Group Cycles

Below you'll find reports and updates from the various organised group cycles that take place weekly.  Thanks to all group leaders and other contributors for your ongoing input and commitment.

Follow the links below to older group cycle reports...

 Group A    Group B    Group C    Group D

Large Turnout for Week Two of Winter Training Programme

posted 15 Oct 2018, 05:26 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 15 Oct 2018, 05:27 ]

(By Mark Monaghan - Sun. 14th October 2018)   
With the rain from yesterday clearing over night we were greeted by clear skies and cool conditions for our weekly spin. A large number of Wheelers gathered at the clubhouse for week two of the club winter training plan.
After a quick discussion of the plan and the route we had 5 groups on the road, three A group's, one B and one C group respectively.

As per "The Plan" the route was to be relatively flat and not longer than 90km. Off we set to Moate via Ballymore and Mount Temple for one group ;-)! From there we took the scenic route to Kilbeggan through Clara where we had our tax and insurance check by the local Gardaí.

Hitting Kilbeggan sustenance was required and was aplenty in the M6 service station on the Tullamore road in glorious Autumnal sunshine. Before long we were back on the road for home via Tyrellspass and Rochfortbridge covering just under 90km.

With the winter plan now in place it is the ideal time for any of the members that have taken a break off the bike to get back out on the club Sunday spins. All spins are controlled and nobody will be left behind and you are more than welcome to join us.

Sunday's route can be viewed on the link below.

A Group Coffe Break Sun 14 October 2018
Lakeside Wheelers A group pictured during a break from the road in Kilbeggan.

D Group Beginner Turbo Sessions Launched

posted 8 Oct 2018, 13:06 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 8 Oct 2018, 13:07 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 7th October 2018)   
Last Thursday the D group and beginners commenced a series of turbo sessions in the clubhouse under the guidance of Mossy Keane and Gerry Wallace. 

Hopefully some of these novice Wheelers will progress to the Sunday morning spins but for now, enjoy the turbo training. For more information regarding these sessions contact Gerry Wallace.

Winter Training Programme Gets Under Way

posted 8 Oct 2018, 12:43 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 8 Oct 2018, 12:56 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 7th October 2018)   
Last Sunday saw the start of the winter training plan for the A and B groups. This plan will be in place throughout the off-season and is aimed at all riders who wish to improve their fitness and endurance for racing and sportive riding next year.

The plan has been prepared by Mark Horohoe with input from fellow group leaders Mark Monaghan, Bob O’Ceallaigh, Eugene Duffy and David Lally. From now until next April the group spins will be structured and focus on long slow rides, hilly terrain and after Christmas the intensity will increase and rides will include harder efforts.
With a cool but dry morning there were several members in attendance last Sunday for the 85km spin to Edenderry via Kinnegad and home vie Rhode and Tyrrellspass. 

It was great to see a few of the club’s Youths and Junior riders out on the spin and if the truth be known, they were putting it up to the “elder lemons”! Thanks to Damien O’Brien for providing back-up to the younger brigade. 

AB Group Cycle Sun 8 Oct 2018
Route Map of SUnday's A/B Group Cycle.

Great Weather & Great Leaders Contribute to Great Club Spins

posted 7 Aug 2018, 14:29 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 7 Aug 2018, 14:31 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 5th August 2018)   
The Wednesday evening spins have been a great success so far this summer with the lovely warm weather adding a continental feel to this mid-week session. On occasion it was too warm to complete the spin without an extra “hydration” stop which brought a great social aspect to the ride and resulted in many new members getting to know the more established crew. These spins will continue for as long as daylight hours permit safe cycling so keep an eye on notes and emails for notification of changes in the coming weeks.

The Sunday morning spins continue to be very well attended as always and as with the midweek sessions, the great weather has made them so much more enjoyable. Last weekend the route took the majority of riders westwards to Athlone via Ballymore and home via Moate, Kilbeggan and Tyrellspass. 

Thanks to all group leaders who are doing an excellent job marshalling the troops all summer. Best wishes to David Lally who was unlucky recently and came out the wrong end of a bad fall so hopefully it won’t be too long before he is back on his bike.

