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Ras na mBan 2019

posted 17 Sep 2019, 14:11 by Site Admin

The premier stage race for ladies in Ireland is the international Ras na mBan and this year’s race marked a major step up in competition for Mullingar’s Caoimhe O’Brien. The young Lakeside Wheelers member was selected to ride this top class race with the Leinster team and although she was up against some of the best riders in Europe Caoimhe managed to finish the race and achieve 11th position in the Best Irish Rider category. Competing against riders of this calibre would have been very difficult for Caoimhe but it is a major milestone in her cycling career and one which will stand to her in the future. Well done Caoimhe and enjoy the break now after a busy summer of racing.

Junior Tour Of Ireland

posted 18 Jul 2019, 06:32 by Site Admin   [ updated 19 Jul 2019, 09:58 ]

Over the last week the international Junior Tour of Ireland has been fought out on the roads of Co. Clare. Conor T. Farrell was the sole Lakeside Wheelers member participating this year having been selected to ride with the Leinster team. Conor performed very well over the week finishing with the main bunch on each stage of this very difficult race. Well done Conor on your achievements and on your provincial selection.

Conor T Farrell  - Junior Tour Of Ireland 2019

Lakeside Wheelers’ Aoife O’Brien Storms to Victory at Mullingar GP

posted 16 Jul 2019, 02:12 by Site Admin   [ updated 17 Jul 2019, 06:09 ]

( By Shay O'Toole )
Fifteen year old Lakeside Wheelers rider, Aoife O’Brien, rode the race of her young life last Sunday to win the Mullingar GP in Multyfarnham.

The annual race promoted by Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar has been incorporated into the Cycling Ireland National Road Series for elite riders for the last two years which means it attracts the best talent on the amateur scene in Ireland in the senior men’s and ladies’ categories.

Due to her age, O’Brien, the national U16 champion from Ballinafid, was only included on the start list by way of a special exemption from Cycling Ireland because she has been selected to ride for Ireland at the Youth Olympics in Baku, Azerbaijan next week. The ladies race was held over two laps of the 35km Castlepollard, Coole circuit which started and finished in Multyfarnham. Aoife was riding the race as preparation for her trip to the Youth Olympics.

Approaching the village on the second lap, the race was all together so a bunch sprint finish was on the cards. As the peloton passed the GAA pitch, Aoife used experience and craft belying her youth to sit calmly at the pointy end of the race, waiting for her moment to pull the trigger. With the punishing uphill finish now taking its toll on her competitors, the Lakeside Wheelers girl made one final effort and threw her bike at the line to claim the biggest race of her career to date.

Following the race the local teenager was thrilled with her performance saying “I never expected it but I am delighted to win at my home race”. In winning, Aoife beat Grace Young (Strata 3 Velo Revolution) the current leader in National Road Series into second place with Nikki Taggart (Arcane CC) a top ten finisher in the National Criterium Championships last week rounding out the podium. Aoife’s victory was all the more enjoyable as it was practically on her doorstep and she was supported by several friends and most of her family (Aoife’s sister Caoimhe is currently in Belgium with the Irish team at the European Track Championships). 

Well done Aoife on a fantastic performance and from everybody at Lakeside Wheelers, best of luck in Baku.
In the other races on the programme Lakeside Wheelers was well represented across all categories. Well done to all who competed in the club colours.
The weekend of racing was finished off in great style with a BBQ and a few refreshments at the Chambers Bar on Mount St on Sunday evening. Thanks to Ulrika Maher for organising this social event and ensuring that everyone was extremely well looked after.
The race organisers would also like to extend a big thank you to all club members who made the Mullingar GP a big success again this year. Special mention to Jack Nugent, Mark Horohoe, Eamon Hogan, John Farrell, Joe Duffy, Ed Tyrell and club Chairman, Henry Whitston for all their hard work in the weeks leading up to the race.
Aoife O'Brien winning round 4 of the Elite Ladies National Road Series race in Multy.
Lorcan Caffery and Aidan Farrell at the Mullingar GP in Multyfarnham.

Mullingar GP 2019

posted 24 Jun 2019, 06:49 by Site Admin   [ updated 12 Jul 2019, 11:42 ]

Online Registration is now closed for the Mullingar GP  2019. There will be sign-on accepted on Race Day.

Sign On: Multyfarnham GAA/Community Centre, N91 AX5A

Sign on opens at 8am for all events.

