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Castlebar Cycling Club Update - 16 June 2009
By Castlebar Cycling Club
16, Jun 2009 - 18:28

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As ever, the members of Castlebar Cycling Club have been busy cycling the high ways and byways of Ireland, competing in a wide variety of cycling events.
Connaught Time Trial League
Things have become serious as competitors in the Connaught Time Trial League tackle the longer distances, making the jump from the 16k time trials to the longer 30km / 40 km distances.

The first round of longer time trials posted some impressive times with several club members posting personal bests. Among these were Chris Troy who posted a scorching 54.57 and Ray Kirrane with a 59.01. Ray's personal best deserves a particular mention as it was the first time he broke the magical hour barrier for 25 miles, a milestone that all testers endeavour to break.
For the record, Castlebar CC, amongst its current members has quite a large group of men in the 'Sub One Hour Club' namely David Brennan, Chris Coyle, Chris Troy, Patrick Clarke, Paul Dunne, David Sands, TJ Coen and now Ray Kirrane.Bernard Mc Guinnes, John Carty and Jasper Jennings also posted personal bests for the 40km so congratulations to them and hopefully they too will soon be joining the 'Sub One Hour Club'.
In the 30km events our strong youth team came to the fore, with Cian Gavin, Patrick Morley, Jack Mc Cormack, Lauren Gourlay, Jack Sheerhan and Jason Ormsby all cycling very well. Again, the club as a whole is very proud of all the youth cyclists and is delighted with their continued success and improvements. However, more importantly we are delighted with their consistently good behaviour and sportsmanship.
Ras Dun na nGall and Ras Connachta
Post FBD Ras, the club's racing fraternity continues to compete in National Cycling events.
Bernard Twoomey and Ciaran 'The Eagle' Clarke tackled the 'Hills of Donegal'. The lads certainly found Donegal to be Ireland's equivalent of Las Vegas as they tackled a chaotic and extremely difficult race. Each of the race's three stages were dotted with numerous mountains, none more ferocious than the infamous 'Glengeash Pass'. The two lads tackled the climbs without any problems and all in all had a great weekend.
Ras Connachta, which finished last Sunday was another stage race assignment for the club's racers. This time four riders tackled the race, with Ras riders David Brennan and Chris Troy joining forces with Bernard and Ciaran. The weekend was a success for the club with David Brennan taking the KOH and third overall, Chris Troy taking second in the time trial and Bernard and Ciaran again gaining invaluable stage race experience. Ciaran's excellent ride on the final stage should be noted, joining teammate David Brennan in a 75 mile break putting the yellow jersey under pressure. This was a big jump for Ciaran as he was in a group with all Senior 1 riders.
Finally, I would like to thank Patrick Clarke for acting as team manager for both events.
Other Events and Upcoming Races
Club members also tackled a number of other events. Paul Fahey and John Carty partook in the Wicklow 200 cycling event, enjoying a very long and tough day on the bike. Club members also raced well in the training races held in Bohola, with Peter Tuohy and Cian Gavin racing particularly well.
Upcoming events include the Connaught Road Race Championships for youth cyclists this Saturday in Kiltimagh and in Coolaney in Sligo in Sunday for Senior Men and Women. Details can be found on the club website at or at the Connaught website at
The Connaught Road Race League starts Tuesday week and the TT League continues throughout the sCastlebar Cycling Club Update 16/06/2009ummer, all details are at
Finally, Castlebar Cycling Club would like to wish all its members the best of luck in the forthcoming Mullaghmore Triathlon which is acting as a selection race for the European Triathlon Championships.

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