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Lakeside Wheelers Host a Very Successful Youths Championships

posted 26 Aug 2019, 02:02 by Site Admin   [ updated 26 Aug 2019, 03:53 ]

( By Shay O'Toole )
Last weekend was an extremely busy few days for the members of Lakeside Wheelers as the club played host to the National Youths Championships. This Cycling Ireland accredited series of races was kindly sponsored by Centra which made the planning and running of the event a much easier task for the racing committee which had been meeting for months in advance to ensure that the 170 riders and their families were well catered for.

The competition commenced on Saturday, August 17th in Multyfarnham with Time Trials in the morning and road racing in the afternoon however the village was a hive of activity from early on Friday with several riders doing recons of both circuits. The organising committee decided to open sign-on from Friday evening to allow those who had travelled long distances to register and this proved to be a very worthwhile exercise as over 60% of competitors availed of the opportunity.

An early start was the order of the day on Saturday morning as the village of Multy woke to the sound of teenagers thrashing their legs on rollers and turbos in preparation for the 8KM Time Trial test. Those who were lucky enough to roll off the start ramp in the first hour or two escaped the several heavy rain showers which peppered the area over the course of the day. By lunchtime all 170 riders had completed the TT and then went straight into prep for the road racing which got underway at 2pm.

The hilly 12km Mornington circuit was the challenge which faced all age categories for the afternoon and it proved to be a great racing track with some very close finishes. By now the crowds had gathered and there was a considerable amount of people lining the main finishing straight from the village to the top of the hill past the Community Centre. With all races finished at approximately 7pm the marshals and organisers went into clear up mode in preparation for the Criterium on Sunday.

Due to the ongoing works in Mullingar town centre the normal crit circuit around Blackhall was not an option for race organisers so, thanks to Bennett Construction the Championships found a new home in the grounds of Forest Park Industrial complex. By 10am it was buzzing with competitors practicing on the 1km circuit around the car parks and buildings of the former Tarkett factory.

Local interest over the weekend came in the form of Lakeside Wheelers riders, Mikey Flaherty, Aoife O’Brien, Ruairi Woods and Mark Langtry. All of these young Wheelers acquitted themselves very well against the best underage cyclists in Ireland but it was Aoife who shone brightest.

In a clean sweep of events for which she was eligible, Aoife was in devastating form and won the U15 TT, Road Race and Criterium. This was an excellent display by the young Mullingar girl who is most definitely the Queen of underage cycling in Ireland at the moment.

With all races and the clean up completed by 3pm it gave marshals and anyone interested in hurling a chance to get to a TV to watch the All Ireland final in Croke Park. On behalf of the organising committee, a big thank you is due to all members who assisted in any way over the weekend. The feedback from team mentors, parents, riders and neutral visitors was totally positive and they were all full of praise for the way Lakeside Wheelers once again stood up to the plate on a national level. Thanks also to the management of Multyfarnham Community Centre, the Franciscian Friars, the residents of Multyfarnham, Mullingar Civil Defence, Westmeath Co.Council, Multyfarnham Gardai, Youth Cafe Mullingar and of course, the main sponsors, Centra. Without the help of all of these organisations events like this would not be possible.

Matt McKerrow (Cycling Ireland CEO) makes a presentation to Eamon Hogan, Lakeside Wheelers, after the National Youths Championships.

Roy Carey (TT Starter) poses with Aoife O'Brien before her TT.

Lakeside Wheelers Launch Centra National Youth Championships

posted 10 Jul 2019, 11:09 by Site Admin   [ updated 14 Aug 2019, 07:52 ]

( By Shay O'Toole )
The Centra National Youth Cycling Championships promoted by Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar was launched in great style on Thursday, July 4th last. These championships are coming to Mullingar for the first time and will be staged over the weekend of August 17th and 18th.

The promotion of an event such as the National Junior Championships is a major undertaking for the club and organisers were delighted when the supermarket chain Centra agreed to come on board as main sponsors. The support of a brand like Centra will give the championships a huge boost and it is hoped that the event will be well supported by the cycling public in and around Mullingar.

The official launch was held at O’Briens Centra, Lynn Road on Thursday morning and the big attraction on the morning was the attendance of Centra brand ambassador and former Munster and Ireland rugby player, Donncha O’Callaghan. The event was also attended by the new CEO of Cycling Ireland Mr. Matt McKerrow as well as several members of Lakeside Wheelers Youths.

