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Stage Eight Brings 2011 League to an End

posted 23 Aug 2011, 04:20 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 23 Aug 2011, 04:45 ]

(By Mark Horohoe)  

An exceptional number of people came out to the final night of the Summer Club League. There were members from all corners of the club. Some came to take part, some to marshal or watch the race. Some came to taste the famous burgers cooked by the talented Adrian Murphy and enjoy the atmosphere. But one of the big draws was to see the headline act in the post-race celebrations as “The Headsets and Bottom brackets” took to the stage for one night only. It was great to see so many non-cycling family members out to enjoy the event Kevin Monaghan took some excellent photos that captured the race and the celebrations - See the gallery on the club website to view them: http://www.lakesidewheelers.ie/photo-gallery/2011-08-summer-league-final.

Seniors Race
We also ran a Senior race with riders covering 2 laps of the race circuit. It was great to see some of our regular Senior riders on the start line and enjoying the atmosphere. The photo finish equipment was unable to give a precise result and so the judges awarded a joint 1st place to the finishers!! Well done to all the seniors who turned out to take part in the inaugural running of the “over 55” event.

Stage 8 Results
PJ Carey (Yellow cat) who has been a consistently high finisher took first place in stage 8 followed by Tom McDonagh (Blue) and Brendan Kiernan (Yellow) with overall contender Claire Malone (Blue) in 8th position. William McDonagh (Yellow) lead home the next group with a strong sprint taking him a few bike lengths clear of the group that contained many very strong riders.

George Bell, Conor Eighan and Jack Nugent were the first 3 red cat riders to finish. Eoghan Kevlihan lead home the next red category group with contained some very strong A4 riders. The other two overall title contenders Stuart Cox and Damien Shaw were marking each other very closely. In the end Robbie Kenny took the sprint off the remaining Red cat group which contained A3/2 & A1 riders.

League Results

With the results so close the decision was taken not to calculate the final points straight after the race to ensure there were no mistakes. As per rules a riders best 7 out of a possible 8 results are used in the calculation of final positions.

Blue Category:       1st Claire Malone, 2nd Oliver Bright, 3rd Nigel Scarff
Yellow Category:   1st PJ Carey, 2nd David Shaw, 3rd JP Kilmurray / Aidan Fox (Joint)
Red Category:        1st Stuart Cox, 2nd Damien Shaw, 3rd Brian Collintine
Overall:                   1st Stuart Cox, 2nd Damien Shaw, 3rd Claire Malone

Full details are contained in the attachments to this report.

Thanks:

Carmel Dolan, John Nugent, Shay O’Toole, George Bell Cathy Flynn and Joe Duffy who gave continual help throughout the league.  To all members who rode the league in the fun manner it is designed to be. We had very safe riding this year and this helps to ensure we continue to be welcomed by local drivers.  The Head Marshals and Race Organisers and all who marshalled each night. We had excellent marshal cover at every race and also thanks to Mark Monaghan for looking after the rota. Special thanks to Carmel Dolan who looked after the video finish camera at every stage of the league.  Without people like this who give up their time for other members there would not be a race league.  Thanks to the motorists in Dysart and Castletown Geoghegan for their patience each week while the races took place. Fonsie in the Village Inn who allows us take over his car park each week “Headsets and Bottom Brackets” which included club members Arthur Dempsey, Oliver Bright, Tom Carolan, Pat Weir and Enda Munnelly.

Further pictures of stage eight and post-race celebrations available here.

Stuart Cox defending the Leader's Jersey
Stuart Cox defending the Leader's Jersey

New Member Matt takes Stage Seven

posted 5 Aug 2011, 01:55 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 5 Aug 2011, 02:23 ]

(By Mark Horohoe) 
Not put off by the damp weather that appeared for stage 7 of the Summer Club League, Matt McDonagh from Tasmania, one of the newest members to join the club took a well deserved first place. Matt finished about 4 bike lengths ahead of Aiden Fox, who has been getting stronger as the league has progressed, and Brendan Kiernan in his second Summer Club League event this year, was just 3 bike lengths behind in a very close finish. Well done to PJ Carey who claimed fourth place. In the Red group, Stuart Cox with a strong finish lead Damien Shaw, John Murray and Peter Rimmer home. Ken Berry was first of the next red category group to finish, followed by Damien O’Brien and Brian Collentine. Tom McDonagh was the first Blue Category rider home followed by Robeard O’Ceallaigh and then Claire Malone.
 
John Nugent (Head Marshal), Martin Savage (Race Organiser) and Carmel Dolan took on the key positions on this stage.  Thanks to all marshals who helped to keep things as safe as possible.
 
