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Busy Bank Holiday Weekend for Youth Squad

posted 14 May 2018, 15:35 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 14 May 2018, 15:42 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 13th May 2018)   
The Youth and Junior teams went down south over the May Bank Holiday weekend to compete at the Kanturk 3-Day festival of racing. All our riders had a good weekend gaining high placings and finishing well up in the main bunch at the end of each stage. Young Mikey Flaherty had two 14th places and was unfortunate to crash on the last stage. Aoife O’Brien matched the boys all the way and claimed top girls prize while big sister Caoimhe claimed a podium place in her category. One of our up and coming members, Leo Gunning rode really strong all weekend and finished with the main bunch on each stage. 

In the Juniors, Aaron Wade and Conor T. Farrell competed in the A2/A3 races. After four tough stages Aaron claimed 4th, 5th and two 8th placings which were good enough to see him finish top unplaced Junior and 11th overall on GC. Conor T. continued his recent good form racing very well all weekend. He managed to finish 24th on GC in a field of about 100 top class riders and no doubt his development will keep going in the right direction.
Back at base, the youths who did not travel had a road spin on Saturday with TT practice on Sunday. On Monday they participated in escorting the Cycle against Suicide cyclists from Ballinacarrigy to Mullingar so they were definitely not idling while their clubmates were away.

Leinster Youth Time Trial Championships
The club is hosting the Leinster Youths TT Championships on 19th May and planning for this big day is well under way.

More Underage Success on the Road and Track

posted 30 Apr 2018, 07:09 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 30 Apr 2018, 07:18 ]

Below is a roundup of a busy and successful couple of weeks by the underage squad...

Gold on the Track for Aaron Wade
The National Junior Track Championships took place on Saturday April 21st at Sundrive Road. Lakeside Wheelers had two competitors in Aaron Wade and John Boyne. The two lads were very unfortunate to be drawn to race against each other in the Sprint quarter final race. Aaron used all of his track experience to win gold and went on to follow this up with two more silver medals from 4 events. These results are all the more commendable as this is Aaron’s first year to compete at Junior level.

John also competed in four different events and achieved excellent results in what is a relatively new environment for him so there is no doubt that the medals will come.

Elsewhere the youths and juniors travelled to three different locations to take part in road racing during the weekend. Ethan Busillet travelled all the way to Currow in Kerry to gain more experience whilst Conor T. Farrell travelled to Derrygonnelly to take part in the Lakeland GP.

Deenside Cup, Kilkenny
The weekend gone by was less busy with just the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny where the club was represented by John Boyne, Conor T. Farrell, Caoimhe O’Brien and Aoife O’Brien. The remainder of the youths spent the weekend preparing for the Kanturk Three-Day races which take place over the May Bank-Holiday weekend.
In Kilkenny, John Boyne rode as good as he has done to date and was rewarded with 3rd overall in the A3 race following a great display of sprinting power against the best in his category while Conor T. Farrell was also in top form finishing 1st unplaced Junior in the same race.

John Boyne collects his prize at the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny
John Boyne collects his prize at the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny

Conor T. Farrell collects his prize at the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny
Conor T. Farrell collects his prize at the Deenside Cup in Kilkenny

Bohermeen Success
The club was also well represented in Bohermeen, Co. Meath on Sunday for the Waller Cup. Aoife O’Brien took first place in her category and Mikey Flaherty won his first race prize by finishing fourth in the boys U14 race. Caoimhe O’Brien took part in her first senior Ladies race and finished an excellent 7th. The remaining riders all managed to finish with the bunch in their respective races.
Mikey Flaherty with his first prize for cycling with Lakeside Wheelers in Bohermeen recently
Mikey Flaherty with his first prize for cycling with Lakeside Wheelers in Bohermeen recently

Youth Tour of Scotland

posted 16 Apr 2018, 01:36 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Caoimhe O’Brien - Sun. 15th April 2018)
I was delighted when I got the call that I was selected to represent Ireland at the Youth Tour of Scotland (YTOS).  I was looking forward to it so much because the racing over in Scotland is so good and it is really nice to race on different roads and also get to compete against girls from different countries.
The whole trip began on Friday when I met up with my teammates at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown before travelling north to Belfast Port for our ferry to Scotland. There was a lot of travelling on the Scottish side to get to Strathallan School in Perthshire where we were staying for the weekend but it was worth it. 

The first stage of the Tour was a very hilly road race on Saturday morning. It was a very fast start to the race and I got into the first bunch. The group then split up at the hill for King of the Mountains (KOM) points. For the remainder of the race the laps went by very quickly and I was happy to finish with the bunch. 