The racing will commence on the morning of Saturday, August 17th with a Time Trial event which will be run over a course from Multyfarnham to Coole. This will be followed in the afternoon by a series of races to cater for all age groups from the ages of U11 to U16. The Road Race circuit will be on the 12km loop around Mornington. To conclude the championships there will be a Criterium in Mullingar on Sunday August 18th and by then it will be known who the new boys and girls national champions are for the coming year. There will be lots of local interest with many of the Lakeside Wheelers Youths team taking part so hopefully some of the medals will stay in Mullingar.

The Youth Championships attracts the very best young riders in the country every year and it is anticipated that there will be in excess of 180 riders competing over the weekend. These kids will all be accompanied by family and friends so there will be a considerable amount of people coming to Mullingar and Multyfarnham over the two days. The race organisers and committee at Lakeside Wheelers wish all competitors the very best of luck and we look forward to what will be a very big weekend of action on our local roads.

For ongoing updates visit  Centra National Youth Cycling Championships 2019 Updates

National Road Championships 2019

posted 2 Jul 2019, 13:50 by Site Admin   [ updated 11 Jul 2019, 01:51 ]

( By Shay O'Toole )

Caoimhe O’Brien has taken the result of her career to date by riding out of her skin to claim
the bronze medal at the National Cycling Championships in Derry last Sunday.
The young Lakeside Wheelers member was up against the cream of the crop of Irish Junior
girls and an extremely difficult course yet she still managed to take a magnificent podium
place. The 2019 National Championships were promoted by Foyle Cycling Club and as is
always the case, every rider competing is in peak condition with the sole aim of getting an
Irish title. Caoimhe’s result is all the more special as she was up against girls who have a lot
more experience at this age category.
The winner and second placed riders basically swapped positions from last year which mean
they are both second year Juniors whilst Caoimhe is in her first year at this level. Giving a
year to your competitors at this age in bike racing is a major disadvantage so Caoimhe was
doing amazingly well to be in the hunt but to claim a medal makes her achievement much
more significant. In what was a very tough 45km race Caoimhe made sure she was in the mix
with all the favourites from the gun. The course incorporated some very steep climbs in and
around the city of Derry and on the day, there were also severe cross winds to contend with.
In the final kilometres two riders, eventual winner and 2018 runner-up, Maeve Gallagher
(Castlebar CC) and last year’s winner, Lara Gillespie (Orwell Wheelers) pulled clear of the
peloton but Caoimhe didn’t panic and rode aggressively to out sprint the chasers for a
fantastic third place. Following the race young O’Brien who already has several national
track titles and has ridden in the green of Ireland was delighted with her success saying she
“was over the moon” and wanted to thank her family and mentors for all their help.
Well done Caoimhe, once again you have done yourself, your family and lakeside Wheelers
very proud.
Lakeside Wheelers was also represented in the Junior boys event with Conor T. Farrell taking
to the start line. Unfortunately Conor who has showed some great form in recent weeks was
caught behind a crash in the early stages and he failed to regain contact with the decisive split
in the race due to the hilly terrain and windy conditions. This was very disappointing for
Farrell as he is a super climber and was relishing the challenge in Derry but he was left in a
very difficult position and indeed lucky not to crash himself. However, it is onwards and
upwards for Conor T. now as he has being selected to ride for the Leinster team in the Junior
Tour of Ireland which is an eight-day international race in July. Best of Luck in Clare Conor,
we will all be rooting for you. Former Lakeside Wheelers member Aaron Wade, now riding
with Vitus-Chill-NRPT enjoyed better luck and came home in a very credible fifth position.
It was an excellent ride by Aaron considering only 15 riders completed the race so, well done
to you also.


The Italian Job

posted 4 Jun 2019, 04:46 by Site Admin

( By Shay O'Toole )

The 102nd edition of the Giro d’Italia came to an end last weekend in Verona with an individual Time Trial. The Giro is one of the most famous races in cycling and along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta d’Espana it makes up the trio of Grand Tours in professional World Tour cycling. Having started in Bologna three weeks ago it meandered its way all around Italy through beautiful towns and villages and over some of the toughest mountain passes in Europe before coming to a conclusion last Sunday after 3,550km of racing.

This year four members of Lakeside Wheelers made the trip to the Como region in Lombardy to soak up some of the atmosphere and support the two Irish riders in the race, Conor Dunne and Eddie Dunbar. The Mullingar contingent also used the trip to catch up with some friends from the Velo Club Oggiono with which Lakeside Wheelers has had a very strong bond for many years.

