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.

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.

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

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