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Racing notes Sunday 20th September 2020

posted 23 Sep 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 Sep 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 Sep 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.

 

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.

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