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Winter Mountain Bike League

posted 17 Dec 2012, 14:20 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 17 Dec 2012, 14:20 ]

Our MTB officer Richie Lenehan has been in touch wit me to ask me to let members that know that the annual winter bike league will be taking place again this winter. The first event will be held at picturesque location of David Fagan’s house on the banks of Lough Derravaragh on wait for it... December 26th - yes the day after Christmas! David always puts on a brilliant day on St. Stephens Day so why not come along for a fun day out. The second stage of the league will take place the following week in the beautiful surroundings of Adrian Murphy’s house in Castletown Geoghan. The third stage date and venue will be announced a later stage.

Jenny Fay Wraps Up the XCM Series

posted 17 Nov 2012, 13:56 by Kevin Monaghan

Former Lakeside Wheeler Jenny Fay has taken the overall victory in XCM mountain bike series by taking victory in the final race in the six race series event in Briars Highland Fling in South Australia.  Indeed this was her sixth victory in the series as she also took all the other victories in the season.  In doing so Jenny has become the top female mountain bike rider in her discipline in Australia. Well done Jenny.
Jenny Fay in MTB action in Australia
Jenny Fay in MTB action in Australia

Jenny Fay Goes from Strength to Strength Down Under.

posted 6 Nov 2012, 13:09 by Kevin Monaghan

Former Lakeside Wheeler Jenny Fay “is in the form of her life” according to one of the top mountain bike websites in Australia. Indeed this seems to be a very true statement judging by her recent results in the Cape to Cape race held over four stages in Western Australia. 

In a race which took the competitors across many different types of terrains and totaled over 200Km with over one thousand competitors. Jenny went on to take all four stages of the event and thus claimed the overall race leaders pink jersey and the crown for 2012. Well done Jenny and I’m sure all my fellow Wheelers will echo my well wishes!

Jenny Fay enjoys the celebratory bubbles following her Cape To Cape Victory
Jenny Fay enjoys the celebratory bubbles following her Cape To Cape Victory

Paul Crowley Third in Dundalk MTB Event

posted 13 Aug 2012, 02:52 by Kevin Monaghan

Paul Crowley continued his late season form with an excellent result in the 12 hour solo in Bull Raid in Bellurgan Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth on Saturday last (August 5th). This is a twelve hour mountain bike endurance race where the competitors ride solo, in teams of two or teams of four over a 11.2km circuit covering trails and many types of off-road surfaces. The winner is the person who completes the most amounts of laps over the twelve hour non-stop race. 

Our strongman Paul showed his form and class that he has he taken from his excellent result in Clare last week and took a very impressive third overall in the solo event. 

Well done Paul if you keep this up I will have to create a section dedicated to you in the notes each week!  Here’s hoping…  

Paul Crowley in mountain bike action
Paul Crowley in mountain bike action in Bellurgan Park

Jenny Fay claims Podium spot in Australia

posted 13 Jun 2012, 15:39 by Kevin Monaghan

Jenny Fay finished on the podium (3rd) in the National MTB Marathon Championship Finals on Saturday 9th June in Canberra. Well done to Jenny as she is the first Irish girl to ever finish on the podium in a National Championships in Marathon Mountain biking. Congratulations, Jenny - at least Ireland got one decent result over the weekend!

Jenny Fay features on cover of Enduro Magazine.
Jenny Fay features on cover of Enduro Magazine.

Gravity Enduro Race 1 - Sat 7th & Sun 8th April

posted 30 Apr 2012, 05:35 by Kevin Monaghan

The first round of the much awaited gravity enduro race took place at O’Joyce woods in Co. Wicklow. This race was a mixture of downhill & cross country racing. The race attracted a big number of teams both from at home and indeed a few international outfits and of course Lakeside wheelers were represented on the day by, David & Richie Lenehan and Colm Lynch.
The three amigos set of early on Saturday morning, in perfect conditions for mountain biking, to get to the woods as to get their “Noble Steeds” set up and to do a recon on the 5 stage course in a very chilled out atmosphere. Sunday morning however had a very pre race feel and it was full throttle all day. After completing five hours of hard but enjoyable riding on awesome trails and our three boys finished in the top 40 overall out of over 300 participants! Next round will take place on 16th & 17th of June.
David and Richie Lehehan and Colm Lynch all set for a long day in the saddle

If you go down to the Woods...

posted 14 Jun 2011, 14:51 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 14 Jun 2011, 15:20 ]

... on a mountain bike - you never know wher you'll end up! 

Tuesday evening 14th June saw the latest episode in the series of off-road cycles, organised by Richie Lenihan.  A group of five riders - Richie, Paraic Devine, Cathy Flynn, Joe Duffy and Heinz O'Connor - took to the tracks from ORS to Baltrasna Bridge and onto the Royal Canal to The Downs, where they took an off-road tour of The Downs, Coralstown and Knockaville before heading back to ORS to complete the 17.5 mile spin.   Courtesy of Joe's on bpoard computer you can see blow-by-blow details of the route here.

All enjoyed the evening's off road adventure, including the stop-off at the lumberjack's station!...

Richie is out on a limb at the lumberjack's station on Tuesday!

Heinz, Joe, Cathy & Paraic on Tuesday's Off-Road Spin

Off-Road Spin Tuesday 31st May

posted 4 Jun 2011, 14:53 by Kevin Monaghan

On an evening when the Wheelers were very active with almost thirty members attending the “Cornering and Sprinting” session in Lough Sheever, we still managed to get five “off- roaders” to convene at ORS for the second of the Lakeside Wheelers’, “rough rides”.

