 3 of the mayo league takes place, sign on at the Hall in Partry from 6.30pm race starts at 7.15pm sharp at Srah school.

An Post Ox mountain challenge.
This Sunday the 10th of May the 1st event of the An Post leisure cycle series takes place in Sligo.
There are 3 distance on the day to cater for all abilities, ranging in distances of 10k, 60k and 160k, the club will have members at this event so if you are interested in joining them contact Mary Mulchrone.

The Mask Challenge.
Only 10 days to go to one of the club’s main events of the year, The Mask route is one the most popular used training spins each weekend  nearly all of the club’s members have done it, now we are trying to get everyone to have a go, if you can invite one or two people and this will help to make this event a real success, the main  aim is to promote cycling locally , but we are  catering for the more experienced cyclists as well by including the Lough NaFooey loop.
The proceeds of this event will go to the Lough Mask life boat, a very worthwhile local cause.
This event would be good preparation for the club’s other big leisure event the Polkadot challenge on Sunday July 19th.

Mobile phone collection.
Members of the cycling club, the Scouts and the boxing club are still collecting mobile phones for a defibrillator for the cycling centre, if any of you know where we can get more please let myself know or get them dropped into the Tourist office on New St.
If everyone tries we can get the quota of 500 phones.

BMX Nights.
The club will hold BMX training sessions every Monday night from Monday the 11th of May from 7-9pm, the aim is to get young and old kids using the track, bikes can be hired but they are on a first come first served basis.
It is also hopes to organise a BMX open day on Saturday June 13th where the club will organise a series of races throughout the day for every age group from U10 up to seniors.

Connacht MTB League.
Another league this time for the fat tyres, the league comprises of 8 events, the 1st was on April 23rd in Moorehall woods, the next one is on May 21st in Clarinbridge, sign on from 6.30pm with racing starting at 7pm, open to all age groups, see http://www.connachtcycling.com for more details.

The Bog week races.
Western Lakes holds 2 races on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of May in Renvyle / Tullycross,  in conjunction with the bog week festival.
JJ Flaherty is organising the events and would appreciate any held possible on the weekend.
The club hopes all our racing members will be in attendance to try and win one of the events.

The Mayo 200
This event is another leisure event and takes place on May 24th in Ballyhanuis

The Wicklow 200
This year the club will have at least 10 leisure riders partaking in the Wicklow 200 on June 7th, contact Fergal for more details. See http://www.wicklow200.ie

On your bike for 25th Anniversay Celebrations
The annual Conamara Bog Week 2009 starts Friday May 22nd and finishes Bank Holiday Monday June 1st.  This is the 25th year that CEECC Letterfrack are running their Conamara Bog and Sea Week Festivals and lots of special events are planned for this 25th birthday.

One of the special events for Bog Week ’09 will be two cycle races which are being run in conjunction with Western Lakes Cycling Club.  There will be two days of cycling – a 65km event – The Conamara Bog Week Grand Prix – on Saturday 23rd – 4pm, and a 100km event – The Gogarty Cup – on Sunday 24th at 12.00pm.  Sign in at The Bards Den, Letterfrack for each event.

This promises to be a great weekend of cycling with some fine riders taking part, a great course and plenty of high quality music over the weekend.  Renvyle House Hotel are the generous sponsors of the two day event.  As Ronnie Counihan – General Manager of Renvyle House Hotel stated ‘We are delighted to sponsor Bog Week and especially the bike races as the founder of Renvyle House Hotel, Oliver St. John Gogarty was not only a leading literary figure but was also a first class cyclist’.

These races put cycling on the map in the Conamara area and give support and encouragement to local riders such as John James Flaherty and John O’Halloran who have been wonderful advocates for cycling, a considerable sport in Conamara.

Contact John James for further information  – 087 9120910.

Conamara Bog Week is a celebration of landscape with many facets – an art exhibition; sean nos dance workshops; music workshops; walking events culminating in the Conamara Walkabout featuring poets, musicians and scientists exploring landscape together.  A schools programme runs throughout the week and the launch of the Connemara Lamb Pie in Renvyle House Hotel.  Some of Irelands finest singers, musicians, poets and dancers will be on hand to make this a memorable week.

Information Western Lakes Cycling Club – contact Padraig Marrey http://www.westernlakescc.com.

CEECC http://www.ceecc.org / lfrack@eircom.net  095 41034/43443 –
085 1154629

Club League 2009 Round 2
2 riders signed on for round 2 of the club league,  a hill climb up Lally’s mountain in Tourmakeady.

The 5km up hill struggle always finds the mountain goat with young James Brady a Tri-athlete from Westport and a member of Covey wheelers providing he had the credentials with a great time of 13minutes  11 seconds to beat Padraig Marrey Western Lakes by 39seconds.

Times were generally improved  from last year as seen when compared results form 2008 to 2009, see attachments.

Next round is on Thursday June 11th in Westport, sign on from 7pm at the Garden centre on the West road.

Music, Cycling & Madness at Connemara Bog Week 2009
n the Quaker village of Letterfrack the annual Conamara Bog Week 2009 festival starts Friday May 22nd and finishes Bank Holiday Monday June 1st .   This is the 25th year of the festival and the organisers Conamara Environmental Education and Cultural Centre are promising an exciting line up for their birthday celebrations.

This is a multi layered festival which attempts to provide spaces for expression for various interests in the community embracing young and old sporting cultural and artistic.  The whole festival is wrapped in the very best of trad music and there is a great line up of musicians to join in the festivities – Sean Tyrell, Mary Shannon, Conor Keane , Mary Staunton, Laoise Kelly, Don Stiff, Yvonne Kane, Marcus Hernon, Maire Keane, Mat Kane, Liz Kane, Edel Fox, Fergus Feely, Frank and Theresa Custy, Noel Shine and Mary Greene, Quintan Cooper, Eoin O’Neill, Seamus Heneghan, John O’Halloran, Gerry Whelan, Don Stiff, Gary Quinn and Canadian quartet Van Django and a host of local players, singers and dancer such as the Cunningham family and Emma O’Sullivan, plus a few surprises.

Conamara Bog Week ‘09 opens Friday 22nd May with a schools programme for national schools;  a visit by Letterfrack NS to the Ballinakill Active Age Club where the younger generation of musicians and dancers will entertain their older friends.  In 1984 CEECC ran their first festival from Letterfrack NS ‘and this year we thought we would put the focus back on the school again and provide a platform for expression for parents and past pupils of the school.  An exciting body of work has been produced which goes to show the amount of creativity to be found in the small rural schools’ says Leo Hallissey, Director of CEECC.  The exhibition entitled ‘A Sense of Place’ opens in Conamara National Park Letterfrack at 8.00pm, all are welcome, and it will also feature some young talented musicians, singers and dancers in what promises to be a most memorable night.  The fun continues with a gig in The Bards Den with an exciting line up which will include flute player Marcus Hernon and family, famed Galway singer Don Stiff and the highly acclaimed Clare music teacher Frank Custy banjo and his wife Theresa Custy spoons.   The exciting Cork based duo Noel Shine vocals/mandolin and Mary Greene vocals guitar will also entertain the crowds at The Renvyle Inn 9.45pm in what promises to be a great night.

