Sunday, July 1, 2012

Ashford Duathlon Results

Congrats to everyone who competed in the Ashford Duathlon and thanks for your support.

1. Padraig Marrey ( Western Lakes )

2. Brendan Gill ( Mayo AC )

3. Bernard Geraghty ( TriLakes )

Top Men

1. Imelda Hughes ( Western Lakes )

2. Angela Collins ( TriLakes )

3. Imelda O'Connor ( Trilakes )

Here is the link to view all the finishing times

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cunga Cycling Club Summer 2012 Events

Official Summer Training Schedule

Following discussions with members for feedback and have agreed the following schedule of official club training sessions. Please attend and support these sessions if possible. You can always send a text or place a note on the club facebook page if you plan a spin outside of these organised sessions...


MTB - Adventure Race Session 7pm @ O'Connors in Cong.
Details:  MTB Session to Mount Gable - Run Gable 1/2 times. MTB back to Cong. This session is geared towards anyone with an interest in Adventure racing or Mountain biking and is demanding.


Road Session 7.30pm @ O'Connors in Cong - Aimed at Beginners and improver's both male/female. Under 14 and Under 16's only accompanied by a club coach.
Distance 10 to 25 Miles dependant on the group/ weather etc. Experienced coaches will be on hand to assist/ advise.


Road Session- 7pm @ O'Connors in Cong-  Open to everyone - Structured road training.
 Pace 18 to 20mph average. Distance 25 to 40 Miles.


Road Session 10.30am @ O'Connors in Cong - Aimed at Beginners and improver's both male/female. Under 14 and Under 16's only accompanied by a club coach.
Distance 10 to 30 Miles dependant on the group/ weather etc. Experienced coaches will be on hand to assist/ advise on certain days.


Road Session- 9am @ O'Connors in Cong- Open to everyone - Structured road training.
Pace 18 to 22mph average. Distance 30 to 70 Miles.

Cunga CC News

Club Social

The next club social event is planned for the month of August on Inchogil Island with a Family BBQ and Mini Duathlon on the Island! It should be good fun for all the family...
More details to follow from event organiser Dermot O'Connor.

Coach Education and Training

A group of 6 club members recently completed the Irish Sports Council's Child protection in Sport Awareness Workshop
Damien O'Malley, Gary Collins, Sinead Collins, John Lydon, Dermot O'Connor, David O'Loughlin.
Continuing coach education and training is a vital part of the clubs goals and anyone wishing to assist with coaching please contact the club secretary as courses are on going.

Cycling Ireland - Mountain Bike Leader Award Course

Gary Collins and David O'Loughlin both recently completed this two day course and are now preparing for the final exam.

High Performance

Club member Charles Prendergast is currently taking part in the ' an Post Ras'  We wish Charles all the best in this tough 8 day International Race.
Keep track of Charles on the race website...
Who knows maybe next year we can field a club team!!!


Underage members are encouraged to take part in some of the clubs organised club training sessions. See above schedule.
 Experienced club coaches will be on hand.
We plan on having a team prepared and ready for the up coming Errigal International Youth tour.
More information on this or to register your interest please contact 

Dirt School

Following a successful introduction of our underage mountain biking programme we will be rolling out phase two of this during the schools summer holiday period.
More to details will be published in due course.
If any one has any suggestions or ideas for club events please do not hesitate to contact the committee.
Happy Cycling
David O'Loughlin

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Watch out! It's The Cunga Ram

 The Cunga RAM or Ride Around the Mountains on the 14th April is Cunga CC’s flagship event of 2012 and promises the whole family, young and old, a great day out!

Finishing and ending in Cong the day will involve a cycle around the most scenic spots in The West followed by a social gathering in Cong with music, BBQ and lots of fun for kids.


Family Walk/Cycle
This will be a short fun walk/cycle for parents and kids of all ages in complete safety around the village of Cong.

60 Km Cycle
Heading west out of Cong this is a fun leisurely spin around the picturesque gateway to Connemara for those looking for a more gentle pace.
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125 Km Cycle
Our main cycle of the day will take in Ashford Castle, Cong Village, Lough Nafooey, Glassilaun Beach, Ashleigh Falls, Leenane Fjord, Kylemore Abbey and along the beautiful lakes of the West.

Rest stops and refreshments will be provided along the route.

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Takes place 9.00 to 10.00 am at Lydon’s Lodge, Cong

Changing Facilities

Changing rooms are provided at the Neale GAA pitch

B&B Accommodation is available in Cong village from Lydon’s Lodge.  Contact 094-9546053.
Lydons Offers:
B&B only= €35
B&B including 1 course meal= €45
B&B including 3 course set menu meal= €55


Other approved B&B's in Cong can be found here

All cyclists must wear helmets, have bikes in good working order with a pump and spare tube. All adequate safety precautions should be taken as laid out on the cycling Ireland website.

More Information
For more information and queries please contact

Monday, March 12, 2012

Well done to Cunga CC man Charlie Prendergast who won the main race at the Scott Loughrea GP over 85Kms yesterday.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cong Duathlon- Man With Wok On Head Wins Fashion Plaudits

Whilst many of the national papers focused on the lack of Cunga CC members on top of the leaderboard of the TriLakes Cong duathlon last Sunday we were all in Lydon's Bar drinking pints and congratulating ourselves on a job well done.

That job was basically to make sure everyone finished in front of us whilst we lifted branches out of the way and did other important stuff.  After all we knew Cong Woods like the back of our hand and it wouldn't be fair to go full tilt.  Ahem..!

To a first time duathlete the start line at Lisloughery Lodge resembled a cross between a NASA launch site and a circus.  One competitor appeared to be wearing a Wok for the bike ride whilst others must have been in some sort of pre race altercation because the shoulders of their t-shirts were strangely absent though the sleeves remained intact.

The race was delayed by two minutes when official's were sent scurrying for the rule books after a Galway athlete arrived at the start line wearing what appeared to be a poker dealers visor.  But it turned out the guy could run and cycle, very fast indeed, so the visor was deemed "not in slightest bit ridiculous looking coz he's good" after scrutiny from the race director.

The duathlon was also graced by the presence of American legend Bershawn Browne the former top Discovery Channel cyclist and winner of the 2005 "Perfect Stride Award" from Triathlon Monthly. Browne was happy to stand for photographs with some of the participants before getting his game face on and decimating the field.

Thanks to all the TriLakes guys for a job well done. Obviously none of the above is true, expect the bit about the Wok. A great day out was had by all!

Cunga League Time Trial This Sunday. You May Have To Skip Mass

The Club League TT will take place on Sunday 11th March, sign on in Lydon's Lodge from 9.30am.  €5 per entry.

1st rider off at 10.20am 
There will be a choice of 2 courses
1. Cong - Cloughbrack - Cong approx 29km
2. Cong - Clonbur - Cong approx 12km

Tea/Coffee available afterwards in Lydon's Lodge.

Kids MTB Dirt School This Friday at 5pm

Kids, clear your diaries, and Sky + Pokemon Black and White because MTB Dirt School has been moved forward to this Friday at 5pm. This is due to confirmation in Cong this Saturday.
Parents, please come and collect the kids by 6.15pm, or its €20 an hour childminding rates!  Only joking but you get the picture!