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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.

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. 
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.
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.

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

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

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