Saturday morning kicks off with a set of music workshops featuring all instruments in Letterfrack NS at 11.30a.m. – 3.30p.m. followed by an afternoon session in The Bards Den in which all the players with strut their stuff – contact Leo 085 1154629.   Saturday afternoon sees the first of the Conamara Bog Week Cycling events, sponsored by Renvyle House Hotel and organised by Western Lake Cycling Club.  The 65km 2 lap race through, Kylemore, Lettergesh, Tullycross, Letterfrack will take place at 4.00pm; at 8.00pm Letterfrack NS will host the opening of art exhibition entitled ‘Celebration of Landscape’ by well known internationally acclaimed artist Hardy Langer, all are welcome. A mighty blast of the best of trad in The Bards Den with Mary Staunton, Mary Shannon, Laoise Kelly and friends 9.45pm.

Sunday is a very sporting day which will challenge everybody from 4 to 84 to get out there and do their thing.  A really exciting 100km cycle race over a majestic course going through Clifden, Maamcross, Leenane to Letterfrack starts at 12.00pm.  Contact John James on 087 9120910 or log onto http://www.westernlakescc.com for further information on cycling events.  The Fun Run a 5km sponsored race from Tullycross to Letterfrack begins at 3.00pm.  All monies raised go to FORUM for youth projects, so please run, hop, skip, jump or crawl and take part but do grab a sponsorship card from either FORUM of Letterfrack NS.  The day continues with a ‘fun sports’ with lots of novelty events, jockey back races, three legged races, miniature golf, throwing horse shoes as well as penalty shoot out and a clatter of short races.

Music in The Bards Den 4.30pm with Louisburg box player Seamus Heneghan and friends followed by music in Molly’s Bar at 7.30pm with Bofin melodeon player John O’Halloran and Waterford banjo player Gerry Whelan and scatter of guests.

Throughout the week there will be a vibrant school’s programme with a great team featuring archaeologist Michael Gibbons; Kat Koch from the American Wilderness School and
German artist Hardy Langer.  Children will be enthused, excited and put in touch with the magic of Conamara.  ‘Forgotten Villages’ an installation by Hardy Langer, keep an eye out for this surprising and magical event.

The Bank Holiday weekend has some great music starting on Friday with Mat Kane and Gary Quinn in Molly’s Bar 9.45pm.  Also, a session in the Renvyle Inn with Don Stiff, Liz Kane, Edel Fox and friends at 9.45pm.
The Conamara Walkabout starts on Saturday 10.00am.  A unique walk in the company of poets, painters, scientists and musicians.  Meeting at Letterfrack NS.
Trad session in The Bards Den 9.45pm with Clare musicians Conor Keane box and Maire Keane flute.

Sunday starts with sean nos workshops in Ellis Hall 4.00pm with the great Cunningham family followed by a session in Molly’s Bar at 5.00pm with Sean Tyrell and Fergus Feely mandola.
The annual Monastery Hostel Gig featuring Van Django, a Canadian quartet playing gypsy music, gig plus candlelit dinner 7.30pm.  Contact Stephen 095 41132.
The final trad pub session The Bards Den 9.45pm with Doolin musicians Eoin O’Neill bouzouki and Quintan Cooper banjo will be joined by Maire and Conor Keane and friends.

Bank Holiday Monday will see Brendan Ridge and his team organising the annual Conamara Bog Week Soccer Tournament for primary schools.  Visiting players are welcome.  Letterfrack NS 11.00am.

An afternoon of launches will take place in Renvyle House Hotel.  First up is the launch of The Naturalist View at 3.30pm, a publication in honor of recently deceased Tomas Burke who was a Shellfish Development Officer in the north-west Conamara area.  This will be followed by launch of Tim’s Kitchen – a range of products produced by award winning Renvyle House Hotel chef Tim O’Sullivan.  And finally, the launch of the Connemara Lamb Pie which we hope will become a signature dish for the development of a high quality local food industry.  The Connemara Lamb Pie will be created by Tim O’Sullivan and a number of celebrated chef’s and celebrity guests will be on hand to taste the produce in what promises to be a fun occasion.   Anybody who was at the launch of the Connemara Mussel Pie will know that they are on for an entertaining afternoon all wrapped in the fine music of Liz Kane and friends and sean nos dancing with Emma O’Sullivan.

For further information contact Leo Hallissey C.E.E.C.C., Letterfrack, Co. Galway. Phone No.s 095 41034/43443  085 1154629
email lfrack@eircom.net – website http://www.ceecc.org

Big turn out for Round 1 of Club League
44 cyclists turned up to race over 10 miles in the individually Time Trial on Thursday evening, the route was 5 mile out and back the Ballyglass road.

Last year the league between Covey Wheelers and Western Lakes attracted big fields of riders throughout the year and it looks like the trend is going to continue for 2009.

Every rider that turned up got 5pts for the efforts and another 5pts for finishing the TT for a total of 10pts.

At the moment these points mean very little but after 10 rounds of racing every point will count.

By Participating in the 10 Mile TT each rider will get a chance to compete for the most improved rider competition as well as fighting it out for the top honours in the league,  so 2 competitions in one.

There was no winners points given on the night only participation points as the 1st round lays the foundation for seeding the riders for entire league.

The league is open to all abilities and everyone has a chance of getting a good result the better you perform the more lightly you are of getting a results this why the league so attractive.

The next round is a hill climb up Lally’s MT in Tourmakeady on Thursday April 30th sign on from 6.45pm first rider off at 7.30pm.

Contact club officials for more details.
Race results and times attached.

Gorey 3 Day Report 2009
7 riders from the club took part in the Gorey 3 day international stage race at the Easter weekend.

200 riders from around Ireland and the UK raced over 300k over 4 stages where the race was based in Gorey county Wexford.

On Stage one the stage travelled from Dublin to Gorey a distance of 117kms all the western lake riders were active in small breakaway group but none of them prevailed except for one rider from the isle of man who held on to finish 14seconds up on the bunch Padraig Marrey sprinted very well to get 5th in the gallop to the line to end up 6th on the stage, Mark Quigley, JJ Flaherty and Gerhard Hack from Germany guesting for the club all finished well up in the bunch except Will Connolly who had to pull out due to illness,  John Murphy(Skins) Ballinrobe  only new to cycling was taking on his biggest sporting challenge ever found the going tough but finished in a group that also contained Joe Marrey who were a few minutes back on the leaders.

Stage 2 was a 7k time trial, this stage helped to put the race in to a general classement as there were time gaps between all the riders depending on how they performed.

Padraig Marrey and Mark  Quigley were again to the fore coming home 15th and 19th respectively some 15 and 18 seconds behind the winner the Polish rider Martin Mizagayski who resides in Wexford town.

Stage 3 was a circuit race around Gorey it consisted of a 26k hilly lap to be completed 4 times.

Again JJ Flaherty and Mark Quigley were very active in pushing the pace but it was Padraig Marrey move on the 3rd lap that shaped the race when he drove a group away that ended up fighting for the stage spoils. Young Isle of man rider Tim Kennaught rode strongest to take the stage with Padraig Marrey finishing 3rd 7seconds behind but 30seconds ahead of the main bunch this put Padraig into 4th place overall only 29seconds behind the leader Tim Kennaught IOM, with one stage left over  63 miles.

