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Aoife Qualifies for European Youth Summer Olympics

posted 4 Jun 2019, 04:52 by Site Admin

(By Shay O'Toole )

The 2019 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival will be held in Baku, Azerbaijan, between 21–27 July 2019. For the second time in as many years, Lakeside Wheelers will have a representative on the Irish team. Following hot on the heels of her sister Caoimhe who participated in the 2017 edition in Gyor, Hungary, Aoife O’Brien has been selected on the Irish team for the 2019 event.

Aoife has come through the tough qualifying series of races over the last few months and has now deservedly achieved her place on the national team. Without doubt this is a fantastic achievement but by no means a surprise. Aoife has worked tirelessly for the last 10 years at her cycling and has made several sacrifices to get herself to this high point in the sport. She is now one of the top junior female cyclists in Ireland and hopefully she will continue to develop over the coming years. Congratulations to Aoife and all of her family who have supported her through thick and thin since she started cycling. Best of luck from all at Lakeside Wheelers Aoife, you have done yourself and your club proud.



Youth and Junior Update

posted 13 May 2019, 04:18 by Site Admin   [ updated 4 Jun 2019, 04:49 ]

(By Shay O'Toole)
It was a quiet weekend for most but as usual the O’Brien girls were in the thick of the action
both on the road and the track.
In her first year as a Junior, Caoimhe was riding the National Track Championships in
Sundrive and came away with a very impressive haul of two silver and one bronze medals.
This was an excellent performance by Caoimhe who was competing against some very
experienced riders. This success is just one week after Caoimhe raced in the Kanturk 2Day
and against some very stiff competition she came 2 nd on GC in this very tough race.
Down the road younger sister Aoife was trading blows with her counterparts at the Orwell
Wheelers promoted event in Corkagh Park. Aoife carried her current run of good form into
the Clondalkin venue winning her race in great style.


Leinster Youth & Junior TT Championships 2019

posted 15 Apr 2019, 12:58 by Site Admin   [ updated 17 May 2019, 00:25 ]

The Leinster Youth TT Championships will once again be hosted by Lakeside Wheelers Mullingar. This year the event has been expanded to include Juniors. There will also be a new circuit headquartered in the Village of Horseleap, Westmeath.  Standard road bicycles only for all Youth and Junior categories, no TT bikes or disc wheels.

Online Registration is now Closed

See the attached Poster, briefing document and route information below.

Leinster TT 2019



Youths Racing Season Upon Us

posted 6 Mar 2019, 13:58 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 7 Mar 2019, 12:52 by Site Admin ]

(By Shay O'Toole)   
With the open racing season almost upon us, the Lakeside Wheelers Youths have been back in the full swing of training since Christmas. The first race of 2019 will take place in March so the younger Wheelers are already chomping at the bit to get going.

Pre-season preparation is very structured and meticulously planned by the youth officers and club coach, Damien Shaw. The week is basically divided between on- and off-bike training sessions. For example, on Mondays the lads and girls are doing strength and conditioning, Wednesdays and Thursdays are turbo evenings while the weekend is taken up with road spins with Damien who is now retired from his full-time cycling career. 

In recognition of the vast improvements made by the Youths over the last five years the committee recently agreed to allow some of them join the A group on Sunday mornings. This development came about as a result of some excellent performances by the younger riders and is facilitated by some parents who must be present and follow the group in a vehicle in case of a mechanical or physical mishap. So far these spins have been going very well with the mix of youth and experience benefiting everybody.

The Club's Youth Squad have put in a good winter training regimen which will stand to them in the season ahead.
The Club's Youth Squad have put in a good winter training regime which will stand to them 
in the season ahead.


Juniors Update

posted 8 Oct 2018, 12:36 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 8 Oct 2018, 12:38 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 7th October 2018)   
Whilst September was a “non-active” month on the road for the Youths there was some activity on the Junior front.
 
Conor T. Farrell competed in the Charleville 2-Day and came away with a 16th place overall. The final stage proved to be a fruitful stage for Conor as he moved up significantly on GC with the help of two hill climbs which suit his racing style.
 
Aoife O'Brien - Gold Medalist.
The Leinster Track championship took place on 22nd September and Lakeside were represented by Caoimhe and Aoife O’Brien in the Youths category. Aoife took home a gold medal in the 250TT with Caoimhe taking silver in the 500TT race.
 
Our winter program resumed on 26th September at in the clubhouse. New members are very welcome so, if you have an interest in cycling in any format or, are curious to see what it involves, please come along.
 
