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.

Sportive Update

posted 21 Aug 2017, 06:30 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay o'Toole - Sun. 20th August 2017)   
The Leinster Loop took place a week ago and as usual there was a selection of Lakeside Wheelers riders in attendance. This sportive which is based in Narraghmore, Co. Kildare and is aligned to the National Breast Cancer Research Institute for fund raising is one of the biggest on the annual calendar. The 130km route covers a lot of the roads used for the famous Des Hanlon race around Kilkenny and Carlow so hills, hills and more hills is the story of the day. Nevertheless the day was fine and everybody enjoyed a great spin with several participants choosing to have their photo taken afterwards with event ambassador, Damien Shaw of the An Post Chainreaction Seán Kelly racing team. Well done to the organisers on a big community effort and roll on Leinster Loop 2018.

Pat Colgan Challenge
The annual Pat Colgan sportive which is organised by Tullamore Cycling Club takes place next Sunday, August 27th. So, if you are looking for a good spin then look no further as this event is always well organised and has something for everyone with a route over the Slieve Blooms for the “mountain goats” or, if you don’t fancy the hardship there is an alternative flatter route. Check out the Social Media pages for more info and get yourselves over to the Faithful County to support our neighbouring club.

Wheelers Enjoy Sportives in London and Clare

posted 8 Aug 2017, 02:06 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 6th August 2017)   

The sportive season is in full swing at the moment with prospective participants spoilled for choice with several attractive events.  Below are reports from two recent events in which Lakeside Wheelers participants took part.

Ride London:
On Sunday, July 28th a small group of Lakeside Wheelers members travelled across to London to participate in the ‘Ride London’ sportive. This event forms part of a three day festival which was first staged in 2013 and is a legacy of the 2012 London Olympics.
Club chairman, Joe Duffy was joined by fellow wheelers Mick O’Donovan and Derry Kilroy to ride the 160km route which started from Olympic Park in the city. Along with another 25000 cyclists, no, it is not a typo, Joe, Mick and Derry followed the route out through the Surrey countryside and returned after a tough lap of the Surrey Hills to finish a memorable day on the Mall.
Well done to the three lads who flew the club colours in London.

Skoda Ring of Clare:
On the same day as the Ride London event a slightly larger contingent made the shorter trip to Ennis in Co. Clare for the 160km, Skoda Ring of Clare.

This event attracted over 2000 riders who were all glad of the dry day as there was sufficient hardship in the form of the relentless hills and strong Atlantic winds. From Ennis town the route headed for the coast where it turned to the south along the beautifully scenic Wild Atlantic Way. Close to the Loop Head Peninsula the riders were glad to veer back inland and get some relief from the tail wind which made the return to Ennis a lot more comfortable. 
Numbers must have been well down on the club spin as the club was represented in Clare by at least 30 members from all groups. Well done to all on a very challenging day on the bike.

Ring of Clare participants Mark Monaghan Claire Malone David Lally
Ring of Clare participants Mark Monaghan, Claire Malone and David Lally

Ring Of Kerry Sportive

posted 7 Jul 2017, 09:47 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 10 Jul 2017, 04:55 ]

Last weekend a large group of Lakeside Wheelers members travelled to the “Kingdom” to participate in the famous Ring of Kerry charity cycle.

This is now one of Ireland’s most popular sportives with over 10,000 riders signing on to ride the 180kms from Killarney to Killarney via the spectacularly scenic and world renowned tourist route.

The majority of the Wheelers who took part are from the Saturday morning or D Group which makes their achievement all the more noteworthy as these members would not be used to the distance so lots of training miles were required. On top of that they did not exactly have perfect weather for the trip as it was mostly damp throughout the day. However, as the photos show, they all enjoyed themselves so well done to you all and to Gerry Wallace for organising the weekend.

Lakeside Wheelers members at the 2017 Ring of Kerry.
Lakeside Wheelers members at the 2017 Ring of Kerry.
More pictures HERE

La Marmotte Granfondo

posted 26 Jun 2017, 11:14 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Mon. 26th June 2017)   
Next Friday, twelve Lakeside Wheelers members will be departing for the French Alps to participate in the 2017 La Marmotte Granfondo which takes place on Sunday, 2nd July.

La Marmotte is one of the most difficult sportives on the ‘leisure’ cycling calendar and requires riders to have trained for several months in order to complete the 174km course. The event is restricted to 7,500 riders and it includes 5,000m of climbing. This is achieved by cycling over four very famous alpine mountains, Col du Glandon, Col du Telepgrahe, Col du Galibier and finally, finishing the day off, by riding up through the 21 bends of the iconic l’Alpe d’Huez.

To put the task in context, the mountains involved are regularly included in the Tour de France route and have often played host to some of the greatest battles in this race’s history. The opening climb, the Glandon, is 22km in length with an average gradient of 5.5% with the Telegraphe a little shorter at 11.5km and averaging 7.3%. Having completed these two the participants will then have to face into two of the most difficult mountain passes in cycling, the Galibier is 17.5km at 7% with l’Alpe d’Huez, 13km at 8%.

Lakeside Wheelers has been represented in this great event on a few occasions in the past so if you are up for a challenge put La Marmotte in your diary for some date in the future.