On the last stage the Western Lakes riders went all out to try and get riders up the road in breakaway group so that Padraig may have a chance of stealing the overall, one attack nearly did the business when JJ Flaherty and Padraig Marrey got away in a group of 8 riders that held a max lead of 40seconds over the Yellow jersey, but it was the yellow jersey team that rode very hard behind to bring the breakaway group under control.

This stage ended up with two  IOM riders breaking away and winning the spoils, Padraig Marrey again showed his sprinting skills to finish 8th on the stage.

Tim Kennaught IOM was the star of the race and won the overall, Padraig Marrey finished a very creditable 5th overall and Mark Quigley also made it into the prizes with 18th overall.

The Western Lakes Team finished 7th out of 21 teams overall only 1minute 26seconds down on the 1st team  Ushers IRC Dublin

For John Murphy and Joe Marrey this race was a great learning experience and for JJ Flaherty, Mark Quigley, Gerhard Hack and Padraig Marrey their performances will only improve as the season goes on.

Next big race outing for the team will be the Tour of Connemara starting in Maam on Sunday the 26th of April.

Club kicks off 2009
Western Lakes and Covey Whls league kicks off next Thursday the 23rd of April with a 10 mile TT on the Ballyglass Rd, Ballinrobe.

Sign on from 6.30pm with first rider of at 7.15pm.

Remember you pay for the entire league up front so come early. The league consists of 10 events with the last round held in September.

Cost for Seniors (over 16) €50 for WLCC and Covey Wheelers, Outside clubs €70 Youths (U16) €30

This league last year was a huge success as it catered for all ages and abilities, so come on out and support the league and make new friends at the same time, its also a good laugh as there will be chat and banter afterwards at Inch’s bar Main St Ballinrobe.

Sun Shines on Derroura
The Kearney Cycles sponsored Derroura Time Trail Challenge, turned out to be  a great day for all, 58 riders signed on to get timed around the  17kilometers  rugged landscape, the weather could not have been better with beautiful sunshine all day for riders and spectators.

Participants came as far away as Cork and Sligo to the Connemara  Mountain Biking hot spot, the course which was opened just one year ago has now a proper official time with Padraig Marrey Western Lakes turning on the power to set a new course record of 44minutes 22 seconds.

Youth riders took part in a shortened version on the course where Red Cross officials were on hand in case of any mishaps, luckily there were only a few minor scrapes to deal with.

The Trail is well known for its lovely snaked  board walks and rugged single track which gets the best out of the riders who take it on, Coillte who have invested in this project are very keen to see this trail developed even further and are hoping its usage will increase over the next few years.

David O Loughlin An Post Sean Kelly team,  presented the prizes, he himself not riding due to illness.

Big Thanks most go to Barry Rintoul Coillte area manager, the Red Cross, Commasire JJ Flaherty, time keeper Martin Mc Nally and to all the people who helped out locally.

Results Senior
1st Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC                    44.22
2nd Ruaidhri Geraghty Galway Bay                           46.19
3rd Michael Flanagan West Coast Whls                  47.32

Category Prizes
1st Expert Brain O Donnell West Coast Whls         48.28
1st Veteran Dave Dowdall Dolman CC                      49.13
1ST Sport Brain Mc Carthy                                       51.00
1st Novice Gary Collins                                              52.55
1st Lady Saiabh Baxter West Coast Whls               59.55
1st Junior Brendan Scullion Western Lakes           56.02

Youth Results
1ST U16 Gavin Burke Inisfree CC
2ND U16 Francis Sheridan Covey Whls
3rd U16 Ryan Scott Covey Whls

1st U14 Chris Kennedy Covey Whls
2nd  U14Kevin Mortimer Covey Whls
3rd U14 Frank Finnerty Western Lakes CC

1ST U12 Mark Biggins Western Lakes CC
2nd U12 Mark Finnerty Western Lakes CC
3rd U12 Niall Hughes Western Lakes CC

Club News March 2009
Meet and Greet Night

Western Lakes CC will hold a meet and greet night for potential new members and current members next Wednesday April 1st  at 8pm at Inch’s bar. The aim of the night is to provide information on the different types of cycling available and how best to get involved.

On the night, representatives from each section of the club will organise their own booth where new members and existing members can garner information on cycling in specific areas be it racing, youth cycling, leisure cycling, BMX and Mountain biking.

All club sponsors will be invited to attend and potential new members will be provided with starter pack, which will be available courtesy of Marrey Bikes.

The following representatives in charge of each specific area. In the area racing JJ Flaherty and Mark Quigley. For youth cycling Margaret Finnerty, Kathy Walsh and Gerry Butler will be on hand for information. Fergal O Neill and Tom Kelly will provide information on leisure cycles within the club and what is required to get involved.

One of the new ventures in the club last season was the BMX track, which is the first of it’s kind in the country. Gerry Butler will be on hand with information on the new track and what is required to get involved. Ladies cycling information will be available from Mary Mulchrone and Marie Fraser. While Padraig Marrey will provide all the information needed for those interested in Mountain Biking.

Church Gate Collection
The club would like to thank all the people who volunteered and supported the church gate collection last weekend.

Mizen to Malin Bid – Western Lakes CC riders make squad.

A total of eleven riders from the club are now on the squad attempting to break 20hrs barrier for the 590kms of non stop cycle from Mizen Head to Malin head. The total squad has 23 riders which highlights the superb representation from the Western Lakes club.

Most of the eleven riders only took up the sport in the last 18months which shows how fast they have progressed. The group have a tough training regime to follow over the next  three months, so here hoping they all make it.
The group will be fund raising for the Rock Rose house,  Mayo cancer support charity. Please support them on the bid which takes place on June 26th  and 27th . The cyclists who have done the club proud to gain selection are Mary Mulchrone, Gerard Kyne, Constance Bartels, John Murphy, Bernard Gereathy, Joseph Marrey, Michael Moran, John Conroy, Padraig Gannon, Gabriel Coen and Padraig Marrey

BMX Track
Anyone who has some free time on their hands could help with the maintenance work up at the BMX track, Gerry Butler and Joseph Marrey will be there over the next few weeks, contact Gerry regarding jobs to be done. We suggest you think of it as doing some gardening, plus you are helping with a very worth while project for youth cycling. No experience needed just willingness to work.

Meanwhile on June 13th the club plans to hold an BMX Track open day with a a full day of competition for adult and youth riders, the idea is the attract the top BMX riders to Ballinrobe while also promoting the track nationally

Roller Marathon
The club is holding Fund raising roller marathon on Easter Saturday, Mary Hughes is looking into organising a permit for the Easter weekend, she has requested help from the committee and members.

Members Registered
To date the club has 62 cyclists Affiliated to Cycling Ireland, there are still a number of members who have yet to register, so come on guys get your insurance details sorted.

Mayo and Club League
The first round of the Mayo league starts on Sunday April 5th it’s an open Handicap event over 30miles of the Srah circuit, sign on from 10am at the Partry hall, race start at Srah school at 10.30am.

The eagerly awaited club league promoted by both Western Lakes CC and Covey Wheelers will take place on April 16th with a 10mile Time Trial, This league is open to all abilities and genders, even youth riders get to race against their senior counterparts. The league runs on a H/cap / Personal best Basis so everyone has a chance of winning either on the night or  the overall. See club web for updates, link is on the top of the page on the browser.

