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Invacare Paracycling TT

posted 16 Apr 2018, 01:44 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 15th April 2018)   
Lakeside Wheelers hosted a round of the Invacare Paracycling Time Trial league last Saturday. Based at "The Well" in Moate, the event consisted of a 16km race from Moate to Horseleap and back. 

Thanks to club members Mark Horohoe, Moss Keane, Paraic Devine, Peter Corroon, Barry Rogers, Martin Eighan and Billy Cunnane who volunteered to assist the Cycling Ireland officials.

Mark Horohoe on left with Declan Slevin (Rosemount) at the Invacare TT.
Mark Horohoe on left with Declan Slevin (Rosemount) at the Invacare TT.

Wheelers' Youths Success Story Continues

posted 16 Apr 2018, 01:31 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Camillus Farrell - Sun. 15th April 2018)   
Last weekend was an extremely busy few days for the Youth section with plenty of activity in the Drogheda area. The team and mentors headed to Bellewstown racecourse on Saturday and Sunday to take part in Rás Na N'Óg.  The weekend racing consisted of a criterium and road race on Saturday with another road race on Sunday morning. 

In total, eight Lakeside Wheelers youths participated with each and every one doing their club proud. Aoife O’Brien took home first place in her category winning two of her three races which was an amazing performance as she was unfortunate to suffer a puncture in her third race yet she still managed to chase back on. 

Leo Gunning put in a very strong performance in the Under 16 boys and was prominent in all the races. All other youths performed extremely well despite injury and mechanicals hampering some performances. The weekend proved to be a valuable learning experience for some of our riders who had their first taste of multi-day day racing so well done all round.

Conor T Farrell and Aaron Wade took part in the Peter Bidwell memorial in Drogheda on Saturday evening. This was a handicapped race which saw the A2’s catching the A3/Juniors with 2-3 laps of eight to go. Aaron and Conor finished in the lead bunch with Aaron managing to squeeze out 4th place and Conor just a couple of bike lengths behind him, winning best unplaced junior.

On Sunday the Coombes-Connor proved to be a brutally windy race for Ian Lambden, Aaron Wade and Conor T Farrell. They all raced vary cleverly, dug deep and definitely flew the flag high for team Lakeside Wheelers. Ian finished in 12th in the A4 race while Aaron managed to make the break in the A3 event that lasted 75k and came 7th overall. Conor finished just off the back of the main peloton so a very successful race for all our riders.

Congratulations also to former Lakeside Wheelers member Seán Kennedy (NRPT) who won the Donal Crowley Memorial race in Blarney last Sunday.

Conor T Farrell accepting his prize in Drogheda.
Conor T Farrell accepting his prize in Drogheda.

Good Wheelers Stage Race Performances

posted 9 Apr 2018, 05:04 by Kevin Monaghan

The club has been ably represented in recent weeks in some of the country's toughest stage races as the reports below attest to...

Tour of the North:
On Friday and Saturday last weekend Aaron Wade was in Ballymena, Co. Antrim to participate in the Tour of North as a member of the Cycling Ireland Junior Cycling team.

Aaron did extremely well to finish 32nd overall after the four stage race, an excellent performance considering he is still a first year Junior and especially considering the competition contained some of the best A1 riders in the country. He held a higher position over the first three stages but unfortunately Aaron dropped a few positions on Stage 4 as one of his team mates had joined the race leaders group. This resulted in tactics coming into play and as a team member, Aaron could not pursue his teammate.  Well done to Aaron and continued success to him in the coming months. 

Aaron Wade in Cycling Leinster kit competing at the Tour of the North
Aaron Wade in Cycling Leinster kit competing at the Tour of the North

Gorey 3-Day:
Conor T Farrell and John Boyne headed south over the Easter weekend to take part in the Gorey 3-Day. Like the Tour of the North, this was a three-day event with a road race on day one, a TT and road race on day two and another road race on day three. 

Both John and Conor acquitted themselves very well in Gorey. John had an excellent tour and achieved placings of 15th, 15th and 11th in each of the road races with an overall placing of 32nd. Conor on the other hand was unfortunate to come down in a crash on Stage 1 resulting in him losing nine minutes on this stage. However, he managed to continue in the race and limit his time loss to 3’ 11” over the next 3 stages. Conor climbed from 60th position overall on stage 1 to finish 51st after stage 4. Congratulations and well done to both lads who will surely show well again in races before the season is over.

John Boyne leads the charge at the Gorey 3-Day
John Boyne leads the charge at the Gorey 3-Day

Youths Make the Podium in Hanlon Classic

posted 26 Mar 2018, 04:04 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 26 Mar 2018, 04:04 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 26th March 2018)   
All roads led to Carlow last Sunday for the annual Des Hanlon Classic road race. This year’s “Hanlon” doubled as round one of the Cycling Ireland National Series so there was a huge crowd of riders across all categories.