Well done to former Lakeside Wheelers member, Aaron Wade who finished 4th on GC in the Charleville 2-Day and achieved two 7th placings in the three stage event. Aaron also struck gold in the Leinster Junior 500TT track championship with his time good enough to earn him second place in the senior rankings.

Youths Cycling Season Draws to a Close

posted 27 Aug 2018, 06:25 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 26th August 2018)   
The National Youth Championships staged in Ballymoney and Dunloy recently brought the curtain down on the 2018 Youth racing season. Whilst it has been a very tough few months for our young riders, it has also been an extremely enjoyable season with some outstanding performances.  

In Ballymoney, Lakeside Wheelers had four competitors namely, Caoimhe O’Brien,  Aoife O’Brien, Leo Gunning and Mikey Flaherty. This has to have been the toughest course of all the Nationals so far with hills, hills and more hills to contend with. The race program consisted of three races, a Time Trial, Road Race and Crit.
 
Aoife swept the boards in the Under 14 girl’s category winning all three gold medals on offer. Caoimhe was victorious in two of her races and took second place in her Time Trial. 
Leo took part in the U/16 boys category and achieved a high placing in all the races. Mikey continues his steady progress and achieved a mid-teen placing in all his races,
Well done to all.

Caoimhe O’Brien Crowned Queen of Ladies Commission League 2018
Tuesday, 21st August saw the curtain fall on the 2018 Corkagh Park Women's Racing League with Aoife O'Brien taking 6 of the 8 sprints available.
 
On Saturday, August 25th Caoimhe was crowned 2018 Women’s Commission Intermediate League champion at Corkagh Park. The Under 16 Rider went into the event wearing the Women’s Commissions League Leaders Jersey, and she increased her lead on the day by sprinting home to win the final stage. 

Well done Caoimhe and best wishes for the next chapter of your promising cycling career.

Caoimhe O'Brien, Lakeside Wheelers  Winner of the 2018 Ladies Commission Intermediate League.
Caoimhe O'Brien, Lakeside Wheelers  Winner of the 2018 Ladies Commission Intermediate League.

Hectic End-of-Season Schedule for Youths Squad

posted 20 Aug 2018, 09:01 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Eamon Hogan - Sun. 19th August 2018)   
The end of the season for our youth racers has been a hectic few weeks with no less than three major events in a couple of week.
Errigal International Youth Tour
We headed to Donegal for the Errigal International Youth Tour 2018. This weekend of racing is based on GC points gained over two road races, a Time Trial and a Criterium around the centre of Letterkenny. The tour attracts teams from Scotland, England, Isle of Man and the very best from the four provinces of Ireland. It brings a level of racing you would find hard to see in the professional ranks, and is a huge experience and help in the development of our youth squad.

We had six Lakeside Wheelers youths racing; Caoimhe and Aoife O’Brien raced in the Ireland team colours. Tommy Hogan, Leo Gunning and Conor Farrell raced in the U16 category with Mikey Flaherty in the U14’s.
 The O’Brien girls did great, taking 2nd place in the U14 and U16 races.

The lads found the going tough as the standard in the  races this year seemed to go up a notch from previous years. This was eviden in the times being produced, as both races in the U16s were faster by approximately 10 minutes compared to 2017. 

All in all, we had a super weekend with all of our racers doing themselves, their club and country proud.
A big thank you too John Farrell and Tullamore Motors for kindly supplying a van to take bikes, gear and all that goes with stage racing to Donegal, we would have been lost without it.

Leinster Championship:
Today (Sunday 19th August) the lads headed to Co. Meath for the Youth Leinster Championships. Another super days racing with the O’Brien girls really coming into top form ahead of the National Championships next weekend in Ballymoney. To be honest,  I have never seen Aoife race as strong as she was today, with very few of the lads able to stay with the pace she was putting out and come in 4th and 1st girl. Mikey had another strong race coming 5th. Tommy, Leo, Caoimhe and Conor raced in a fast U16 race, with the average pace coming in at 39.4km/h for the 40km. Caoimhe came in 1st girl and the lads were just off podium places.

John Beggs Memorial
Conor T Farrell travelled to Dromore, near Banbridge last week to compete in the John Beggs Memorial race. The course is considered one of the toughest on the racing calendar.  One rider lone rider led the race for 60K building up a lead of 1.5 minutes. Conor took chase on the last lap and caught the leader with 9K to go. Unfortunatetely they were caught by the bunch with 1k to go and Conor was just pipped for 3rd place but very happy to claim 4th in such a prestigious race. Well done Conor.