Best of luck to the 2017 crew: Jack Nugent, Charlie Sheridan, Robbie Kenny, Ken Berry, Colin Pierce, Barry Pierce, Joe Kenny, Philip O’Hara, Ciaran O’Brien, Eoghan Kevlihan. Graham Morgan and Derek Sheerin.
Thanks in advance to Robbie Kenny who has promised to write a short ‘blog’ on the trip which will be included in the notes in the coming weeks.
La Marmotte 2017 Route Profile
La Marmotte 2017 Route Profile

Wheelers Well Represented in 2017 Wicklow 200

posted 12 Jun 2017, 08:57 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 13 Jun 2017, 01:34 ]

The Wicklow 200 is one of the premier sportives in Ireland and one which many cyclists, whether leisure or competitive have on their bucket list. The 36th edition of this great cycle took place last Sunday with several Lakeside Wheelers members participating. 

As the name suggests it is a testing 200km route traversing some of the Garden County’s toughest climbs such as the Wicklow Gap, Slieve Maan and the famous “Shay Elliott”. 

Well done to all who completed this challenging route.

Lakeside Wheelers Participants in the 2017 Wicklow 200 Challenge
Lakeside Wheelers Participants in the 2017 Wicklow 200 Challenge

Wicklow Hills Beckon for Many Wheelers

posted 5 Jun 2017, 10:34 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 4th June 2017)   
Next weekend sees the annual running of the famous Wicklow 200 sportive which, as the name suggests is a 200km cycle in Ireland’s Garden County. 

The club will be well represented in this “Bucket List” spin by members from all categories. The "La Marmotte" crew are certainly heading there in force with all eleven of those intending to conquer the French Alps in July participating. There will also be several other Lakeside Wheelers members signing on for the trek across some of the longest and steepest climbs in the Wicklow Mountains so best of luck to all.

Don’t forget our own Tour of the Lakes is now rescheduled to take place on Sunday, 18th June so keep your diary free.

Robbie and Charlie in action in the Hills of Donegal
Gluttons for Punishment - Robbie & Charlie in the Hills of Donegal during Rás week 
as they prepare for lA Marmotte Challenge.

Busy Time on the Sportive Front

posted 29 May 2017, 14:08 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 1 Jun 2017, 07:20 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 28th May 2017)   
There were several Lakeside Wheelers members participating in sportives over the last couple of weeks. Last Saturday when most of the country was getting drenched by the rain storms we had a contingent cycling the Ring of Beara Challenge in the Cork/Kerry region in sunshine.

On the same day and in similar conditions Mark Monaghan and Karl Moran were in Co. Galway doing the Tour of Connemara.

On Saturday May 20th Charlie Sheridan and Graham Morgan completed the Mount Leinster Sportive in Co. Carlow. The latter two are part of a large group of Wheelers who are in training for the famous La Marmotte cycle which is held in the French Alps in July. Watch out for a more in-depth focus on this group and their plans for an assault on the big mountains of the Tour de France in the coming weeks.

The Mullingar Lions Club are staging their annual charity cycle in aid of the Syrian Children's Schools Education Fundon Monday, June 5th. Participants can do either a 40km or 80km spin with both starting from Shandonagh GAA Centre at 10am. Registration is from 9am and costs €25. There will be refreshments available at the rest stops and back in Shandonagh GAA centre.

Mark Monaghan & Karl Moran in Connemara.
Mark Monaghan & Karl Moran in Connemara. 

Wiclow Mountains Charity Challenge

posted 22 May 2017, 15:26 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 22 May 2017, 15:30 ]

On Saturday 20th May, three Wheelers, Paddy Gorman, Eddie Byrne and Paul Murtagh headed East to Wicklow to take part in a 100KM cycle in aid of St James Hospital across the Wicklow Mountains. It was possible to register on the morning of the event so we decided to chance the weather conditions, travelled to the event base at Russborough House, signed on and headed for some torture. 

We cycled from base with a group by the name of Mountain Peddlers from Ballymore Eustace. Heading north towards Blessington and then into the mountains to traverse Sally Gap, the famous Shay Elliot climb at Glenmalure and Slieve Mann. Although we met with some rain and hail on the mountains, this was a very enjoyable event, well organised and some great company to set us on our way. 

We landed back at base for a well earned burger with 102KM on the clock and over 1,600m of climbing.

Paul Murtagh, Eddie Byrne and Paddy Gorman in Wicklow
Paul Murtagh, Eddie Byrne and Paddy Gorman in Wicklow

Large Wheelers Contingent Go West for Westportif

posted 16 May 2017, 02:36 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Joe Duffy - Sun. 14th May 2017)   
A large contingent of Wheelers headed to county Mayo on Saturday last for the Westportif Cycling Challenge. Riders had a choice of three routes, 80 km, 120 km and 160 km. The 160km route had 5 categorised climbs and offer a good test for all of the 600 participants. 

The route took in some breathtaking scenery as riders passed by Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea (Connacht’s highest mountain), Doolough Lake, Delphi, Killary Fjord, Ashleigh Falls, Leenane village and the shores of Lough Mask in Tourmakeady. 

Needless to say our ladies and gents enjoyed a great weekend, did us proud and all completed the route. 

Wheelers in Action in Westportif
Wheelers in Action in Westportif at the weekend

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