A number of races taking place in March are available to enter online. See the following event information and links for registration.
Travers Engineering GP – Saturday 7th March
On the opening day of the 2020 Irish road racing season, Banbridge CC will once again promote the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP. Taking place on Saturday 7th March, pre-entry is now open and can be accessed here.
Two races will be on offer for competitors; a handicapped race catering for A1, A2 and A3 categories and a mass start A4 & Women’s 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. 47.5mi / 76.5km. The ‘B’ race for A4 men and A3/A4 women will cover 5 laps of the same course giving a total distance of approx. 40mi / 64km. 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.
Entry cost of £15 per adult rider & £10 for Junior riders.
Generous cash prizes have been reserved for the top 8 finishers, 1st A2 & 1st A3 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 30 places for A1 & A2 category riders for a limited time until midnight Monday 2nd March, or until all 30 places have been filled, after which all places will be open to all category riders (A1, A2 & A3).
The ‘B’ race will be open to A4 category men and A3/A4 women riders. Entry for both races will close at midnight on Thursday 5th March. 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 Cycling Ireland racing licence is required for all entrants – no exceptions. Cycling Ireland One day/ Event licences will not be made available for this event. An Event Manual with further details will be released in due course via banbridgecc.co.uk
Event Director: Aaron Wallace – email@example.com / +44 (0) 7713 147 968
Phoenix GP – Sunday 8th March
The Phoenix CC promotion takes place on Sunday 8th March, entry is on a first come, first served basis with a limit on the entries for each race, riders are urged to submit their entry as soon as possible. Click here to go to the pre-entry link.
This year sign-on will be in the Crumlin Leisure Centre (BT29 4UP) from 9:15. Sign on will close 30 min before each race with free spaces being allocated to the reserve list.
There will be full changing and showering facilities available as well as refreshments before and after. The sign-on fee is £17 for everyone except juniors who pay £7. Juniors please note that on entry central, you will have to pay £17 for pre-entry, please make yourself known at sign-on on the day and we will reimburse you the £10 difference. Entry on the day of the race will be £20/€25.
All riders must have the appropriate CI license card or print out from the CI website.
No refunds for riders withdrawing will be issued.Course details:
The course will be the usual Nutt’s Corner > Seven Mile Straight > Long Rig Rd course + NEW FINISH section
**Note this year the finish will be approx 1.7 miles past the start line on the same road (A52). The race will be run as usual with lap counts and then after passing the start line for the final time, that would have histroically been the finish, the race will continue for 1.7 miles on the same road until reaching the new finsh line. **
Sign on location Goolge maps 54.618304, -6.213043
Race start location Goolge Maps 54.639893, -6.083842
Race NEW Finish Location google maps 54.638592, -6.039003
There will be five races:
Women, over 50’s and A4’s starting at 10:45
A1/A2 combined race and an A3 race starting at 12.30.
A1/A2 (George Rooney GP)
This race will be handicapped and will be 6 laps + new finish section, approximately 52 miles overall.
Start time 12:30pm
Prizes for top 6
There will be a separate A3 race over 5 laps + new finish section, approximately 44 miles overall.
Start time 12:35pm
Prizes for top 5
This race will be a scratch race and will be 4 laps + finish section, approximately 36 miles overall.
Please note this race will start at 10:45.
Prizes for top 5
3 laps of the course + new finish section, aprox 27 miles. This race will be run on its own if there are greater than 10 entries.
Race start approx 10:50am
Prizes for top 3 **
** If the race has 3 – 10 entrants it will be run within the Masters race with a prize for the first female finisher only. For races with less than 3 entrants, that race will, if permissible, be combined with another race. For example if there is only 2 female entrants for the women’s race then those entrants can enter the Masters race with that race becoming a Masters/women’s race and prizes for top 3 overall finishers only.
Phoenix is also proud to be promoting this Master race A3, A4 and club license riders who will be 50 or older this calendar year. These riders can choose to ride this race or the A4 or A3 race. The masters’ races are hotly contested with the early races proving the most popular. The race will be 4 laps + finish section, approximately 36 miles overall.
Race start approx 10:50am
Prizes for top 3
John Haldane Memorial RR – Sunday 15th March
Newry Wheelers are promoting several races to suit all senior categories as part of this year’s John Haldane Memorial RR. The 2020 edition is sponsored by Haldane Fisher and McKinley Contracts. You can enter by going to the Cycling Ireland website, click here.
Simon Brien Residential Tour of Ards – Saturday 21st March
Ards Cycling Club promote their annual Tour of Ards ‘Spring Classic’ which will see 80 riders race around the beautiful Ards Peninsula for the coveted Tommy Brown Memorial Trophy. This year’s main sponsor is Simon Brien Residential.
Again we have the support of the PSNI motorbikes to assist with the running of the event. Thanks also to Bioracer who are providing the winners jersey and to our club sponsor Romas Bar and Bistro Newtownards.
Click here to apply for entry for the race.
The route can be viewed here. Total distance is 125 km.
Total prize fund is £750 with £175 for the winner.
Entry fee £20 Senior – £15 Junior
Eligible categories – A* A1, A2, A3, Jun
All riders must have a valid Cycling Ireland licence.
Please note entries are not on a first come first served basis. Applications for entry will close on Sunday 15th March. The organising committee will meet and finalise the start list shortly after and you will be informed by email if your application has been successful.
Race HQ – St. Patricks Parish Hall, Victoria Avenue, Newtownards
Sign on – 9:30am – 10:20am
Roll out – 10:50am
Derrymacash Grand Prix – Sunday 29th March
Clann Éireann CC promote this combined A3/A4 race over 48 miles. Entry can be done online by clicking here.