Wow, where did the summer go? We are into August already! Don't worry there is still plenty going on in the world of cycling and Scott Orwell Wheelers. Hopefully you will find something of interest here.


Congratulations to Ronan Grimes who has been selected for the Irish Team which has traveled to the ParaCycling World Championships in Italy this week! Ronan has had a fantastic season so far having competed at the World Track Championships, several World Cup events and also winning the National Championships TT and Road titles.

The full National Team is:
Katie George Dunlevy & Eve McCrystal
Peter Ryan & Séan Hahessy
Damien Vereker & Dermot Radford
Colin Lynch
Ronan Grimes
Declan Slevin

Friday 3rd August – Time Trial
15:30 Men’s C4 27.2km
Ronan Grimes

Sunday 5th August Road Races
08:00 Men’s C4 81.6km
Ronan Grimes



While Ronan is in Italy representing Ireland we will also have some of our Youths representing Ireland & Leinster closer to home. One of the biggest events on the youth calendar - the Errigal International Youth Tour - takes place this weekend. Scott Orwell Wheelers will be well represented at the race but not everyone will be wearing club jerseys! We are very lucky to have riders representing Leinster and Ireland as well as having a Scott Orwell Team.

Scott Orwell Wheelers:
Áine Reilly
Ryan Fox
Killian O'Brien
Luca Holmes
Conor Murphy Rogers

Ronan O'Conor

Annie Roche
Katie Reilly

This is a tough 3 day/4 stage event:
Saturday Day 1 Programme (provisional)
Stage 1: This is a Road Race that will roll out from Churchill and will be neutralised for approximately 1km, Category 3/3a race (U12’s) will be held over a 9.5 km circuit with the finish on the main street in Churchill. Category 2/2a (U14’s) will follow with 3 laps of the same 9.5 km circuit and Category 1/1a (U16’s) completing 5 laps of the same.

Sunday Day 2 Programme (provisional)
Stage 2: This is a challenging 3.8 km hilly time trial that will start from Larkins Bar and finish in Foxhall. This stage will apply to all competitor categories with a starting order that will be the reverse of GC.

Stage 3: This is the famous (or infamous!) Keelogues Stage that everyone looks forward to, a Road Race that takes the riders around a 9.5 km circuit that ends with the climb up Keelogues onto the main street in Churchill with the U12’s completing 1 lap, the U14’S completing 3 laps and the U16’S completing 5 laps.

Monday Day 3 Programme (provisional)
Stage 4: On Monday morning the competitors will roll out on to a Criterium circuit in the town of Letterkenny. This promises to again be a great spectacle.

For more information:
Event Website:
Event Facebook:

Sunday 12th August: An advance date for the youth diary. The Leinster Road Race Championships in Kilmessan – We hope to see all of our open racers there for the premier title in Leinster cycling.



This weekend Scott Orwell Wheelers are running the National 400 and National 600 Audax events. These are a big step up from 200 & 300 events and we wish everyone taking part the best of luck. The best news is that the weather is looking pretty good for the weekend so fingers crossed everyone gets around ok.

The 600km begins at 06:00 am and the 400km at 19:20 pm on Saturday 4th Aug. Both finish at 22:00 on Sunday 6th. The 70 year old Orwell flag will be flying high at the overnight rest stop at Kilmacow Co. Kilkenny.

33 brave souls are setting on Saturday across the 400/600 routes. The organisers hope by Sunday night that 11 Orwell members will have completed the event this year.  This then gives them the right to apply for a Paris Brest Paris PBP entry Time; which is being run in 2019.  Riders must also complete a Super Randonneur brevet series (200, 300, 400 and 600 km) of ACP-sanctioned brevets in 2019 to get a entry ticket.

