Recent Orwell news and events.

The w100 and w200 represent major milestones of the Orwell sportive season. To celebrate them, Orwell Social Rep Ann Horan organises a social....


At the Mount Leinster Challenge on May 21st, Orwell Wheelers is hoping to visit Pat O'Brien's grave before the event.…


The fundraiser table quiz for the Rás team will take place on Friday April 8th. There will also be a raffle on the night!



As well as John McElligot's scenic Inner Ring in Kerry, Dave McLouglin ran a series of PBP qualifiers in 2015.

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.

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.


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
1959	Christy Kimmage	Dublin Wheelers   2h  6m 23s
1960	Mick Manley	Dublin Wheelers   2h  6m 55s
1961	John Lackey	Taillteann        2h  3m 39s
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
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


Kelly-Roche Cup

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
1994	Barry Whelan 	Navan
1997	Mark Scanlon	Sligo CC
1998	Mark Scanlon	Sligo CC
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


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.

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
2016	Mark Dowling		ASEA Wheelworx


Winners - Women's Race

2015	Fiona Meade		Fearless Femme
2016	Susie Mitchell		Sundrive Track Team


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 have latterly come on board as sponsors.


Past winners

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


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.