Scott Orwell Wheelers Rás na mBan Team 2018

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11 months 3 weeks ago #27882 by Louise Keane
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Rás na mBan is the premier women’s cycling event and only International women's stage race in Ireland. Returning to Kilkenny for the third year in a row, this grueling event runs for five days with a total of six stages and a total of over 400km of racing action.

Rás na mBan is unique in that it sees local club and national level women riders from Ireland compete with riders from the rest of Europe and beyond. In 2017 there were 117 riders from 25 teams racing.

The 2018 event has the following stages:
Wednesday 5th Sept: Kilkenny to Gowran, 70.01km
Thursday 6th Sept: Castlecomer to Castlecomer, 75km
Friday 7th Sept: Kilkenny to the summit of Mt Leinster, 114km
Saturday 8th Sept: Am - TT, PM - Crit race around Kilkenny City Center
Sunday 9th Sept: Kilkenny to Kilkenny, 88km

Scott Orwell Wheelers has a very long and proud tradition of entering teams in Rás na mBan and 2018 will be no exception. We are delighted to announce the Scott Orwell Wheelers team for this years event:

Monica Freiband
Breda Horan
Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh
Lauren Creamer (Guest rider - Brotherton Cycles)
Sinead Molloy (Guest rider - Tullamore CC)

Team Manager: Orla Hendron
Team Mechanic: Mihai-Sebastian Paveliu
Soigneur: Gillian McDarby

Monica will be riding her second Rás na mBan and has unfinished business after a crash caused by a spectator in last year's final stage. Breda and Ciara are Rás na mBan Rookies but no strangers to the Irish Women's racing scene.

Guest rider Sinead Molloy races with Tullamore CC and has been racing well since the start of the season. Our last guest rider is Lauren Creamer who currently rides with Brotherton Cycles in the UK and is no stranger to high level racing. Lauren has competed professionally and raced for Ireland over the past number of years.

Behind the scenes the rider will be supported by a hugely experienced management team. Orla Hendron and Gillian McDarby have both riden Rás na mBan and competed Internationally. Sebastian has become the regular mechanic for the women's team this year and is getting to know their bikes very well!

Finally one other Scott Orwell Wheeler will be racing Rás na mBan this year but not in club colours - Áine Donegan has been selected to ride on the Irish Team.

We wish the riders and support team the best of luck for the race and look forward to hearing how you get on.

For full information on the Rás na mBan including the stages, teams entered etc have a look at the event website: www.rasnamban.com/
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11 months 2 weeks ago #28057 by Louise Keane
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Rás na mBan starts this Wednesday in Kilkenny. As we did with the Rás Tailteann team we have asked the riders to answer a few questions so we can get to know them a bit better in the days leading up to the race.

Tonight we start with team rookie Breda Horan and would be second time rider Monica Freiband.

Rás na mBan Rider Profiles
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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #28072 by Louise Keane
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The last of our Rás na mBan profiles have been added and we now have a full compliment of racers as well as Team Manager Orla Hendron and Team Soigneur Gillian McDarby on the article.

Welcome to Isobel Oakes who will be riding in place of the injured Monica Freiband. Welcome to the family Isobel:)

On behalf of the club and the committee we would like to wish the team the best of luck this week. Ride safe, ride fast and ride smart!

Rás na mBan Rider Profiles

We can't forget to wish good luck to Áine Donegan who is racing in the Irish Team colours this week. It's great to hear that Áine will line up on the start tomorrow as she had a crash in the closing stages of the Laragh Classic on Saturday. Give it sock Áine!

Irish Team for Rás na mBan
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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #28086 by Louise Keane
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Stage 1: Wednesday 5th September: The First One!

Road Race Kilkenny-Gowran 70.1KM
The race kicked off today with a 70.1km road race beginning at event headquarters, the Springhill Court Hotel, and finishing for the second time in the picturesque village of Gowran on a mainly flat course including a single hill offering points for the IVCA Wicklow 200 Queen of the Mountains classification.

Stage 1 Route Map: Stage 1 route map

Full Results for Stage 1 and Classifications: Stage 1 Results PDF

The Scott Orwell Wheelers Team are all home safe and sound! Results of Stage 1 are:
1. Nina Kessler, Team NH, 1:47:29
18. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell, @ST
89. Isobel Oakes, Scott Orwell, @5mins 49secs
91. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell, @5mins 49secs
111. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell, @18mins 31secs
113. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell, @18mins 34secs

Also, from Scott Orwell but racing on the Irish Team this week -
77. Aine Donegan, Team Ireland, @5mins 49secs

Best Irish Rider Classification:
1. WOZNIAK Agnieszka, Team Verge Sports
11. OAKES Isobel,
13. HORAN Breda
18 MOLLOY Sinéad,
20. FHLATHARTAIGH Ciara Ni

Team Classification:
1. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
2. Team Breizh Ladies
3. DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine
20. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Best Irish Team Classification:
1. VC Ériu
2. Team Verge Sports
3. Cycling Leinster
4. Scott Orwell Wheelers C C
5. TC Racing
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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #28092 by Louise Keane
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Thursday 6th September: Stage 2 - aka "the wet one!"

