Open Racing

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

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.

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.

Gráinne Coghlan got the results off to a flying start this week in Corkagh Park, and this continued into the weekend, with Pat O'Brien sprinting in for 8th on the final stage of the Wexford 2 Day, putting himself into 10th overall. Darragh Long featured in the Junior Champs, taking the bunch gallop and helping his NRPT squad to the team prize.

This week was once again dominated by the Orwellian women, with Monica Marconi winning the Collins Christle Memorial race yesteray, adding to her Corkagh Park placing from Tuesday. Ciara Kinch made it two from two over two weekends, and Orla Hendron took a fine 4th place. Naoise Sheridan also took 4th in the Leinster Champs, while Philippe Bourdarias and Cormac Bracken picked up unplaced prizes in Kilmessan. Brian Ahern continued his comeback, with a decent 6th in the Beechmount Cup.