This year was the first time in the Clubs history that Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club have hosted the National Road and Time Trial Championships. While the event had a roller coaster start, in the end it proved to be a successful and well organised event.

This success is due in no small part to the members of Orwell Wheelers who came out in great numbers over the three days to offer their help and assistance at the event.

We must not forget the cyclists, their families and friends who support us at the event. The officials (time keepers, start line, finish line, commissaires) who worked in some awful weather to ensure the safe running of the races.

We must thank the people of Kilcullen and surrounding communities for the use of their roads, they did the event proud. This was in no small way due to the tireless work carried out by Liam Walker.

We must not forget Cycling Ireland and Cycling Leinster. Both of whom gave invaluable and tireless assistance to our club.

Most importantly we must not forget our sponsors, Murphy & Gunn in Milltown for the use of the BMW race cars and also our main club sponsor Scott Bicycles.

A special thanks should be made to two men. Stephen O’Shea and Ronan Fox. They were the race directors for the event. From the start they had a vision and worked tirelessly to ensure the successful outcome of the event.

Chapeau to one and all.

Denis Gleeson, President
Orwell Wheelers Cycling Club