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Youth Squad Already Busy Preparing for 2018

posted 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.

Damien Shaw Joins Youths Coaching & Mentoring Team

posted 11 Dec 2017, 07:13 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 11 Dec 2017, 07:14 ]

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 10th December 2017)   
Breaking news in recent weeks revealed that Damien Shaw has been brought on board to coach and mentor the Youths Racing team for 2018. This is a great development not only for the younger members but also for the club in general. There is not much to say about the former An Post Chainreaction rider that is not already known but with the credentials and reputation that accompanies him there is no doubt that the future of the club is in good hands.

Damien has been taking sessions with the Youths on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings since he took over one month ago and he has stated that he is very impressed with the structure already in place. Having a clubhouse is a major advantage according to Damien, as it allows training to go ahead even during really inclement weather such as the frost and snow we have been experiencing lately. 

The goals for the year are to prepare the Youths for racing but also to improve them as athletes in general. Damien will be liaising with the mentors who are already in place and who, to date have done an excellent job with the younger members of the club. 

Best wishes to all concerned in this new venture and we will be watching out for performances during the coming season.

Damien Shaw in action in the Mullingar Criterium during the summer.
Damien Shaw - in the familiar An Post Chainreaction livery - in action in the Mullingar Criterium during the summer.

Youth Team Roundup

posted 17 Oct 2017, 12:44 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 17 Oct 2017, 12:49 ]

(By Camillus Farrell - Tues. 17th October 2017)   
The Club organised an Open Day event which was well attended. It was great to see so many youths, and some parents, present. Short presentations were given by Gerry, Phil and Camilus in respect of the club and cycling in general.

The different types of bike - road, track and cyclo-cross- were on view.  All got the opportunity to try their luck and test their abilities on the Wattbike.  Eamon, John and Damien were on hand to assist with this. A big 'thank you' goes to Shauna, who gave a short talk on nutrition and diet, and to Naomi, who compiled the results and kept the computers and screens ticking over. A special word of thanks to our most famous cycling son, Damien Shaw. He gave a little talk on the 'life of a cyclist'. He chatted with all the future cycling stars as well as joining with them for a group photo. Well done all involved.

Youth Team Members try out the club Watt Bikes
Youth Team Members try out the club Watt Bikes

Manchester Regional Track League
Aaron Wade is guesting for SportCity Velo (Manchester based club) in the Manchester Regional Track League. The first round took place on 6th October and Aaron took placings from fifth to tenth in all his 4 races. He also took a second place in round 2. The league runs for ten rounds and Aaron hopes to compete in the majority of the rounds.

Aaron Wade in Manchester
Aaron Wade in Manchester
 
Cyclecross
Aoife O'Brien is flying the Lakeside Wheelers flag in the cyclecross races. She has achieved podium finishes at Under 16 level although she is still eligible to compete at Under 14 grade.

Youth Team Members At Open Day
Youth Team Members At the Open Day

Wheelers Bag Eight Track Championship Medals

posted 12 Sep 2017, 07:05 by Kevin Monaghan

By Camillus Farrell - Mon 11th September 2017)   
The Leinster Track championship took place in Eamonn Ceannt Stadium, Sundrive last Saturday 9th September. Lakeside Wheelers youth/junior squad was well represented with five participants, namely Aaron Wade, Aoife and Caoimhe O'Brien, Conor N Farrell and Naoimi Wade. 

Despite little or no training since the end of August, we had a very successful day out, bringing home an impressive haul of eight medals, two golds, five silver and one bronze. 

Well done to all the riders.

Naomi Wade (top left) in action on the Sundrive track.
Naomi Wade (top left) in action on the Sundrive track

More Good Youth Results as Season Draws to a Close

posted 4 Sep 2017, 05:14 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 3rd September 2017)   
The road race season concluded two weeks ago with the National Youth Championship in Carlow. The club was represented by Aaron Wade and Conor T. Farrell in the U16’s, Caoimhe O’Brien and Leo Gunning in the U15’s, Mark Langtry and Tommy Hogan in the U14’s and Aoife O’Brien in the U13 category. Aoife swept the boards in the girls U13 taking all three gold medals on offer. Caoimhe achieved a podium finish with a bronze medal in the U15 girl’s TT. Luck was not on Aaron’s side in the U16 boy’s Crit and he was denied a podium finish by a whisker, eventually finishing in an excellent fourth place. 

Congratulations to Aoife and Coimhe on their medal winning performance and well done to all seven riders who performed with distinction over the weekend. All the riders competed in the three races in their category and their performances were a credit to themselves, their parents, their mentors and their club. The Youths team continues to grow in strength with some fantastic performances this season and we are already looking forward to next season.
Conor T. Farrell in action at the National Youth Championships
Conor T. Farrell in action at the National Youth Championships

Gold for Aoife O'Brien in Community Games

posted 21 Aug 2017, 06:24 by Kevin Monaghan

After all the international appearances of the last few weeks it was back to base for the Youths team in recent days.

Aoife O’Brien took Gold in the U/14 cycling event at the National Community Games finals in Dublin so well done again Aoife.

