Youth Reports

We have a strong and growing contingent of youth and junior riders, find out more about them at the main youth page.

Finishing 3rd overall in the Ras na nOg was a huge confidence booster for me after crashing and breaking my collarbone last winter. Seeing the trophies was a delight on the final day and made me look forward to the presentation. As I stood on the podium on the final day, I felt so proud as it was my first time and I was so delighted to come home with my trophies and so many amazing memories.

14 Orwell Wheelers youths were in Bellewstown for Rás na nÓg, the start of the youth racing season. Super racing, great fun and some strong results for our super boys and girls. Here's Aideen's full race report.

2022 has been a hugely successful year for our youth section. Orwell Wheelers currently have 86 youth members (26 girls and 60 boys), and the massive growth in family cycling during the Covid pandemic is clear in the large number of U8 and U10 in this mix.

We were back to a full set of National Championships after two COVID-impacted years. There were two days of racing, over three different disciplines, in Hamiltonsbawn, Co Armagh, hosted by Orchard CC. Orwell Wheelers had 17 riders taking part, and had someone in almost every single race. I got to drive neutral service in the road races, so got to see a good bit of the action, and nearly every race was tough, fast and fair.


A big weekend of racing for kids from Ireland and abroad took place this weekend in Derry and Donegal. The biggest fields of the year so far (over 50 Under 16 boys, most other fields 20 or more) in Ireland, with a good smattering of riders from The Isle of Man and Britain, was a real festival of youth racing, and our Orwell Youths were a major part of it all.