The 2012 Mayo cycling league kicks off next Friday the 23rd of March with a 5k hill climb up Lally's mountain in Tourmakeady.
The domestic cycling scene in Mayo has blossomed over the past few years with cycling clubs popping up everywhere, and in recessionary times there is no better cost effective and mode of transport than cycling..
From participation comes competition and the Mayo cycling league aims to develop participants by racing over various disciplines like Hill climbing, Time trialing both are against the watch, handicap road races and team time trials there even is a team competition.
The 9 event league is aimed at all abilities who want to race, all that is required is a cycling Ireland competition licence and of course your bike.
To date there are 9 clubs in Mayo see Mayo cycling Facebook page for club details.
League datesFriday Mar 23rd Hill climb 5k Tourmakeady sign on from 5pmFriday Mar 30th Time Trial 16k Ballinrobe sign on from 5pm @cycling centreWednesday April 4th Road race Westport sign on from 5.30pm at the Leisure parkFriday April 20th Road Race Castlebar sign on from 6pm at An SportlannWednesday May 2nd Road Race Swinford sign on from 6pm GAA pitchFriday May 25th Road race Cong, sign on Carpark from 7pm Wednesday June 6th Time Trial Ballinrobe, sign on Cycling centre 7PMWednesday June 13th Hill climb Tourmakeady, sign on from 7pmFriday July 6th Team Time Trial, sign on Partry hall from 7pm
Mayo League 2012 - Rnd 7
Big turnout for the penultimate round of the Mayo league in Tourmakeady.
Western Lakes's Shane Gilligan was the only rider to better his time from Rd 1 gaining 50 bonus points for his effort.
Westport's Triathlete International Con Doherty stole the show with a blistering time of 11:42mins gathering 100pts.
Ger Corcoran still leads the Mayo league on 438 points.
Poor conditions saw the times slip back from round 1 back in March but Barry Holian of Western Lakes remains in 2nd(428pts) while Keith O'Connell also retained 3rd Overall(413pts).
The focus now turns to the final TT next Wednesday 13th June. This is a chance for all the TT specialists to have their go and try and beat their times from Rd 2
The Western Lakes club/Team are still on top 1558pts with Westport on 1278pts with Castlebar CC on 909pts.
Full spreadsheet attached, 2 sheets, team and overall.
There will also be a Team Time Trial event later in the season.
Details for Round 8 June 13th
Sign on at the Western Lakes cycling centre Ballinrobe from 6.45pm first off at 30sec interval at 7.30pm sharp.
The route is Ballinrobe to Kilmaine and back same as round 2.
Refreshments and times after at the cycling centre.
Mayo League Round 5
Round 5 of the League took place on fast, flat circuit based on the Swinford/ Carracastle by pass, with 55 cyclists from 6 clubs taking part this was the biggest turn out to date.
4 groups on the road separated by 13mins from front to back the strong scratch group made up of riders who will take part in the An Post Ras in a few weeks time were keen to race.
The writing was on the wall for the groups ahead, when the scratch men averaging 45kms per hour worked relentless to reel in all the groups with 8kms of racing to go.
With the roads been fast and flat there were several attacks by the non sprinters but none could open the gap, in the final dash for the line with some 40 odd racers still in contention and the likes of the Clarke brothers, David Brennan of the Mayo Edge Ras team and the Mayo Centra squad of Padraig Marrey, Donal Harrington, JJ Flaherty and Barry Holian the lightly hood was that a winner would come from this lot in the final push for the line.
Ger Corcoran from Covey Westport had other ideas and jumped early in the sprint opening up several bikes lengths only to be closed down at the death by the in form Padraig Marrey of Western Lakes CC, Barry Holian of WLCC was a few bikes length back in third position with Chris Troy Castlebar CC in 4th.
Previous league leader Kevin Roache Foxford didn’t make the top ten so looses out on valuable points towards the overall and lost the jersey to Westport’s Ger Corcoran.
In the team competition on the night Western Lakes CC just edged out Covey Westport by 5pts with Castlebar CC in third place.
Overall in the league
Ger Corcoran Covey Westport will wear the Marrey bikes yellow jersey as he now leads on 269pts with Western Lakes duo Barry Holian 255pts and Padraig Marrey 252pts close behind.
Overall In the Team competition after 5 rounds
Western Lakes CC lead on 1029pts, Westport Covey 833pts, Castlebar CC 782pts, Cunga CC 121pts and Swinford on 76pts
Next round takes place on Friday May 25th in Cong, with the Ras men out of the question this gives all the domestic racers a great chance to up set the overall.
Mayo Cycling league news.
After 4 rounds of the Mayo cycling league Swinford man Kevin Roache has now scored more points in the 4 races to date than the other 87 starters, he wears the Marrey Bikes sponsored yellow jersey of league leader.
At round 4 all the strong men of Mayo cycling used their combined strength to reel in the 9minute handicap and set up a bunch finish on the Ballyvary road outside of Castlebar, Michael Brady of Westport proved strongest in the Sprint winning from Castlebar duo of David Brennan and Ciaran Clarke.
With 4 rounds to go the league is wide open with anyone in the top 20 having a chance of taking the overall title.
Results round 4
1st Michael Brady CW
2nd David Brennan CB
3rd Ciaran Clarke CB
4th Padraic Conway CW
5th Chris Troy CB
6th Ger Corcoran CW
7th Colin Browne CW
8th Padraic Fraine Swinford
9th Sean O Malley WL
10th Jarlath Togher Cunga
Top 5 Overall of Mayo league
1st Kevin Roache Swinford 223
2nd Ger Corcoran Westport 222
3rd Kevin Ryan Kilmaine 218
4th Sean O Malley Ballinrobe 211
5th Barry Holian Ballinrobe 210
Round 5 of the Mayo cycling league takes place in Swinford.
On Wednesday the 2nd of May, sign on from 6.30pm at amenity park beside Tesco. Race start at 7.15pm sharp, Handicap and groups will be revised to suit after round 4.
Refreshments and results after at Campbell’s bar.