Four Youths took part in the Midland League Team Time Trial last Thursday with Aaron Wade and Conor T Farrell joining forces with former Wheeler Seán Kennedy for a great 3rd place in the A/B race whilst Tommy Hogan and Conor N Farrell performed excellently with Paul Murtagh in the C/D race. 

Aoife O'Brien winning the National Community Games U14 final
Aoife O'Brien winning the National Community Games U14 final

Caoimhe O’Brien’s Youth Olympics Story

posted 14 Aug 2017, 02:45 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole & Caoimhe O'Brien - Sun. 13th August 2017)   
As promised last week the following is a report from Caoimhe O’Brien on her recent exploits at the Youth Olympics which were held in Gyor, Hungary. Caoimhe is not only one of the brightest stars of Lakeside Wheelers but she is now one of the most promising female riders in Ireland and with a little luck she will continue to develop and become a major force in ladies cycling in the future. Thanks very much Caoimhe for sharing your diary with us...

“Going to the European youth Olympics was amazing. Every day we experienced new things and got to meet many new people. One of the highlights of the trip was the opening ceremony. There was an amazing performance and we got to watch a brilliant show. The best part of the opening ceremony was getting to parade around the stadium with the other Irish athletes.

There were seventy two girls in total competing in the cycling events. The first race was a time trial. It was a flat course with a very strong head wind on the last 5km of the 10km course. I felt strong for the first half but lost my endurance for the final half. I finished 49th but I was happy with my result since time trials are not my strong point. I'm also at a slight disadvantage with my age as I am only 15 since April this year but I compete at U16 level against riders who are at least a year older than me. 

The road race was on Thursday and it was a 44km race but again. It was also a very flat course. I felt very strong in preparation for the race and was looking forward to it. It was a fast race for the most part however, at some stages it was very slow which caused numerous crashes. The weather conditions were terrible and the roads were very wet. We came into the last 500m and everyone was fighting for positions. We all began to sprint at 200m and a girl cycled into me causing me to come down and putting me out of competition. My bike broke in half so I had to walk across the line holding one half of my “poor” bike in each hand but I was glad, and very lucky, not to be injured myself. 
Caoimhe O'Brien (centre in green) narrowly escapes one of the numerous crashes in Hungary
Caoimhe (centre in green) narrowly escapes one of the numerous crashes in Hungary

Overall I had the time of my life in Hungary. I made friends for life and got to experience international racing. I'd like to thank everyone throughout this year for helping me achieve my dream especially my coaches Martin O'Loughlin and Nicola McKiverigan. Also, everyone from Lakeside Wheelers who sent me messages of support, the Olympic council and my wonderful parents, thank you and thanks to you all for reading about my trip.
Caoimhe

A great action shot of Caoimhe O'Brien in Hungary
A great action shot of Caoimhe O'Brien in Hungary

Busy Times for Youths & Parents

posted 14 Aug 2017, 02:41 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Camillus Farrell - Sun. 13th August 2017)   
On the August holiday weekend seven youths with parents in tow traveled to Churchill, Letterkenny to participate in the Errigal International Youth Tour. Although the tour is the toughest race on the youth circuit it is eagerly awaited by the participants each year. The tour consisted of four races over three days. The courses consisted of tough terrain with numerous steep hill climbs. On day one we had a road race, followed by a time trial and road race on day 2 with a Criterium on day 3.

All our riders completed the four races in their category despite some riders having crashes. Aaron Wade and Conor T. Farrell represented Leinster in the U16 boy’s category.
 
Day 1 Caoimhe and Aoife O’Brien took second and third place respectively in their road race. Tommy Hogan and Mark Langtry finished just off the main bunch. In the Under 16 boys Aaron and Conor T. just finished off the main bunch with Conor N. Farrell following close behind. Both Conors’ were involved in crashes on Stage 1.
 
Day 2 we had a TT in the morning under wet and windy conditions and again all riders acquitted themselves well with Caoimhe & Aoife taking second and third place respectively.

In the afternoon we had a road race over a very tough course with over 2.5K of climbing and a category 1 hill climb at over 13% gradient. The U12 climbed the hill once, U14 three times and the Under 16 five times. Again all riders finished the course with Caoimhe and Aoife taking second and third place respectively.
 
Day 3 we had the Crit in the town of Letterkenny. The morning was more pleasant weather-wise than the previous two days which resulted in fast racing. Aaron had an excellent Criterium and finished 8th and he was the 2nd placed Irish rider. Caoimhe and Aoife reversed their placings of the two previous two days with Aoife finishing 2nd and Caoimhe 3rd with Caoimhe taking 2nd place on GC for the weekend.

There was a very strong British contingent at the tour and they dominated the Under16 boys filling eight of the top 10 on GC with the Isle of Man having three riders in the top 10.
 
Everyone enjoyed what was a superbly organised event and the eligible Lakeside Wheelers riders are already looking forward to next year. A tired youth contingent together with their exhausted parents headed home Monday afternoon.
 
Day 4 - Parents rest day!

