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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

Wheelers Juniors Complete a Gruelling Junior Tour of Ireland

posted 17 Jul 2018, 14:57 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 15th July 2018)   
For the first time in the club’s history, Lakeside Wheelers had a team in the Eurocycles Eurobaby Junior Tour of Ireland. This six-day international race based in Ennis, Co. Clare attracts teams from the USA, South Africa, Holland, Great Britain as well as all the best teams in Ireland which leaves the field packed with talent.

The Lakeside Wheelers team consisted of Conor T. Farrell, Aaron Wade, John Boyne, Christopher Devine who guested from Rathoath CC and David O’Sullivan who guested from Sportsroom Racing Team. The lads were managed by Camillus Farrell and Philip Wade who ensured that all the background activities associated with running a cycling team went smoothly.

The week’s racing has a HQ in the town of Ennis with racing taking place around the West Clare region. The Lakeside Wheelers lads enjoyed mixed fortunes with Conor Farrell finishing a very creditable 25th overall, just 1min 30secs off the winner and 6th leading Irish rider. John Boyne and David O’Sullivan rode well throughout the week and finished the final stage on Sunday. Aaron Wade withdrew with a stomach bug during Sunday’s final stage while Christopher Devine withdrew on Thursday with an illness. Best wishes to both of these young athletes and a big “Get Well Soon” from all at Lakeside Wheelers.
Former Lakeside Wheelers rider Sean Kennedy of NRPT had an excellent tour with a fine 7th placing on Stage 5 however, he reserved his best performance for the Queen’s Stage (most difficult) on Saturday when he finished 3rd. 
Mullingar connections at the Junior Tour, Jack Nugent, Elaine Boyne, Sean Boyne, Shay O'Toole, Noel Kennedy, Damien Shaw, Camillus Farrell, Geraldine Kennedy, Charlie Kennedy, John Boyne, Conor Farrelll, Aaron
Mullingar connections at the Junior Tour, Jack Nugent, Elaine Boyne, Sean Boyne, Shay O'Toole, Noel Kennedy, Damien Shaw, Camillus Farrell, Geraldine Kennedy, Charlie Kennedy, John Boyne, Conor Farrelll, Aaron Wade, Sean Kennedy.

Youths & Junior Roundup

posted 10 Jul 2018, 01:29 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 8th July 2018)   
Another successful week for the youths and juniors as the reports below from the length and breadth of the country...

National Junior Championships:
The Junior National Championship took place in Cooloney, Co. Sligo last weekend. Aaron Wade competed in both events (Time Trial and road Race) following his intense schedule in Mallorca, demonstrating his commitment and enthusiasm for the sport. Conor T. Farrell competed in the Road Race and achieved an excellent 14th place overall and was the 3rd placed first year Junior. This was a great performance by Conor and with the Junior Tour of Ireland coming up it shows his form is just right. 
Aaron was back on the track on Saturday last and earned a bronze medal in the Dublin International Track Cycling event in Sundrive while Caoimhe O’Brien took a fine 3rd place in Co.Tipperary.

Moynalty Grand Prix:
Eight youths travelled to Mullagh on Sunday to take part in the Moynalty Grand Prix. Aoife O’Brien took first place in her category which was another fantastic result for her on top of a 1st in the Women’s League recently. Tommy Hogan rode an excellent race to claim his first top ten placing finishing 9th in the U16 race. In the U14’s Mikey “The Pocket Rocket” Flaherty finished in 7th which was a good result for him as he negotiates his first year in the peloton. Despite other riders experiencing a few mechanicals and crashes this was a successful day out for the young Wheelers who continue to represent the club so well every weekend, chapeau to you all.

Junior Tour of Ireland:
Next Tuesday marks an important milestone for the club with the entry of a Lakeside Wheelers team in the 2018 Junior Tour of Ireland. This is a six-day race held in and around Ennis, Co. Clare with stages tackling the famous Corkscrew and Cliffs of Moher climbs. 

The club will be represented by Aaron Wade, Conor T. Farrell and John Boyne with the final two slots being filled by two guest riders Christopher Devine from Ratoath and David O’Sullivan from Sportsroom Cycling Team. The team managers are Camillus Farrell and Philip Wade who are both very experienced at this level of racing and will undoubtedly do a great job with the lads. On behalf of all members, best of luck to you all and we will be keeping an eye out for you during the week. Best wishes to former Lakeside Wheelers member, Sean Kennedy who is competing in Clare also.

Club President, Donie Kelliher pictured with Naomi Wade, Aaron Wade, Conor T. Farrell and Ian Lambden at the National Championships in Sligo.
Club President, Donie Kelliher pictured with Naomi Wade, Aaron Wade, Conor T. Farrell and Ian Lambden at the National Championships in Sligo.

Victories Aplenty for Youths Squad

posted 2 Jul 2018, 08:08 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 2 Jul 2018, 08:09 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 1st July 2018)   
The Youths team has been as successful as it has been busy of late with impressive results in several recent events...