Sign on and full league payment will take place from 6pm outside the Graveyard on the Ballyglass road Ballinrobe. First rider off at 7pm sharp, refreshments afterwards at Inch’s bar Main St.

Club Sponsors
In these trying times make sure to promote and support our local sponsors. Their support of local sport in the region is vital for it’s success and it is crucial that we demonstrate our appreciation.

Meanwhile Western Lakes CC will promote the following events in 2009 . The Mask challenge, The Bog week races(Gogarty Cup and Bog week GP),  Polkadot challenge, B’robe 2day See club web for details.

On the Road
Leisure and recreational cyclists meet every Sunday morning at 9.45am for spins, all abilities welcome, spin leaves the Cornmarket at 10am sharp. Youth riders are catered for on Saturday morning at 10am from the Cycling centre

BMX sessions take place on Sunday’s from 10.30am at the cycling centre and on Monday evenings from April 14.  Racers meet up on Tuesday and Thursday evening from April 7 at 6.30pm from the Cornmarket.

Meet and greet night
The club will hold a meet and Greet night for its members and potential new members on Wednesday April 1st at 8pm at Inch’s bar,  Main St,  Ballinrobe.

The aim of the night is to provide information on the different types of cycling there are and how best to get involved.

Each Rep will organise its own booth where new members or existing members could come  and talk to the Various reps about the type of cycling they are interested in taking up.

We hope to have our sponsors there as well so they know what is going on.

A starter pack will be available courtesy of Marrey Bikes.com  and a photo presentation will be on show on the night.

There will also be club kit for sale, items include, jerseys, shorts, gillet, body warmers and Polo shirts.

Cycling Rep booths
Racing: JJ Flaherty and Mark Quigley
Youth: Margaret Finnerty, Kathy Walsh and Gerry Butler
Leisure: Fergal O Neill and Tom Kelly
BMX: Gerry Butler
Ladies: Cycling Mary Mulchrone and Marie Fraiser
MTB Riding: Padraig Marrey

Training for the Mask Challenge
Summer is only a few weeks away, cycling events all around the country are realising details at an alarming rate, The Mask challenge is one such event so this gives you  ample time and plenty of opportunity for you to get fit.
With 2 different routes to choose from, there are plenty of options for the recreational enthusiast.
You do not have to be a an expert to take on any of the 2 routes but if you want to be comfortable it is advisable to take in to account what is required to complete the distances.
This week we will start by putting together a training plan for the scenic 60k Mask Challenge route, with moderate fitness level a beginner could do this challenge.
The first question many people ask themselves how do you get started in the world of cycling? If you’re come to the sport with the intention of getting fit in a safe, fun way then look no further.
Cycling will do wonders for your fitness without over stressing your joints or your heart and before long you’ll be thrilled at the prospect of your next bike ride.
First though lets sort out some basics, if the last time you turned a pedal in anger was to get to school on time, your fitness may not be exactly be in the top grade, rather than hoping straight on to your bike it might be a good idea to work up to the real thing using gym exercise bike or spinning  bikes at your local gym.

The Mask Challenge – 60 km
Description: The Route is 60 km, is a relatively flat route with 2 short climbs, that is suitable for those who have a good level of fitness and will be enjoyed by novice, recreational, leisure cyclists as well as more experienced touring cyclists..
The Lough Nafoey Challenge- 90km
Description: This Route is a tough and challenging cycle and not for the fainthearted. Almost 90 km (55 miles) in distance, it includes a number of challenging climbs and is suitable for people who want to stretch themselves and also the very experienced cyclists….

In this week article we will look at the requirements to be fit for The Mask Challenge – 60 km
Fitness training wise,  a person  can get fit for the 60k event by building up to cycle 1-2 cycle spins per week of 60-90mins at low/moderate intensity and maybe 1-2 gym sessions working on cardiovascular, following this routine for the next 6 weeks would be more than sufficient. Remember to stretch after each session to avoid stiffness, your local gym instructor will help you here or else get advise from your local cycling club.
Before you hop on your bike that has been stored away in the shed for years!! dust of the cobwebs and  get your bike serviced by your local dealer, otherwise you may run into problems.
Below is a table, which will aid you in your quest to get fit, by setting some simple  goals as well re different areas of your fitness it wont be long till you are flying along the road.
If you already have a  bike its very important that it fits you, personally I wouldn’t recommend riding a mountain bike over that distance as it would  be quite a chore but it could be done, I would recommend a hybrid or racer type bike as they are easily pedalled because they are light and  their tyres are narrow and can be pumped quite hard.

This plan can be changed around to suit your weekly schedule.

Contact your local cycling clubs if you want to cycle with experienced cyclists as they have coaches who cater for all abilities.

In the next few weeks we will look at the following areas.
Training for the Lough Nafoey Challenge (90K)
The next phase in the Mask Challenge training plan.
Nutrition and hydration
Bike set up
The pre event,  build up, equipment, what to wear etc.
Padraig Marrey personal trainer and cycling coach to some of Ireland leading professional cyclists.
See www.marreytrainingsystems.com for useful tips on cycling.

Connemara Bog Week Cycle Races
On Your Bike for 25th Birthday Celebrations.
The annual Conamara Bog Week 2009 starts Friday May 22nd and finishes Bank Holiday Monday June 1st.  This is the 25th year that CEECC Letterfrack are running their Conamara Bog and Sea Week Festivals and lots of special events are planned for this 25th birthday.

One of the special events for Bog Week ’09 will be two cycle races which are being run in conjunction with Western Lakes Cycling Club.  There will be two days of cycling – a 65km event – The Conamara Bog Week Grand Prix – on Saturday 23rd – 4pm, and a 100km event – The Gogarty Cup – on Sunday 24th at 12.00pm.  Sign in at The Bards Den, Letterfrack for each event.

This promises to be a great weekend of cycling with some fine riders taking part, a great course and plenty of high quality music over the weekend.  Renvyle House Hotel are the generous sponsors of the two day event.  As Ronnie Counihan – General Manager of Renvyle House Hotel stated ‘We are delighted to sponsor Bog Week and especially the bike races as the founder of Renvyle House Hotel, Oliver St. John Gogarty was not only a leading literary figure but was also a first class cyclist’.

These races put cycling on the map in the Conamara area and give support and encouragement to local riders such as John James Flaherty and John O’Halloran who have been wonderful advocates for cycling, a considerable sport in Conamara.

Contact John James for further information  – 087 9120910.

Conamara Bog Week is a celebration of landscape with many facets – an art exhibition; sean nos dance workshops; music workshops; walking events culminating in the Conamara Walkabout featuring poets, musicians and scientists exploring landscape together.  A schools programme runs throughout the week and the launch of the Connemara Lamb Pie in Renvyle House Hotel.  Some of Irelands finest singers, musicians, poets and dancers will be on hand to make this a memorable week.

Information Western Lakes Cycling Club – contact Padraig Marrey http://www.westernlakescc.com.

