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Aaron Wade Meets Sir Chris Hoy

posted 10 Oct 2016, 14:54 by Kevin Monaghan
(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 9th October 2016)   
One of the most successful spin offs from the thriving youths section in recent years has been the emergence of a very enthusiastic crop of Lakeside Wheelers track cyclists. Chief among these is Aaron Wade who has been diligently working away under the guidance of his dad Philip, spending the last two years honing his skills in this difficult discipline. 

They say fortune favours the bold, well, last weekend Aaron was on the receiving end of some very good fortune as a result of all his hard work. He received an invite to ride at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow which was hosting a round of the prestigious UK Revolution Series. These championships are part of the UK National Track Cycling league and as a way to promote the top twenty up and coming juniors the event featured a series of Youths races during the senior event. Aaron received his invite following a rigorous application process for which he had to submit his cycling CV or Palamares as it is known in cycling parlance.

Despite a very tough season on the roads and track in Ireland this year Aaron gave a great account of himself with his adopted team, “Nab Racing”. All suited up in his “Nab Racing” skinsuit Aaron’s first race was a 20 lap points race. This is where there is a sprint every five laps for points. While Aaron rode well unfortunately he got caught up in a crash in the last few laps and had to have his skinsuit and front wheel replaced. Skin would heal later!

Next up was the 1.5km dash race which was extremely fast with speeds averaging over 50kph. Aaron did well finishing with the main bunch. The last race of the evening was a 20 lap scratch race, again a very high paced race. Here Aaron’s long season caught up with him and he had to retire early with a few laps to go. While disappointed not to able finish the race, Aaron is determined to get back to peak fitness and be ready for the next potential opportunity to race in this series again. The experience of riding on the boards at an indoor track is such a different one to riding outdoors at Sundrive, Crumlin, and it was absolutely exhilarating to ride with Britain’s top 15 and 16 year old riders, an experience Aaron hopes he will have the opportunity to repeat.

Wow, what a fabulous experience and we wish Aaron all the best with his development in the coming years. Well done Team Wade!
Aaron Wade (3rd from Right) at the Glasgow Velodrome last Saturday.
Aaron Wade (3rd from Right) at the Glasgow Velodrome last Saturday.