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...

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Damsel in Distress!

posted 13 Mar 2020, 04:16 by Site Admin   [ updated 13 Mar 2020, 04:18 ]

D Group Spin Saturday 29/02/2020

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4 hardy souls ventured out for a spin on Saturday. The safest route was down the Greenway. With a strong wind in our face, we knew we would have the comfort of a tail wind on the way home.

Just before Castletown, two of our regular members with an extensive background in farming noticed a "damsel in distress".  Actually it was a ewe on her back. With lightning precision they dismounted and before long had the animal back on her feet and back with her flock. The names of the cyclist's will remain a closely guarded secret. 

Claffey's in Castletown was a welcome stop for a well deserved coffee. 

Once the hands and feet were thawed the group proceeded back to town with a nice tail wind.

 

Hopefully, weather permitting we will have more of our regular group out next Saturday..

A Group Report

posted 1 Mar 2020, 05:38 by Site Admin   [ updated 1 Mar 2020, 05:40 ]

A Group back on the road...Sunday 23-02-2020

    After two weeks of no club spins thanks to storms Ciara & Dennis it was back to the grind for all groups on Sunday last February 23rd.

With our resident google maps expert taking a break from route design. It was down to yours truly to come up with a route to ease us all back out onto the roads and off the turbo trainers. To avoid excuses and no shows we put the route up a little later this week (I promise it had nothing to do with me forgetting to do it 😉).

Upon arrival at headquarters we quickly split into two groups with ten plus in each group and set out on our way to Athlone on a very often used route via Loughnavalley and Ballymore. As we all know this is a very challenging road at the best of times but with a strong head wind and the visit of the puncture fairy on number of occasions to the second group, the coffee and treats were hard earned and well deserved in Athlone.

With a tailwind for company the pace increased as we returned home via Moate, Kilbeggan & Dalystown. As is often the case when we hit the N52 the race for home begins in earnest and judging by the pace and how well the group stayed together a lot of members are putting in the work in the gym and on the turbo trainers. Well done to all on what turned out to be an excellent morning for a 100km spin!

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Photo: Paul Crowley, PJ Carey.


D Group Report

posted 1 Mar 2020, 05:35 by Site Admin   [ updated 1 Mar 2020, 05:35 ]

D Group spin Saturday 22-02-2020

The Brave Six...

"Saturday proved to be a very windy day and only six hardy boys and girls braved the conditions. The initial plan was to cycle to Moate by road vie Streamstown and Rosemount. But as the conditions seemed to be dis-improving we felt it would be safer to go to Moate via the greenway. The greenway was very busy with lots of people getting ready to do the Park run for operation transformation. So we weren't the only one’s braving the windy conditions. We went at a steady pace to Moate but faced a very strong headwind. By the time we reached Moate we were really looking forward to the coffee and scones, we'd worked hard for them. The return spin proved to be somewhat easier as we had a tail wind for most of the way. By the time we'd reached the barracks we were all happy to be home. Well done to all those who went out in such tough conditions and especially to those who are fairly new to cycling it was a tough day.

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Photo left to right: Pat Liddy, Ger Hannon, Jim Murray, Pat Morrissey, Tom Sweeney and Mary Morrissey. 



Group D Notes

posted 14 Feb 2020, 02:43 by Site Admin   [ updated 15 Feb 2020, 09:48 ]

D Group Saturday  (1st February 2020)

The D group set out from the Barracks last Saturday morning, accompanied by a strong westerly gale force wind. Eighteen hardy souls made their way out along the Old Rail Track to Castletown and down the lake road to Tyrrellspass Castle, chattering away to their heart's content.

Not one bit deterred by the inclement weather, the 18 or so hardy bucks discussed everything from Brexit to b** sizes. It has to be said, that is one great trait among the group, there’s at least one expert present for almost any topic imaginable.

The stop for coffee and scones was much appreciated and, as one of the girls (a Meath woman) stated, “ya can’t bate yer owl Tyrrellspass scon”.

