Sportives

Ring of Kerry Charity Sportive

posted 10 Jul 2018, 01:22 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 8th July 2018)   
The annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle took place last Saturday and as usual, Lakeside Wheelers was well represented. Large numbers of D and C group riders travelled to ”The Kingdom” where they were blessed with beautiful weather for this very scenic 181km sportive. Well done to all who took part.

A group of Lakeside Wheelers members posing with Charlie Chaplin in Waterville during the Ring of Kerry cycle.
A group of Lakeside Wheelers members posing with Charlie Chaplin 
in Waterville during the Ring of Kerry cycle.

Leinster Loop

posted 2 Jul 2018, 07:58 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 3 Jul 2018, 01:39 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 1st July 2018)   
One of the most popular Sportives in recent years is the Leinster Loop which is a charity event based in Co. Kildare. Last Sunday a sizable group of Lakeside Wheelers members participated in this event which is reported on by Mark Monaghan in the following piece...

A large group of Lakeside Wheelers members at the Leinster Loop
A large group of Lakeside Wheelers members at the Leinster Loop.

"On a day made for cycling all roads led to the town of Athy and in particular, St. Laurences GAA club where Lakeside Wheelers had a contingent of at least forty members decked out in the yellow, blue and red for the annual Leinster Loop. This event is run over two distances of 100kms and 145kms with the club very well represented in both categories.

To say the route was testing would be an understatement, from the get-go there was plenty of climbing taking in some of the hard climbs commonly used during the annual Des Hanlon race.

I have to say that this was one of the best events I've had the pleasure of taking part in. It was expertly run with great signage and plenty of marshals at all junctions. Well done to all who took part and for supporting the NBCRI and various other charities which this sportive is in aid of.

Well done to all who took part, I hope you enjoyed it. I know I certainly did in that weird sort of way only we cyclists understand!"

Richie Lenihan, Aidan Farrell, Lorcan Caffrey and Andy Richmond looking relaxed at the Leinster Loop
Richie Lenihan, Aidan Farrell, Lorcan Caffrey and Andy Richmond loooking relaxed at the Leinster Loop.

Tour Of The Lakes Rounds Off Spectacular Bike Week

posted 18 Jun 2018, 01:50 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 17th September 2018)   
Sunday morning brought a breezy, misty day which was not exactly what event organisers had hoped for but, it still did not deter the huge crowd of cyclists who travelled to Mullingar for the club’s annual sportive.

With sign-on complete and all the groups lined up it was a great sight to see so many cyclists depart the clubhouse for the 120km, 80km and 50km route options. The bulk of the riders headed north through Crookedwood, Collinstown, Fore, Castlepollard, Coole and Multy before returning back to the Barracks for refreshments. Refuelled, the 120km entrants then left for a fast 50km spin to Ballynacarrigy, Skeagh, Milltown and Ballymore where they turned left to come back to base via Uisneach, Loughnavalley and Ballinea.

Dan O'Toole, Pairic Devine and Mark Horohoe get set for Tour of the Lakes 2018.
Dan O'Toole, Pairic Devine and Mark Horohoe get set for Tour of the Lakes 2018.

This annual event always caters for riders of all abilities and standards and this year was no exception. A smaller group of beginners and novice riders took to the Canal Blueway, the roads and the Old Rail Trail for a more leisurely 50km spin which was enjoyed by visitors and members alike.

With the cycling over, all riders enjoyed a nice hot meal and refreshments in the Youth Cafe.

Once again, thanks to everyone who helped make this day a great success including all the cyclists from clubs around Ireland who travelled to participate, the members of Lakeside Wheelers, Dunne and Nugent and Outdoor Escape. A special word of thanks is due to Karyn Morgan and her team at Youth Cafe for the excellent hospitality and friendliness which they afforded everybody on the day.

Ciaran O'Brien, Claire Malone, Colin Yates, Billy Cunnane, Mary Taffe, Brendan Kiernan, Philip O'Hara and Andy Vambeck, all Lakeside Wheelers, at the 2018 Tour of the Lakes.
Ciaran O'Brien, Claire Malone, Colin Yates, Billy Cunnane, Mary Taffe, Brendan Kiernan, Philip O'Hara and Andy Vambeck, all Lakeside Wheelers, at the 2018 Tour of the Lakes.

The Beginners Group enjoying a spin on the Canal during the 2018 Tour of the Lakes.
The Beginners Group enjoying a spin on the Canal during the 2018 Tour of the Lakes.

