Patrick O'Sullivan, on stage one of the Gorey 3-Day (Pic Credit: Sean Rowe)

Pinergy-Orwell Wheelers enjoyed a very successful Easter weekend with the club represented at both the major stage races.

In Wexford, the club entered a six-strong team in the Gorey 3-Day and had three more riders competing in the colours of Leinster: Patrick O'Sullivan, David Harrington, and Killian O'Brien. Juniors O'Brien and O'Sullivan had extremely strong weekends, finished ninth and tenth overall. O'Brien suffered poor luck on the final day with an ill-timed puncture. Having attacked with club-mate Cahir O'Higgins and a number of other riders, the breakaway was rapidly putting time into the yellow jersey before O'Brien punctured and had to resort to a spare bike with Under 16 gearing, hampering his chances of slipping away from the bunch again.

O'Sullivan was consistently in the mix all weekend, finishing fourth in the stage 3 time trial and tenth overall. The points netted for his weekend's result means he'll be promoted to A2, one of only a handful of Juniors in the country to reach that grade.

Aine Reilly, on stage two of the Gorey 3-Day (Pic Credit: Sean Rowe)

Four Orwell riders made their debut at the Gorey 3-Day. Junior Aine Reilly was part of an extremely competitive women's category, while Cesar Lopes, Adam McConnell and Ilie Gabuja went from strength to strength as the weekend went on.

L to R: Cahir O'Higgins, Dick O'Brien, Adam McConnell, Ivan O'Brien (manager), Cesar Lopes, Ille Gabuja

Meanwhile, at Rás Mumhan, Joe-Nathan Matar made his debut riding for a Leinster U-23 selection and had a seriously impressive outing at the notoriously difficult race, finishing 16th overall and eighth in the Younger Rider classification.

Matar's perfomance exhibited some real stage racing pedigree as he seemed to get stronger as the weekend went on and steadily rose up through the general classification.