CEECC http://www.ceecc.org / lfrack@eircom.net  095 41034/43443 –

List of Accommodation

Renvyle House Hotel        095 43511
Rosleague Manor Hotel    095 41101
Maoilreidh Lodge        095 43844
Letterfrack Lodge        095 41222
Innagh Valley Lodge        095 34706
The Monastery Hostel        095 41132
Bards Den Hostel        095 41042
Sunnymeade B&B        095 43491
Glassilaun Beach B&B    095 43925
Fuchsia House B&B        095 43502
Kylemore House B&B        095 41143
Castle B&B            095 43460
Connemara Caravan & Camping Park    095 43406
Renvyle Camping Park                095 43462
Renvyle Thatched Cottages     095 43464

Red Cross Derroura Challenge
Mountain bike enthusiasts of all levels will be heading for Connemara on Saturday April 4th to tackle the newly opened Coillte Derroura Trail and test their mettle against Ireland’s best exponent of the sport, Robin Seymour.

The charity cycle is in aid of the Red Cross and proceeds collected at sign in, which starts from 10am for young riders and 10:30am for adults, will go towards this very worthy cause. The trail is situated half way between Oughterard and Maam Cross and the event is being organised by the Connacht Cycling Federation

Wicklow native and three time Irish Olympian, Seymour will be first out on the 17km specially built trail with 350 metres of climbing. The time he sets will provide all mountain bike enthusiasts a target to see how they compare.  As if that wasn’t enough, David O’Loughlin, another Irish Olympian from not far away in Cong, will also race on the day to add to the prestige of this event.

The newly opened Coillte Derroura Trail was specially built and is open to walkers and mountain bike enthusiasts, just like the trail in Ballyhoura Co Limerick, thousands of people have been using it to stretch their legs be it on a bike or walking.

The event is open to riders 16 and over and a specially created shorter coarse will be in place for younger riders. The Red Cross will have personal around the course on the day to make sure help is on hand in case of any injuries. Everyone is welcome to ride around the course, all that is needed is a helmet, mountain bike in good working order, the rest will be taken care of at sign on.

This is a day for all the family, as there are plenty of viewing points to see the top riders perform incredible bike control. For more info contact Martin 0872226260

See www.coillteoutdoors.ie or www.connachtcycling.com

Mayo Sports Partnership News
Meet and Train

Following the tremendous success of the Claremorris, Ballina and Swinford meet and train groups Westport is next on the list for the initiative. The project which targets people of all abilities to either walk , jog or run at their own pace over a 6 week period will commence at Westport Athletic Track, Horkans Hill, Westport on Tuesday 31st at 7.30pm. The programme will be led by volunteers from Westport Athletic Club and the emphasis is on fun and enjoyment for all. For further information you can contact Anne Ronayne at 094-9047022

Sports Leadership Training

Have some spare time on your hands? Looking to put something back into your club or local community? Then Mayo Sports Partnership may be able to provide you with some skills. The Partnership is hosting a course in Sports Leadership called the Active Leadership Award which is fully recognized by the Irish Sports Council and can target participation in sport / recreation by all members of the community. The course takes place on Friday evening 27th March 7pm – 10pm and all day Saturday 28th 10am – 4.30pm. The course, practical in nature, will deal with communication, observation and group management skills. For more information contact the Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025.

Childrens Officer in Sport Course

Mayo Sports Partnership will host a follow on course from the basic awareness course for nominated childrens officers from sporting groups throughout Mayo. This six hour course will take place on Saturday 4th April in Castlebar General Hospital from 10am – 4.30pm. All attendees are required to have completed the basic awareness course and to be directly involved with the underage structures of clubs. Closing date for applications is Friday 27th March and any queries with the course should be directed to the Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025.

Special Participation Initiative Grant Scheme

The Board of the Mayo Sports Partnership is to shortly announce details of its upcoming Special Participation Grant Scheme for 2009. This scheme invites clubs / organizations / community groups to submit participation proposals which would target increasing participation amongst target groups such as children, disadvantaged, women, travelling community, older people, disabilities and ethnic minorities. This would include setting up of new clubs or additional activities which would increase participation within organizations. Initiatives which received funding under last years scheme included a water sports initiative in the Erris Area and the promotion of camogie in Mayo. Approx
€ 20,000 has been allocated under this years scheme which will be advertised in next weeks edition of the local press. The Mayo Sports Partnership board will decide on all successful applications and its recommendations are final.

A funding workshop on the scheme will take place on Thursday 2nd April at 8pm in the Mayo Education Centre at 8pm. To book your place for the workshop or to find out further information on the scheme contact the Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025.

Plan for the Promotion of Adventure Sports in Mayo

Caitheoirleach of Mayo County Council Cllr Joe Mellett and C.E.O. of Mayo V.E.C. Dr Katie Sweeney will be the keynote speakers at the launch of the Mayo Sports Partnerships plan for the Promotion of Adventure Sports in Mayo on Tuesday 24th March in the Achill Outdoor Education Centre. The plan seeks to co-ordinate stakeholders and agency involvement in the area under the themes of participation, training / education, facilities and communication. Anybody who has an interest in the area is invited to come along on the 24th the event commences at 4pm and some light refreshments will be served afterwards. For more information contact the Sports Partnership office at 094-9047025.

Lough Mask Challenge 2009
Sign up now for the 2011 Lap of the Mask 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 and the Polkadot Challenge on Saturday 16th July) can avail of a discount for both events.

The Lap of the Mask is fast becoming one of the most popular leisure events west of the Shannon, and each year has attracted many newcomers. This is a fun event that is suitable for all levels of cycling ability, where participants complete a circuit of Lough Mask at their own pace, while enjoying the natural beauty of the area. So if you need something to motivate you to get fit, why not sign up and come along on the day.

The route for the Lap of the Mask is a 64km circuit of the lake, which is well within the capabilities of anyone who is of reasonable fitness. Cyclists will start out at Ballinrobe, cycle to Partry where they will head for Tourmakeady along the north shore of the Lough. There is a food stop after Tourmakeady. The second half of the route will take cyclists to Finny and into Clonbur, before heading back into Ballinrobe. For anyone who would like to “go the extra mile”, they can take in an extra loop at Finny, which brings the event distance up over 70km.

The routes will be fully marked and marshalled, with support vehicles patrolling the route during the event. Refreshments will be available at halfway and again at the finish. Sign-on/registration will be at Western Lakes Cycling Centre, Kilmaine Road, Ballinrobe from 9.30am. The event starts at 11am.

In the meantime take the bike out of the garage and get it, and your legs, into action! On the day, make sure your bike is in good working order, get a helmet, puncture repair kit, a pump, and join us for a fun day around the beautiful Lough Mask!

PLEASE CHECK http://www.westernlakescc.com FOR UPDATES CLOSER TO THE DATE.
Contact Marie (087 7819954) or Michael (087 9000368) for any enquiries.

Entry Fee:     €15 including Early Bird and CI Membership Discounts. €20 on the day. Proceeds from this event will be shared with Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.

An Post Tour of Sligo
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership is delighted to announce the hosting of the An Post Tour of Sligo on Sunday 10th May 2009. This is a wonderful opportunity to encourage increased leisure cycling while also promoting Sligo as a cycling destination for visitors. This cycling event is all about: Participation, Fun and Sporting Challenge

The event will involve 3 different routes and will hopefully accommodate a wide range of cycling interests, including the leisure cyclist, family cycling and of course seasoned/ experienced cyclists. Participating in the event will be Olympian David O Loughlin.

