It was 12 years since Western Lakes CC last organised a cyclo-cross event at the race course in Ballinrobe. In that time the numbers that have taken up cycling has greatly increased.
The 2.6k lap on Gilligan field, Cloonagashel, Ballinrobe, was made all the more treacherous when heavy rain the night before, and mist on race day, made the course a muck bath.
The winner 12 years ago at the race course was Padraig Marrey (Western Lakes CC) and in typical Marrey style he also won the 2013 event but this time around was pushed all the way to the finish by up and coming talent Sean O Malley (also Western Lakes CC). Evergreen Chris Troy Castlebar CC rounded off the podium finish position.
Thanks to Connacht Cycling Committee, Western Lakes CC and the Gilligan Family for their help promoting this event.
1st Padraig Marrey Western Lakes CC 55:40
2nd Sean O Malley Western Lakes CC 56.56
3rd Chris Troy Castlebar CC 60:10
4TH Michael Gilvarry Western Lakes CC 61:16
5TH Colm Staunton Westport Covey 63:21
6th Michael Devins Eire Og Sligo 63:49
7th Michael Flynn Westport Covey 65:01
8th Padraic Hughes Western Lakes CC 65:25
9TH Danny Maloney Westport Covey 65:26
10th John Lenehan Westport Covey 66:14
Under 16 (3 laps)
1st Sean Flynn Westport Covey 22:47
2nd Matthew Waters Cunga CC 25:24
1ST Declan Maloney Westport Covey 24:51
1st Matthew Devins Eire Og 28:55
2nd Dylan Watters Cunga CC 38:01
The next race is the Connacht MTB Winter League at Moycullen Woods on Nov 24th.
Sign on closes @ 11am sharp at the MBW bike shop.