On the way back via Dalystown, someone shouted “car down” and we all singled out and lo and behold, it wasn’t a car at all but Ulrika Mahar going like the clappers with something stuck in her wheel. Always the gentleman,  Liam Loughman offered to fix the problem and Ulrika accepted gracefully.

On towards the Barracks with the wind at our back, we all agreed that it was a lovely spin in great company and all present wished each other a wonderful weekend.







Time To Build - Group A Notes

posted 13 Feb 2020, 10:29 by Site Admin   [ updated 14 Feb 2020, 02:38 ]

By Mark Monaghan (Sun. 2nd February 2020)   

Sunday last February 2nd was the start of the new phase in our winter training plan, the build training phase. As we all know when building something the foundation is the key to a successful plan and with the foundation well and thoroughly laid, the second part of our winter training regime began in earnest. The “Build Training Phase” is where we GRADUALLY increase the intensity of the spin, however the spins remain endurance focused. We also include structured skills drills to work on riding in group formations. We initially complete these drills at lower effort/speed as it’s important to learn the skills safely and then increase the pace as the weeks progress. These drills are very important as they improve our ability to conserve energy during events plus improve our safety in group situations.

For the second week running we had another big turnout at the club house, with no fewer than three A Groups, two B Groups and not forgetting the regular stalwarts group totalling in an estimated seventy plus riders taking to the roads of Westmeath and beyond. Once again our Google Maps man had our route mapped and ready to in advance, which is a huge help….. as long as you download it to your device that is! Where possible we ask members to do this to help with the navigation on the spins.


Group Photo of A Groiup

Setting off in our groups we made our way to Dalystown to being the first of our pace line training, followed by two ore between Tyrrellspass and Horseleap. From there we took a few roads less travelled to Clara, where a new hill (to some of us) had to be conquered before making our way to Tullamore for some refreshments. The homeward leg again brought us home along a few more roads less travelled via Durrow, Kilbeggan, Tyrrellspass, Lilliput and into Dysart where we finally got the feel of a full on tailwind and even managed to have a quick gallop for home! Well done to all for another enjoyable spin and keep up the good work!

Footnote: as mentioned above, where possible could members please familiarise yourself and download the route map to their device when the route is posted.

Autumn Sunday Spins

posted 17 Sep 2019, 14:22 by Site Admin   [ updated 17 Sep 2019, 14:31 ]

( By Shay O'Toole )

Last Sunday was flagged as a very nice sunny morning so the A Group planned to hit the “Flakanders” route for one last bash around the hilly byroads near Mullingar. At this stage there are a few versions of this route which is a tribute to the famous Spring Classics race held in Belgium at the beginning of April each year.

The 8.30am start did not deter lads as a large group gathered to complete the circuit which is usually held over 120kms. Starting from the clubhouse the riders head out on the first 60kms which runs through Galmoylestown, Crookedwood, Castlepollard, Collinstown and Whitehall before a refreshments break in Multy. From here the group ride to Bunbrosna, Sonna, Milltown and Skeagh before turning for Ballymore and home via Uisneach. Despite a few punctures which are to be expected on a route such as this, it was a very enjoyable spin that left most lads well worn out on returning to base.

Pete Rimmer, Paul Crowley and Richie Lenihan in good spirits at the Flakanders spin.

Mark Horohoe and Jack Nugent pictured having a break on the 120km Flakanders Spin last Sunday.