Robbie Kenny, Jack Nugent, Charlie Sheridan and Shay O’Toole were lucky to have been supplied with bikes by their Italian friends and so, enjoyed five great days cycling in the hills around Lake Como. The four lads also rode to watch the Giro on the famous Civiglio climb outside Como city which proved to be a major point of attack on stage 15.


Wheelers go to "Hollywood"

posted 12 Mar 2019, 15:26 by Site Admin   [ updated 12 Mar 2019, 15:35 ]

By Shay O'Toole.
Lakeside Wheelers members were very much front and centre in the recent St. Lomans GAA club fundraiser “A Night at the Oskars”. Dual club member Robbie Kenny once again put the call out for budding actors and this time he was most fortunate to catch the attention of our Leisure Officer, Ulrika Maher. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Ulrika used all her powers of persuasion and before Robbie could say “Koal Kabin” she had several volunteers lined up to go to the casting sessions.
Following this process most of the Wheelers were assigned to participate in the Mullingar take on “Love Hate” with one or two others cast in the block buster, Michael Collins. On the night, the Love Hate crew were adjudged to have put in such a stellar performance that they won the “Oskar” for best film. Well done to all who represented the club in this fun event.

Centra National Youth Cycling Championships 2019

posted 8 Mar 2019, 04:20 by Site Admin   [ updated 15 Aug 2019, 04:11 ]

 

Registration is now closed.


Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar have been selected to host the Centra National Youth Cycling Championships 2019.

These events will take place on the 17th/18th of August 2019 in the environs of Mullingar.

There will be racing for Boys and Girls from U11 up to U16 in the three disciplines of Time Trial, Road Racing, and Criterium.


    Friday 16th August 2019

    
    In order to facilitate riders arriving to the area on Friday, sign-on will also be available at race HQ on Friday
    evening 16th of August from 6pm-9pm.
   
    Riders will be issued with Championship specific race numbers in their race pack at initial sign-on. These  
    numbers must be worn in accordance with Cycling Ireland Technical Regulations for all events over
    the weekend.


   Day 1 - Saturday 17th August 2019


    Race HQ:   Multyfarnham GAA/Community Centre, N91 AX5A
   
    Team Managers Meeting 8am at race HQ.

    Riders sign-on will open at 7.30am and will close 30 minutes before each riders TT start time. 



    Event 1. - Time Trial


    Scheduled start on the Coole Road in Multyfarnham Village @ 09:01. Beginning with Under 11 riders and  
    progressing through the age categories at 1 minute intervals based on allocated race number.
    
    8km TT for all age categories.

    Riders are to be in the vicinity of the TT start gate a minimum of 10 minutes before their respective start time.

    As per Technical regulations, there are no re-starts allowed under any circumstances.

    Full schedule to be announced when the entry list has been finalised.



    Event 2. - Road Race
  

    Scheduled start at Multyfarnham Race HQ @ 14:00. Beginning with Under 11 races and progressing
    through the age categories.
   
    Provisional Schedule as follows*:

   
Age Grp.
Boys/Girls
Laps
Distance Km
Start Time
U11
Boys
1
12
14:00
 
 
 
 
 
U12
Boys
1
12
14:35
U11/U12
Girls
1
12
14:37
 
 
 
 
 
U13
Boys
2
24
15:10
 
 
 
 
 
U14
Boys
2
24
16:10
U13/U14
Girls
2
24
16:12
 
 
 
 
 
U15
Boys
3
36
17:10
 
 
 
 
 
U16
Boys
4
48
18:15
U15/U16
Girls
3
36
18:17

    *Due to entry levels, as per Cycling Ireland Regulations Girls races will be combined
    into bands of U11/12, U13/14, U15/16. Separate Prizes will be awarded for each Category.
     
    Schedules may be adjusted based on actual start lists, therefore riders must make themselves  aware of the
    latest running order on the day.
  

  
   
    Day 2 - Sunday 18th August 2019

   
    Race HQ:     Forest Park Business Campus, Mullingar Business Park,
    Mullingar, N91 E1WD

   

    Event 3. - Criterium

    
    Scheduled start at Forest Park Business Campus @ 10:00, beginning with Under 11 races and progressing
    through the age categories. 

    
    Provisional Schedule as follows*:


Age Grp.
Boys/Girls
Distance
Start Time
 
 
 
 
U11
Boys
15Mins + 1Lap
10:00

U12

Boys

15Mins + 1Lap

10:30
U11/U12
Girls
15Mins + 1Lap
11:00

U13

Boys

20Mins + 1Lap

11:30

U14

Boys

20Mins + 1Lap

12:00
U13/U14
Girls
20Mins + 1Lap
12:30

U15

Boys

30Mins + 1Lap

13:00

U16

Boys

30Mins + 1Lap

13:45
U15/U16
Girls
30Mins + 1Lap
14:30
     
     *Due to entry levels, as per Cycling Ireland Regulations Girls races will be combined
     into bands of U11/12, U13/14, U15/16. Separate Prizes will be awarded for each Category.
    