The Hazelwood Family Spin 10 km
Description: The Hazelwood Family Spin, at 10 km, is a gentle event for those new to cycling and is particularly suitable for family participation…

The Lough Gill Circuit – 60 km
Description: The Lough Gill Circuit, at 60 km, is a relatively flat route that is suitable for those who have a good level of fitness and will be enjoyed by leisure cyclists as well as more experienced touring cyclists..

The Ox Mountain Challenge- 160km
Description: The Ox Mountain Challenge is a tough and challenging cycle and not for the fainthearted. Almost 160 km (100 miles) in distance, it includes a number of challenging climbs and is suitable only for very experienced and very fit full-time cyclists….

The An Post Tour of Sligo will take place on Sunday 10th March 2009.

Postal Entries
Entry can either be by post on our specially designed An Post Tour of Sligo Entry Form.
Download here …..Tour of Sligo Entry Form. This should be completed and returned with relevant fee to:
An Post Tour of Sligo Committee, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership,
VEC Offices, Riverside, Sligo by THURSDAY 30TH APRIL 2009.

OR

On Line Entries
You can also enter on line through our Online Application Process which will be up and running very soon. Closing date is THURSDAY 30TH APRIL 2009.

The entry fees shown above apply to entries received by the closing date of: Thursday 30th April 2009. Entries received after this date will incur a late entry penalty as follows:

Hazelwood Family Spin additional €5 per family ie €10 per family
Lough Gill Circuit additional €10 per person ie €30 per person
Ox Mountain Challenge additional €10 per person ie €40 per person

– The entry fee includes your T-Shirt, certificate, refreshments during and after the event, use of changing and shower facilities at the start/finish, and use of various support services during the event
– The entry fee is non-refundable
– Cheques should be crossed and made payable to ‘Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership’
– Euro cheques/ postal orders/bank drafts will be accepted
– Under no circumstances should cash be sent in the post
– On line payments through our online application process will be by Credit Card by arrangement with our payment partner Active Europe. All major credit cards are accepted. Payment uses SSL Encryption by Paypal, and your credit card details will never be visible to the organisers of the An Post Tour of Sligo

Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, VEC Offices, Riverside, Sligo
Tele: +353 71 91 61511

Mizen to Malin head by bike in less than 20 hours
The western Lakes Cycling club launched their Mizen to Malin challenge in Castlebar on Saturday 14th of March.

A total of 370 miles or 590km separates Ireland’s most southerly and northerly points and this June a group of supremely fit Irish cyclists intend to cycle that distance in less than 20 hours to raise money for Castlebar charity, Rock Rose House Cancer Care.

The challenge is not one for the faint hearted as it will mean the cyclists will have to average 18.5 mph or 29.5kph hour cumulative including all stops. Starting at 5pm and all going well finishing at 1pm the following day.

Organised by Padraig Marrey of Marrey Training Systems in conjunction with Western Lakes Cycling club and members of eight other clubs around the country the group is expected to be made up of just under 25 of Irelands most determined and motivated amateur cyclists.

Each participant will burn approx 800 calories per hour for 20hrs for a total of 16,000 calories nearly seven times the recommended daily allowance for the average person and drink approx 12-14 litres of fluid over the entire challenge. The average weight loss will be somewhere between 5-7lbs.

The route passes through 12 counties and through all 4 provinces, Munster, Leinster, Connacht and finishing in Ulster. Along the way it takes in Mizen Head, Dunmanway, Macroom, Charleville, Limerick, Nenagh, Athlone, Longford. Ballinamore, Enniskillen, Strabane, Derry, Quigleys Point, Carndonagh, Malin and Malin Head

The logistics involved in such an event are immense and an experienced and dedicated support team of 12 people, will have many chores, like route marking and direction, feeding the riders, driving the six vehicles of two vans, two cars, one bus and mini bus and ultimately motivating the riders when the going gets tough.

The promotion of a cancer care charity like Rock Rose House ties in neatly with the arrival of Lance Armstrong in Ireland later in the summer for the Tour of Ireland in August and the World summit on Cancer to be held in Dublin on the 24th of August.

Padraig Marrey coach to the riders for the attempt says “this challenge will be a test of mental strength where riders will have to go through the pain barrier and fight of the negative demons many times throughout the 20hr ordeal”

Active Leadership Training
Want to become involved as a sports volunteer in your local community centre, youth club or local sports club? Looking to brush up on your coaching skills?  Lacking in confidence, feel you don’t have enough knowledge?  Then what you are looking for is some leadership training so that you will have the tools to bring into your community or group setting. The Active Leader Award will enable enthusiastic community leaders to encourage more people to become more active, more often.

This Award, formally known as the “Sport for All Leader Course”, is practically based with the emphasis on fun and participation for all. Participants will be brought through a series of exercises which will develop key leadership skills such as communication, organization and group management. The course is designed to suit people of all abilities, is normally 10 – 12 hours long and takes place on a Friday evening with a full day on the Saturday.

The next course will take place on the weekend Friday 27th March 7pm – 10pm, Saturday 9.30am – 4pm in the Balla Resource Centre and will be led by two fully qualified P.E. Teachers.

A nominal fee of  €30 is to be submitted along with the application. The qualification is fully recognized by the Irish Sports Council and Sports Council of Northern Ireland.

Places are available ( see attached form )  you may also download application forms from our website at http://www.mayosports.ie or contact us by email: msp@mayococo.ie or by phone: 094-9047025.

Children’s Officer Training

Recommendations from the Irish Sports Council are that every club involved with children and young people should appoint a Children’s Officer.

This person should be child centred in focus and should have as their primary aim the establishment of a child centred ethos within the club. They are the link between the children and the adults in the club and also take responsibility for monitoring and reporting to the Club Management Committee on how club policy etc. impacts on children and their Sports Leaders.

The Children’s Officer should have the following functions:

To promote awareness of the Code of Ethics and Good Practice for Children’s Sport in Ireland within the club and particularly among the children and their parents/guardians.

To influence policy and practice within the club in order to prioritise children’s needs.

To provide an accessible resource to children through the creation of forums.

The next course is taking place on

Date:              04th April 2009      Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

Venue:          Castlebar General Hospital

Fee:                €20 per person

It is essential that those who wish to attend the Children’s Officer training have attended the 4 hour basic Code of Ethics Awareness/Child Protection Training workshop.

Participants who wish to follow on the code of ethics workshop with Children’s Officer Training must wait a minimum period of 6 months from completing Code to attending Children’s Officer Training.

Please note: as this is an Irish Sports Council accredited course, your club must be under a National Governing Body (NGB) to be able to participate in this course, please indicate your NGB on the application form.

It is recommended to have at least one Children’s Officer per club or if there is a large number of both boys and girls in the club, to have two Children’s Officers – one male and one female.

As places are limited, pre-booking is essential.  Please see attached form for your information.

