On the opening day of the Irish road racing season, Banbridge CC will once again promote the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP. Taking place on Saturday 2nd March, pre-entry will open on Monday 11th February at 7pm.
Two races will be on offer for competitors; a handicapped race catering for A1, A2 and A3 categories and a mass start A4 support race.
The ‘A’ race for A1, 2 & 3’s will be 6 laps of the traditional circuit for a total race distance of approx. 50 miles / 80 km, with the winner being awarded the Eddie Sands Memorial Cup. The ‘B’ race for A4 men and A3/A4 women will cover 5 laps of the same course giving a total distance of approx. 40 miles / 65 km. Please note ‘A3’ women have the choice to enter either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ race. Both races will be restricted to a maximum of 80 riders.
Details of the circuit can be found here.
In addition to the Eddie Sands Memorial Cup for the winner of the ‘A’ race, we are delighted to announce the introduction of the Travers Cup for the winner of the ‘B’ race. Sean Travers has been a long-time supporter and sponsor of Banbridge Cycling Club and the Annaclone GP and we are delighted to add a winner’s cup in his name to this popular event.
Entry will be via the Cycling Ireland online Azolve pre-entry system at a cost of £15 per adult rider & £10 for junior riders. A link to the pre-entry will be made available both on the Banbridge CC website and Cycling Ireland on Monday 11th Feb.
Generous cash prizes have been reserved for the top 8 finishers in the A race and top 6 in the B race which will also have a prize for 1st woman.
For the ‘A’ race we will be reserving 35 places for A1 & A2 category riders for a limited time until 12noon on Monday 18th February, after which all places will be open to all category riders (A1, A2 & A3). The ‘B’ race will be open to A4 men and A3/A4 women only. Entry for both races will close at midnight on Wednesday 28th February. A reserve list will be operated for both events in the scenario of all places being filled.
Both races will start at mid-day, with a roll out from the Event HQ in Annaclone GAA Club at 11:40am.
A valid racing licence is required for all entrants – no exceptions. Further details of the event will be released in due course via banbridgecc.co.uk