Recent Orwell news and events.
- Written by Garret Connolly
At the Mount Leinster Challenge on May 21st, Orwell Wheelers is hoping to visit Pat O'Brien's grave before the event.…
Audaxes Article Count: 3
As well as John McElligot's scenic Inner Ring in Kerry, Dave McLouglin ran a series of PBP qualifiers in 2015.
Gerry Brannigan Memorial Article Count: 7
Gerry Brannigan was a very popular member of Orwell Wheelers and the IVCA who died suddenly in October 2006 aged just 52 years.
A group of friends came together and formed a committee that ultimately decided to organise a charity cycle to support Gerry’s family. The first Gerry Brannigan Memorial Cycle took place in November 2006 and we were overwhelmed with entries with over 320 riders taking part. In addition to entries, sponsorship cards were also distributed and returned and through the generosity of cyclists, their friends and families, a large sum was donated to Gerry’s family.
Each year, we all hear of deaths or serious injuries in our cycling community, be it from an accident or illness and we all wonder if we could be of any help or assistance to cyclists and their families. With this in mind, we established The Gerry Brannigan Benevolent Fund in 2007 to support them through difficult times.
The Gerry Brannigan Memorial Cycle takes place every November out of Clonee, and is run as a joint effort between several clubs, with Orwell providing marshals on the day.
Joe Daly Memorial Article Count: 4
Founder of the cycle shop that bears his name, Joe Daly was always a generous patron of cycling. He famously sold Stephen Roche his first bike, and the Raleigh 753 on which Roche won the 1978 Rás Tailteann.
His passing in 2009 was a huge loss to the club, to Dundrum, and to Irish cycling as a whole. As a tribute to Joe, at the end of every June, there is a fun cycle from Dundrum to Enniskerry and back. Aided by volunteers from Orwell, the event is in aid of Simpson's Hospital, Dundrum.
Noel and Kieran Hammond Memorials Article Count: 11
Run as a road race for several years, it reverted to its original time trial format in 2013.
There are two trophies awarded each year - the Kieran Hammond cup and the Noel Hammond cup.
The Kieran Hammond memorial trophy was formerly the Kelly-Roche junior classic, organised by Kieran until his unfortunately premature passing. It used to get huge fields in the 90s, and only become the Vets and Cs prize when after years of steady decline we had a year that no Juniors showed up. It has always been an ambition to make it the Junior prize again, but 2015 was the first year we felt confident we'd get the numbers to do that.
The team prize was also resurrected in 2015 as another little nod to history, and lies in the origin of the Noel Hammond memorial trophy. In its very first incarnation in the 1930s it was known as the Rudge Whitworth 50, and was awarded in the 30s and 40s for the winners of a team 50 mile time trial (not the same as a 50 mile team time trial!), where teams of 6 were invited to compete and the best 4 times counted.
Rudge Whitworth Trophy
1950 Kit O'Rourke Loraine 2h 5m 35s 1951 Dave Keeler Birmingham 2h 5m 32s 1952 Shay Elliott Dublin Wheelers 2h 8m 04s 1953 Derek Quinn Dublin Wheelers 2h 10m 40s 1954 Derek Quinn Dublin Wheelers 2h 6m 04s 1955 Brendan Duncan IRC 1956 1957 1958 1959 Christy Kimmage Dublin Wheelers 2h 6m 23s 1960 Mick Manley Dublin Wheelers 2h 6m 55s 1961 John Lackey Taillteann 2h 3m 39s 1962 1963 Paddy Davis Loraine 1964 Terry Colbert Taillteann 1965 Gerry Clinton Eagle 1966 Terry Colbert Taillteann 1967 Jimmy Clarke Bray Wheelers 1968 Liam Toolan Emerald 1969 Tony Lally Obelisk 1970 Tony Kelly IRC 1971 Brian Farrelly Emerald 1972 Peter Doyle Bray Wheelers 1973 Peter Doyle Bray Wheelers 1974 Tony Ryan Carrick Wheelers 1975 Pat McQuaid Emerald 1976 Sean Lally Obelisk 1977 Colm Nulty Taillteann 1978 Tony Lally Obelisk 1979 Tony Lally Obelisk 1980 Alan McCormack Eagle 1981 Tony Lally Kalkhoff 1982 Alan McCormack Eagle
Noel Hammond Memorial
1983 Aidan Harrison Fingal 1984 Ciaran McKenna Kalkhoff CC 1985 John Brady Carrick Wheelers 1986 John Shortt Lusk CC 1987 Jim McQuaid Carlsberg Emerald 1988 Mick Walsh Emerald CRC 1989 Stephen Nevin Emerald 1990 Kevin Kimmage Balbriggan CC 1991 Philip Cassidy Avonmore 1992 Robert Power Cidona Carrick 1993 Fionan O'Sullivan Lee Strand 1994 Daragh McQuaid Diamond Back 1995 Paul McQuaid Diamond Back 1996 Tommy Evans Banbridge 1997 Raymond Clarke Premier CC 1998 Kieran MacMahon Limerick 1999 Philip Cassidy Navan Avonmore 2000 Brian Lennon St. Tiernan's 2001 Philip Cassidy Cycleways 2002 Paul Healion Usher IRC 2003 Denis Easton Total Cycling/Lindsay Ford 2004 Philip Cassidy Cycleways Lee Strand 2005 Philip Cassidy Cycleways.com 2006 Neill Delahaye Usher IRC 2007 Adam Armstrong Northern CC 2008 Ryan Connor Pezula 2009 Scott McDonald Winning Solutions 2010 Paul Griffin Earl of Desmond Tralee 2011 Neill Delahaye DID Dunboyne 2012 Philip Lavery Node 4 Giordana 2013 Eoin Morton UCD 2014 Ian Richardson UCD 2015 Ian Richardson UCD
2016 Sean McKenna Aqua Blue
