Irish riders sign for new UK team with international program

Posted on: November 30th, 2016

Ciara Doogan’s class has been apparent from the moment she started cycling and 2016 proved to be her best year yet. The rider rode the World Junior Track Championships in Aigle and finished sixth in the 20km points race, while she was also crowned national road and TT champion (Photo: Sean Rowe)


By Brian Canty

Two of Ireland’s brightest young female prospects will ride for UK-based Team Torelli in 2017.

National road and time-trial champion Ciara Doogan and the emerging Autumn Collins will join a strong roster of riders for the upcoming season.

The team says its focus will very much be on developing young riders.

Both Irish riders have already amassed plenty of racing experience at home and abroad and this latest step is the next in their progression.

They will get plenty more experience in the year ahead when they will come up against some really strong riders in the U23 and elite categories.


Autumn Collins from Limerick is stepping up to the next level in 2017.


“Torelli is an elite women’s racing team based in Manchester,” explained manager Tony Orrell.

“Our main targets for next season include the Women’s National Road Series, Women’s Team Series and Rás na mBan.

“We will also be venturing into Europe and already have invites from organisers in Belgium, France, Czech Republic, Italy and Spain.

“Our first major target for the year is the Tour ta Malta in April.”

Collins, from Co Limerick, rode for Starley Racing in 2016 and enjoyed a very good season.

She is a fine track rider and was selected to represent Ireland on the boards at the European Championships in July.

Similarly, Doogan was one of the very best at home this year and particularly impressive in winning back-to-back national titles.