Club League Time Trial Results
A monster crowd turned up for round 1 of the club league, the course from Ballinrobe to Ballygarris and back proved hard enough on the night with a tough head wind on the way back.
Keith Hynes from Carlistraine set the fastest time with a 23minutes and 2seconds for the 10 mile TT, Brian Martin from Loughrea was very close behind with a 23.05 and Padraig Marrey 3rd with 24.40.
Refreshments were served afterwards at Inch’s bar main st Ballinrobe.
The next round takes place on Thursday the 15th of April with a hill climb up Lally’s Mountain in Tourmakeady, sign on at O Toole pub from 7pm first rider off at 7.30pm.
All riders must wear a race number in every race, if you do not have a number you can buy one from the Mayo league committee, please contact Martin or Padraig.
See attached full result, no points are given out at the TT or Hill climb.
Click here to download the Round 1 Results in MS Excel format.
Club League Round 2
The Hill climb attracted 48 competitors varying in abilities and sizes, the 5k ascent up to the top of Lally’s mountain in Tourmakeady had more than a few in oxygen debt.
See full results attached.
Next Round Thursday the 22nd in Westport, sign on from 6.15pm at the Train station on the B’robe road, racing starts at 7pm sharp using the Westport to Srah circuit and back finishing 1km out the Ballinrobe road.
There will be 3 groups on the road separated by a handicap based on ability, remember you must wear a number.
Western Lakes CC strongly urges that all its members support the league at the moment Westport Covey Wheelers are out numbering us by nearly 2 to 1 even though we have more members affiliated to Cycling Ireland, so come on guys show your support..
For more details contact Martin @0872226260.
Click here to download the Round 2 Results in MS Excel format.
Club League Round 3
Tight Handicapping at Club league in Westport.
50 cyclist turned out for Rd 3 of the club league, held in Westport in perfect conditions, this league so far as attracted alot of newcomers to club racing.
With all the cyclists seeded everyone has a chance to compete for the win.
With 12mins separating the groups from front to back over the 26miles from Westport to Kilgeever via Louisburgh and back all the groups had to work hard to try and stay away from the scratch group lead by Mayo’s own professional An Post rider David O Loughlin.
It took 19miles (Lecanvany)of hard chasing before the scratch guys caught group 3 , at Declare group 2 were reeled in with only group one still out in front, they held of the hard chasing pack till 1.5k from the finish line to set up a mass bunch sprint (gallop) Colm Staunton of the promoting club won a fine sprint to win from his team mate Michael Brady also of the Westport Covey Wheelers. Padraig Marrey and John Murphy Western Lakes CC were 3rd and 4th respectively.
Next round to be held in Ballinrobe on Thursday May 13th where the locals will be out in force to try and over turn the odds on the Covies.
Results Round 3
1st Colm Staunton Westport
2nd Michael Brady Westport
3rd Padraig Marrey Ballinrobe
4th John Murphy Ballinrobe
5th Francis Sheridan Newport
6th Ryan Scott Aughagower
7th Jaralth Togher Cong
8th Chris Kennedy Westport
9th Joe Marrey Ballinrobe
10th Adrian Garvey Kilmaine
Click here to download the Round 3 Results in MS Excel format.
Western Lakes cream the Coveys
Ballinrobe hosted Round 4 of the club league on Thursday the 13th of May, another big crowd turned out for this hugely contested league, to date the racing has been very close with another bunch sprint.
The 26mile route from Ballinrobe via The Neale, Cross, Glencorrib, Ballyfruit, Shrule, Kilmaine finishing outside the Cycling Centre back in Ballinrobe.
An Post David O Loughlin drove the 5th group on the road to haul back everyone including the 17minute handicap after just 24 miles of racing, setting up a bunch gallop with 2 miles to go.
Brian Martin from Loughrea who started at the back won a closely fought sprint from Joe Marrey Ballinrobe and Francis Sheridan from Newport making the final podium in 3rd position.