Road Race Castlecomer-Castlecomer 75KM

Thursday’s second stage was a rolling 75km road race starting and finishing in the pretty village of Castlecomer. Running on roads which were familiar to riders in the Deenside Cup and Des Hanlon classic races. A tough day on the bikes made even harder by the weather which turned wet and cold today.

Hard luck to Sinéad Oakes who was up with the lead bunch for most of today and was unfortunate to be caught up in a crash with 10km to go and was unable to finish. Scott Orwell Wheelers Doctor Lucy is the event doctor and was on hand to patch Isobel up but she needed stitched to her elbow and had to DNF. Get well soon Isobel.

Stage 2 Route Map: ridewithgps.com/routes/27569464

Link to full results: Ras na mBan Stage 2 Results & GC

STAGE 2 Results:
1. Rhona Callander, Great Britain National Team, 1:55:18
15. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @ST
87. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @9:24
102. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @17:45
109. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @ 23:11
DNF. Isobel Oakes, Scott Orwell Wheelers.

64. Aine Donegan, Team Ireland, @ 1min 20secs

Best Irish Rider Stage 2:
1. WOZNIAK Agnieszka, Team Verge Sports
9. HORAN Breda, Scott Orwell Wheelers
16. MOLLOY Sinéad, Scott Orwell Wheelers
20. FHLATHARTAIGH Ciara Ni, Scott Orwell Wheelers

General Classification after Stage 2:
1. SACHET Iris, DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine, 3:42:47
13. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @ ST
89. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @15:13
108. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @36:16
110. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers @41:45

72. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland, @7:09

Best Irish Rider GC after Stage 2:
1. WOZNIAK Agnieszka, Team Verge Sports
12. HORAN Breda, Scott Orwell Wheelers C C
18. MOLLOY Sinéad, Scott Orwell Wheelers
20. FHLATHARTAIGH Ciara Ni, Scott Orwell Wheelers

Team Results Stage 2:
1. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
2. Cycle Team OnForm
3. Great Britain National Team
12. Irish National Team
22. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Team Classification after Stage 2:
1. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
2. DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine
3. Cycle Team OnForm
11. Irish National Team
21. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Irish Team Classification after Stage 2:
1. VC Ériu
2. Team Verge Sports
3. Cycling Leinster
4. TC Racing
5. Scott Orwell Wheelers C C
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11 months 1 week ago #28095 by Louise Keane
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Our 2 Rás Rookies - Ciara & Breda (Creda) are keeping a Rás Diary.

Day 1 is a bit of a blur but day 2 is a classic!

www.orwellwheelers.org/women-race-report...from-seomra-a-seacht

I cant wait for day 3;)
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11 months 1 week ago #28097 by Fintan Keatinge
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sounds very tough. good luck to the team today and over the weekend. very tour de france on the warm up warm down? bikes. makes sunday mountains seem a bit of a doddle!

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #28102 by Louise Keane
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Friday 7th Sept, Stage 3: The Hilly One!!

Road Race Mount Leinster 112KM

Friday’s third stage was a repeat of last year’s epic assault on Mount Leinster when wind, rain and the hilly roads served to create big gaps between the riders on general classification.
As last year, the so-called ‘Queen Stage’ was a daunting 112km slog that culminated in the arduous climb of Mount Leinster to the fabled ‘Nine Stones’.

Stage 3 Route Map: ridewithgps.com/routes/27569489

Full Stage 3 Results: Stage 3 results and GC pdf

Stage 3 Results:
1. Nicola Juniper, TC Racing, 2:58:11
23. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @1:47
81. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @5:44
107. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @32:20
110. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @37:33

66. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland, @4:00

Stage 3 - Best Irish Rider:
1. GALLAGHER Maeve, Team Verge Sports
9. HORAN Breda, Scott Orwell Wheelers C C
18. FHLATHARTAIGH Ciara Ni, Scott Orwell Wheelers C C
20. MOLLOY Sinéad, Scott Orwell Wheelers C C