MSP Mission Statement: “To plan, lead and co-ordinate the sustainable development of sport in Mayo”

Mayo Sports Partnership
Mayo County Council
Castlebar
Co. Mayo

Phone:
Jacqueline O Boyle Admin Main Office No: 094 9047025
Charlie Lambert (Coordinator)    094 9047256
Ray McNamara (Sports Inclusion Dev.Officer) 094 9047023
Anne Ronayne (Community Sports Dev.Project Worker) 094 9047022
Email: msp@mayococo.ie
Web: http://www.mayosports.ie

Mizen to Malin Challenge Launch
Western Lakes CC
Invites you to attend the
The Launch Of the Mizen to Malin Cycle challenge
in Under 20hr bid

At the Days Hotel, Castlebar
On Saturday March 14th, 2009

Official Presentation and Press launch 2.00pm
Route, riders, goal and charity will be announced

Q& A Section
Refreshments Served
For information contact Padraig 0877992857

Croi Lough Corrib Cycle 2009
On the 24th of May 2009 Croi, the West of Ireland Cardiology Foundation will host the 17th annual Lough Corrib Cycle.  This event which has been growing steadily every year since 1993 includes a 75mile and 29mile route.  Last year we had over 500 participants.  The Event is organised by our very experienced team of event managers and supported by the local business community and emergency services.  Facilities include registration, excellent refreshments on route, showers and transport.

This is a fundraising event for Croi and we ask that participants raise a minimum of €100.  Registration details can be found at the below link and registration prior to Race day is free. Sponsorship forms will be sent to all participants.

http://www.croi.ie/events/croi-lough-corrib-cycle

Mayo Youth Tour 2009
August 1-3, 2009

Entry forms are now available for the Mayo Youth Tour, a new underage event, taking place from August 1 to 3, 2009.

Kiltimagh in east Mayo is hosting the race, which comprises four stages of racing over three days.

Kiltimagh has good road links to the rest of the country, and Knock airport is close by for overseas visitors. There is also ample hotel and B&B accommodation.

Race Director Martin McNally said: “I was very pleasantly surprised by the amount and quality of the roads in the Kiltimagh area. They will be ideal for the circuit racing and there‘s a perfect, pan-flat time trial course.”

The Mayo Youth Tour welcomes entries from national, regional and club teams and from individuals.

RACE DETAILS
Stages:
Sat. Aug 1 road race (afternoon)
Sun. Aug 2 time trial (morning); road race (afternoon)
Mon. Aug 3 circuit race (morning)

For race queries call:
Ian Gourlay + 353 86 814 5611. email iangourlay@email.com
or
Denis Middleton +353 94 936 2147. email loki1001@hotmail.com

For press queries:
Martin Ayres + 353 98 35319. email mayres1@eircom.net

Accommodation:
The Park Hotel, Kiltimagh is offering special room rates and facilities for Youth Tour participants. Call Ann McNicholas at +353 87 912 7637, (tourism@IRD-Kiltimagh.ie) for further information and to book accommodation.

Entries:
Entry forms can be downloaded from: http://www.irishcycling.com, or available by request from: mayres1@ eircom.net. Entry fee is €30, and closing date for entries is July 17. Entries received after this date will incur a fee of €60.

This event is organised by Connacht Youth Cycling under the rules of Cycling Ireland.

Cycling Centre and Scouts Centre bid to get defibrillator
A massive joint effort by the Scouts, the Boxing club and the Western Lakes Cyclists to gather 500 old or broken mobile phones so that the centre can have a defibrillator all of its own.

Mid west radio is sponsoring the venture for clubs around the county and Ballinrobe’s Scouts Den and Cycling centre are availing of this brilliant opportunity.

Members of all 3 clubs are leave the phones at the centre on the Kilmaine Rd  or at the Lake district office on New St Ballinrobe, all 3 clubs would appreciate any help from the local community in their bid.

Padraig Marrey
Cycling Coach

Club News February 2009
Clifden training weekend

The western lakes CC and Covey Wheelers club got together last weekend for two days training in Connemara with16 riders taking the long way to Clifden to complete a 100 mile(160k) voyage.

Saturday’s spin saw the Group will be travel from Ballinrobe via Cong, Cornamona, Maam, Leenane, Lettergesh, Renvyle, Tullycross, LetterFrack, Cleggan, Claddaghduff and arrive into Clifden via the notoriously hard Sky road. The over night stay is at the Alcock Hotel

Sunday’s spin of 95miles, left Clifden, via Ballyconneely, Roundstone, Cashel, Gortmore, Maam Cross, Maam, Ail Duil, Finney, Tourmakeady, Srah Partry and back into Ballinrobe. The weather held up nicely and despite the cold bite a good weekend was had by all.

Mizen 2 Malin Try out

Due to the bad weather conditions on January the 11th a new date has been added so that people can ”Try out “  for the squad who will undertake the challenge of trying to ride from Ireland’s most Southerly point (Mizen Head)  to the most Northly Point (Malin head) inside 20hours.

This will be a group effort, where we hope to have a squad of about 30 riders. The try out spin will be on Saturday February 14th starting at 9am from the Western Lakes Cycling centre on the Kilmaine road Ballinrobe, Co Mayo.

Anyone who intends to make the squad must attend, this event is  pre entry only, closing date is February 11.  Full details re the event will be presented after the spin It is hoped to attempt the bid in late June weather permitting. For More details Contact Padraig 0877992857. or email padraigmarrey@yahoo.co.uk

Training day/Spin

On Sunday February 15th  Western Lakes CC will promote a coaching training race for all the cycling fraternity, Sign at the cycling centre on the Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe  from 9.30am spin leaves at 10am sharp  for a 55mile loop.

The plan is that  it will be a training spin with coaching by the experienced riders showing bunch riding techniques practicing and guidance on how to use gears and how to handle their bikes correctly.

The last 15 miles will be left open if riders want to test their fitness. Numbers permitting there will be two groups on the road. All abilities catered  for. For More details Contact Padraig 0877992857.

Training day/spin
On February 15th  Western Lakes CC will promote a coaching spin for all the cycling fraternity,

Sign at the cycling center on the Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe  from 9.30am spin leaves at 10 for a 55mile loop. The plan is that  it will be a training spin with some coaching by the experienced riders showing bunch riding techniques practicing and guidance on how to use gears and handle their bikes correctly.

Hopefully numbers permitting there will be 2 groups on the road.

All abilities catered  for.
For More details Contact Padraig 0877992857.

Want to be on an Ireland cycling team?
Any Juniors or Under 23s interested in competing in stage races in 2009 on Development Irish Teams

please submit your name, address and contact number to Dan Curtin @ 00353 (0)87 2304365 or dan_curtin@oceanfree.net Road Commission
Club News January 2009
Word of Thanks
The club would like to thank all who supported the table quiz held at inches bar Main St Ballinrobe last Friday night €480  was raised on the night.
Liam Horan wrote the questions and Jeff Mc Donald was compare for the evening, and a big thanks to all the sponsors for the various spot prizes.

Enrolment night.
Western Lakes Cycling club Enrolment night takes place at the cycling centre on Thursday 29th of January from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
The club welcomes all new members from youths to elders.
Come along and join one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland which can be practised at any age.

Club spin to Clifden.
The club is organising a Training weekend on  Feb 7th and 8th  the spin on the Saturday is from Ballinrobe to Clifden and is open to racing and leisure cyclists as there will be 2 separate groups. The Racing cyclists will be lead by JJ Flaherty and Padraig Marrey and the Leisure group will be lead by Fergal O Neill. Sunday will be the same route in reverse.
The club van will be taking all the luggage back. To reserve your place contact JJ or Fergal by Friday the 16th of Jan. The cost is approx 80 euro for dinner B&B.