Remember its riders best 7 point scoring events (out of a possible 8) that will determine the final league positions.

League Positions (Based on best 6 of 7 results):
Blue Category: 1. Claire Malone 2. Oliver Bright 3. Nigel Scarff
Yellow Category: 1. Aiden Fox 2. David Shaw 3. JP Kilmurray
Red Category: 1. Stuart Cox 2. Damien Shaw 3. Peter Rimmer
Overall: 1st Stuart Cox 2nd Damien Shaw 3. Claire Malone / Peter Rimmer

The leaders white jersey will again stay with Stuart Cox for Stage 8. Stuart is just two points ahead of Damien Shaw. Claire Malone and Peter Rimmer are joint 3rd.

As per league rules, riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any time in the league. No special training is needed to take part in the league

The last stage of the club league is Thursday August 18th. Sign-on opens at 6.30pm

BBQ!
The last Summer League event takes place on Thursday August 18th. Our Social Officer will be operating the BBQ and food will be available straight after the race – if last year’s BBQ is anything to go by the smell might encourage a few early retirements! The BBQ will be free to all club members. The committee felt the BBQ would be a gesture of thanks to all members who helped out during the busy weeks of the Criterium, the 2-Day and the Tour of the Lakes. So why not come out to watch and hours cycling and enjoy a burger and chat afterwards and round off the end of busy year.

 
Up the long drag on the Dysart circuit

Matt Burke Claims Second Victory in Round 6

posted 21 Jul 2011, 06:58 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 21 Jul 2011, 07:46 ]

Matt Burke takes Stage 6 of the Summer LeagueMatt Burke, recently upgraded to the Yellow Category, took his second win of 2011, by a tyre width, from Eric Smith. Tom McDonagh (Blue Category), took 3rd just 4 seconds later and was followed by Nigel Scarff and Cathy O’Toole.
 
William McDonagh and Karl Moran lead the next yellow group to finish. Barry and Colin Pierce lead the faster Yellow group to the line.

Damien Shaw showed his fitness by making a lone break away to finish alone to take 1st place in the
red category. Damien O’Brien took 2nd in the Red category followed by Ken Berry and Mark
Monaghan.

David Mitchell, Kenny (Head Marshal) and Kevin Marshal (Race Organiser) took on the key positions on this stage. Carmel Dolan filmed proceedings and the race finish with Kevin Marshal did an excellent job of identifying the finishing positions.

Remember its riders best 7 point scoring events (out of a possible 8) that will determine the final league positions. Some riders have not missed and event so the positions may change when just the 7 best points are counted. The leader board has now been sorted by riders best 5 of 6 points scores. See the points summary on the league table to see how the positions might change.

The leaders white jersey will again stay with Stuart Cox for Stage 7. Stuart is just one point ahead of Damien Shaw and Robbie Kenny is just 9 points behind Damien.

League Positions (Based on best 5 of 6 results):
Blue Category:      1. Claire Malone 2. Oliver Bright 3. Cathy O’Toole
Yellow Category:   1. JP Kilmurray 2. David Shaw 3. Karl Moran
Red Category:       1. Stuart Cox 2. Damien Shaw 3. Robbie Kenny
Overall:                   1st Stuart Cox 2nd Damien Shaw 3. Robbie Kenny
 
Please check the marshal rota to ensure you are aware of your allotted marshalling night. We ask that swaps are only done when the situation arises that you cannot attend the event. Please don’t swap nights unless really necessary. Race Organisers/Head Marshals are not available for swaps. As before please contact Mark Monaghan (marksmono@gmail.com / 087 9656778) to update the rota if you must swap and have arranged swap with someone else.

As per league rules, riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any time in the league. No special training is needed to take part in the league.

The next stage of the club league is Wednesday July 27th. Sign-on opens at 6.30pm

Aidan Nolan Takes Stage 5 of Summer League

posted 14 Jun 2011, 13:34 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 14 Jun 2011, 13:48 ]

Well done to Aidan Nolan who won stage 5 of the Club League last Thursday evening. Second was Claire Malone and third was Robeard O'Ceallaigh. Robbie Kenny was the first Red category rider across the line while Karl Moran was first in the Yellow category. Full results are in progress and will be issued shortly.

Please note that the next round of the club league is Wednesday June 29th.