Lakeside Wheelers was very well represented in the junior and senior ranks with varying amounts of success. 
Both Aoife and Caoimhe O’Brien achieved podium finishes with Aoife taking first place and Caoimhe second place in their categories. All the other youths performed very well and they finished in the main group in their respective categories. Seven U16 youths raced (Leo, Conor N, Tommy, Cathal, Caoimhe, Mark and Tom) with two U14’s (Aoife & Mikey).

Lakeside Wheelers Youths at the Des Hanlon Classic in Carlow.
Lakeside Wheelers Youths at the Des Hanlon Classic in Carlow.

Aaron Wade and Conor T. Farrell participated in a tough 117km A3/Junior race. Both were well in the hunt and maintained leading places in the bunch until the dreaded mechanicals intervened. Aaron had to abandon due to two mechanicals and Conor T lost ground in the last lap but still managed to finish. Former Lakeside Wheelers rider Seán Kennedy (NRPT) rode an excellent race in this category to claim 2nd place overall which, on top of his 1st place in Carrick last week, rounds out a fantastic eight days for him so well done Seán.

Although the senior riders did not manage to make the podium the riders did themselves proud and there will be a full report of their exploits in next week’s notes.

Ian Lambden competing in the Des Hanlon Classic in Carlow last Sunday
Ian Lambden competing in the Des Hanlon Classic in Carlow on Sunday 26th March

Boyne Grand Prix

posted 20 Mar 2018, 15:10 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Stuart Cox - Sun. 11th March 2018)   
Sunday 11th May brought an improvement in the weather with a cold dry day that was more favourable for racing than previous outings.
In the A3 race, Lakeside Wheelers had Aaron Wade and Conor Farrell. Both tried to get into numerous breaks but were unlucky to miss the one that stuck on the 6th lap. Aaron finished 1st unplaced junior.

In the A1 race Stuart Cox found the pace very high from the start with many of the big guns in Irish racing in attendance. The break went on the first time up the main drag of the circuit Stuart finished in the bunch.

Aaron Wade Makes the Podium in Carrick

posted 20 Mar 2018, 15:05 by Kevin Monaghan

Due to another blast of arctic weather the racing calendar suffered more cancellations last Sunday with the Kilmessan GP being one of the events to suffer. However, on Saturday there were no such problems in Carrick on Suir where the Bobby Power Memorial was held in good racing conditions.

This race proved to be good hunting ground yet again for one of Lakeside Wheelers’ most impressive riders, Aaron Wade who followed up on his good form in Kerry last week by taking an excellent 2nd place in the A3 race. Aaron has shown great form so far this year and hopefully he will progress even more as the season goes on.

Aaron was not the only Mullingar rider in Waterford with his former club mate and good friend, Sean Kennedy of the Nicolas Roche Performance Team also taking to the start line but Sean went a step further as he pipped Aaron on the line to claim his first victory in the A3 ranks. This was a fantastic performance by Sean who has shown steady progression over the last two years. The future of Mullingar cycling definitely looks bright with these two young lads blazing a trail on the Junior/A3 scene.

In recent weeks Youths Representative, Camillus Farrell organised an information session on rules and regulations for the younger members who are racing this year. Thanks to club Chairman and Cycling Ireland Commissarie Henry Whitson for facilitating this very worthwhile exercise.

Aaron Wade 2nd from left and Sean Kennedy centre collect their prizes after taking a 1-2 for Mullingar in Carrick.
Aaron Wade 2nd from left and Sean Kennedy centre collect their prizes after taking 
a 1-2 for Mullingar in Carrick-on-Suir.

Wheelers Show Well As 2018 Racing Season Starts

posted 11 Mar 2018, 14:00 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 11th March 2018)   
Between inclement weather and lack of funds, there has been somewhat of a stop-start aspect to the beginning of the 2018 racing season. Some of the more established races have had to be cancelled in recent weeks due to a combination of freezing weather conditions and a lack of sponsors. However, our neighbours in Clonard had no such issues last Saturday and as usual the Clonard Racing Club put on a great race in the shape of the Rás Naomh Finian.

This annual event attracts a huge field from across all categories and there is always a big showing from Lakeside Wheelers riders. Unfortunately the conditions were less than ideal with a nasty mist and drizzle falling from the drop of the flag. The route is a straight out and back affair along the old N4 to Kilbeggan and returning along the same road for the finish at Moyvalley.

Lakeside Wheelers fared very well with Shane Jessup taking 3rd in the A4 race while new member, Frank Coleman took a fine 9th in the same race. In the A3/Junior race Aaron Wade yet again showed good legs taking 1st unplaced Junior and the KOH prize. John Boyne also rode very well finishing just behind Aaron in 2nd unplaced Junior. Finally, Alan Connolly took an excellent 15th position in the A2 race so, overall there are lots of positives for these and all the other Wheelers who took to the start line and hopefully the results keep coming as the season goes on.