Sign on closes at 9.15am for Youth races and 10.30am for Senior/Junior races 

Under 12, 14 and 16 starting @ 9.30 am
Youth Circuit         

Separate prizes will be awarded for both Boys and Girls in the Youth categories
National Youths Championship Road Race circuit
Gear check at sign-on, and post race checks subject to Commissaries requirements
Entry for all Youth Races €5

                        Under 16:   Three laps (36km)
                        Under 14:   Two laps (24km)
                        Under 12:   One  lap (12km)

Senior A1/A2, A3, A4,Women Races
Starting 11am @ approx. 3 minute intervals

A1/A2 & Women's Races are part of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series
                        A1/A2:        Four laps (136km)
                        A3:              Three laps (102km)
                        A4:              Two laps (68km)
                        Women:      Two laps (68km)


Racing Updates

posted 4 Jun 2019, 04:37 by Site Admin   [ updated 11 Jul 2019, 01:51 ]

( By Shay O'Toole )

The latest round of the Midland League was hosted by Lakeside Wheelers last Thursday evening held on the popular Dalystown/Castletown circuit. The weather was absolutely for bike racing so there was a big attendance from across all the competing clubs. Unfortunately most of the Lakeside Wheelers guys were playing their part as marshals which is a rule of the competition so, local interest was at a minimum. However there was a couple of Wheelers who had played their marshal card in earlier rounds and made it to the start line. The club also had a few of the up and coming junior stars such as Tommy Hogan, Cathal Woods and Youth Olympics bound Aoife O’Brien. Racing was competitive as usual however there were no local riders in the shake up. Well done to all riders and to the members of Lakeside Wheelers for putting on a very good racing programme once again.

The last few weeks saw members John Boyne and Conor T. Farrell put in some great performances around the country. John took a fine 8 th place in the recent Manzer ThackaberryCup while Conor finished well up the rankings in both the Orwell 2 Day and the Red Hand Trophy in Northern Ireland where conditions were really testing.

( By Shay O'Toole )

In recent weeks the MiL has been very busy with races held every week in the various host club venues. The first Lakeside Wheelers promoted event of 2019 was staged on the Dalystown circuit two weeks ago in good weather conditions. The racing was of good quality in all three races. The A/B event produced a local winner in Richie Lenihan who timed his uphill sprint to perfection to come over the line ahead of the bunch. Well done Richie.

Last week’s race was staged in Legan, Co. Longford and yet again the Lakeside Wheelers colours were flying on the podium as P.J. Carey took the honours in the C race. This was a great achievement for P.J who has steadily been improving over the last couple of years so congratulations “young” man.

The next Lakeside Wheelers MiL is on July 4th so please contact Steve Franzoni if you are available to help out with marshalling.

The Bank Holiday weekend saw some Lakeside Wheelers members taking part in the Orwell Wheelers 2 Day in Dublin. Conor T. Farrell and Ian Lambden donned the yellow, red and blue to represent the club in this annual race while former Lakeside Wheeler, Aaron Wade now riding with NRPT was also on the start line.

The Des Hanlon - aka "The Des"

posted 9 Apr 2019, 13:14 by Site Admin   [ updated 9 Apr 2019, 13:23 ]

(By Shay O'Toole )
The 2019 racing season is just weeks old yet one of the biggest events of the year was staged in Carlow last Sunday with the famous Des Hanlon cup up for grabs. Lakeside Wheelers was represented in all the men’s races with Stuart Cox competing in the A1/2’s, John Boyne, Conor T. Farrell and Ian Lambden in the A3’s while Aidan Daly and Andy Richmond raced the A4 competition. This race is renowned for being one of the most difficult races on the calendar due to the extremely hilly profile so, it was no wonder that some of our lads struggled but most importantly, they competed and came home safely. Some former Lakeside Wheelers riders were also competing with Aaron Wade (NRPT) riding a great race to claim the spoils in the A3 race while Damien Shaw (Strata 3 Velo Revolution) rode steadily in the A1 race coming home in the chase group behind the eventual winner who crossed the line solo.

Andy Richmond and Aidan Daly

Conor T, Camillus and Ian

Midlands League 2019

posted 26 Mar 2019, 11:09 by Site Admin   [ updated 17 May 2019, 05:17 ]

( By Shay O'Toole)
The Midland League (MIL) commenced in late April and next Thursday it is the turn of
Lakeside Wheelers to host a round of this very popular summer series of races. The MiL is a
race league organised locally and open to riders from clubs in Westmeath, Laois, Longford
and Offaly. It is a very competitive series and has been the gateway to open racing for many
midlands based riders over the last 10 years.
Lakeside Wheelers is responsible for organising two rounds this year and next Thursday all
roads lead to Dalystown where the first of these two races starts. As usual marshals are the
vital cog in the wheel of bike racing so, if any members are available to assist please contact
race director Steve Franzoni.
Last week the MiL was staged in Fivealley near Birr and but for a small lapse in
concentration, young Tommy Hogan would have finished 2nd in the A/B race. Tommy is
progressing very well and there is no doubt that he will have his day very soon.

