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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

Richie Lenihan Takes Fifth in MTB Season Finale

posted 1 Oct 2017, 13:15 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Oct 2017, 13:16 ]

(By Paul Crowley - Sun. 1st October 2017)   
Last weekend saw the last Mountain Bike race of the season with the 2017 marathon Mountain Bike championships in Ballyhoura, Limerick. The event was 65km held on many of the trails open to the public in the Mountain Bike park. However, also used were lots of local sneaky natural trails and routes through the local wind farm, not usually open to the public. The course had three feed zones en route where competitors pre-dropped bottles and food. 

As the lads were looking at a 4 hour affair, not much of a warm-up was needed! The race began with 4km uphill and then into some of the local natural trails. Due to the incessant rain all week and especially the day before, the course was pretty wet and slithery causing a few accidents, with some broken bodies and bikes. 

Paul fell on one of the few clay descents but was able to continue. Further up the field Richie was on a charge. Too much of a charge in fact, and he missed a turn. He did take a very picturesque route to the mast with views over much of Cork and Limerick, but all he saw were his competitors taking a really nice section of single-track to the bottom of the hill! 

He charged back into the race, eventually taking 5th in his category in under 4 hours. What might have been. Paul finished further back in 20th.

Paul Crowley and Richie Lenihan who took part in the season finale Mountain Bike event in Ballyhoura.
Paul Crowley and Richie in Ballyhoura ahead of the Mountain Bike season finale where Richie with fifth.

Charleville 2-Day

posted 4 Sep 2017, 05:32 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 3rd September 2017)   
The club was represented at this year’s Charleville 2-Day race by Mossie Keane and John Boyne. This race is a favourite on the annual calendar and always produces good racing.

Moss Keane
The race consists of two road races and a TT which takes place over Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s stage finished in a bunch sprint but once again was marred by a finish line crash however, both Lakeside Wheelers’ men were not affected by this mishap. 

John rode very well and came home in 15th with Mossie not far behind. Sunday’s race featured the TT and a hilly 3rd stage.

Well done to both riders and hopefully there will be a more detailed report in next week’s notes.

Good Wheelers Cyclocross Performances in Kiltiernan

posted 4 Sep 2017, 05:18 by Kevin Monaghan

(by Shay O'Toole - Sun 3rd September 2017)   
It may seem like the road season is hardly even finished but already the cyclocross season is underway. Last weekend Lakeside Wheelers was represented at the Kiltiernan event by two of our best lady riders. Asia Bula was joined by junior star Caoimhe O’Brien and both girls acquitted themselves very well. 

Caoimhe once again made the podium by taking silver in the Under 16 girl’s race while Asia rode an excellent race and came home in 6th place in the senior category. Well done girls and best of luck over the coming months.

Ciara OBrien and Asia Bula Kiltiernan Cyclocross Race
Ciara OBrien and Asia Bula Kiltiernan Cyclocross Race

Gold in Leinster Cycling Championships

posted 28 Aug 2017, 05:14 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 27th August 2017)   
The Leinster Youth and Masters cycling championships were staged in Dunsany, Co. Meath last Sunday and once again Lakeside Wheelers members were on the podium.

In the A4’s Mossie and Ian Lambden went to the line full of hope however a crash put paid to Ian’s plans but Mossie fared better and took an excellent 4th place.

The Youths once again made their presence felt with Aoife O’Brien putting in a storming finish to take 1st place in the U/16’s with a strong sprint finish. Former Wheeler, Sean Kennedy (NRPT) did very well in the Junior race coming home in 2nd place which leaves him in a great position with the season coming to a close as he was on the top step of the podium last week in Wexford. Sean is travelling with his team to a race in Brittany, France next week and we wish him all the best for that trip.

Mossie Keane receives his prize from Jimmy Stagg of Cycling Leinster
Mossie Keane receives his prize from Jimmy Stagg of Cycling Leinster

Midlands League Draws to a Close - Wheelers Take Team Prize

posted 21 Aug 2017, 06:09 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 21 Aug 2017, 06:27 ]

The ever popular Midland League came to a conclusion last week with the final event, the Team Time Trial being held on Thursday last 17th August.

The MiL as it is commonly known is an excellently run race league to accommodate riders from Lakeside Wheelers, Shannonside, Longford, Laois and Tullamore. Outside of these core clubs there is discretion amongst the organisers to allow riders from different clubs participate but it is generally not open to riders from outside the Midlands couinties.

Generously sponsored by Buckley’s Cycles, the MiL is often the platform where novice racers cut their teeth and then go on to participate in open races throughout the country.

This year’s league was staged over approximately thirteen races which included an individual Hill Climb in the Slieve Blooms and as mentioned, a Team Time Trial. Whilst Lakeside Wheelers did not get into the overall prizes the club’s riders did have success on different stages of the league. Most recently the three-man TTT consisting of Aidan Daly, Ronan Bracken and Seamus Killian were 3rd last Thursday whilst there were good results throughout the summer from Jack Nugent, Mossie Keane, Ian Lambden, Paul Murtagh, Brendan Kiernan and Caoimhe O’Brien (apologies for any notable omissions).

The good news for Lakeside Wheelers is that the club won the team prize in the A/B division and came 2nd in the same category in the C/D division. Well done to all riders who took part and a big thank you to the organisers, marshals, drivers and sponsors who make the MiL the greatest club league in the country.

