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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.

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
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

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