One of our most promising juniors Darragh Long is doing the junior tour, another two of our juniors Rachael Kaye-Mellor and Fionn Sheridan are racing in the International Track GP. The track event is promising to be a spectator's dream, with plenty of international riders in competing at Sundrive.

The annual Junior Tour of Ireland is starting today with an individual time trial in Clarecastle, and over the next few days the race will wind its way around Clare, passing through the Burren and past the Cliffs of Moher. With highlights footage being shown by Setanta, it's promising to be a great advertisement for both Clare and cycling.

Orwell's Darragh Long will be riding for his Nicolas Roche Performance Team squad, who have two teams entered into this year's edition. With the form Long is displaying at the moment, he'll be a valuable asset to the team, as they're challenged by national and provincial squads for the overall.

You can learn more about the race at, and read our own Brian Ahern's advice to the juniors on Ahern won the JT in 1999, joining an illustrious list which includes the likes of Mark Scanlon, Sam Bennett, Nicolas Roche and Ian Stannard, and wishes all the riders the best of luck.

While it'll take some effort to watch the Junior Tour every day, the International Track GP is a different story. Taking place in Eamonn Ceannt Stadium on Sundrive Road, the meet features over twenty different events over the course of the day.

Of the Orwell juniors, Fionn Sheridan will be there to represent the club, as will Rachael Kaye-Mellor, who has only recently returned from a track training camp in Glasgow, where she met Mark Cavendish the night before his British National Champs win. Both have been training hard under the watchful eyes of the likes of Jeni Sheridan and Orla Hendron, and no doubt their mentors will be track-side on Saturday.

We wish them both well, and hope to see them on top of a couple of podiums throughout the day. Racing begins at 10am, and more details are available at