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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.

Racing Update

posted 4 Jun 2018, 09:46 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 10:28 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 3rd June 2018)
It's been a busy few weeks for the Lakeside Wheelers racing squad at both senior, junior and youth level as can be seen from thr updates below...

Midland League
It took a little while for Lakeside Wheelers to click at this year’s Midland League but in recent weeks there have been two wins from two so, it appears the Mullingar lads are on a roll. 

The Dalystown round of the Midland League was held on a fine evening for racing recently and it proved to be a successful event for Jack Moran. Jack won the C/D race from fellow Wheeler David Lally who followed him home a close second. Well done lads.

Last Thursday all roads led to Legan in Co. Longford where it was a clean sweep for Wheelers in the A/B race. Winner on the night was Richie Lenihan followed by Brendan Kiernan in second with Stephen Corroon close behind in fourth. Ian Lambden and Shane Jessop were also in the top ten finishing fifth and sixth respectively.

Other Racing Updates
In other racing news Ian Lambden has been upgraded to A3 following strong performances in Dunsany and Emyvale in recent weeks. Well done Ian, you are now getting the results your hard work deserves. Ian  was also in action at the Orwell promotion last weekend. This was Ian’s first A3 race and he acquitted himself very well despite some mechanical problems on stages two and three. Well done Ian, keep plugging away and your day will come.

Caoimhe O’Brien took a fine 2nd place in the Ladies event at Emyvale whilst Asia Bula competed well and finished in the bunch.

Aaron Wade Wins in Mondello Again
Aaron Wade was on the podium in Mondello yet again after another great win on the Kildare motor racing track last Tuesday evening. This is Aaron’s second win in as many weeks which shows his current run of form is not showing any signs of dipping any time soon. Congratulations Aaron.

Both Aaron and Conor T. Farrell were also in action over the Holiday weekend at the Orwell Two-Day. The lads rode very well considering they were up against the A1/A2 men so it was a credit to them finishing in 15th and 23rd positions respectively on General Classification. These performances ensured that the lads finished the Junior classification in 4th and 8th places so, well done to you both.

Aoife O’Brien was in action midweek at the Corkagh Park Ladies races. No stranger to doing amazing things on the bike, Aoife rode the B race and finished in 1st place but not satisfied she got permission to ride the A race straight after the B event. In what was a very impressive performance, she managed to finish this more difficult race in 3rd so well done Aoife and keep the Blue, Red and Yellow colours flying. 

Aaron Wade mixing it with the best at the weekend.Mixing it with the best over the weekend in the Orwell Stage Race.

Aaron Wade Wins At Mondello

posted 14 May 2018, 15:29 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 14 May 2018, 15:41 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 13th May 2018)   
Following on from his exploits in Kanturk, Aaron Wade went to Mondello Park on Tuesday evening and without a shadow of doubt, he gave his best display to date against senior riders.

The young 16 year old showed no adverse effects from his hard weekend in Cork starting the race with the A3 group. When this contingent was caught by the three riders from the scratch group, the Mullingar man slotted in with them and more than held his own.

He was now in some very strong company with Holdsworth Pro Cycling rider Dermot Trulock and Mark Dowling, a former National Criterium champion, both full time riders, to keep him honest. However, it was the Lakeside Wheelers teenager who would claim the spoils as he just held enough in reserve to outsprint Dowling on the line.
Having put in some excellent performances already this season this was Aaron’s first outright victory and one which will surely put him in the spotlight for future National selections. Well done Aaron. 

Aaron Wade wins the sprint in Mondello Park by the narrowest of margins
Aaron Wade wins the sprint in Mondello Park by the narrowest of margins.

Good Results in Wexford for Asia Bula and Ian Lambden

posted 8 May 2018, 04:18 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 7th May 2018)   
Last Sunday both Ian Lambden and Asia Bula travelled to Wexford for the Frank O’Rourke Memorial race which was run off in scorching conditions. Asia claimed her first win of the season with a great performance in the Ladies race while Ian continued his current vein good of form taking 7th place in the A4 event.

Mondello Park Series
Another man who is enjoying a great run of form is Aaron Wade who took a fantastic result in the Mondello Park series last Tuesday evening coming home in 2nd place. This was yet another top class result by Aaron who was up against some of the best senior riders in the country and considering that he is only in his first year at Junior level, this is definitely a standout performance.

Midland League
The 2108 Midland League commenced earlier this month with members participating so far in the opening TT and road races in Castledaly and Birr. To date the Wheelers have not had any results of note but with numbers in depth there will no doubt be podium places in the coming weeks. 

Members are reminded that the club is hosting two rounds of this exciting league on May 17th and July 5th so please make note of these dates as Midland League riders will be required to marshal their home races. Please contact Steve Franzoni who is the Wheelers representative on the Midland League committee for more details.

Ian Lambden, centre, competing  in Wexford.
Ian Lambden, centre, competing  in Wexford.

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.

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