Richie Lenihan led out the troops who consisted of Pairic Devine, Joe Duffy (the other one), Cathy Flynn and Shay O’Toole. It’s great to see Cathy back out on the bike and getting in some miles, it looks like it won’t be long before there are going to be babysitting rotas as well as marshalling rotas to be made up in the Horohoe household!!

This week’s spin took in some lovely forest, river and bog trails out around the Downs. With a nice wind blowing, as it seems to be doing for the last month or so, it was a great relief to get some shelter in amongst the trees. Another redeeming feature of these spins is the almost complete absence of cars that we are more used to on our road spins. Richie managed to include several surfaces on this 16 mile loop from grass to mud to cobbles and a small bit of road.

Richie has an extensive programme of events lined up for the off-road section of the club this summer so keep an eye on the text, email and website for details to be published soon.   

Off-Road Cycling in the evening sun - just the way to end your day!

New Year’s BBQ and Sunshine in Castletown

posted 17 May 2011, 14:06 by Kevin Monaghan

With the sun shining and a only a slight chill in the air, all roads led to Castletown and the home of Adrian and Deirdre Murphy on Monday, January 3rd for the final round of our Christmas mountain bike league. This league started back in November at the home of Dave Fagan before moving on to stage two in Damien O’Brien’s house, two great events which set up today’s nail biting finale.

By the time we started at 12.30pm there were lots of enthusiastic young lads and lassies (and some not so young) racing all over the place on their new and not so new mountain bikes.

First up, it was the turn of the kiddies who did a short lap escorted by Paula Murray and Vera McCool and then the under 12’s who all managed to complete a full lap of the well designed and testing course. Next, it was the main event of the day with final round of the junior mini-league and with the top four all within a hair’s breadth of each other on points it was clear that we were in for an exciting race.

The lads didn’t disappoint as they hammered around the track on the first two of the 3 lap race. The last circuit began to tell in the legs though, with the eventual winner, Shane Hughes pulling well clear to take top honours from James Murphy 2nd, Ryan Sheridan 3rd and Evan Eivers in 4th. Well done to all competitors over this 3 leg event and keep up the good work that you are all obviously putting in.

Finally, it was the turn of the seniors who, although they were not racing for prizes of any significance, still put in a major effort on this all terrain track. Race director for the day, Robbie Kenny sensibly decided to handicap this event and we set off in three groups. With chivalry still alive and kicking in Lakeside Wheelers, Paula Murray and Vera McCool got a head start followed by a mixed bunch containing some of the less experienced rough riders. Last to set off were the “professionals” who didn’t take long to bring the whole race together...and then blow it apart again just as quick. After a half hour plus a lap it was pre race favourite, Damien Shaw who crossed the line first, ahead of Dave Fagan in 2nd and Paul Crowley in 3rd. Overall it was a great day of sport followed by some excellent gourmet burgers served up by Adrian Murphy and Pairic Devine.

So, with the mini-league now at an end it has to be said that it was a huge success, with everybody who took part full of praise for this inaugural event. The most positive outcome is that it encouraged many senior and junior members who would never otherwise have taken part to become involved, in what was pure fun cycling, which is exactly what we in Lakeside Wheelers are all about. Many thanks to the organisers, Paul Crowley, Richie Lenehan and Robbie Kenny and also to those of you who helped out in lots of ways at each of the three stages. Finally, on behalf of the committee and all participants I would like to say a sincere thank you to the Fagan, O’Brien and Murphy families for your continued support and assistance.
A  section of the Kiddies event at Vestina House on Monday 3rd January
The Seniors Make their way uphill
Everyone's a winner in Castletown

Winter Mountain Bike Series - Round 2

posted 21 Dec 2010, 13:31 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 17 May 2011, 13:56 ]

(By  Sarah Piner)
So yet again another weekend where we didn’t get out on the road and had to resort to the dreaded turbos! Thankfully a few of us managed some outdoor cycling courtesy of the fun Mountain bike league held this week at Damien O’Brien’s, I went along myself and I must say it was an enjoyable experience… Here is what happened:
The course was a challenging combination of technical single track through the woods along the edge of the lake followed by a tortuous slog up a hill, lovely. Underage
participants, accomplished mountain bikers like Richie Lenehan and Enda Munnelly and the less skilful (including myself!) did a couple of laps together to find the best lines and which tree roots to avoid before the ‘racing’ was underway.

First to go off were the underage who completed two laps, they fought it out right till the end with fantastic rides from Shane Hughes, Evan Eivers, Ryan Sheridan, James Murphy and Brendan Keavaney all coming home very close together. The younger of the underage did a fantastic job of even getting over some of the tree roots, some determined cycling!

Next it was the turn of the ‘big kids’ who decided that 5 laps would be appropriate as we would be lapping in 9 minutes..ish!
Thank you to Conor Isdell who stood out in the cold to be our official starter and lap counter and of course the underage gang and spectators who cheered us on through the 40 or so minutes of riding.

There is no such thing as a fun race when this lot get going and the super strong cyclists showed their ability by pulling away from the word go. Well done to Damien Shaw, Peter Rimmer, Craig Sterrett, Dave Fagan and Paul Crowley (who rode a cyclocross bike making things a little more challenging for himself) making up the first five to finish. Oh and Damien thank you for your wise words ‘keep her lit’ as you lapped me with a big smile on your face coming to the finish although I don’t think she was lit in the first place!

All a little tired but content with our cycle we headed into the warmth for tea and biscuits!  Thank you to Damien and his family for hosting a Wheelers event and kindly allowing us complete with muddy cycling shoes into your home. I’m sure everyone will agree the course was fantastic and it was a fun day for everyone.

 Ready for Racing - Riders Line Up for racing at Damien O'Briens

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