Stage 3 Team Classification:
1. Team Breizh Ladies
2. Maaslandster International
3. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
22. Scott Orwell Wheelers

General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Megan Barker, Great Britain National Team, 6:41:30
20. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @1:27
88. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @20:57
108. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @1:13:49
109. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @1:14:05

71. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland, @11:09

Best Irish Rider GC after Stage 3:
1. Maeve Gallagher, Team Verge
9. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers
18. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers
19. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers

Overall Team General Classification after Stage 3:
1. Team Breizh Ladies
2. Maaslandster International
3. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
22. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Best Irish Team Classification after Stage 3
1. VC Ériu
2. Team Verge Sports
3. Cycling Leinster
4. TC Racing
5. Scott Orwell Wheelers C C







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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #28107 by Louise Keane
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Saturday 8th Sept, Stage 4: The Short One!

Saturday began with a newly minted 6.5km individual time trial stage on a hilly road just in Tullaroan. Breda Horan set a blistering time to start with and sat in the top 10 for much of the morning until the International TT specialists took to the road.

Stage 4 Route Map: ridewithgps.com/routes/27569519

Live Timing TT Results: www.cyclingonline.info/results/4-Ballybay-ITT.htm

Stage 4 TT Results:
1. Coralie Demay, Team Breizh Ladies, 13:35
2. Nicola Juniper @junipernikki, Ladies Tc +4"
3. Rikke Lønne, Maaslandster Intl +27"
33. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, + 1.48
68. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers,+ 2.49
103. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers, +4.28
109. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers, +5.54

56. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland, +2.27

Best Irish Rider Stage 4:

1. GALLAGHER Maeve TVS 14:53.21
6. HORAN Breda Scott Orwell Wheelers 1+:31
17. FHLATHARTAIGH Ciara Ni Scott Orwell Wheelers, + 3:10
20. MOLLOY Sinéad, Scott Orwell Wheelers, +4.36

Team Classification Stage 4:
1. Great Britain National Team
2. Team Breizh Ladies
3. FusionRTVeloperformance
21. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Individual Classification after Stage 4:
1. Coralie Demay, Team Breizh Ladies, 6:54:35
24. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @3.33
86. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @23:44
107. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @1:18:31
108. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @1:19:41

71. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland @13:34

Irish Rider Classification after stage 4:
1. GALLAGHER Maeve Team Verge Sports 6:57:41
2. HUGHES Hilary VC Ériu +2:53
3. WOZNIAK Agnieszka Team Verge Sports +3:31
11. HORAN Breda Scott Orwell Wheelers C C +20:38
18. FHLATHARTAIGH Ciara Ni Scott Orwell Wheelers C C +:15:25
19. MOLLOY Sinéad Scott Orwell Wheelers C C +1:16:35

Team Classification after Stage 4:
1 Team Breizh Ladies
2 Great Britain National Team
3 Maaslandster International
22 Scott Orwell Wheelers C C

Irish Team Classification after Stage 4:
1. VC Ériu
2. Team Verge Sports
3. Cycling Leinster
4. TC Racing
5. Scott Orwell Wheelers C C
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11 months 1 week ago #28110 by Louise Keane
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Saturday 8th of September: Stage 5 - Around and Around in Circles!

Tonight was the Criterium Stage of Rás na mBan in the beautiful city of Kilkenny. A lap of approx 3km with fast corners and wet roads saw some very exciting and fast racing! Scott Orwell Wheeler's Lauren Creamer was in her element and rode strongly in the front group all night finishing in 6th place overall.

Stage 5 Full Results: Stage 5 Results and GC

Stage 5 Results:
1. Nicola Juniper, TC Racing
6. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell, @S/T
92. Breda Horan. Scott Orwell, +5:01
93. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell, +5.01
102. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell, +5.41

70. Aine Donegan, Team Ireland +4.01

Irish Rider Results Stage 5:
1. Mia Griffin, VC Eiru
13. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell
14. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell
17. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell

Team Result Stage 5:
1. DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine
2. Great Britain National Team
3. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Projec
18. Scott Orwell Wheelers

General Classification after Stage 5:
1. Coralie Demay, Team Breizh Ladies
18. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers
86. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers
104. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers
105. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers

69. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland

Irish Rider Classification after Stage 5:
1. Maeve Gallagher, Team Verge Sports
11. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell
18. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell
19. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell

Team Classification after Stage 5:
1. Great Britain National Team
2. Maaslandster International
3. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
22. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Irish Team Classification:
1. VC Ériu
2. Team Verge Sports
3. Cycling Leinster
4. TC Racing
5. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Tomorrow is the last stage!! Keep it going ladies:)

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11 months 1 week ago - 11 months 1 week ago #28113 by Louise Keane
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Sunday 9th September, Stage 6: The Last One!