Aidan Nolan - Stage 5 Winner

Claire Malone 2nd & Roibeard O'Ceallaigh 3rd on Stage 5

Karl Moran Centre - On the way to 1st Yellow Category

Red Category Finish

New Members Take Part in Stage 4

posted 4 Jun 2011, 16:03 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 4 Jun 2011, 16:13 ]

Stage 4 welcomed a number of members taking park in the summer league for the first time: Aidan Nolan, Aidan Farrell, Eoin Lynch and Billy Cunnane were among the newcomers. With 100 meters to the finish line Karl Moran was leading the first yellow group home to the line and looking like taking 1st place overall on the stage. But the very hard chasing last red group caught Karl and his group just before the line and Steve Franzoni took 1st place. At the line Karl held the lead position in the the yellow group, followed on his wheel by Aidan Fox, Fergal Daly, John Cleary, Billy Cunnane, Sean Gaffney and junior Eoin Lynch.

John Nugent, Mick Reynolds and Shay O’Toole lead the next group of red cat riders home. Claire Malone, Cathy O’Toole and Aidan Nolan were the top 3 Blue Category riders to finish. The leaders white jersey will again stay with Stuart Cox. Stuart and Damien are level on points but on a count back of average overall finish position Stuart will wear
the jersey for Stage 5.

Thanks to JP Kilmurray (Head Marshal), Mark Monoghan (Race Organiser) for their work on the night. Carmel Dolan again did an excellent job looking after the video finish again. Thanks to John Nugent who sets-out the corner in Dysart each week to help ensure maximum safety for riders & spectators.

League Positions:

Blue Category:        1. Cathy O’Toole 2. Pat Weir 3. Claire Malone
Yellow Category:     1. J.P. Kilmurray 2. David Shaw 3. Fergal Daly
Red Category:         1. Stuart Cox / Damien Shaw 3. Robbie Kenny
Overall:                   Joint Stuart Cox / Damien Shaw 3. J.P. Kilmurray



Stage 3 Report

posted 10 May 2011, 07:26 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 May 2011, 16:36 ]

Stuart Cox holds onto the leader’s jersey following a Stage 3 of the Club league. Stuart and JP Kilmurray are now level on points but Stuart will wear the leaders white jersey for Stage 4 when a count back on overall highest finishing positions is done.

Last week’s event was also a points scoring round in the Midland League and we welcomed a number of visitors from our 4 neighbouring clubs to Dysart. The remaining rounds of our club league are not points scoring rounds for the Midland League and so sign-on numbers should be slightly lower.

Luke Eivers, who has come through the underage structure in the club, put in a fine performance to lead last week’s race for almost 3 laps. This was Lukes first club league event and he showed great skill and fitness. In the end many groups came together on the last lap and a strong young rider from WTCC, Thomas Fallon, was the first rider home on the night. Sarah Piner was the first of the Club Leagues Red Category to finish next Red was Dave Fagan and then Brian Collentine. In the Yellow Category - David Shaw, PJ Carey and Aiden Fox kept prominent positions in the leading group to take 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Yellow category. In the Blue Category: John Raleigh, Oliver Bright and Vivenne Fitzpatrick took the top 3 finishing positions. As you will see from the results table points were awarded in the league table only to riders taking part in our club league.

No special training is needed to take part in the league. There were 8 separate handicapped groups in stage 3 with the aim of starting members in a group that matches their fitness level and to give all club members an equal chance in the overall results. However the aim is for riders to enjoy themselves and positions within categories is where the real challenge (and slagging) take place.

Thanks to Mick Reynolds (Head Marshal), Paul Crowley (Race Organiser) for their work on the night and also Carmel Dolan who looked after the video finish again.

League Positions after Stage 3:

Blue Category: 1. Pat Weir 2. Nigel Scarff 3. Oliver Bright
Yellow Category: 1. J.P. Kilmurray 2. David Shaw 3. Colm Lynch
Red Category: 1. Stuart Cox 2. Dave Fagan 3. Damien Shaw
Overall: Joint 1st Stuart Cox / J.P. Kilmurray 3. Dave Fagan

-Please check the marshal rota to ensure you are aware of your allotted marshalling night. We ask that swaps are only done when the situation arises that you cannot attend the event. Please don’t swap nights unless really necessary. Race Organisers/Head Marshals are not available for swaps. As before please contact Mark Monaghan (marksmono@gmail.com / 087 9656778) to update the rota if you must swap and have arranged swap with someone else.

The Race Organiser cannot accept membership payments on the night as insurance cover is not in place until Cycling Ireland are notified with your details by the Club Secretary.

As per league rules, riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any time in the league.

Parking
People are cooperating with marshals in keeping the pub car park clear for the race start which is great. The main area for parking is at the church in Dysart. While there is some space to fit cars on the hard shoulder of the Horseleap Road (left hand side as you travel towards Mullingar) can I ask people to keep this area free from cars. If this area is clear the corner is less congested and safer in a situation where a car does not stop/slow when the race is turning the corner. It also allows a clearer view for passing motorists as to where there approaching cyclists are.

