Aaron Wade in Wales

Post date: Feb 27, 2017 10:23:8 PM

(By Shay O'Toole - Sun. 26th February 2017)

Last weekend Lakeside Wheelers was represented in Wales at a Home Nations Track cycling event by Aaron Wade. Aaron is a very dedicated U16 rider and over the last few years has progressed steadily and is now one of Ireland’s top junior track cyclists.

The weekend’s racing was round two of the Icebreaker series was staged in the impressive Newport velodrome. Aaron was not only representing Lakeside Wheelers as he was part of a three man Cycling Leinster team at the event.

The format sees all riders participate in three separate races, the Scratch, the Elimination and the Points. The young Lakeside Wheelers man started in blistering form taking the win in his Scratch heat and then went on to take 20th position in the final. In the Points race Aaron rode very cleverly, taking enough points to qualify for the final and after a tough series of laps came home in 15th place in the final. After these two demanding competitions Aaron went forward for the Elimination race and despite understandably tired legs, he lasted well into the event before he was eliminated 9th from the end.

This was the opening race of the 2017 season and with form like this there is no doubt that Aaron will only improve both physically and tactically. Well done to you on a great weekend’s racing and watch this space for more news of this emerging cycling star. Thanks also to Aaron’s dad Philip who was supporting and also acting as a Cycling Leinster representative.

Our Youths representative, Camillus Farrell reports that whilst Aaron was burning up the boards in Wales his junior compatriots were attending a very wet and windy training camp in Castlebar. This particular event was intended to provide the juniors with some valuable information about racing, nutrition and recovery tactics and despite terrible weather they achieved all of the above and more. Wheelers members in attendance were Aoife O’Brien, Tommy Hogan and Conor T Farrell. Hopefully the education will be put to good use by our rising stars in the coming months.

And, whilst all of this Glamour stuff was going on the show back at base was maintained with the usual Saturday morning turbos session being overseen by Suzanne Wallace and Geraldine Langtry. Have no doubt, the future of Lakeside Wheelers is in good hands.

Aaron Wade warming up on rollers trackside in Newport, Wales.