Western Lakes Cycling Club

  • For the past ten weeks cyclists all over the country have been locked-down as restrictions have stopped them from cycling any further than two kilometres from their homes.

    Lately this has been increased to five kilometres.

    The weather has been abnormally good for the time of year, so for cyclists who are used to logging daily spins in-excess of 100k‘s it’s the equivalent of a kid been stuck in a sweet shop and not been allowed to take a sweet.

    The Mayo cycling league with the help of the on-line app “Zwift” stepped up and set up a weekly league consisting of 8 rounds.

    Some evenings there were over 60 riders racing each other virtually.

    A select group of hardened cyclists dreamed up a unique challenge for themselves, this is to virtually climb Mount Everest from their own homes.

     It sounds crazy but with a bit of planning and a lot of suffering the 13 Mayo riders will have raised a lot of funds for Croí Heart and Stroke come next Saturday evening May 30th.

    13 riders scattered around the county of Mayo will attempt to ride the same amount of vertical metres as climbing Mount Everest using the on line app Zwift connected to a direct drive turbo trainer to simulate the real thing virtually.

    it will take 14hrs glued to a saddle in their own homes climbing away for hours looking at their laptop screens.

     it’s nine times up and down Alpe du Zwift.

    The team...

    Belmullet CC

    Alan Concannon 


    Annagh Wheelers

    Darragh Delaney 

    Eoin Waldron 


    Westport Covey Wheelers

    Aidan Gill 

    Keith Mulroy

    Rob Flynn

    Bryan Hyland

    Tom Bourke

    Aidan Campbell


    Western Lakes CC 

    Colin Loughney 

    Janis Blinovs 

    Kieran Heneghan 

    Pádraig Marrey

    These are the riders and are the biggest known group from the one area to attempt such a feat virtually on Saturday May 30th starting at 5am.

    Anyone who would like to support them on their own bikes can simply join one of the participants virtually for one or more of the climbs to see what it’s like.

    To donate 


  • Western Lakes Cycling Club in Ballinrobe has lost €10,000 worth of equipment after ten top of the range bikes were stolen from its premises.

    Thieves climbed in a small window of the old factory building on the Kilmaine road and targeted the cycling club’s facility.

    Gardai are anxious to speak to anyone who might have seen anything suspicious around the club’s home on the Kilmaine Road on Friday night, November 3rd last.

    Padraig Marrey who is a coach at the club says those bikes were used for the development of the sport in the area and the members feel deceived by this theft.

  • The annual John Holian Memorial Road Race takes place this Friday evening 11th June from 7 to 8.30pm, organised by Western Lakes Cycling Club.

    The race will start at the Community Centre in Cong and will cover the Cong-Cross-Neale 11km route 5 times before finishing approximately 1km before Cross on the R346.

    The roads will remain open during the race and race marshals will be present at junctions to assist traffic.

    Motorists are asked to take extra care in the area on Friday evening, and expect some short delays during the race.