To date 80 cyclist from Westport CC, Western Lakes CC and Tri Lakes Triathlon club have taken part in this league.
The next round takes place in Cross on June 16th, it will be part of the John Holian memorial race, this event will be an open event and anyone who wishes to take part can do so as the first lap is neutralised.
Sign on open from 6.30pm at O Malley’s bar Cross, the route takes in John’s favorite roads using the Neale, Cong, Cross lap which has to be completed 5 times, finishing on the road entrance to the Derries on the Cong/Cross road.
The club is expecting a big turn out as John Holian was a founder member of the Western Lakes Cycling club and was a great stalwart for Mayo and Connacht cycling.
Click here to download the Round 4 Results in MS Excel format.
Club League Round 5
At the half way stage of the club league its still all to play for, last year’s winner Joe Marrey sits on top of the leader board but only has one slender point advantage over 2nd place Francis Sheridan.
With 5 races to go its still wide open, litterly anyone could win providing they beat the handicap and hold good form till September.
Results and overall of round 5 attached.
July 15th, Rd 6, sign on open at 6.30pm at the hall in Tully Cross
For more details contact JJ Flaherty.
Click here to download the Round 5 Results in MS Excel format.
Severe weather conditions hamper club league
The monsoon type conditions that hit Tullycross last Thursday evening could only be described as atrocious.
Still 30 brave cyclist took to the start line for the 26 mile handicap race.
The race was split into 3 groups with 15mins separating front to back.
The scratch group was by far the biggest on the road with 15 riders, and they soon caught riders that were dropped from the second group, as weather conditions deteoriated the cyclists in the front groups found it hard to get shelter from the strong winds which more the hampered their efforts to hold of the scratch riders.
With 4 miles to go the scratch riders caught all the front runners and it looked like a bunch sprint was on the cards but Jason Prendergast Covey had other ideas when he jumped the senior riders pulling out a sizable lead before a big effort was made in the closing stages by the bunch, the young Covey riders made the going tough with repeated attacks with the kms ticking away Gert Hack soon took matters into his own hands when he lead out the bunch with 2kms to go thus preventing any further attacks, Gert efforts set up a bunch gallop with Padraig Marrey of Western Lakes taking the gallop ahead of the impressive Chris Kennedy Covey and Brendan Scullion Western Lakes netting 3rd.
Big Thanks to all the marshals and helpers on the evening and to Flaherty family for making the refreshments and to the Renvyle Inn for the venue.
1st Padraig Marrey WLCC
2nd Chris Kennedy Covey
3rd Brendan Scullion WLCC
4th Joe Marrey WLCC
5th Francis Sheridan Covey
Overall results and placing attached.
Rd 7 is on Thursday the 22nd of July in Caherlistrane, Sign on from 6.45pm at the GAA pitch.
Click here to download the Round 6 Results in MS Excel format.
Front groups deny scratch ride
Caherlistrane hosted one of the largest crowds of the club league so far in 2010,
46 riders signed up for the 2 laps of 13 mile circuit handicap race.
Group 1 nearly held of the entire field with a great combined effort only been caught by group 2 with 1.5miles to go, group 2 was been driven by the Caherlistrane contingent with Bernard Gereathy and Andrew Shaughnessy doing the bulk of the work hoping to set up a home win, the scratch group was bigger than normal and a lot of time wasting took place as riders didn’t commit to the chase.
In the end a bunch gallop took place between group one and two with the experience of Mark Quigley Partry enough to hold of the fast finishing Morgan Mc Hugh of Tri lakes TC, Ryan Scott of Covey Westport was an unlucky 3rd as his foot came out of the pedal in the sprint.
Round 8 will take place on Thursday August 12th with a road race, sign on in Westport from 6.45pm. Contact Martin Mc Nally for info.
Click here to download the Round 7 Results in MS Excel format.
