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Moynalty GP A4 Road Race

posted 11 Jul 2021, 10:48 by Site Admin

Moynalty GP A4 Road Race

4 Lakeside Wheelers, David Lally, Seamus Killian, Mike Cafferkey and Paul Murtagh headed for the picturesque village of Moynalty on Sunday morning last for the A4 race which was 7 laps of a 8km circuit over a sometimes tight circuit. The race headed off around 10.30am before the forecasted rain with some riders falling off the fast paced bunch after the second lap. On the third lap, just after a tight bridge/chicane there was a crash, Seamus came off his bike and Paul was held up in the aftermath, Mike and David got back onto the main bunch as they headed off into the distance. Seamus and Paul joined forces with 3 other cyclists and tried in vain to catch the leaders but it was a bridge too far. The two remaining Wheelers stayed with the main bunch all the way to the finish line with Mike finishing just outside the top 10 and David close behind as the rain pelted down on participants and spectators alike. This is a tough circuit so special mention to Mike as this was his first A4 open road race and a very impressive debut indeed. Well done to the 4 lads. Notes by Paul Murtagh.


Lakeside Wheelers serve up a MIL race to remember.

posted 11 Jul 2021, 10:41 by Site Admin



Last Thursday it was the clubs turn to host the fourth round of the MIL. Recently appointed organiser, Brendan ‘Tosh’ Kiernan called on members to lend a hand at running and marshalling the event. There were lots of club members assembled at Wallace’s pub in Dalystown at 6.30. Signs, sweeping brushes and radios were distributed and folks headed for their various marshalling points. With the races getting underway at 7 o’clock it wasn’t long before riders in the A, B and C groups were hammering around the 15.6 Km circuit. With lead cars for every race and with every intersection and junction well marshalled, the race progressed smoothly.
The A race was very hotly contested with one Wheeler making it into the top ten places on the night. We had better luck in the B & C races with the top three places in both occupied by Wheelers and five places in all out of the top ten.
But it was the ‘after party’ which really set this race apart from any other this year. Credit to the organisers Ulrika Maher and friends for organising top-notch sandwiches, pizza, treats and as much tea/coffee as you wished. Together with the lovely evening and heaps of space and picnic benches at Wallaces it all made for a really enjoyable social occasion where racers and their families could mix and get to know each other a little. Well done to all involved.



OE Midland League

posted 20 Jun 2021, 12:03 by Site Admin

    Fantastic nights racing last Thursday 17th June, in the first round of the OE Midland League in Mount Temple hosted by Shannonside Cycling Club. Well done to all. Results for the Wheelers are as follows.
(A group)  Mikey Flaherty 2nd,  Tosh Kiernan 4th.   
(B  group)  Richie Leneahan 2nd  Seamus Killian 5th. 
(C group)   Mike Cafferkey 3rd, Paul Cronin 5th, Aidain Daly 9th, Ali Alswaib 10th. Well done to Mike Cafferkey who finished 3rd in his first league race. He is certainly one to watch out for in the future. Super ride by young Mikey Flaherty, he worked hard all night to stay away in a two man break to take a very impressive 2nd place in what was a very competitive A race. Look forward to seeing you all next Thursday night in Kilbeggan/Horseleap for round two.

Racing notes Sunday 20th September 2020

posted 23 Sept 2020, 01:37 by Site Admin




   

Aiden Daly, Tosh Kiernan,Caomihe O'Brien.                   Aoife O'Brien








Racing notes Sunday 20th September 2020

 

The 2020 cycling track nationals have come to an end where Aoife O’Brien took part in the track nationals last weekend in Sundrive Co. Dublin.

She had three individual races,

Flying 200

The 500 time trial

Scratch race

She worked hard and it paid off as she walked away with three gold national titles.

This brings Aoife’s youth racing to a close with her moving up to junior ranks next year.

Congratulations to Aoife on her well earned wins last weekend form Lakeside Wheelers.

 

 

This weekend there was more racing from the Leinster Championships which was held in Kilcullen Co. Kildare and hosted by Athy Wheelers. Caoimhe O’Brien took the bronze medal finishing third in the ladies race and Brendan “Tosh” Kiernan finishing fourth  in the men’s M50 race. A great achievement for both racers. Aidan Daly was caught up in a crash in the A4 race and had to retire early.