Sunday was the busiest day because we had a team time trial (TTT) in the morning and another road race in the afternoon.. Our TTT went very well. We all worked hard to finish as seventh team which was a really good result since we have never done a TTT together before.  

The road race in the evening was on a flat and very fast course. It started fast again like the race the day before. I got into the first group and rode well to finish second Irish girl. With three races now completed I was tired but looking forward to the technical kermesse which was our final race on Monday morning. 

We had an early start on Monday for this stage which was held on a very twisty circuit with a long tough drag to the finish. The race was held over ten laps which went by very fast and split very quickly. I was very happy because I got into a good group that raced hard throughout. The hill tested us but I managed to survive the ten laps and as delighted to finish second Irish girl.

Going to the Youth Tour of Scotland was an amazing experience that I enjoyed so much. I learned so much over the weekend and I was so lucky to go with an amazing team of girls.  Thanks to everybody who helped me with all my training and supported me for this trip, especially my family and the Cycling Ireland team managers. Thanks also for reading my story and I can’t wait to go away racing again!

Caoimhe O'Brien (Centre) competing for Ireland at the Youth Tour of Scotland.
Caoimhe O'Brien (Centre) competing for Ireland at the Youth Tour of Scotland.

Good Showing by Wheelers Youth Team in Corkagh Park

posted 9 Apr 2018, 05:07 by Kevin Monaghan

Last Saturday the Youths team were in action at the Corkagh Park series of races. In all Lakeside Wheelers had ten riders representing the club. Best finishers were Tommy Hogan who finished 1st unplaced U/15 and Aoife O’Brien who finished 1st girl U/14. Special mention to  Nabil and Aquil Hamdan and Ethan Bosillet who were competing in Lakeside Wheelers colours for the very first time.

Tour of Scotland:
As reported in recent weeks Caoimhe O’Brien has been selected to represent Ireland at the junior Tour of Scotland. Caoimhe departed for the Tour last Friday and there will be a detailed report from the girl of the moment in next week’s notes.

Youths Mix it with the Pros

posted 26 Mar 2018, 03:56 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 26th March 2018)   
On Saturday some of our youths traveled to Athlone where they were invited to take part in a road spin organised by Planet X to mark the launch of the Holdsworth Pro Cycling team in Ireland. Holdsworth Pro Cycling is of course the new team of Lakeside Wheelers Youths coach, Damien Shaw who also rode the Des Hanlon Classic. This was Shaw’s first big race this year before he goes on to concentrate on the bigger Continental events in the coming weeks. The team received big news just last week with the announcement that Holdsworth have been invited to race the Tour of Yorkshire in May. The former An Post man’s winter training held him in good stead as he helped his teammate Sean McKenna to overall victory in this very tough 150km race. There will be more news of the Mullingar Pro rider’s progress in the coming weeks.

The youths got a great buzz from being able to take part in a road spin with professional riders while mentor Eamon Hogan had an enjoyable morning as he got chauffeur driven around in the comfort of the Holdsworh team car.

Youths mix it up with the Pros.

Caoimhe O'Brien to Represent Ireland in Tour of Scotland

posted 11 Mar 2018, 14:21 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 Mar 2018, 14:24 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 11th March 2018)   
Cycling Ireland has named an Under 16 team to represent the country at the Youths Tour of Scotland next month. For the second year running Lakeside Wheelers’ Caoimhe O’Brien has been selected to represent Ireland at this prestigious race. The event is comprised of a Team Time Trial, an Individual Time Trial, a “flat” road stage and a hilly road stage so Caoimhe and her teammates will have their work cut out to get on the podium. 

Congratulation Caoimhe on your selection and the best of luck with all your racing this season. It is hoped that there will be an interview with Caoimhe before she departs for Scotland so watch this space in the coming weeks. 

The Youths section of the club were in action in Westport last weekend at Ras Mhaigh Eo so there will be an in-depth report of their exploits in next week’s notes.

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Caoimhe O'Brien in time trial action in 2017

Youth Training Continues Apace

posted 12 Feb 2018, 02:12 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Tommy Hogan - Saturday 3rd February 2018)   
Last week’s training session was a two-and-a-half-hour spin with Mossy Keane. It was flat for most of the ride with a couple of small hills thrown in to keep us honest. We did efforts on these hillier sections to keep ourselves warm on what was a very cold and windy day. The spin was designed to be an easy 60km ride to give us a rest after three hard weeks of training.

On Tuesday we had our weekly Wattbike training session with our coach, Damien Shaw. This session was designed to increase our sprint power. The intensity of the sprints decreased in time over the session but increased in power finishing off with five efforts as hard as we could go.