Fitness and spin classes at the Western Lakes Cycling centre,  Kilmaine Rd, Ballinrobe
Circuit class Every Monday Night  Circuit classes will  run from 7.30 – 8.30pm, catering for all abilities all you need is suitable clothing, towel and water.
Spin Classes
Every Thursday night Spinning classes take place  at 7pm & 7:55pm and 8:05pm to 9:00pm open to all adults men and women, just bring you own bike or use a club bike.
Both classes work on strength and cardiovascular and help with weight control.
For more details contact Padraig @0877992857

Cycling Training Times
Leisure cycle spins for all abilities take place every Sunday Morning leaving the Cornmarket Ballinrobe at 10am
Youth spins take place every Saturday morning at 10am from the cycling centre.
BMX riding takes place every Sunday at the Cycling centre on the BMX track from 10.30am 12noon , bikes are available to hire for small fee.
For more details on club activities contact any club member or see http://www.westernlakescc.com

Padraig Marrey
PRO Western Lakes CC


Cycling Club Table Quiz & News
Western Lakes Cycling Club table quiz
A Fund raising Table quiz will take place on Friday January 23rd In inches bar.
Quiz starts at 9.30pm sharp.
Club members are requested to collect spot prizes in advance
The club will be  looking for teams of 4 to entry.

Enrolment night.
Western Lakes Cycling club Enrolment night takes place at the cycling centre on Thursday 29th of January from 6.30 to 8.30pm.
The club welcomes all new members from youths to elders.
Come along and join one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland which can be practised at any age.

Club spin to Clifden.
The club is organising a Training weekend on  Feb 7th and 8th  the spin on the Saturday is from Ballinrobe to Clifden and is open to racing and leisure cyclists as there will be 2 separate groups. The Racing cyclists will be lead by JJ Flaherty and Padraig Marrey and the Leisure group will be lead by Fergal O Neill. Sunday will be the same route in reverse.
The club van will be taking all the luggage back. To reserve your place contact JJ or Fergal by Friday the 16th of Jan. The cost is approx 80 euro for dinner B&B.

The Western Lakes Cycling Centre and Scouts den Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe,  needs your support.

For the club to keep the building and grounds we need to create revue so we are asking club members to help by attending any classes that take place there.

To date the club only contributes when the spinning classes are held, this only accounts for about 16 weeks per year, the club needs to be putting in a similar effort like the Scouts,  who use the building twice to three times a week for 40 odd weeks of the year.
I have agreed to move my circuit class from the Lakeside centre to the cycling centre so that the monies I pay for rent can go to the fund that keeps this centre viable

Every Monday Night from January 5th   Circuit classes will  run from 7.30 – 8.30pm, catering for all abilities all you need is suitable clothing, a towel and water.

Every Thursday night from January 8th  Spinning classes take place  at 7pm & 7:55pm and 8:05pm to 9:00pm open to all adults men and women, just bring you own bike or use a club bike.
Both classes work on strength and cardiovascular and help with weight control.

For more details contact Padraig @0877992857

Club Membership Now Due
Your club and Cycling IRELAND  membership is now due, please find attached forms to fill out and a letter with prices for membership type.

Both forms need to be filled and sent back with appropriate monies

Any new members joining will need a copy of their passport as well, any new youth member will new a copy of their birth cert or passport if they have one.

The club will hold an enrolment nigh on Thursday the 29th of January 2009 between 6.30-8.30pm at the Western Lakes cycling centre on the Kilmaine Rd Ballinrobe.

Please could you have your forms returned by then to the club secretary or else attend on the night.

Thanks
Padraig Marrey
Club Secretary for Western Lakes CC

BMX Track on Setanta Sports
SPORTS NATIONWIDE JANUARY ‘09
Freeview on Setanta Sports

A GTV Sports Production
Supported by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland
This month on Sports Nationwide:

Boxing:
We profile St. Ibars / St. Josephs Amateur Boxing Club in Wexford Town and meet Irish Olympic Boxing Team Coach Billy Walsh in his home club together with family members who are also involved in the club.

Sport for older people:
The Irish Sports Council has invested 2.5 million euro since 2000 in “Go for Life” – a sports and activity programme for older people.  We travel to a Go for Life leaders’ workshop in County Wicklow to find out more about this worthwhile programme.

Cycling:
Cycling legend Sean Kelly and Olympian David O’Loughlin officially opened the Western Lakes BMX track in Ballinrobe Co. Mayo in December. The aim of the Western Lakes club is to get young people trying out cycling as a sport by teaching them how to BMX in a safe environment. It is also hoped that with proper coaching some of these young people might qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012 or 2016 as BMX is now a recognised Olympic discipline.

Sky Diving:
John McHugh is an Aeronautical student in the University of Limerick. We talk to John about the unique nine month work experience opportunity he has in a Sky Diving School in Florida.

Sports Nationwide January transmission times:
Thursday January 8 @ 7.30pm
Friday January 9 @ 5pm
Saturday January 10 @ 1pm
Monday January 11 @ 11.30am
Monday January 11 @ 4.30pm
Thursday January 15 @ 6pm
Saturday January 17 @ 10.30pm
Sunday January 18 @ 11am
Wednesday January 21 @ 3.30pm

Check Setanta Sports TV schedule for changes at http://www.setanta.com

Setanta Sports broadcasts Sports Nationwide free to air and un-encrypted on NTL Analogue, Digital & MMDS and in free view on Sky Digital.  Furthermore Setanta Sports will ensure that all homes equipped with Satellite receiving devices will, upon request be enabled to receive Sports Nationwide on a free to air basis and without charge.

Mizen to Malin try out only 10 days away
Want to be part of something special in 2009 ? want a challenge only the brave take part in ? want to push yourself both mentally and physically ? then come along  on Sunday January 11th 2009 and have a go of trying to get on the squad that will aim to cycle from Mizen to Malin non stop in under 20hrs (375miles)in July 2009

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 break the Blazing saddles record from Mizen to Malin (20hrs 45minutes) an average speed of 19MPH.

The Try out is  an essential part of the initial training process for getting people fit for doing this  challenge, its also an opportunity to get to know your fellow team mates and to train properly.

Participants  interested in having ago must fill out the entry form  and send it  back with the entry fee by January 5th.

To be part of the squad you must attend the Try out in January
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 agenda for 2009

Try Out date (January 11th )
March camp,  aim “ getting used to riding at night as a group”
May 12hr spin
June Wicklow 200 ? or similar
The Weekend of July 18th a bid on the  Mizen to Malin route, (weather depending)

Padraig Marrey
Cycling Coach

Ras an Turcai Results 2009
1   Philip Lavery, Winning Solutions
2   Dylan Rafter, Orwell
3   Vinny Kelly, Carrick Wheelers
4   Mick Reddan, Dublin Wheelers
5   Sean Kelly, An Post
6   Simon Kelly, Usher
7   Donal Kelly, Galway Bay
8   Patrick Clarke, Castlebar CC
9   Michael Duffy, Donamon Dynamos
10   Colm Stanton, Covey Wheelers