National Masters and A3 Road Race Championships 2020

posted 15 Sept 2020, 09:25 by Site Admin


  




National Masters and A3 Road Race Championships 

 

This year Lakeside Wheelers had riders in the A3, M40, M50 and M60 road races which were held just outside Castlebar on an extremely tough hilly course where a strong headwind also played a huge factor. 

 

In the first race of the day the A3 riders departed Castlebar on a rolling start. Conor T Farrell made it home in a very credible 10th place while Ian Lambden came home in the pack. Ian was heard to comment later… We don’t have hills like those around Mullingar… and indeed he was right as the gradient on this course was by all accounts fairly savage. 

 

The next race M50 was where the club had most representation with four riders lining out. In the same race last year Brendan (Tosh) Kiernan placed fifth and was hoping to go a few places better this time around. The race was marred by a crash less then 10 km after the start which put paid to Aidan Daly’s racing. Things were held up until the riders dusted themselves down and after the recommencement of racing the pace was flat out until the end. 

Tosh got over the line in seventh place which considering the talent in this group was a wonderful achievement. There was even better news when it was announced that Lakeside Wheelers won the team prize in this category which each of the riders receiving  a medal - a nice memento of their achievements. 

Well done to Ronan Bracken, Paul Murtagh, Tosh Kiernan and Aidan Daly. 

 

In the afternoon races we had Mick Walshe and David Lally competing in the M40 race. The M60 Race was the last of the day and here PJ Carey and Seamus Moran were taking part in Wheelers colours. The wind had by this time picked up and while it was dry, racing conditions were definitely tougher than in the morning. 

A crash in lap one unfortunately involved our own Mick Walshe. We all wish him a speedy recuperation and look forward to having him back out on club spins very soon. Everyone else got back safely with the experience of another national race under their belt.

Well done to everybody who decided months ago to put in the necessary training to be able to compete at a national level in their age category. 

And after seeing how well this year’s riders have done there could be even more Wheelers booking their place with a view to getting on the podium in the 2021 nationals.

 

Finally, thanks to Billy Cunnane and Moss Keane for their role as rider support in this long but enjoyable day in Co. Mayo.

National Championships 2020

posted 7 Sept 2020, 08:03 by Site Admin

National Championships 2020

 

All the action this weekend coming September 12 & 13 will be around the roads of Castlebar as the 2020 Ireland Masters & A3 road race championships will be held. There are time trial or TT races on Saturday with the main road races being held on the Sunday.

This year Lakeside Wheelers will have riders competing in all of the road race categories. Our lone A3 rider is Ian Lambden while in the M40 category will be contested by Michael Walshe and David Lally. The M50 category will have Ronan Bracken, Aidan Daly, Paul Murtagh and Brendan Kiernan representing. It's Brendan 'Tosh' Kiernan's second year to compete in the nationals in the M50s and this year he will be looking to improve on the fantastic fifth place he achieved in 2019. Finally there are two club stalwarts in the guise of PJ Carey and Seamus Moran competing in the M60 category with Seamus going in both the TT and the road race.

These are impressive numbers of entries from the club and it's a credit to everyone that they have put in the training and committed to achieving the fitness levels required to race in the nationals. We wish all the riders the very best of luck in Castlebar and we'll have a report of how the weekends racing went in next week's edition.

 

 

Racing notes:

 

Conor T Farrell competed in the A3 Cal McCarthy Memorial Cup hosted by Kilmallock cycling club at the weekend. He finished in the bunch just behind the first ten. Spectators were not permitted, and were confined to the car park.

Well done to Conor on a great achievement.

 

 

 

 

Aoife O'Brien wins U16 National Youth Championships

posted 24 Aug 2020, 06:39 by Site Admin

Aoife O’Brien won the U16 National Youth Championships last Sunday at Carroll’s Cross Co. Waterford.


 

Aoife’s journey in the Nationals started at the age of 10 in her 1st U11 race Youth National race. She has raced every year since then a total of 6 Nationals.