League Details:    Rules, Calendar and Results

Ras Naomh Finian

posted 12 Mar 2019, 15:08 by Site Admin   [ updated 12 Mar 2019, 15:36 ]

By Shay O'Toole.

On Saturday March 9th, our neighbours in Clonard Road Club hosted the annual Ras Naomh Finian on a very windy day which also brought hail, rain and snow, just for good measure. Lakeside Wheelers was represented in the A2, A3 A4 and Ladies categories with many members donning race numbers for the first time this year.

The Clonard race is a big favourite with Lakeside Wheelers racers and usually signals the start of the season after a winter spent indoors on the turbo. The race is run over a straightforward out and back route from Moyvalley to Kilbeggan and back to the finish near Clonard. The stormy weather definitely impacted all riders with most races breaking up into small bunches before the turnaround in Kilbeggan. Unfortunately, some members fell victim to the crashes which are inevitable in bike racing, especially in the early season events.

Well done to all members who took part and congratulations to Caoimhe O’Brien who claimed her first podium finish of 2019 in the Ladies race. This proved to be a pure battle culminating in a sprint finish aided by a savage tail wind. Caoimhe and younger sister, Aoife were right up there in the final metres but they were just pipped as the bunch crossed the line with Caoimhe hanging on for a great 3rd place.
O'Brien sisters on the front

No Rest for Wheelers as Cyclocross Season Commences

posted 10 Sep 2018, 05:21 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole & Peter Rimmer - 9th September 2018)   
After a long hot summer cycling the roads of Westmeath and beyond, most riders are thinking of a short break to allow the body recuperate and to allow themselves enjoy some treats without feeling too guilty. However, not for some as the Cyclocross season commenced with the first race of the season last weekend in Kiltirenan, Co. Dublin.

Lakeside Wheelers was represented by Peter Rimmer, Paul Crowley, Richie Lenihan and Joanna Bula. Thanks to Peter for the following report on their exploits.

Saturday 1st. September saw the first Cyclocross race of the new race session. "What is cyclocross?" you might ask... It's fast, frantic, spectator friendly and damn good fun. Cyclocross or Cross, is a cycle sport that takes modified road bikes off road in races that typically last for 60 minutes and includes obstacles where you need to dismount and run with the bike over your shoulder. The off road nature and short race format makes Cross racing very user-friendly and most people are fit enough to ride for an hour without worrying about doing any specific training. The competitiveness is always good natured as well, and apart from the top racers, most aren't taking it too seriously. They're just there to have a good time. Beginners can rub shoulders with elites and there are categories for all levels and ages of rider. There are usually races for Junior riders, Ladies, Veterans and Seniors, so everyone gets a good race against similarly placed riders.

After all the fabulous weather over the summer the ground was dry and dusty, which made for fast racing. The Lakeside Wheelers was represented by Joanna Bula, Paul Crowley, Richie Lenehan, and Peter Rimmer. First into action was Joanna in the Ladies race where she put in a great performance narrowly missing a place on the podium coming 4th overall. Next up were Paul and Peter, both got caught out when the race started 10 minutes earlier than advertised. However the guys managed to storm through the 100 strong field from virtually last place to 35th and 23rd respectively. Last up was Richie in the main race of the day. Richie struggled with his shoes during the race as the fastenings appear to be the worse for wear. He almost left his shoes and bike behind him over one of the jumps which was very entertaining for folks watching. Despite all, Richie came over the line in 18th place. Not bad in a race contested by a World Champion and the current National Champion.

Richie Lenihan deep in concentration at the Marlinstown Cyclo-Cross
Richie Lenihan deep in concentration at the Marlinstown Cyclo-Cross.

National and Provincial Selections for Conor T & Aaron

posted 4 Jun 2018, 10:21 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 3rd June 2018)   
Results like those being achieved by Lakeside Wheelers riders are not going unnoticed by the powers that be in Irish cycling circles. As a result, Conor T. Farrell has been selected to ride with the Leinster Junior team at a two-day race in Fyfe, Scotland next weekend. This race is part of the British Cycling Junior Men’s calendar. 

Aaron Wade leaves for Mallorca on Wednesday of this week with the Irish Junior track team which is heading off to prepare for the European Cycling Championships which will also be held in Scotland in August. On behalf of all at Lakeside Wheelers we wish both lads the very best of luck for these trips.

Aaron Wade and Conor T. Farrell with their support team at Orwell last weekend
Aaron Wade and Conor T. Farrell with their support team at Orwell last weekend.

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