Conor T. Farrell coming oh so close to a podium finish in the John Beggs Memorial.
Conor T. Farrell coming oh so close to a podium finish in the John Beggs Memorial.

Lakeside Wheelers Youths to the Fore as Season Progresses

posted 7 Aug 2018, 14:20 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole & Camillus Farrell - Sun. 5th August 2018)   
Now that the August Bank Holiday is behind us the cycling season is heading into the closing stages for competitive events. The Youths are still leading the charge with some very impressive performances in recent weeks. The following snippets have been submitted by Youths Rep. Camillus Farrell and it must be said, Camillus has done an excellent job all summer keeping the club updated with all matters relating to the younger members.

Youths:
Aoife O’Brien took first place in the Women's Commission Road Race Series at Corkagh Park (July 24th) hosted by Arcane Women's Team. 
 
Donore
Caoimhe and Aoife O’Brien took first place in their category, namely U16 girls and U14 girls. Tommy Hogan, Leo Gunning and Conor N Farrell took part in the U16 boy’s race and acquitted themselves very well. Tommy led the race after two laps with Leo earning a top 10 finish.
Conor T. Farrell took part in the A1/A2/A3/Junior race. He finished in the main bunch after missing a decisive break early in the race.

The same weekend Mikey Flaherty travelled to Newcastle West in Co. Limerick and participated in a TT and Road Race where he completed both events and was very satisfied with how he rode.
 
Best of luck to Caoimhe, Aoife, Leo, Tommy, Conor N. and Mikey who are all travelling to Letterkenny over the Bank Holiday weekend to take part in the Errigal International Youth Tour. There will be a full report on how this event went in next week’s notes.
 
Juniors
Conor T. Farrell took victory in the Enybegs leg of the Midlands League last week. This was yet another good ride by Conor who has really stepped up a level over the course of this year. Hopefully he will continue to develop and learn his craft even more over the remainder of the season and claim another victory or two before the winter.

Caoimhe O'Brien, Leo Gunning, Conor N. Farrell and Tommy Hogan participating at Donore in preparation for the Er.rigal International Youth Tour
Caoimhe O'Brien, Leo Gunning, Conor N. Farrell and Tommy Hogan participating at Donore in preparation for the Errigal International Youth Tour.

Caoimhe O'Brien Leads Women's League After Dunboyne Win

posted 30 Jul 2018, 03:11 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 30 Jul 2018, 03:12 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 29th July 2018)   
Caoimhe O’Brien took another major step in her development as one of Ireland’s leading female cyclists last week in Dunboyne. Caoimhe out-sprinted Melanie Spath to win Round 6 of the Women’s Intermediate League. This win puts O’Brien into the League Leaders Jersey with just one race remaining. The race was hosted by Dunboyne CC and saw another large field of women for the popular league series.

It all came down to a mass bunch sprint after a late attack by Hannah Tilly was reeled in on the approach to the finish. From here the young 16 year old Lakeside Wheelers member launched her sprint effort which saw her take some big scalps and propel herself into the leaders jersey. Well done Caoimhe and best wishes for the finale.

Caoimhe O'Brien in action recently in the National Crit. Championships in Mullingar
Caoimhe O'Brien in action recently in the National Crit. Championships in Mullingar.


Errigal
All roads lead to Churchill, Co. Donegal for the Errigal International Youth tour which takes place during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Lakeside Wheelers will have six riders participating. Aoife and Caoimhe O’Brien’s heroics during the past couple of seasons have been rewarded with national selections for this race so both girls will be members of the Irish team in their respective categories. This is a great honour for the girls and their family so congratulations to all the O’Brien family and enjoy Errigal.

Leo Gunning, Tommy Hogan and Conor N. Farrell will compete in the Boys Under 16 while Mikey Flaherty will compete in Boys Under14 race.

Wheelers Silverware at National Youths Track Championships

posted 17 Jul 2018, 15:21 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 15th July 2018)   
At the National Youths Track cycling championships held in Dublin last Saturday the O’Brien sisters had another amazing day claiming a host of silverware. Aoife won all of her three events and so, is now National Champion on the triple. 

Wow, what a fantastic feat and see separate report for further success at the Mullingar Grand Prix which she rode the following day. Caoimhe on the other hand won two silver medals and one bronze so more problems for Damien and Jacinta with where to store all these trophies!

National Youth Track Champion 2018
Aoife O'Brien on the top step of the Podium as National Youth Track Champion

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