For more information on these events and the routes have a look at National 400 & 600 event information


Club Saturday Spins 4th August:
All routes are heading west and aim to have you back home by lunchtime. Remember to assemble opposite Joe Daly's Cycles in Dundrum and please don't block the footpaths. As last weekend's spins were cancelled due to bad weather we are going to use last weeks routes:

White 08:40
Route 1 to Kill: 70.20km distance, 512m elevation gain
Proposed Coffee Stop: Lots of options .e.g. INSOMNIA

Yellow 08:30
Route 2 Straffan: 78km distance, 662m elevation gain
Proposed Coffee Stop: Victorian Tea rooms

Orange 08:20
Route 3 to Sallins: 91.09km distance, 815m elevation gain
Proposed Coffee Stop: Grange Cafe Sallins


Training Courses:
The bad weather last weekend also disrupted the Downhill Training course which was to be run on Saturday. If you haven't already heard this course has been rescheduled for Monday the 6th of August. Please confirm your attendance by replying on the forum thread: Downhill Training Thread on Forum

While we are talking about courses! There are two other training courses coming up and if you would like to take part in either of them you should register your interest ASAP please

August 18th: Ride Leader Course - Ride Leader Course Registration & Info

August 19th: Bike Skills and Handling Course - Bike Skill & Handling registration & Info


SPORTIVES this weekend:

Remember the Cycling Ireland calendar of events has lots to choose from but always make sure to double check the dates haven't changed! Cycling Ireland Events Calendar

The big one this weekend is the Tour of Kilkenny on Saturday the 4th of August. Always a very popular and well run event with excellent food stops!



Club League - There are only 4 Thursdays of the club league left now! With Paul Forristal away on his holidays Brian McNally has taken a commanding lead in the overall competition with 193 points. Paul is still holding on to second place with 156 but Eoin Byrne is chomping at his heels on 134 points. In the women's competition Yvonne Doran looks to have it sown up on 80 points but Breda Horan is still in there on 55 and Ciara Kinch close behind on 54.

This Thursday the 2nd of August we head to the Northside again for round 18, the second last road stage: Club League R18 info.

On Thursday the 9th of August the Team Time Trial will take place. This is always interesting as the handicap system can leave it wide open! Keep an eye on the forum during the week for information and the sign up thread.


Womens Summer Series, hosted by Scott Orwell Wheelers:

Next Tuesday, the 7th of August, Scott Orwell Wheelers will be hosting a round of the Women's Race Series. As always this race night is open to all - from complete beginners to advanced racers. This is a great opportunity to try racing in an encouraging, safe, car free environment.

If you don't have a Limited Competition license or higher you can buy a one day license on the night for €5.

Sign on will be open from 6pm to 6.50 and racing will start at 7pm.

Our club kit supplier - VeloRevolution - are very kindly sponsoring the prizes for racing. We have gillets, jerseys, bidons, caps and musettes all up for grabs.

If you have any questions please feel free to drop an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or post below.

We are also looking for a couple of volunteers to help out on the night - ideally we would like as many Orwell women as possible to be able to race so if there are any men out there who are free on Tuesday night please let us know:)


Open Racing:

After the Spar Tour of Omagh last weekend it looks like being a little quieter this week!

Saturday 4th Aug: Navan Road Club are hosting the Mountnugent GP, it's an evening event and laps of a 4.4km loop with a prime on most laps so it makes for very exciting and fast racing! Montnugent GP Info

Sunday 5th Aug: North Tipperary Wheelers will be hosting a 40km Open Time Trial. Full info on their website - NTW Open 40TT Info

Saturday 11th Aug: The John Beggs Memorial hosted by Banbridge Cycling Club and the Beechmount Cup hosted by Navan Road Club seem to be the two options for Saturday. Entry is via the Cycling Ireland portal

Sunday 12th Aug: Apollo Cycling Club will run the Billy Stewart Cup in Lurgan with races for A2/A3, A4, Women/Vets. Full information and times on - Billy Stewart Cup & Apollo Club Races Info. 

The Collins Christie Memorial promoted by Navan Rd Club is in the Cycling Ireland calendar for the 12th of August but it isnt on the club website so check with the club before driving down.


IVCA Racing:

Saturday 04-Aug: Championship TT 50mls, Moy Valley at 09:00
Sunday 05-Aug: IVCA DMS 90 km, Kentstown at 09:00
Tuesday 07-Aug: IVCA Circuit TT 20 km, Green Sheds at 19:15
Sunday 12-Aug: Sonny Cullen Memorial, DMS 90 km, Green Sheds at 09:00


SOCIAL: CLUB BBQ Sunday 12th August

It is still a week away but tickets are selling fast so don't miss out on the chance to go to the Family BBQ. This year the venue moves to the Radisson Blu St Helen's Hotel on the Stillorgan Rd. There is a special ticket price for families, loads of entertainment and the food looks amazing!

Full details and the link to buying tickets - Club Family BBQ Information