Very tight at the top in Westport Covey and Western Lakes CC Club League
At round 8 the scratch riders just about caught everyone, but they left it late only catching Leone Moran and Peter Murray both of Covey with 2k remaining.
Noel Brady Covey is showing great form at the moment after his great Gaelforce result and ahead of his European Duathlon champs in Edinburgh, when he attacked early only to be brought back with 1.5k to go by Constantin Bartels Western Lakes, in the Sprint for the line Padraig Marrey WLCC lead out the group and was just piped on the line by Mark Quigley WlCC making it a one two for the South Mayo Club. Chris Kennedy again was impressive holding off Constantin Bartels for 3rd place.
Round 8 results
1st Mark Quigley WLCC
2nd Padraig Marrey WLCC
3rd Chris Kennedy WlCC
1st Francis Sheridan Covey Westport
2nd Chris Kennedy Covey Westport
2rd Joe Marrey Western Lakes CC
With only 2 rounds remaining any one in the top 6 could win the league, it will all come down to who can improve their times the most in either the Time trail or hill climb, it makes no difference what position you come on the night its about how much you can improve your time on the first time you did the Trials… this gives the people who were not fit at the start of the year a good chance of stealing the show.
Most improved cyclist of the league
Both the TT and hill climb result goes towards the most improved rider competition award as well, there are 2 categories, Most improved Youth and most improved adult.
Round 9 is a 10 mile TT, sign on from 6.30pm at Watson’s Future on the Ballyglass Rd out of Ballinrobe, first rider off at 7.15pm sharp, riders go at 30 second intervals. Refreshments after at Inch’s bar.
Round 10 is a 5k hill climb up Lally’s Mountain Tourmakeady, sign on from 6.30pm first rider off at 7pm sharp, refreshments afterwards in O Tools bar.
Click here to download the Round 8 Results in MS Excel format.
Club League Round 9
With the cycling Season coming to a close and the motivation dwindling, well don’t hang up the wheels just yet, there is only one more round of the Western Lakes Covey league left, its also the shortest, but depending how you approach it, it could be the hardest.
The 10 mile Time Trial produced some impressive performances, the 15 or so people who did both rounds all beat their original times that were set back in March.
Conditions were nearly perfect with only a slight warm breeze to contend with, the pressure was on Francis Sheridan and the young Newport man delivered, he improved his time by 2minutes and 14 seconds to finish 6th on the points table on the night, this gives him a comfortable lead going into the last round, but he cannot take the foot of the gas, as inform Padraig Marrey is breathing down his neck only 14 points back, Chris Kennedy or Joe Marrey could still spoil the Newport man’s party if they can improve their times on the Mountain by a considerable amount and end up getting into the points.
All will be revealed next Thursday, the most improved rider competition is still up for grabs so come on out and give it a lash….
RD 10 Sept 9th sign on at O Tooles pub Tourmakeady from 6.30pm first rider off at 7.15pm
Click here to download the Round 9 Results in MS Excel format.
Club League Results 2010
The 2010 club league organised by Western Lakes and Covey wheelers Westport was another resounding success, this year the Tri-athletes from the Tri lakes TC took part and added to the racing.
Rounds were held in Ballinrobe, Tourmakeady, Cross, Westport, Carlistraine and Tullycross, this was only achieved with the help of the locals from these areas but most inportantly it helped bring cycling to these areas. The club league would not happen without volunteers and for their help both clubs would like to thank anyone who helped with the league.
The prize giving will take place at the Castlecourt hotel on Friday the 15th of October from 8pm, the night promises to be good craic with sumo wrestling action taking place for adults and youths, this will be followed by a disco.
The league caters for all abilities in both clubs and the bonus is they might not particpate at all, but because its a local league where taking part is want counts.
Here are some stats of the club league.
21 riders from WLCC and Covey took part in 5 or more races.
104 took part all together.
44 western Lakes riders took part
45 Covey wheeler riders took part.
All in all very even.