Action from the 2017 Errigal Tour
Action from the 2017 International Errigal Youth Tour

Midlands League
Aoife, Caoimhe, Tommy and Conor T competed in the Midlands League in Mount Temple on Thursday evening. Caoimhe was placed 6th and Tommy placed 9th with Aoife close behind in the C/D group with Conor T finishing with the leading bunch just outside the top 10 in the A group.
 
Track Inter-Provincials
Aaron Wade led Leinster to second place in the track interprovincials held in Belfast on Saturday.
 
Leinster Road Race Championship
We had eight riders compete in the Leinster Championship in Kilmessan on Sunday. In the Under 14 Aoife took first place in the girl’s race. Tommy took an excellent 4th place with Mark following close behind.

In the Under 16 Caoimhe took first place in the girl’s race with Aaron and Conor T just outside the top six in the boys race. Leo Gunning and Conor N Farrell were close behind the first finishing bunch.
 
In the ladies junior race Naomi Wade took first place.


Stage Race Fever for Youth Teams

posted 8 Aug 2017, 02:17 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Mon. 7th August 2017)   
Thanks to John Boyne for the following report on his experiences at the 2017 Junior Tour of Ireland which he rode with a Leinster Development squad...

"The Junior Tour of Ireland took place from the 11th-16th of July in Ennis, Co. Clare where I was faced with the challenge of six days racing over 500km.
 
Stage 1 was a TT where I gave it everything I had for the 6.5km test. 
Stage 2 was a 109km road race with many categorised climbs. This was a hard race with many crashes in the first few kilometres which broke up the peloton, although I was happy and finished strongly back in Ennis. 
Stage 3 was a 105km race out along the Cliffs of Moher which was brutal to say the least as it started raining after just 10km. I was unlucky to be caught up in a crash (along with 20 others) but I was delighted to escape with just a couple of scratches. I now know to stay away from anyone with carbon wheels in the wet although I finished strongly again and moved up on GC so, I was very happy about the stage.
 The final stage was a 77km race which was very fast and I was in the second group for most of the race. However, I actually ended up winning one of the primes in a sprint (I couldn't believe it) and was unlucky not to win a second by a few inches. Anyway, it was good to get up and accept the prize on stage afterwards. 

After every stage all of our team would go down to the hotel swimming pool to relax which helped greatly and then we went to dinner. Overall it was a very good and enjoyable experience with the Leinster team. Thanks to all of my team mates Philip Wade and John wall for their support and I am already looking forward to doing it again next year."

Errigal Youth Tour:
Last weekend the youths were in action at the International Errigal Youth Tour in Donegal. The team went to this race on the back of some very strong performances with Aaron Wade having claimed a double victory in recent weeks. He was first home in the Clonard CC senior race and then stepped up onto the top of the podium after winning the U16 event at the Brendan Campbell memorial in Donore, Co. Louth. Aoife O’Brien was also first girl home in Donore whilst both Conor Farrell and Leo Gunning rode very well to finish with the main bunch.



Youth squad warming up ahead of the time trial in Donegal.
Youth squad warming up ahead of the time trial in the Errigal Youth Tour in Donegal.

Caoimhe O’Brien and Nicole Gorry on National Team Duty

posted 24 Jul 2017, 01:27 by Kevin Monaghan

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun 23rd July 2017)
The success of the Lakeside Wheelers Youths sector is well documented and hardly a week goes by that these notes do not report on the younger members’ amazing achievements. However, this week the news is of two of our brightest female stars who have brought this success story to another level.
Caoimhe O’Brien and Nicole Gorry are two young members who have simply dedicated their lives to training and competing. These two young ladies are to be found at some race or another around Ireland almost every week and now they are operating at the highest level for their age groups. Both girls will be the first to acknowledge that they would not have made it this far in cycling without the help, advice and encouragement which they receive from their families and mentors at Lakeside Wheelers so, congratulations and well done to you all.

European Junior and Under 23 Track Championships:
Last week Nicole was competing for Ireland in Anadia, Portugal at the European Junior and Under 23 Track cycling championships which were staged from the 18th-23rd July. Nicole has worked extremely hard in recent years and has experienced success at both road and track events. She was selected to represent Ireland at these championships following an extended training camp in Mallorca which she attended in recent weeks. Having performed at all the qualifying events Nicole was selected to ride the Scratch and Omnium events in Portugal.

Congratulations and well done Nicole from all at Lakeside Wheelers.

Nicole in action on the Track on national squad duty.

European Youth Olympics:
Caoimhe is certainly no stranger to cycling success as she podiums at races practically every time she rides her bike. Like Nicole, Caoimhe has worked extremely hard over the last few years and her selection for this prestigious competition is only just rewards for her commitment.
Having achieved qualification via the designated races over the last year, Caoimhe was chosen to ride the Time Trial and Road Race events at the European Youth Olympics which are being staged in Gyor, Hungary from the 23rd-29th July. On behalf of all here at Lakeside Wheelers we wish her the best of luck and there will be a further report of her experiences in next week’s notes. Caoimhe has also very kindly agreed to keep a diary of her exploits in Hungary so we all look forward to reading it. Hopefully she will be giving us her views from the podium!
Caoimhe in action earlier this year in the Leinster Time Trial Championships

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