To date Aoife has an amazing 22 gold National medals both on road and track and last Sunday’s National Youth Championships sees her take home another gold.

Next year is another big step up for Aoife racing as a 1st year junior.

 

Meanwhile in the boys under 15 National Youth Championships Dylan Franzoni came in just outside the top ten in his race. Well done to both Aofie and Dylan on their excellent performance in both races.


Starsky CC League Road Race Series 2020

posted 21 Aug 2020, 06:54 by Site Admin

Lakeside Wheelers to the fore in busy week of local racing…

posted 2 Aug 2020, 12:09 by Site Admin


         



Lakeside Wheelers to the fore in busy week of local racing…

 

There has been huge participation over the last few weeks from Lakeside Wheelers riders in the Midlands Interclub League (MIL). The MIL has been contested for many years now and by eight clubs based in the midlands area. It holds an attraction both for riders who compete in open races and for those who may not ride open races but who want to test themselves against riders of an equal caliber in the other competing clubs.

To this end the riders compete in either an A, B or a C group race. The races themselves are usually held over a few laps of quiet country roads with the total distance never more than 40 KM in distance. In a normal year there will be approximately 13 race evenings held but this year there will be approximately half that. 

 

The most recent race was held in the beautiful south Westmeath village of Mount Temple on a perfect evening for both riders and spectators. Mark Monaghan won his group race in the previous outing in Kilbeggan and he repeated that feat again on a really tough uphill finish to the line holding off a challenge from some seasoned riders to win by half a bike length. 

In the A/B race, a break got up the road early on and the winner came from this bunch with the young Wheeler Mikey Flaherty taking a very credible second place overall. John Boyne again showed his class in easily taking the bunch sprint that followed. As things stand in the MIL points tables it's Mark and John who lead their respective group points tally.

 

In Co. Kildare at Mondello Park it's cyclists who take to the track on Tuesday evenings to compete in a really tough series of open races where competitive racers from all over Leinster descend to mix it up and see who has the best form on the night.

The same week as the MIL in Mount Temple took place we had three Lakeside Wheelers in action in Mondello with Paul Murtagh, David Lally and Michael Walshe all competing at the Donore track and all made it home safely in the pack. 

 

A few days later it was the turn of Drogheda Wheelers to host a weekend of racing for youths, juniors and senior racers. The ever competitive Aoife O'Brien just missed out on top place in her U16 race early in the weekend. Her older sister Caoimhe who is now in her first year racing for an England based team, came home in first place in the senior race - outstanding stuff. Well done to both of you.

 

Over in the boys race we had two young and talented young men in the shape of Mikey Flaherty and Dylan Franzoni both of whom acquitted themselves very well. While Mikey is already an experienced road racer, Dylan has only recently made the transition from cyclocross and mountain biking to the road scene. Well done lads. A special mention to the parents of these young riders who give massive support and encouragement all throughout the year to enable them to train and race to really high standards. 

 

Finally, in the men's A4 race and to round off an epic week of racing by competing in their third race in six days, we had the dynamic duo of Paul Murtagh and David Lally lining out. David finished in 11th place with Paul a few spots further back. Both of these riders are going from strength to strength and I've no doubt they will soon both be bagging podium finishes in open races for years to come.  

 

It's great to see the new club kit being given an airing in the open race scene and hopefully we will be able to report on more racing in the coming weeks.

 

 

Midland League 16th July 2020

posted 27 Jul 2020, 03:58 by Site Admin


 

Boyne and Monaghan win in Kilbeggan…

 

Fantastic evenings Racing in Kilbeggan for the second round of the midland league.

Great results in both races.

Mark Monaghan powered his first victory in the midland leagues C/D race with a very fine sprint finish. and our very own (Chairman) Paul Gibney taking a very fine 10th position.

John Boyne showed a clean pain of heels to the bunch with a perfectly timed sprint to take the A/B race with Tosh Kiernan in hot pursuit taking a 3rd position and Ruairi Woods taking 8th place.

Well done to all riders who competed and I have to say our new Kit looked fabulous and is starting to turn a few heads…Next Midland race is from Mount Temple on  23rd July 2020.

 

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