Stuart Cox in the leaders jersey lines up with Robbie Kenny, Alan Coyle, Mark O’Hara and Damien Shaw at the start of stage 3

More pictures here

Stage 2 - Road Stage - 20th April

posted 27 Apr 2011, 15:24 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 May 2011, 15:28 ]

Last Wednesday saw as fantastically close finish to Stage 2 of the Club League. Matt Burke (Blue Category) held off the Red Category to finish just 12 seconds ahead of Stuart Cox who lead the Red's home. The main bunch was lead home by Sunday B-Group rider J.P. Kilmurry who should be delighted with the many experienced cyclists on his wheel! Welcome to the new members taking part for the first time including Vivienne Fitzpatrick, Matt Burke and Pat O'Sullivan who started in the Blue Category for their first experience of the Club League. 50 members started, 15 other members volunteer for marshalling and with many other members at Dysart as spectators it was a real club occasion.

Stage 2 was the first occasion when a new system was trialled where members took up key positions to plan/organise a night of the club league. On stage 2 Dave Fagan took the role of Race Organiser and Darragh Caffrey the role of Head Marshal. Both men deserve praise for the exceptional job they did with everything running so well on the night. The intention is to roll this out for the rest of the league.

Stage 2 was a bonus night for the Yellow category - with additional points available for the top 3 yellow category riders to finish - 1ST + 6 points , 2nd +4 points, 3rd +2 points. There are bonus stages for the Red and Blue categories to come later is the league as advised in the stage details.

League Positions after Stage2:
Blue Category: 1. Pat Weir 2. Cathy O'Toole 3. Carmel Dolan
Yellow Category: 1. J.P. Kilmurray 2. Noel Delaney 3. David Shaw
Red Category: 1. Stuart Cox 2. Damien Shaw 3. Robbie Kenny

Overall: 1. Stuart Cox 2. J.P. Kilmurray 3. Damien Shaw

Stuart Cox, leading JP Kilmurray by 1 point, will wear the Overall Leaders white jersey in Stage 3.

A few items to mention
- There was good safe cycling by all groups last week with riders keeping to their own side of the road. This continued safe cycling is needed to ensure we continue to have the welcome of the motorists who we share the circuit with. Thanks to everyone who parked at the church - we will continue to keep the Pub car park reserved for riders assembly and lead cars only. Please comply with marshals and assemble with your bike in the car park so we are not a nuisance/danger on the road while the race is starting. Please ensure all litter is take home with you - especially energy gel/bar wrappers.

- Fonsie at the Village Inn continues to make us welcome - and it's great to have a chat over a mineral and a healthy packet of Tayto after the league to show our appreciation for facilitating us.

- Race organisers cannot accept membership payments on the night of the league as insurance cover is not in place until Cycling Ireland are notified with your details by the Club Secretary.

- Handicapping is not an exact science. The aim is to give everyone in so far as possible an equal and fair chance in the league. It will never be perfect but with constantly tweaking it will get more accurate as the league progresses. Considerable analysis has been done in advance (including advice from the 3 Group Leaders) to pre-handicap the full club membership. As per league rules, riders may be moved up or down a colour category as deemed necessary at any stage.
 
Matt Burke in action on lap 2 of Stage 2
 

Stage 1 - Individual TimeTrial - Thursday 7th April

posted 27 Apr 2011, 14:52 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 27 Apr 2011, 15:24 ]

(By Mark Horohoe)
Thursday 7th April saw the kick-off of the 2011 Summer Club League. Stage 1 was a 4.3km Time Trial - just long enough to get into the swing of things. In total 48 riders took part and there were another 7 people who volunteered to marshal. Thanks to those who marshalled/time keepers without them the club league would not be possible. There were 10 bonus points on offer for all who attended stage 1 - these could become valuable before the end of the league.

Handicapping is not applied for the Time Trial but points are awarded based on a riders finishing position within their colour category.
As no "Top 6" points are awarded, there are 3 people in joint 1st place overall.

Well done to Damien Shaw who had the fastest time on Stage 1 will wear the leaders jersey for Stage 2.

Damien Shaw 52 points
Colm Lynch 52 points
Nigel Scarff 52 points

As per rules riders may be moved up or down a colour category as the league progresses if its apparent they are in the incorrect category. Thanks to the group leaders for their guidance with handicapping riders into colour categories.

Well done to everyone who took part. It was great to see a spread of riders from Blue, Yellow and Red categories.

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