Open Racing

Orwell are very active on the national scene - see all the results and reports from open races here.

It was another big weekend for the club, with Brian McArdle's dominance of the KOH competition in the Newry 3 Day undoubtedly being the highlight. Philippe Bourdarias also earned his upgrade to A2 after nipping in for 6th in Mullingar on Sunday, while Oisín Boland took a fine 4th in the A3 race. (Updated with A3 results.)

The full range of National Championships took place over the last few days in Carlingford, and of the Orwell finishers, it was Isabel Cogan who got the result of note: a superb top ten finish in her Elite Women's Road Race! Rachel Glendon's sixth in the TT also warrants kudos, as does Eric Downey's 40th in the men's race.

It's been yet another busy week for Orwell members, from provincial champs to a World Cup, and everything in between! Anne Dalton's bronze medal with Katie-George Dunlevy was the highlight of the week, while Liam Rowsome took silver on Wednesday in the Leinster TT, and John Twomey sprinted for bronze on Sunday, delivering his well-earned upgrade to A3.

On Sunday the sun shone on the Orwell women, cheering them to results in Clare and Navan. Top of the list was Monica Marconi, taking a well-earned third place in the Rás Clár, while behind her Sandra Telford sprinted in for a fine fifth. And Naoise Sheridan battled through a hairy finish to take a fighting sixth in Navan's U16 race.

The June bank holiday saw Orwell riders in action both on the track and on the road, in racing and leisure, with two standout performances in Isabel Cogan's excellent victory at the Boyne GP, and Brian McArdle's superb stage win in the Rás Dhún na nGall. Plenty of other Orwell riders scooped prizes, most notably Orla Hendron who was second overall at the Duane Delaney GP.