On Wednesday we had our monthly Wattbike test which incorporated two 6 second efforts and a three-minute effort. This test shows how powerful our sprint is and how many watts we can put out for every kg we weigh. This also helps the coaches to see how strong we are and help us improve in areas we are not so good in.
On Thursday we were in NGS for our strength and conditioning session with Shane Flynn and his team who put us through our paces with a full body workout.

To conclude the week, Damien took us out on a nice hilly route near Killucan for a two-and-a-half-hour spin on Saturday morning. This session incorporated a few team time trials and one solo time trial. We were split up into different groups with two people chasing the main group to try and mimic a real race scenario. 

Thanks to Damien and all our other coaches and already we are looking forward to the training sessions next week.

Youth & Junior Training Week

posted 29 Jan 2018, 12:12 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Tommy Hogan - Sun. 28th January 2018)   
Our week started on Tuesday night with a watt bike training programme organised by our coach Damien Shaw at the clubhouse for the youth & junior racing team. This was a tough forty minutes with very little recovery time. It consisted of twelve three-minute efforts which are designed to improve our tempo and sprint power.

On Wednesday evening we had our usual turbo session in the clubhouse. This is for both the racing team and beginners. Eamon Hogan took the class with Susanne Wallace and Philip Wade also in attendance as helpers. The session consisted of five minute TT efforts. This class usually has a good attendance with the majority of the turbos being used.

To add to our busy training schedule, on Thursday night we went to NGS for our weekly training programme set out by Damien, and the instructors at NGS. In this session we mostly focused on leg work with some core and upper body workouts.

The final training session of the week for the racing team was on Saturday morning which consisted of a two and a half hour road spin with Damien. We set out from the clubhouse and headed towards Ballynacargy for some hill repeat efforts. Damien put us through our paces with numerous sprints up the same hill. After this difficult session we cycled further out the road taking every chance to a rest before we arrived at the bottom of Laragh Hill. Here, Damien kept us focused with four more climbs against a head wind making the difficult climb even harder. After the hard efforts, we cycled back to the clubhouse for a debrief on the days training from Damien which helped us all make sense of the drills.

While we were out on the road there was also some skills training for the beginners at the clubhouse with Eamon Hogan and David Flaherty. This included some basic training in bike handling, going over ramps, around cones etc. important stuff before heading out on the road.

Some of the youth group ready to go on a training spin this morning with coach Damien Shaw
Some of the youth group ready to go on a training spin this morning with coach Damien Shaw

Wheelers Youths Settle Into New Year

posted 15 Jan 2018, 14:54 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 15 Jan 2018, 15:16 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 14th January 2018)   
The youths have returned to training for the 2018 season with renewed vigour after a well earned break following their exploits in 2017. The Christmas party was well attended on December 20th with 21 members all enjoying the bowling and finger food. 

The plan for 2018 is to continue regular turbo sessions with road sessions whenever the weather permits. Underage coach Damien Shaw has initiated a Wattbike programme for those intending to race this year with monthly testing to monitor progress and identify which areas of development need attention. The Wattbike is an invaluable assessment tool and with the clubhouse available for testing there is no doubt that the youths have every opportunity to continue their progress. 

The youth mentors have also organised a 10 week Strength and Conditioning programme, bike fitting and riding skills so it appears that the New Year is off to a flying start for the younger Wheelers.

A group Lakeside Wheelers Youths with coach and mentors all set for training last Saturday
A group Lakeside Wheelers Youths with coach and mentors all set for training last Saturday

Youth Squad Already Busy Preparing for 2018

posted 17 Dec 2017, 14:39 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. December 2017)   
Despite the year drawing to a close the Youths are training away on Saturdays and Wednesdays in preparation for the coming season. Their new coaching regime under Damien Shaw is progressing very well and there are plans to incorporate strength and conditioning sessions, bike fitting and Watt Bike tests in the New Year. 

Special mention is due to Aaron Wade for his exploits across the Irish Sea in recent weeks. Aaron has been guesting for the Manchester based track team Sport-City Velo over the last few months in the Manchester Regional Track League and he was recently promoted to compete in the Under 23 races due to his performances at Under 16 level so well done Aaron. 

To bring the curtain down on the current year and to celebrate their fantastic achievements this season the younger Wheelers will be partying the evening away on December 20th in Rock n Bowl. Have a great party folks and well done in 2017.

Roy Carey, Damien Shaw (Youths Coach) and Cathy O'Toole at the Lakeside Wheelers Xmas party.
Roy Carey, Damien Shaw (Youths Coach) and Cathy O'Toole at the Lakeside Wheelers Xmas party.

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