Tour of the Lakes This Weekend

posted 12 Jun 2018, 14:31 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 10th June 2018)   
Two days after the club hosts the Criterium Championships it will be all hands on deck again as the annual Tour of the Lakes sportive takes place on Sunday, June 17th. This leisure event is expected to attract over 200 cyclists to Mullingar for a day of cycling around the midlands. The route takes in Collinstown, Castlepollard Coole, Multyfarnham, Ballynacarrigy, Skeagh, Ballymore, Loughnavalley and Mullingar. 

Sign-on opens at 8am at the clubhouse with the first groups leaving at 10am. There will be three distance options of 120kms, 80kms and 30kms so, as usual, there is something for all abilities. 

Refreshments will be served at the midway point with hot food available at the end of the Tour. Please support your club and register for the 2018 Tour of the Lakes.

Tour of The Lakes


Cycle Against Suicide

posted 14 May 2018, 15:44 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 13th May 2018)   
On the Sunday over the May Bank Holiday weekend around thirty members of Lakeside Wheelers were involved in meeting the Cycle Against Suicide group for its entry into Mullingar. The Wheelers had arranged to rendezvous in Ballynacarrigy and lead the main bunch back into town where they got a warm welcome at St.Finians College. 

Lakeside Wheelers members, “Ski” Morgan and Dave Byrne had participated in the entire 10 day cycle with “Ski” being honoured with the gong for “Best Marshall” along the way. The riders overnighted in Mullingar and were once again escorted by some Wheelers out of town on Monday morning as far as they departed on the final leg of their trip to Swords.

The organisers and participants of the Cycle Against Suicide campaign were extremely grateful to all the members of Lakeside Wheelers who joined them over the two days.

Cycle Against Suicide group photo in St. Finians College
Cycle Against Suicide group photo in St. Finians College.

Wheelers Make the Most of the Bank Holiday Sunshine

posted 8 May 2018, 04:13 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 8 May 2018, 06:19 ]

By Shay O'Toole ( Sun. 7th May 2018)   
After a seriously long drawn out cold and wet winter, the members of Lakeside Wheelers were delighted to get the legs out in the shorts last weekend.

With the May Bank Holiday bringing some beautiful sunshine there were groups of riders to be seen all over the local roads. As the racing and sportive seasons are now well and truly underway some Lakeside Wheelers members went further afield to places like Wicklow, Wexford, Kerry and Athlone while others stayed closer to home and participated in one of the biggest charity events in Ireland.

Sportives:
Last Saturday a number of Wheelers took to the hills of Wicklow to participate in the Orwell Wheelers Randonne which is a 150km cycle through the Garden of Ireland. The lads enjoyed temperatures of 20 degrees as they rode some of the country’s most beautiful scenic roads and climbed some pretty hilly terrain along the way. 

On Sunday a small group of members, Dan O’Toole, Gerry Heery, Pearse Murphy and Shay O’Toole travelled the somewhat shorter distance to Athlone to support the Tour of the Heartlands promoted by neighbouring club, Shannonside CC. Once again the fabulous weather enhanced the beautiful scenery along the roads of Roscommon and Galway and all had a great day out. Thanks to the members of Shannonside for their hospitality and for putting on a very well organised event.

The Cycle Against Suicide event rolled into Mullingar last Sunday with the Wheelers once again to the fore. This annual awareness event last visited Mullingar a couple of years ago so it was great to see the big numbers cycling through the streets again this year.

Robbie Kenny, Colin Pierce, Ken Berry, Paddy Whelan, Padraig Moore, Pearse Murphy and Charlie Sheridan pictured in some lovely Wicklow sunshine.
Robbie Kenny, 
Ken Berry, 
Colin Pierce, Paddy Whelan, Padraig Moore, Pearse Murphy and Charlie Sheridan pictured in some lovely Wicklow sunshine.

Good Wheelers Representation at Pat Jones Memorial Sprotive

posted 16 Apr 2018, 01:59 by Kevin Monaghan

On Saturday a contingent of Lakeside Wheelers riders travelled the short distance to Edenderry to take part in the Pat Jones Memorial. On a fine dry day the local “905 Club” put on a great sportive with distances varying from 40kms to 95kms. Thanks to the organisers for a good safe spin and excellent hospitality.