    Schedules may be adjusted based on actual start lists, therefore riders must make themselves  aware of the
    latest running order on the day.



    Misc. Details



  • Full Race Manual, finalised schedules and start list to follow as they become available at the following link:  Race Manual and Start Lists

  • All registered riders will be provided with a meal voucher within their race pack. This voucher may be redeemed for food at Race HQ on Saturday. There will be a Tea/Coffee stand at the race location on both days. There are also a number of Cafes and Shops in Multyfarnham village.

  • Team Managers meeting will be at 8am Saturday 17th in race HQ Multyfarnham.


  • There will be no support vehicles allowed on the Time Trial circuit. Limited support vehicles may be allowed on the Road Race circuit. This will be at the discretion of the Commissarie Panel.

  • Prize giving for both the TT and Road Race will take place in the Race HQ 30 minutes after the Road Race finishes for that age category.

 
 
           Promo Video available here.


 
 
Under the Technical Rules of Cycling Ireland
 
 

Wheelers Train Hard Over the Winter Months

posted 6 Mar 2019, 14:06 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole)   
Despite the mild weather over the last few months, the members of Lakeside Wheelers have had to contend with some very nasty weather conditions on the Sunday morning spins. Thick mist, heavy rain, frost and strong winds have played havoc with the winter training programme but it has not deterred the hardy lads and ladies who continue to turn up in large numbers every week.

Winter Training:
The training programme has been designed by the group leaders and under their guidance the Sunday morning spins have been very well organised and structured. Essentially the programme is based on a series of four week phases with three hard weeks and one Rest week incorporated into each block. After the summer the spins became shorter, the pace slower and the coffee stops longer. Then, in October the plan kicked off in earnest with an increase in distance and the inclusion of rolling terrain to improve leg strength. The main aim of the early weeks was to develop better pedalling efficiency and bike handling skills. Another huge improvement since last autumn has been compliance with the “lights and mudguards” rule. As a result practically every member has now fitted their bikes out with front and rear safety equipment leaving it much more comfortable for all group rides.
The mudguards proved priceless especially over the last three weeks as the spins moved into north Westmeath, Meath and north Longford in search of hills, more hills and then, even more hills. Not content with inflicting these “rolling” roads on the legs of the members, route planner in chief, Mark Horohoe also included several roads where the white central line was replaced by inches of green grass and mud. On more than one occasion poor Mark’s ears must have burned badly with lads screaming his name in vain as they struggled over the roads of Lough Gowna, Arvagh, Aughnacliffe and even further afield. However, there is no doubt that these spins have gone down very well and with the racing and sportive seasons fast approaching, lots of lads will be thankful for these hard training routes. Thanks to Mark Horohoe, Eugene Duffy, Bob O’Ceallaigh, Adrian Keaveney, Paul Murtagh, Mark Monaghan, Mossie Keane and Gerry Wallace for assisting with group leader duties.

Hill Climb:
The annual club Hill Climb competition was staged on Sunday, November 18th, 2018. Organisers persisted with the same route which was used for the last two years which saw the Sunday spin arriving to Rochfortbridge via Kinnegad and Milltownpass. Following sign-on the thirty participants raced the 4KM drag up to the top of Gneevebawn Hill. On a chilly, but dry morning the spoils went to Andy Richmond who completed the course in 4 minutes 37 seconds. Hot on Andy’s wheel in 2nd place was Tosh Kiernan with Ian Lambden rounding out the top three. Well done to all participants and special mention to organisers Mark Monaghan, Damien O’Brien and Eamon Hogan.

Monika Swietochowska , Breda Heneghan, Cathy Flynn, Carmel Buckley, Cathy O'Toole, Mary Taffe, Claire Malona and Anna Liddy
Monika Swietochowska , Breda Heneghan, Cathy Flynn, Carmel Buckley, Cathy O'Toole, Mary Taffe, Claire Malona & Anna Liddy at the Lakeside Wheelers Christmas Party.

