Last week the Neenan Travel Talent Team 2020 ventured to the Netherlands for some track sessions, featuring our own Rachael Kaye-Mellor and Naoise Sheridan. Accompanying them were several support staff, including Orwell's Jen Sheridan and team manager Orla Hendron. We got Naoise and Orla to tell us a bit about the trip, so read on!
We've been remiss in our results round-up since the Rás na mBan, and it's time to play catch-up! Along with a host of medals for Orla Hendron and Fionn and Naoise Sheridan at the track champs, the Laragh Classic saw a great result for Liam Rowsome, and Brian McNally placed in the A4 edition, and the Leinster Champs. Before that, the Hammond TT saw Gavin Dodd, Jules Cantwell and Fionn Sheridan all take home prizes!
All eyes were on Charleville this weekend, as Brian Doyle rode the TT of his life to move to second overall in the A4 event, and then took the win with a very strong ride in the final stage. Philippe Bourdarias used his sprinting prowess to good effect, earning two top ten placings in the A2/3 races.
The end of season has been a busy one, and we've been neglecting the usual reports, but we can't let Orla Hendron's magnificent double silver at the Track Cycling Masters World Champs slip by unannounced. Also MIA was Brian McNally's super 3rd place at the Barrow Wheelers GP, and two Orwellians attempting the National Hill Climb Champs.
This year's Rás na mBan saw past and present Orwell members involved at all levels, most significantly a full team of current club riders, and Joe Daly Cycles sponsored a composite team. We also had Isabel Cogan selected for Leinster, while former members Anne Dalton and Lydia Boylan were riding for Ireland. Monica Marconi won the Fedaia Veterans competition, and Cogan's Leinster team took home the top county prize.
Orwell secured a fine two-in-a-row when Isabel Cogan cruised to victory on Thursday night in the Leinster Hill Climb, happily keeping the title in the club. Aidan Collins also scored gold on the night in the A2 category, with bronze for Neal Hudson and Brian McArdle. And the final Corkagh Park race earlier in the week saw Rachael Kaye-Mellor clinch second place behind strongwoman Anne Dalton.
With no easy options for the senior men over the weekend, it was left to the women, juniors and youths to bring home the bacon, and they didn't disappoint! There were fine performances from the Sheridans in youth and junior national champs including a bronze for Fionn, and Rachel Glendon struck gold in the Dublin City Triathlon.