Orla Walsh

and cycling – The gamechanger of her life so far!

Orla has an extraordinary career so far as she swapped her party lifestyle, fuelled by cigarettes and alcohol to become a multiple Irish National Champion. But that’s not enough as she strives for more! Besides, she is also the camp host of her own Pedalingheroine camp on Mallorca which takes place every year. Read more about her and her biggest goals in the next years including the olympical year 2024 in Paris by scrolling through the interview below.

„You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.“

Hard Facts:


Orla Walsh



Date of birth: 

09 May 1989

Place of birth: 

Dublin, Ireland

Lives in: 

Aigle, Switzerland 


Track Cycling

Biggest successes:

6 x National Champion, 3 x National record holder.

Orla has been working with us since last year and we are proud to present a short interview with her from May 2022:

How did you find out about Lightweight?

Orla: „I believe I asked cycling friends what the fastest wheels on the market were and lightweight were recommended.“

What attracts you to Lightweight?

Orla: „I wanted the best quality and highest performing wheels I could get.“

What was your first impression of Lightweight wheels? How did they feel to ride on?

Orla: „The very first time I used a lightweight disc was back in 2018 and I won two silver medals at national champs. I remember thinking that I was moving so much faster for the same effort!“

Which Lightweight wheels are you using at the moment?

Orla: „I use double disc track wheels for time trials (200m and 500m) and rear disc for Sprint & Keirin. I also use the OBERMAYER EVO wheels on my road bike which greatly help this track sprinter get up hills on the road.“

What are your next major goals and projects for 2022/2023 with Lightweight?

Orla: „I hope to be selected to represent Ireland at this years European championships and World Championships. Similarly, I would need to race those events next year too as part of a longer term goal of Paris 2024 qualification. I would be using Lightweight wheels as part of that journey.“

What is your favourite quote?

Orla: „You can’t win unless you learn how to lose.”


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