Round five of the league took place recently in Ballinrobe with 45 cyclists from around the province racing over a 34 mile lap around Lough Mask. A 10 minute handicap separated the groups from front to back. The scratch group consisted of inform Charles Prendergast, Cunga CC, and Dave Brennan, Castlebar.
A brave effort by groups one and two could not hold off the scratch group who caught everyone with 14k to go. With Prendergast on golden form he split the group with 5k to go and dragged Rory Conroy of Castlebar CC with him, with 1k to the finish Charles took no chances and jumped clear to win on his own, Rory Conroy came second and Dave Brennan won the gallop for third to hold on as Connacht league leader.
Quigley wins Galway critirum
Western Lakes Cycling Club launched its line up of sponsors recently and Mark Quigley from Partry got the club off to a flier by winning the Galway City Critirum. The Galway City Critirum involves racing through the streets on a short circuit at high speed for one hour.
Quigley, who has returned to form after a few years away from the sport, used his experience and skill to win an eight man sprint to the line which finished at the Claddagh. The South Mayo/North Galway based cycling club, organises a vast array of events throughout the year for its 100 members, the Polkadot challenge and Ballinrobe two day are the club's flagship events which draw huge numbers to the area each year. Quigley’s win was the perfect start for the sponsors, Mc Hales Farm Machinery, Bridge Signs, Marrey Bikes, Cummins SuperValu, and Inch's bar Ballinrobe The club is indebted to them, especially in the hard economic time that we have.