Shane Jessup in good form after his 3rd place at Rás Naomh Finian, Clonard last Saturday
Shane Jessup in good form after his 3rd place at Rás Naomh Finian, Clonard last Saturday

Aaron Wade Gets the Wheelers Racing Season off to a Flying Start

posted 5 Mar 2018, 07:08 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 5 Mar 2018, 07:09 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 4th March 2018)   
All avid readers of the Lakeside Wheelers notes, I know there is at least one out in the Downs, will remember that last week’s header referred to Wheelers not being deterred by the weather. Well, that was before the Beast from the East arrived on our shores.

There was no chance of any cycling last Saturday or Sunday due to the effects of the phenomenal amount of snow that fell in and around Mullingar last weekend. Cycling was not the only sport to succumb to the conditions with most codes cancelling activity across the country.

However, there is always one exception to every rule and this proved to be the case with the Lacey Cup being the only race that beat the “Beast” last Sunday. This annual early season event is one of the top races in the country. Despite the distance from Mullingar, Lakeside Wheelers had one its top riders in action with Aaron Wade persuading his dad Phil (how did he do it?) to make the journey south.

This was not only Aaron’s first race of the 2018 season but it was also his first outing in the A3/Junior category. No matter what techniques Wade Jnr. used to get Wade Snr. to drive to Tralee, he certainly rewarded his chauffeur with a fine performance. Despite the extreme cold there was a strong pace from the drop of the flag but the young Mullingar man was well up for the battle and took a fabulous 3rd place in the King of the Mountains and 4th overall in the A3/Junior category. This is a great result in what is always a very competitive race so well done Aaron, and Phil. 

Next weekend sees the Youths travel to Westport to participate in the two-day Rás Mhaigh Eo which is one of the highlights on the calendar for this age group. 

The Junior racers will stay closer to home as they take to the start line of the Ras Naomh Finian promoted by our neighbours at Clonard Road Club. This race always draws a huge crowd from all categories for the out and back route taking in Kilbeggan and back to Clonard village for the finish so best of luck to all Wheelers taking part.

Aaron Wade collects his prize for 3rd place in King of the Mountains at the 2018 Lacey Cup.
Aaron Wade collects his prize for 3rd place in King of the Mountains at the 2018 Lacey Cup.

Hill Climb

posted 4 Dec 2017, 07:28 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 07:36 ]

(By Mark Monaghan - Sun 3rd December 2017)   
After a few years absence the Club Hill Climb TT (Time Trial) was back on the calendar in October with a vengeance! A hill climb TT is, well, a race against the clock up a short hill.

A good turnout at the clubhouse led to a quick discussion on the route to bring the groups to Rochfortbridge for the TT. It was decided to go via Kinnegad and Milltownpass which would surely have everybody warmed up for Gneevebawn Hill. Two groups took to the road and with a tail wind to Kinnegad we made great time but, when we turned for Milltownpass it quickly became apparent that the wind was not going to be favouring us as we tackled the TT on Gneevebawn. 

Thanks to Jerry Waugh, Phil and Naomi Wade and Eamon Hogan who were chief time keepers we had very little down time before we took to the start line. In all we had 23 participants from the young with the not so young putting in some great times on a tough hill made harder by the cross headwind. After the finish line most of the riders continued on to Kilbeggan for a well earned cuppa. With time against us we headed for home via Ballinagore and Dalystown and as usual there was a little kick thrown in near Mullingar for good measure. 

As well as the previously mentioned start team, thanks are also due to Mark Horohoe who did a great job of holding everybody on the start line and Donie Kelleher for his photography skills! Results will be announced at the Christmas party!

Just some of the large turnout for the 2017 edition of the Club Hill Climb.
Just some of the large turnout for the 2017 edition of the Club Hill Climb.

Cyclocross Update

posted 17 Oct 2017, 13:01 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 17 Oct 2017, 13:06 ]

By Joe Duffy - Tuesday 17th October 2017)    
A number of Lakeside Wheelers were in action in the Epic Cyclocross races on Sunday last 15th October. On a fast technical track with plenty of climbing and obstacles to negotiate this was and event not for the faint-hearted.

Asia Bula was our sole representative in the ladies race where she finished a in a fine 6th place. Asia had a tremendous season racing on the roads during 2017 where she finished 6th in the national women's league. She has now transferred to off road racing with huge enthusiasm and I have no doubt she will do equally well during the cyclocross season. John Boyne rode the B race and had a great ride to finish in a fine 8th place. This was an impressive result for the first year junior rider and it should stand him in good stead when the 2018 road race season gets under way next March. 

We don’t have many Cyclocross racers in the club but over the past few years three members stood out when it came to this tough form of racing. Richie Lenihan, Peter Rimmer and Paul Crowley have represented the club with great distinction and the lads are back in the groove again this year with some fine performances over the past few weeks. On Sunday last they had to contend with a very big field but the lads show up very well again with Richie finishing in 17th and Peter not far behind in 30th.

John Boyne in action
John Boyne in action in the B race on Sunday 15th October

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