After their exploits in Scotland last weekend our youth are on the road again! Ras Na nOg is one of the major youth multi- day stage races in the country.  Races are in U12 / U14/ U16 w/ girls and boys prizes as well as best 11/13/15 . Stage 1 is a crit on a very tight circuit and great to watch as riders fly past every few minutes . Stage 2 is a road race with a savage hill to the finish line - well over 1k , Stage 3 is another road race on a flatter surface and gets very fast on the long flat wide R150 up to the finish line.

Ras na nOg 2017

Race HQ: Bellewstown Racecourse

Pre race meeting with parents mentors etc at 9.45am

Sat Apr 14th Stage 1 at 10.30am..Sign on from 8.45am

Sat April 14th Stage 2 at 2pm...sign on from 1.00pm

Sun April 15th Stage 3 at 10.00am..Sign on from 8.30am



Racing this week takes the Vets to Kilcullen on Sunday morning where racing will take place over a lot of the course Scott-Orwell Wheelers used for the National Championships two years ago. Memories will be flooding back for some of the competitors especially as many of them were involved in organising the Nationals! Best of luck to all.



Lots of racing action this weekend.

The National Road series heads to Blarney this Sunday for round 2. Here is a good preview from Cycling Ireland -

Event website:

Eric Davis leading the peleton at the Cycleways Cup

Closer to home Drogheda Wheelers are promoting two days of racing!

Saturday - 10th Anniversary Peter Bidwell Memorial Race starting at 5.30pm. A handicap race for all categories

Sunday - Conor Coombs Classic on Sunday.  Word is a large contingent of A4 Orwell Wheelers is planning a mass attack.

Events website -



Training spins for the Wicklow 100, 200 and the Mt Leinster groups continue on Saturday.

Sportive Season is starting to build now and this weekend there are a lot of options for anyone wanting to test the spring legs to see how they have wintered! Here are a couple of my favourites from over the years -

The Tour De Foothills is a local (ish) favourite and over the years has been a season opener for many an Orwell Wheeler. Well run by Naas cycling club it offers 2 testing routes – 65 or 110km, both of which include a lap of the Blessington lakes.

Scott-Orwell Wheelers at the Tour de Foothills

If you are looking for a fast and flat run the Pat Jones Memorial is on Saturday. Run by Team 905 in Edenderry it is a very friendly sportive with good food stops and live music at the end.

There are of course lots of different options every weekend depending on what part of the country you find yourself in. a great source of information is the Cycling Ireland events calendar -

Leisure Training:

The leisure committee have added Aidan Hammonds  Wicklow 100 and 200 training plans to the Club Website. Aidan outlined these at the recent launch night . They allow you personalize your plans using your maximum and resting heart rates. The plan runs from this week up to the www events in June . They are a fantastic daily and weekly plan. You can access these at

Photo Competition:

The Leisure Committee has also organised a new photo competition. We hope to capture photos of Scott-Orwell Wheelers C.C. activities in this our 70th. anniversary year. Most modern mobile phones have a camera, which means photos can be taken in an informal and quick way.

If you DO NOT WISH to have your photo taken please inform all the people in your training group of this request.  For example, if you stand and pose in them then the photographer will assume, you consent. You always have the choice to ask the photographer to delete the picture. Photos which are entered will likely be posted to the club website, Facebook and/or Twitter.

Information on how to enter you photos in the competition will be available soon but for now keep snapping! Remember photo of bikes and/or people in Orwell gear are always welcomeJ

Get your photos ready for the Leisure Photo competition

Later in the week:

Tuesday 17th:

The Orwell Women’s Crit League, sponsored by Appleby Jewelers, sees round two move to Corkagh Park. After the fantastic turn out on for round 1 in the miserable, wet conditions we are looking forward to sunny, dry conditions with lots of fast, exciting racing (note* not all of that statement may be proven accurate).

Sign on will be from 6.20pm with the racing starting at 7pm. Round 2 Information

Wednesday 18th:

Racing in Corkagh Park for the Scratch and Semi-Scratch groups in the Club League. Paul Forristal won on the line from Bryan Geary last week, will Paul still be the man in form?

Thursday 19th

The Limit and Semi-limit riders are on Thursday night this week. After the breakaway win by Dmitir Griffin last week who knows what will happen this time arournd.

Paul wins the final stage of the Gorey 3 Day



Wednesday 25th April: THE TRACK IS BACK!

The Wednesday night track league starts next week. It's a really enjoyable night of hard racing where you can learn how to race on Sundrive Velodrome in a group that suits your ability. Sign-on from 18:20 followed by warm-up, racing starts at 7. Accredited riders only. Full post and information - Track Racing Dates for the Diary