Christmas Party:
The 2018 Christmas party was held on December 7th in the Annebrook House Hotel. Social Officer, Ulrika Maher left no stone unturned to ensure the night went off smoothly. Complete with fancy dress aprons for herself and club Chairman Henry Whitson, the annual awards presentation was like a stand-up comedy session. Great fun was had by all so a big thanks to Ulrika for all her hard work. Congratulations to Camillus Farrell who was nominated as the new club President, Monika Swietochowska who won Most Improved Rider and Mossie Keane who was selected as Club Person of the Year.

Billy Cunnane, Jack Nugent, Richie Lenihan and Clem Bartley at the Lakeside Wheelers Christmas party
Billy Cunnane, Jack Nugent, Richie Lenihan and Clem Bartley at the Lakeside Wheelers Christmas party.

Turkey Trot:  
The annual post-Christmas ride affectionately known as the Turkey Trot was staged on December 27th. Despite a very cold morning there were record numbers at the clubhouse all mad for road, coffee and scones to help cure the seasonally inflicted cabin fever!!!! Without doubt it was an impressive sight to witness the 70 plus riders all kitted out in club gear making their way out the N52. Tyrellspass Castle was the chosen destination for refreshments and a big thank you to all the staff there that catered very professionally for the large crowd of hungry Wheelers. As usual the return journey was a mixed affair as the group splits, with some taking the opportunity to get a few extra miles in while others ride straight back to base.

Henry Whitson Club Chairman Eamon Hogan (Youth Officer) and Joe Duffy at the Lakeside Wheelers Turkey Trot
Henry Whitson (Club Chairman) Eamon Hogan (Youth Officer) and Joe Duffy
 at the Lakeside Wheelers Turkey Trot.

Annual Hill Climb To Complete A Busy Year For Wheelers

posted 15 Nov 2018, 03:54 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 15 Nov 2018, 03:57 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 11th November 2018)   
The annual Lakeside Wheelers Hill Climb will be staged next Sunday morning, November 18th at Gneevebawn Hill outside Rochfortbridge. This will be the final competition on the calendar for 2018 so it is hoped that all members will participate. 

The Sunday morning spin will meet as normal at the clubhouse at 9am and depart for Rochfortbridge where participants will congregate before making their attempt at the hill. Organisers are asking for one or two members to volunteer to assist with timing and starting competitors so if you are available to help please contact Mark Monaghan. 

Last Year’s winner, Aaron Wade posted a very good time and for those partial to a bet it would be hard to look past the juniors for this year’s winner. Who knows? Maybe some of the senior lads have been getting in some secret training and are primed to peak next weekend. 

All will be revealed on Sunday lunchtime so don’t miss your chance to win the final trophy of the season.
Aaron Wade, pictured collecting a KOM prize earlier in the year, proving again that hill climbing is one of this strengths.

Annual Ballinafid Woods Cyclocross

posted 6 Nov 2018, 14:47 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 4th November 2018)   
The annual end of season, fun, cyclocross event at Ballinafid Woods was held on the October Bank Holiday weekend and what a day? It was probably the most beautiful autumn day for many a year. Thanks to lots of preparation by Damien, Jacinta and the rest of the O’Brien family the event went off very smoothly and was a very enjoyable day.

The sunshine was endless which made the very scenic setting on the shores of Lough Owel all the more picturesque with all in attendance enjoying a great day out. This is billed as a celebration for the youths to bring a very difficult road season to a close but adults are always welcome to attend and participate.

Aoife O'Brien fighting the tough Ballinafid Woods circuit.
Aoife O'Brien fighting the tough Ballinafid Woods circuit.

There were races for all age categories including the mums and dads but this is one day that results are considered secondary to having the craic. Nevertheless, I have one important result to hand and that is, Mark Horohoe won the “prestigious” 1st MTB rider home which was all the more prestigious on the day considering he was the ONLY MTB rider in the race!!! Well done to Mark and all competitors and once again, a big thank you to the O’Brien family for hosting this excellent event.
A close up view of the action at Ballinafid Woods Cyclocross
A close up view of the action at Ballinafid Woods Cyclocross.

Committee Gears up for AGM

posted 6 Nov 2018, 14:37 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 4th November 2018)   
Yes, it is that time of year again and the Lakeside Wheelers AGM is almost upon us again. Each year this major event on the club calendar seems to come around quicker than the previous year and once again the committee are in full preparation mode for the 2018 edition.

The last 12 months have once again been a very busy period for the club both on and off the bike. There will be lots of discussion on the night and hopefully all members will make an effort to attend this extremely important event. This year’s AGM will be held on Friday November 16th in the Greville Arms Hotel at 7.30pm. 

Pages from the past... Billy & Jack Cunnane pictured at the 2012 AGM.

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