The SatThe Saturday Morning crew enjoying a coffee break in Kinnegad last weekendThe Saturday Morning crew enjoying a coffee break in Kinnegad last weekend

Sunday and Wednesday Spins

posted 10 Jul 2018, 01:35 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 10 Jul 2018, 01:35 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 8th July 2018)   
The weekly spins continue to be blessed with this amazing weather which is just perfect for cycling. Who needs Mallorca?!

Among the many groups to take to the roads on Sunday were two A groups, one led led by Mark Monaghan. It was a really good spin  on a lovely route incorporating Horseleap, Moate, Clara Tullamore and home via Daingean, Croghan Hill and Tyrrellspass. 

Group Leaders have asked that members turn up on time for these spins with Sunday’s departure time scheduled for 9am and Wednesday’s for 6.30pm. Please continue to assist Group Leaders on the road and obey all requests regarding routes, riding positions and “coffee-stop” locations. Most of all, enjoy the sunshine while it lasts and get plenty of miles in.

A Group Coffee Stop in Tullamore on Sunday's Spin
A Group Coffee Stop in Tullamore on Sunday's Spin.


A Club For All Ages

posted 25 Jun 2018, 08:01 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 28 Jun 2018, 04:22 ]

"By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 24th June 2018)   
Over the last few years the weekly notes section has reported on a variety of activities and events promoted by Lakeside Wheelers. Examples of this include racing, leisure cycling, mountain biking, cyclocross, youths, juniors and the Sprocket Rocket initiative which was a very popular beginners programme organised by club members for several years.

Whilst all of these are vital aspects of the club and are a significant part of what makes Lakeside Wheelers one of the best cycling clubs in Ireland, there is another very unique side to the club. This involves about 15 members who meet at least three times a week for what is mostly a very leisurely cycle.
What makes this group of very experienced cyclists unique is the fact that they are all either retired or semi-retired and range in age from mid 60’s to early 80’s, yes, you read it correctly, early 80’s!!! However, do not underestimate these guys who would probably put most of the younger Wheelers to shame when it comes to kilometres cycled annually.

Last weekend the PRO joined this select group of riders for the Sunday spin, a chat and of course, the obligatory coffee stop. So, on a beautiful sunny morning the lads gathered with all of the other Wheelers and departed the clubhouse for their normal 80km spin. Within the club these lads are affectionately known as the “older guys” or in some cases the “Jimmy” group which is a reference to the man who is synonymous with the annual Mallorca trip which will be discussed later.  However, the lads in question have their own pet name and refer to themselves as the “Mobile Men’s Shed”.

Thankfully Lakeside Wheelers is not ageist and this is reflected in the fact that this very senior cohort of members are often the first to respond when the club calls out for volunteers for any of the events which it organises. This was the case only last week when the lads turned out in force to help marshal the National Criterium race staged in Mullingar town centre and their assistance is always much appreciated by the event organisers.

Now, back to the Mallorca connection! About 15 years ago one of the pivotal members of the group, Jimmy Marshall, organised a trip to Porto Pollenca in the northern part of this cycling paradise and to this day he has returned each year with a group for a week’s cycling in May. Not only do the lads return to Mallorca, but they return to the same hotel and bike rental shop where they started off all those years ago. As a result of this connection many other members of Lakeside Wheelers have benefited from reduced rates in both of these places thanks to the network established by the original “Jimmy” group.

John and Ollie enjoying a relaxed coffee stop in Santa Margalida, Mallorca recently.
John and Ollie enjoying a relaxed coffee stop in Santa Margalida, Mallorca recently.

However, not all of their cycling is in the Med as this energetic gang can be found attending many of the sportives around Ireland during the summer. They are due to head south in the coming weeks to participate in the 180km Ring of Kerry cycle for which they will be more than ready. This is due to their regular weekly spins up and down the Old Rail Trail and along the roads of Westmeath no matter what the weather conditions. Last Sunday’s spin took the group to Tullamore via Tyrellspass and Rahugh then back home via Kilbeggan, Rahinmore and Dalystown. It was an extremely enjoyable cycle at a pace that was in no way slow as they kept a very respectable average speed of 24KpH. Thanks to you all for the company and here’s wishing the Mullingar Mobile Men’s Shed many more years of safe and happy cycling.

PS: It was fantastic to see every one of the lads kitted out in their Lakeside Wheelers club gear on the day as it looks great in a group and is also very visible for motorists to see them on the road. 