A Group - Winter miles equal Summer Smiles

posted 9 Jul 2019, 00:17 by Site Admin

( By Mark Monaghan )
It certainly was a case “winter miles equals summer smiles” today (Sunday 7 July 2019) for the A
group. With a group of eighteen and slight northerly wind for company we set off to roads more akin
to our winter training plan. The group quickly got into perfect formation as we headed to
Collinstown via Crookedwood and Castlepollard taking in the fantastic views on a perfect day for
cycling. After a quick pit stop in Collinstown where the dreaded puncture fairy struck we made our
way in earnest to tackle Lough Crew stopping briefly on the top to regroup and to get a team photo.
Coffee was calling, so it was time to enjoy the long descent into Oldcastle to refuel and enjoy the
banter. Refuelled and watered the undulating and scenic road to Castlepollard kept the group
honest, where we joined up onto the Mullingar GP route into Coole and onto Mulyfarnham,
collecting the many sods of turf strewn over the roads, Summer miles equals warm winters!. Piggery
hill took its toll on a few of us lesser climbers as the race for began and on to home via the N4.
Well done to all for an excellent day on the bike which I for one really enjoyed. The 100km certainly
flew by with great views, strong riding and plenty of craic!


Saturday Morning Cycling

posted 9 Apr 2019, 13:28 by Site Admin

(By Shay O'Toole)
Most cycling clubs treat the Sunday spin as the big spin of the week but Lakeside Wheelers now has a very dedicated and determined group of cyclists who leave the clubhouse every Saturday morning. Regardless of weather, these hardy lads and lassies head off at 9am for the “Saturday” spin and since this group got up and running a few years ago, it has gone from strength to strength. The Saturday crew emerged from a beginners course similar to the one referred to in the previous paragraphs and now there are several different abilities enjoying group cycling over various distances. The main focus of the Saturday crew is social cycling and friendship so, the coffee stop and having banter are vital. Another very positive feature of the Saturday crew is the fact that the members are always up for a good sportive which they showed last weekend by travelling to Kerry for the SRAC Atlantic Challenge. This event is a 135km sportive which runs from Tralee to the Dingle Peninsula via the famous and very steep, Conor Pass. It was also a great opportunity to cycle with some famous Irish sporting personalities such as Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and Sonia O’Sullivan as well as members of the Team Novo Nordisk professional cycling team who amazingly, are all diabetics.


Joe Duncan

Tough 100km Longford Outing

posted 15 Nov 2018, 04:23 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 11th November 2018)   
Last Sunday was another beautiful sunny morning which resulted in a great turnout for the weekly spin. The route for the day was certainly a testing one with the hilly north Longford village of Ballinalee selected for the coffee stop. 

The groups departed the clubhouse via the N4 turning for the hills at Rathowen and then took what could definitely be described as roads less traveled. Thankfully the Garmin was fully charged because most lads hadn’t a clue where we were for most of the spin as we traversed laneways and narrow roads around Edgeworthstown, Granard, Ballinalee and Aughnacliffe. 

The aim of this trek into the wilds of Longford was to climb Corn Hill which is a nice 7km drag well  known to most Wheelers. After the effort on the hill everybody was glad to return to Ballinalee for coffee and a snack before hitting the road again for the homeward journey via Edgeworthstown, Legan and Ballinacarrigy. 

Back at base just before the heavy rain with a tough 100km in the legs is not bad going for November. Well done to all who completed this hilly circuit.

Corn Hil - aka Cairn Hill in Co. Longford

Sunday Spins

posted 6 Nov 2018, 15:04 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sunday 4th November 2018)   
With the exception of one Sunday, the weather has been practically perfect for Sunday morning cycling in recent weeks. Last weekend there were five groups out including one which contained several of the youths who are enjoying their spins with the “elder” lemons of the club. 

The winter training plan is now well underway and proving to be very popular with all groups. Last Sunday the route and plan was for a rolling circuit totalling 95kms. The riders left the clubhouse and headed north to Castlepollard where they did a loop of Lough Lene via Collinstown and Fore before heading to Coole, Lismacaffery and Lisryan en route to Edgeworthstown for refreshments. Once refueled, all groups traveled back to base via the N4. 

As is usual when the younger members join the Sunday morning cycle there was vehicle support and spare wheels on hand to ensure the group is kept rolling. Thanks to John Farrell and Eamon Hogan for helping out in this regard.

Sunday's Route Map
Sunday's Route Map - Click image for details.


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