Newry Wheelers promote the 30th edition of the popular Newry 3-Day stage race this weekend. The event which began life as the ‘McKinley 3-Day’ has a distinguished history and provided many winners who have gone onto major success in the sport and it is likely that this year’s race will provide another worthy winner.
Racing gets underway on Friday night, based on the Newry-Warrenpoint dual carriageway for the majority of the stage before the race takes in the Greenan road King of the Hill climb and the fast run in to the finish. Cycling Ulster are delighted to be sponsoring stage two of the race on Saturday which is based around Hilltown and has two King of the Hill climbs in the closing hour of racing. The concluding stage on Sunday is the longest at 70 miles and has been named the ‘Queen stage’ by Race Director, Drew McKinley, whose father started the race with the backing of the Newry club three decades ago.
Cycling Ulster wish Newry Wheelers and all the competitors a safe and successful weekend’s racing.
Please see press release from the club and the start list below.
“Newry Wheelers are delighted to promote the Annual Newry Wheelers 3 Day race. The event will take place on the weekend of Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July. The race started in 1987 by local man Noel McKinley and is still going strong.
The stage race is one of the most popular on the Irish cycling calendar and has attracted a bumper field with some of the country’s finest bike riders. The places filled up fast as riders are keen to compete to try and add their name to the list of previous winners which is no mean feat.
The racing kicks off on Friday 3oth June at 7pm in Warrenpoint when the riders will tackle the flat dual carriageway before hitting a stinger of a hill in the form of Greenan road before entering Warrenpoint again for 2 short laps. The Mc Kinley contracts point’s jersey is also up for grabs on this stage and one a lot of riders want, especially the sprinters. Finishing time approximately 8.15p.m/8.30pm.The opening stage is generously sponsored by Haldane Fisher with Soundfunction DJ’s entertaining the crowd at the finish as the riders tackle the laps of the Warrenpoint circuit.
After the fast stage on Friday night the riders will head to the hills and take on the roads around Hilltown to test the riders climbing skills. This stage which is 65 miles in length is sponsored by Cycling Ulster and will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the spin 11 yellow jersey as well as PKF- FPM polka dot jersey for best climber. Elm Hall is the last big hill of the day before the bunch descends into Hilltown with the race finishing on the main street at approx 12.45
Sunday is the final day and perhaps the Queen stage and is sponsored by Plumbmaster, usually the name given to the hardest stage of the race and longest and at 70 mile with 3 PKF-FPM King of the hills included it will be tough. The riders will start from Newry sports centre at 10.30 before heading to Tandragee,Markethill,Newry,poyntzpass,Markethill then onto newtonhamilton before heading through mountnorris for the finish in bessbrook. At approximately 1.30. Stage 3 is set up so the racing will come down to the last few mile, the last 10 mile has a lot of short sharp climbs which will test the winner to the very end.
The competition will be tough and especially from top junior teams powerhouse and nichlos roche performance team along with strong teams from Stamullen and Cuchulainn.
Drew Mc Kinley, Race Director commented; ‘it is great to have the sponsors on board and thanked all of them as without their support their would be no race. Its great to have local building contractors Killowen contracts on board to sponsor the blue junior jersey and Micheal Nugent Ltd for the highly competitive team prize.
The wheelers have also included a most aggressive rider award in memory of Gerry McCabe who was a regular competitor in the 3 day.
Drew also mentioned while there are a few favourites it is so hard to predict a winner and that what makes this race so special within the cycling community. The list of past winners is impressive and its great to see last years winner Jake Gray do so well on Ireland teams and race for a French team.Its a race every rider wants on their list of wins, He also had praised for Newry wheelers club members who give up their weekend to make the race run smoothly and as safely as possible.
There will be minor traffic delays in Warrenpoint but the race usually adds a bit of colour and excitement to the town for the evening.”
Newry 3-Day 2017 Start list
|John Scott||Island Wheelers|
|Conor Devlin||Island Wheelers|
|Martyn Graham||Island Wheelers|
|Dean Burnside||Island Wheelers|
|Sean McGreevy||Velo Café Magasin|
|Peter Morrison||Velo Café Magasin|
|Neville O Neil||Velo Café Magasin|
|Joe Henry||Velo Café Magasin|
|Patrick Withers||Fintona CC|
|Barry McKenna||Fintona CC|
|Ethan Downey||Clann Eireann|
|John Bann Lavery||Clann Eireann|
|Martin McConville||Clann Eireann|
|John Heverin||Clann Eireann|
|Colm Watson||VC Glendale|
|Tony Boyle||VC Glendale|
|Garret Fitzgerald||VC Glendale|
|Sean McCorry||VC Glendale|
|Robbie McElderry||Bann Wheelers|
|Colin McElderry||Bann Wheelers|
|Michael Thompson||Bann Wheelers|
|Robbie Doherty||Davy McCall|
|Matthew McAllister||Davy McCall|
|Harvey Barnes||Davy McCall|
|Donal Shearer||Davy McCall|
|Peter Hughes||Armagh City|
|Neil Rafferty||Armagh City|
|John James McAnerney||Armagh City|
|Gary Lyons||Armagh City|
|Shaun Carey||North Down|
|Gareth Boyle||North Down|
|Peter Doggart||North Down|
|Ray Brownfield||North Down|
|Des Woods||Newry Wheelers|
|Mark Mc Kinley||Newry Wheelers|
|Kevin Lynch||Newry Wheelers|
|Gareth O neill||Newry Wheelers|
|Ali Gribbon||Carn wheelers|
|Shea Gribbon||Carn wheelers|
|Cathal Hendron||Apollo CT|
|Fergal Magee||Apollo CT|
|Rory Farell||Haldane Fisher|
|Mark Gordon||Haldane Fisher|
|Micheal Fox||Haldane Fisher|
|Barry Tinnelly||Haldane Fisher|
|Benny Smyth||Armagh Down|