Upcoming Sportive Events
Donadea Wheelers host their sportive next Sunday April 22nd with 60km and 95km options leaving from St Kevin's GAA club in Staplestown. Registration is from 9,00am with the spin starting at 10.30am and cost is 20 Euro.

On Sunday May 6th our near neighbours at Shannonside Cycling Club host their Tour of the Heartlands. This is always an excellent sportive with distances and speeds to suit all riders.

Some of the many Lakeside Wheelers members at the Pat Jones Memorial Sportive.
Some of the many Lakeside Wheelers members at the Pat Jones Memorial Sportive.

Wheelers Visit Flanders for the "Ronde"

posted 9 Apr 2018, 04:41 by Kevin Monaghan

(by Shay O'Toole - Sun. 9th April 2018):   
The months of March and April are renowned in cycling for some of the best races of the entire year. These are affectionately known as the Spring Classics or Monuments and are predominantly staged in Belgium.

Chief among this series of races is the Tour of Flanders which is famous for, in no particular order of importance, cobbles, climbs and beer. The Ronde van Vlaanderen as it is called in Belgian is a beast of a race which starts in Antwerp and 275km later finishes in Oudenarde. During this torturous distance it traverses some of the most feared sections of cobbles in bike racing and sees the peloton struggle with some of the steepest gradients in Europe.

For the amateur riders there is a sportive version of the Ronde held on the Saturday preceding the professional race and this year Lakeside Wheelers was represented by five members who all completed the 175km event. Jack Nugent, Robbie Kenny, Shay O’Toole, Charlie Sheridan and Graham Morgan had an early 7am start but thankfully the weather was dry as they and 16,000 other riders set off to ride some of the most famous roads in cycling.

Over the weekend the lads were guests of De Trudy’s Cycling Club which is based in Gerrardsbergen, the town famous for the climb known as The Muur, or wall. This was only one of 19 climbs which they had to negotiate on the route but by all accounts it was a great day out for the lads. Thanks to our friends at De Trudy’s for some outstanding hospitality and hopefully we will see you again in 2019.

Shay O'Toole, Graham Morgan, Robbie Kenny, Jack Nugent and Charlie Sheridan pictured on the Muur de Gerrardsbergen in Flanders
Shay O'Toole, Graham Morgan, Robbie Kenny, Jack Nugent and Charlie Sheridan pictured on the Muur de Gerrardsbergen in Flanders

Easter in Flanders for the Spring Classics

posted 26 Mar 2018, 03:10 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 25th March 2018)   
The next few weeks sees some of the best and most entertaining World Tour races of the year taking place in the form of the Spring Classics in Belgium. This series of races, also known as the Monuments are famous for the short but steep cobbled hills and farm lanes which they criss-cross in the Flanders region of Belgium.

One of the unique aspects of the sport of cycling compared to many other sports is the fact that amateur riders can participate on the very same courses as the professionals and next weekend there will be five Wheelers at the Ronde van Vlaanderen or the Tour of Flanders.

The amateur sportive takes place on Easter Saturday and covers 180kms of the 275kms that the pros will do on Easter Sunday. Best of luck to Jack Nugent, Charlie Sheridan, Graham  Morgan, Robbie Kenny and Shay O’Toole who will be tackling such famous climbs as the Muur de Gerrardsbergen, The Paterberg and the dreaded Koppenberg which has a horrible 22% maximum gradient. 

No doubt the lads will have a detailed report of their trip for the PRO dept on their return.

Relaxing with another Belgian classic on a previous Wheelers outing to Flanders.

Wheelers Well Represented at Pat Colgan Memorial

posted 28 Aug 2017, 05:07 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 27th August 2017)   

There was a great turnout of Lakeside Wheelers members in Tullamore last Sunday for the annual Pat Colgan memorial cycle in aid of the Irish Kidney Association. This spin caters for riders of all levels and favours those who fancy themselves as “climbers” as it includes two route options which go over the Slieve Blooms.

The 125km route is dubbed the 4 Peak challenge as it brings riders over the Cut, the Wolftrap, Glendine and then back over the reverse side of the Cut. The 95km option includes the first two climbs and with several participants wanting to be home for the Dubs V’s Tyrone game.

Thanks to everybody in Tullamore Cycling and Touring club for a very well organised event and great hospitality.
Claire Malone, Jack Nugent, Pat Muldoon and Carmel Buckley at the Pat Colgan Memorial Cycle.
Claire Malone, Jack Nugent, Pat Muldoon and Carmel Buckley at the Pat Colgan Memorial Cycle.

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