Annaclone GP opens road racing season.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Annaclone GP opens road racing season. thumbnail Last year’s cyclists taking part in Annaclone GP. It is hoped the predicted severe weather, including the forecast of snow, will not prevent the popular event from going ahead.

OPENING the Irish road racing season will be the Banbridge CC promoted Travers Engineering Annaclone GP, which will take place this Saturday, 3 March.

Two races will be hosted, both of which will start and finish outside the Hawthorne Inn.

The main attraction of the day will be the 'A' race catering for A1, A2 and A3 category riders, which starts at 12pm and will cover 80km.

This will be a handicapped affair with the A3 riders receiving a competitive handicap over their A2 and A1 counterparts.

The 'B' race will cater for A4 men and A3 women in a massed start event, starting just after the 'A' race and will cover 65km.

Both races are expected to have a full field of 80 riders, with the 'B' race finishing at approximately 1.45pm and the 'A' race finishing shortly after, at approximately 2.15pm.

The route will take the riders from the Ardbrin/Tanvally Road crossroads to Ritchies Bridge, where they take a sharp left onto the B10/Monteith Road.

Once over the long drag at May's Corner they will descend into the Diamond junction, where another sharp left will take them to Katesbridge via the Greenhill Road.

At Katesbridge they will enter the final leg of the circuit where they rejoin the Ardbrin Road for the final climb up to the Hawthorn Inn.

Delays for local traffic are to be expected on the circuit between 11.30am and 3pm.

The winner of the 'A' race will have the honour of having their name etched onto the Eddie Sands Memorial Cup. The memorial cup has been kindly donated by the Sands family following the sad passing of Eddie in 2016.

Eddie was one of the co-founders of Banbridge CC in 1944 and remained a dedicated and loyal member of the club until his passing.

With plenty of local riders from all the local clubs taking part in both races, such as BCC's John Buller, Lindsay Watson Powerhouse Sport, Cameron McIntyre AC Bisontine and West Down Wheelers riders Paul Wilkinson and Brandon Douglas, there'll be lots to cheer about as they take on the best road cyclists Ulster has to offer.


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