What a stage to end on! The race concluded today with a tough 88km on rolling roads beginning and ending in Kilkenny after five tough days of racing. Everyone was tired but looking forward to getting the final stage underway this morning as they warmed up or got a final injection of caffeine!

The big challenge on the final day came when the riders leave the beautiful village of Inistíoge to take on Woodstock Hill. A small group containing Lauren Creamer had made a 50second gap on the approach and sped up the hill to the cheers of the waiting crowds. Lauren said after that she loved this type of hill as they reminded her of the hills of Flanders.

Chasing hard behind was a large group containing most of the peloton including our own Breda Horan who was looking strong. Breda was well in touch with the group going over the hill but unfortunately got distanced on the descent when she was squeezed into the wall of a narrow bridge and had to stop. Even though it was only a short stop the pace of the group over the last 30km meant Breda wasn't able to get back on.

Ciara and Sinead battled it out to the end and it's rumoured they may have been smiling as they rounded the last corner and caught sight of the finish line.

The pace up the front was frantic for the last 30km with Team Ireland desperately trying to launch one of their riders up the road. Our own Áine Donegan, who was riding with Team Ireland this week, made a bid for glory with about 10km to go but was reeled back in.

In the end about 50 riders came flying into Kilkenny City Center to compete in the sprint with Lauren right up there with them! Lauren had had a great day - hoping off the front regularly and doing the lions share of the work at the front - she was rewarded with 20th place on the stage and also the Combativity Award.

There was another great turn out from Scott Orwell Wheelers to support the racers. Michael Handley, Una & Caoimhe May, the entire Reilly family, Yvonne Doran, Monica Frieband, James O'Reilly and Grainne Coghlan were just some of the faces spotted along the way. Thanks to everyone who came down to shout and wave - in talking to the riders afterwards they said they heard all the shouts and they really appreciated the support.

So well done again to all our Women of Rás na mBan - Lauren Creamer, Breda Horan, Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Sinead Molloy and Áine Donegan - and a huge thanks to the Super Support Team of Orla Hendron, Gillian McDarby and Mihai Sebastian Paveliu

Full Final Results: Stage 6 results & Final GC

Stage 6 Results:
1. Iris Sachet, DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine, 2:17:13
20. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @S/T
63. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland, @S/T
94. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers, @11:02
103. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers @25:09
105. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers @25:09

Best Irish Rider Stage 6:
1. Mia Griffin, VC Eiriu
13. Breda Horan
19. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh
21. Sinead Molloy

Team Results Stage 6:
1. Great Britain National Team
2. Andy Schleck Cycles Women Project
3. DN17 Nouvelle Aquitaine
22. Scott Orwell Wheelers

General Classification after Stage 6:
1. Coralie Demay, Team Breizh Ladies
18. Lauren Creamer, Scott Orwell Wheelers @3:33
67. Áine Donegan, Team Ireland @17:35
86. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers @39:47
103. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers @1:49:21
104. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers @1:49:51

Best Irish Rider FINAL:
1. Maeve Gallagher, Team Verge Sports
12. Breda Horan, Scott Orwell Wheelers
18. Ciara Ni Fhlathartaigh, Scott Orwell Wheelers
19. Sinead Molloy, Scott Orwell Wheelers

Final Team Classification:
1. Great Britain National Team
2. Maaslandster International
3. Team Breizh Ladies
22. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Final Irish Team Classification:
1. VC Ériu
2. Team Verge Sports
3. Cycling Leinster
4. TC Racing
5. Scott Orwell Wheelers

Final Queen of the Mountains Classification:
1. Nicola Juniper
10. Lauren Creamer







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11 months 6 days ago #28132 by Louise Keane
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My last post on Rás na mBan I promise (may or may not be true!)

Breda and Ciara have caught up on their Rás na mBan diaries and have added stages 4, 5 and 6 to their article. It is an Epic read for an Epic race!

Huge thanks to both of them for putting this report together - particularly as they volunteered to do it without me asking. Chapeau

www.orwellwheelers.org/women-race-report...from-seomra-a-seacht
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10 months 3 weeks ago #28209 by Louise Keane
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Saturday 22nd sept:

After a damp day in the hills why not settle onto the sofa with a cuppa tea at 4.30 today and watch coverage of Ràs na mBan on Eurosport!!

Guaranteed to be epic, and our own voice of Eurosport, club member Declan Quigley will be commentating.

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