Brendan Kiernan receives his prize at the Midland League prize-giving last Thursday.

Kennedy Wins in Wexford
In other racing news, congratulations to former Lakeside Wheelers rider Seán Kennedy (NRPT) who took an excellent win in stage three of the Wexford two-day race last Sunday. Seán broke away with five other riders and easily took his first open victory of the year. Seán has been trying very hard all year so this is a well deserved win and well done.

European Cycling Championships

posted 8 Aug 2017, 01:49 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Mon. 7th August 2017)   
Herning in Denmark was the location for the for the 2017 European road race championships which were staged from 3rd to 6th August.

Lakeside Wheelers Lifetime member Damien Shaw was once again selected to represent his country in the Elite men’s race which was a major honour for the An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly rider. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances both Ryan Mullen (Cannondale Drapac) and Matt Brammeier (Aqua Blue Sport) were both forced to withdraw from the team at short notice leaving Ireland with just a three-man team. Damien was joined by his An Post Chainreaction Sean Kelly team mate Sean McKenna and due to the circuit being relatively flat, they were both charged with supporting the Carrick-on Suir sprint specialist, Sam Bennett (Bora-Hnasgrohe). 

The 241km race started at 11am and as the route was laid out to favour the sprinters it was a case of trying to protect your designated sprinter until the final few kilometres. Both McKenna and Shaw did just that as Bennett got to the final sprint in a good position but just missed out on a top ten position finishing in 11th place. He was lucky to evade a crash in the critical stages of the hectic finish so 11th is a creditable placing despite starting the race as one of the title favourites. The winner, by a tyre width, was Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) representing Norway from Elia Viviani (Team Sky) of Italy in 2nd with Moreno Hofland (Lotto-Soudal) of the Netherlands rounding out the podium. 

Having paid his dues in the form of a hard days racing to ensure Bennett was well placed for the all-important sprint, Damien finished in 112th position. The Mullingar man was delighted to have had another opportunity to represent his country against some of the best cyclists in the world having raced in the corresponding championships in Brittany last year.
Congratulations to Damien and the entire Irish team who had a great championships in Denmark with the highlight being Ryan Mullen’s bronze medal finish in the Elite men’s TT. 

Damien Shaw (R) pictured with Sam Bennett (L) and Sean McKenna (Middle) prior to the 2017 European Road Race Championships in Denmark.
Damien Shaw (R) pictured with Sam Bennett (L) and Sean McKenna (Middle) prior to the 2017 European Road Race Championships in Denmark.

Racing Update

posted 10 Jul 2017, 05:33 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 9th July 2017)   
Junior Tour:
This week sees the start of the Scott Bicycles Junior Tour which will be predominantly based in Co. Clare. Lakeside Wheelers will once again be represented at this blue riband event on the Junior calendar with John Boyne riding for a Cycling Leinster team.

This is a 6-day international race for under 18’s at which John and his teammates will go toe to toe with some of the best young riders from Ireland and across Europe. He will also line up against former Lakeside Wheelers club-man Sean Kennedy who now rides with the NRPT Titan Containers team. 

The tour opens with a Time Trial on Tuesday evening and then follows up with 5 road stages with a conclusion next Sunday in Ennis. Best of luck to John and Sean from all at Lakeside Wheelers.

Midland League:
Last Thursday was Midland League night with Lakeside Wheelers  hosting the club’s second round of this popular summer league. Numbers were slightly down on previous races but this was expected due to it being peak holiday season.

On a beautiful sunny evening the races took the usual format with the A/B’s doing three laps of the Dalystown, Castletown Ballinagore circuit whilst the C/D’s did two laps.

In the end it was the aforementioned Seán Kenedy (NRPT) who took the spoils from our own Aaron Wade who got up for 2nd place in the A/B race with Conor T Farrell not far back in 8th place. In the C/D race the evergreen Jack Nugent rode an excellent race to claim 2nd behind a Tullamore CC rider with Derek Sheerin a close third with youth rider, Tommy Hogan comfortable in the chasing bunch.

Mullingar Grand Prix

posted 26 Jun 2017, 11:29 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 11:46 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Mon. 26th June 2017)   
The organising committee of the Lakeside Wheelers promoted Mullingar GP held its first meeting last week so plans are now well underway for this annual race taking place on Sunday, July 16th.

As has been the case for the last two years the HQ for this event will be the Multyfarnham Community Centre. The 34km route will also remain the same with the race travelling from Multy to Crookedwood, Castlepollard, Coole and back to Multy. There will be races for all categories including U12’s, U14’s U16’s Ladies, A4’s, A3’s and A1/2’s.
The club is very honoured this year as the race has been chosen as one of the rounds of the Cycling Ireland National Road Race series which means it will be televised at a later date on the Bike channel (Sky 464). If you have already indicated your availability to assist with this race then the organisers will be in touch. If you are free to help and have not yet signed up to do so, please contact Shay O’Toole, Joe Duffy, Jack Nugent or Jerry Waugh. There will be more details about this race in the coming weeks.

For those intending to take part in the Mullingar Grand Prix, online registration is now open can can be accessed from this link.

Midland League:
Congratulations to Paul Murtagh who was victorious in the latest round of the Midland League last Thursday. The Kilbeggan/Clara circuit was the venue where Paul managed to keep the chasing groups at bay to claim a very well deserved win.

Action from the 2016 Mullingar Grand Prix
Action from the 2016 Mullingar Grand Prix

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