Well done to you all.

Liam Kenny, Frank Darcy, Ollie Gallagher, Mick Donoghue, Jimmy Marshall, John Culligan, Joe Brady and Sean Magee. The Lakeside Wheelers Seniors group.
Liam Kenny, Frank Darcy, Ollie Gallagher, Mick Donoghue, Jimmy Marshall, John Culligan, Joe Brady and Sean Magee. The Lakeside Wheelers Seniors group.

Group A - Sunday Spin

posted 25 Jun 2018, 07:42 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 07:54 ]

(By Mark Monaghan - Sun. 24th June 2018)   
Arriving at Lakeside Wheelers HQ last Sunday morning the members were greeted with glorious sunshine and a large contingent of eager cyclists. 

With the predetermined route set out the day, it wasn't long before everyone quickly got into their groups and hit the roads to work on the tan lines!

With the sun and little or no wind for company, the large groups quickly made headway to Collinstown, Castlepollard, Coole and on to Edgeworthstown for a hard earned coffee. From there the road home took the more scenic route via Carrickboy, Ballymahon and Skeagh Hill. Another 100km in the legs with a great group of Wheelers.

Group A Sunday Spin 24th June 2018




One of the many groups of Wheelers taking a break from their efforts on Sunday.
One of the many groups of Wheelers taking a break from their efforts on Sunday.

Tough 100k Spin for Sunday Groups

posted 12 Jun 2018, 14:48 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 10th June 2018)   
It was a case of riding roads less travelled last Sunday as most groups headed towards North Longford and Cavan for a hilly spin. From the clubhouse the groups cycled to Multy, Coole, Abbeylara, Mount Nugent, Oldcastle, Collinstown and home via Crookedwood. 

This proved to be a tough 100km spin but with some new roads and hills it was a very enjoyable day in the saddle. Thanks to all group leaders for marshalling the spin and well done to all who took part.

You can follow the route taken by the groups HERE .

A group of Wheelers rest after climbing Lough Crew last Sunday.


Group Cycles & Sportive Update

posted 4 Jun 2018, 10:15 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 13:47 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 3rd June 2018)   
The good weather of late has guaranteed big crowds for all of the club spins. Last Sunday morning was a perfect example with four separate groups departing the clubhouse at 9am. The main route of the day was Killucan, Ballivor, Summerhill, Enfield and then straight home along the N4. While mostly flat in nature this route resulted in high speeds and everyone enjoyed the day out.  Check their World Bike Day cycle here https://www.relive.cc/view/1614200956 .

The Wednesday evening 6.30pm spin continues to be very successful. This is a mixed ability spin as most lads and lassies will have raced at the weekend or at the MiL so, the midweek ride is a little more leisurely. If you have not yet tried it, this is a great way to get more mileage in and improve fitness levels for sportives or racing.  

Lakeside Wheelers members have been very active on the Sportive scene in recent weeks. A large group travelled to the Tour of Connemara where they enjoyed a good spin, lovely scenery and fabulous weather. Further south there was also another group on the Ring of Beara cycle which, on a good day must be one of the most scenic cycles in the country.

Tour of the Lakes
Members are reminded that our own Tour of the Lakes sportive will be held on Sunday June 17th so keep this date free.

Carmel Lally, and friend after the Tour of Connemara.
Carmel Lally, and friend after the Tour of Connemara.

Sun Makes a Welcome Return for Weekend Spins

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:28 by Kevin Monaghan

With the sun making a rare appearance last Sunday a large number of members turned up for the weekly spin. The route for the day had a “lumpy” start via Crookedwood and Collinstown before the riders got some relief through Delvin, Athboy and Trim and then returned home via Ballivor and Killucan. As usual all members are reminded to wear club kit on the Sunday spins where possible.  

The Wednesday evening spins are now in full flow with good numbers turning up each week. These midweek cycles are an excellent way to improve both your endurance and fitness as they are an invaluable top up to the Sunday cycle. Routes are varied and duration is usually two to three hours. The midweek cycle is not leader led but there is always someone on hand to choose a route and lead the way so if you have not yet joined the summer spins now is your chance. 

Some Lakeside Wheelers members enjoying the April sunshine last weekend.
Some Lakeside Wheelers members enjoying the April sunshine last weekend.

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