Stephen Roche GP
Aoife O’Brien travelled to Ballinteer on Wednesday evening where she was 1st girl and 5th overall putting it up to the boys in a sprint finish. She was on her bike again on Saturday and headed to Lisburn to compete in the Ulster youth Racing Festival . There were four races, a 250 sprint followed by a TT, then a Crit and finally an elimination race.  Aoife powered home in first place in all four races which was another amazing achievement for this young lady who is improving week after week. 
Midland League
Conor T Farrell competed in the Kilbeggan leg of the Midland League and after making a break a few kilometres from home he claimed a great victory in the A/B race. Well done Conor on a well timed win, with the Junior Tour not far away your form is coming just at the right time.
After taking time out due to exams John Boyne was back in the saddle and competed in the Noel Redmond memorial race 2018 in Bunclody Co. Wexford along with Aaron Wade who had just returned from Mallorca that morning.  John had a very good race and came home with 4th place on a uphill finish in 26 degree heat and over 105km of racing.
Well done to Caoimhe O’Brien who has travelled to Tanzania as a volunteer to assist in project work. We wish Caoimhe every success in this endeavour.

John Boyne receives his prize for a fine fourth place finish in Bunclody.
John Boyne receives his prize for a fine fourth place finish in Bunclody.

O'Brien Sisters on the Podium in Navan

posted 25 Jun 2018, 08:21 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 08:30 ]

The main activity last week was at the Seán Nolan Grand Prix in Navan to which nine youths and one Junior travelled to participate.
The youths had a very good morning of racing with Aoife and Caoimhe O’Brien achieving podium finishes. The boys were all involved in the bunch finishes and especially well done to two beginners, Cathal and Ruarí Woods who managed to stay in touch with the front group throughout the race.

Later on Conor T. Farrell took to the road in the A3/Junior race. After 115kms he finished in the main bunch in about 20th place. Conor stepped up his performance last week with a spectacular win in the A/B division of the Midland League. Conor attacked the bunch as they turned in Kilbeggan and rode solo to the finish near Horseleap. Well done Conor, great win and good timing with some very important races coming down the tracks in the next few weeks your form is definitely moving in the right direction.
On Thursday seven youths participated in a bike fit at the club house. All were pleased with the bike fit which should lead an improvement in their cycling in the coming months not to mention a more comfortable position on the bike. 

The Juniors are presently preparing for the National Championship at the end of June and the Junior Tour of Ireland in mid-July. For the first time in the club’s history Lakeside Wheelers will have a team in the Junior Tour this year so all support for the lads will be greatly appreciated.
The Youths preparation is now focused on the Mullingar Grand Prix which is scheduled for July 15th and the Tour of Errigal at the beginning of August. These events will be closely followed by the National Championship towards the end of August so there is n o let up for the younger members who are involved in the racing scene.

Aaron Wade Impresses in Mallorca Training Camp 
Aaron continues to impress at the Mallorca based training camp where he is preparing with the National Track squad for the upcoming European Championships. Aaron participated in a race last Sunday and finished in 5th place and was second placed Junior which was a great result as the field contained some very talented riders.

Caoimhe OBrien pictured recently at the start of the 2018 Criterium
Caoimhe OBrien - pictured recently at the start of the 2018 Criterium in Mullingar - made the Podium at the Weekend at the Seán Nolan Grand Prix in Navan.

Youths & Juniors Success Home & Abroad

posted 12 Jun 2018, 15:00 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 10th June 2018)   
The Youths and Juniors are still blazing a trail across the country at races every week and winning prizes for their efforts. Last weekend John Boyne took the award for the Best Placed Junior at the Kilbeggan festival of cycling 26KM TT. 

The O’Brien sisters went west this week to the Galway Bay Wheelers Criterium where Aoife finished 1st Girl in the U14 race. Meanwhile, big sister Caoimhe was away in the break all evening but she was very unlucky to get caught in the final kilometre of the Ladies race.

Those who didn’t travel to races over the weekend were treated to some Time Trial practice on Saturday, led by Damien O’Brien, while the others had a handy 3.5 hour spin on Sunday with Eamon Hogan and John Farrell.

Aaron Wade is currently in Mallorca training with the Irish track squad ahead of the European Championships which are to be held in Glasgow in August. Aaron continued his winning ways on Spanish soil when he took part in a 95km race against some very stiff A1/A2 competition. The Mullingar teenager took a very fine 9th overall but claimed 2nd in the Junior category.

Closer to home, Conor T. Farrell was testing himself against the best of British cycling’s Juniors. Conor took part in the Kingdom Classic in Fife, Scotland over the weekend as a member of the Cycling Leinster team. The race included the top British Junior riders and was part of the British Junior Cycling series. In what was the toughest race he has competed in to date, Conor finished in 47th on GC despite having a mechanical on stage 2 which cost him several minutes. He was the second placed Leinster rider and also the second placed of the Irish contingent who travelled to the event.

John Boyne accepts his prize after the Kilbeggan TT
John Boyne accepts his prize after the Kilbeggan TT

Gold & Bronze as Wheelers Host Youth TT Championships

posted 4 Jun 2018, 09:32 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 4 Jun 2018, 09:48 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 27th May 2018)   
Lakeside Wheelers hosted the Leinster Youth Time Trial  Championships for the third consecutive year on Saturday, 19th May.  

We had two podium places on the day with Aoife O’Brien winning gold in the Girl’s Under 14 race and Leo Gunning taking bronze in the boy’s U16 race. The club had seven youths competing across all age groups so congratulations and well done to you all.

Leo Gunning being presented with his Bronze medal by club President, Donie Kelleher
Leo Gunning being presented with his Bronze medal by club President, Donie Kelleher

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.

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