1987 John Blackwell Killarney 1988 Andrew Callan Shimna Wheelers 1989 Peter Daly Kilkenny CC 1990 Jim Burke Cidona CC 1991 Eugene Moriarty Listowel CC 1992 Eugene Moriarty Listowel CC 1993 1994 Barry Whelan Navan 1995 1996 1997 Mark Scanlon Sligo CC 1998 Mark Scanlon Sligo CC 1999 2000 Ryan Patton Clarke Contracts CC 2001 Tim Cassidy Usher IRC 2002 Terry Ferris Dublin Wheelers 2003 Bryan Keane Dublin Wheelers
Kieran Hammond Memorial
2004 Ciaran Kelly Irish Road Club 2005 Simon Williams Orchard CC 2006 Stephen Halpin Swords CC 2007 Andre Engemann St. Tiernans 2008 Mark Heneghan South Dublin CC 2009 Stephen McNally Orwell Wheelers 2010 Greg Dempsey Barrow Wheelers 2011 John McCormack Lucan CRC 2012 Aaron O'Donoghue South Dublin CC 2013 Gavin Haberlin UCD 2014 Fionn Sheridan Orwell Wheelers 2015 Conor Murnane Orwell Wheelers
2016 Eoin Byrne Orwell Wheelers
Randonnée Article Count: 10
In the last several years, cycling has seen a resurgence in numbers in Ireland not seen since the ‘fab four’ - Kelly, Roche, Kimmage and Early - were terrorising pelotons throughout Europe on a weekly basis. In order to cater for this new breed of weekend warriors either returning to the sport or just starting out, Orwell Wheelers Cycle Club have been holding an annual Randonnée event which pitched rider and machine against some of the toughest terrain in Ireland.
The genesis for the Randonnée was the annual club 100 Mile cycle that was held in early May to give members a chance to complete the traditional rite of passage of a "Century" ride. The decision was made to open the cycle to non-members in 2007, when under the direction of Eddy Lane the Orwell Randonnée made it's first appearance as a fundraiser for the Irish hospice foundation.
Around this time the leisure scene was just beginning to take off, and some of our newer leisure members who had cycled many of the national sportives felt that their experience could be used to improve the event. When the 2010 edition of the Randonnée had to be cancelled at short notice a group of seven Orwell leisure cyclists took the opportunity to re-invent their own leisure cycle and add ingredients felt to be missing by some of the existing events. The “Magnificent 7” as they called themselves were: Denis Gleeson, John Hannin, Stephen Hayden, John Lanigan, Fergal O’Sullivan, Brendan Sheridan and John Twomey.
The new Randonnée committee rescheduled the event for August of that year, and decided upon a course that would be testing while attracting cyclists to experience the wonders of the Dublin and Wicklow countryside. They quickly came up with a set of key words that became the backbone of the event that’s used to this day: fun, food, support, value and safety. Their first running of the Randonnée had close to 200 cyclists half of which were club members.
Stephen Roche GP Article Count: 12
The Stephen Roche GP is Ireland's most prestigious criterium race, running annually since 1995. The challenging but spectator-friendly circuit invariably produces great racing action for the crowd lining the roadsides and congregated in the central green area.The 1.3km loop is located in the housing estate where no less than three of the Roche family took their first tentative pedal strokes on the road to Tour de France glory.
Winners - Men's Race
1995 Scott McDonald Orwell Wheelers 1996 Aidan Duff Bray Wheelers 1997 Stephen O'Sullivan Coors 1998 Aidan Duff Bray Wheelers 1999 S. Whelan Swords 2000 Paul Healion Usher IRC 2001 Ray Clarke Classic Walls 2002 Graham Thomas Finglas Ravens 2003 Brian Ahern Naas Fig rolls 2004 Colm Bracken DHL Walls Cycles 2005 Paul Healion Bio Agrico 2006 Morgan Fox Murphy and Gunn/Newlyn group 2007 Philip Lavery Usher IRC 2008 Nicolas Roche Credit Agricole 2009 Paul Healion South Dublin CC 2010 Mike Reddan South Dublin CC 2011 Felix English Science in Sport 2012 Philip Lavery Node 4 Giordana 2013 Con Collis UCD 2014 James Davenport South Dublin CC 2015 Jake Gray NRPT-Magnet.ie 2016 Mark Dowling ASEA Wheelworx
Winners - Women's Race
2015 Fiona Meade Fearless Femme 2016 Susie Mitchell Sundrive Track Team
Women's Crit League Article Count: 6
Orwell have been running a women's crit league in some format since 2010, beginning with Winning Solutions sponsoring prizes before Wheelworx came on board. The Sandyford-based criteriums were ably run by Aideen Collard, Dave McLoughlin, Jen Sheridan and a merry band of helpers.
They gradually incorporated Corkagh Park when it opened, and eventually the league moved there but added a road race and time trials for variety. Orla Hendron and Mags Donnelly took on the task of organisers since 2014, and StickyBottle.com have latterly come on board as sponsors.
2010 Joanna Hickey Usher IRC 2011 Sandra Fitzgerald Lucan CRC 2012 Mel Späeth Cycleways 2013 Patricia Buckley Orwell Wheelers 2014 Sandra Fitzgerald Garda CC 2015 Orla Montague Dublin Wheelers
National Champs 2016 Article Count: 16
Scott-Orwell Wheelers are delighted and honoured to announce that we will be hosting the National Championships for 2016.
Please see below for details of routes, schedule and how to enter.