Club looking forward to hosting race

Thursday, 7 June 2018

BANBRIDGE CC once again host the Noel Teggart Memorial road races for
2018, taking place on Sunday, 17 June.
Always a busy day for the promoting club, there will be a total of six
races promoted including three races for the youth categories and three
senior races.
Racing will take place on the traditional circuit, starting in Banbridge
and making its way out to the village of Gilford and through Scarva
before the long drag back to Banbridge for a finish on the Scarva Road.
Last year's winner of this race, Marc Heaney riding for Belgian outfit
Asfra Racing, has gone on to become one of the most promising under 23
riders in the country and recently secured his first UCI categorised
victory overseas in Albania.
Other recent winners include multiple Irish National champion Mark
Dowling and 2018 Rás Tailteann stage winner Sean McKenna, who both added
their name to the winner's trophy alongside numerous famous Irish
cycling names; Tommy Evans, David McCann and Phillip Cassidy among them.
Contenders for this year's event are likely to include local riders
Lindsay Watson of Powerhouse Sport and John Buller of Banbridge CC, who
have both shown fantastic form against high quality international
competition in recent weeks, and will want to impress on home roads.
Darnell Moore and the Caldwell Cycles Team have also impressed most
weekends and if the Viner Caremark Pactimo team send their usual
contingent led by the in-form Matteo Cigala and Ronan McLaughlin they
will likely be at the top of the bookies' favourites list.
Of the six races being promoted on the day, the A1/A2 race will be the
first to roll out from the Banbridge Academy School at midday to face
seven laps of the circuit to give them a total race distance of 130km.
A dedicated A3 race always provides fierce competition with local man,
Simon Curry delighted to be get the upper hand on the Powerhouse Sport
junior riders in a hard fought bunch sprint at last year's event. This
year they will once again cover six laps of the circuit, giving them a
race distance of 110km.
The A4 race will face five laps to give a total race distance of 92km,
and will also accommodate A3 and A4 women, many of whom have been
showing their male counterparts that they are more than up to providing
healthy competition, and with the National Championships only weeks away
will be keen to cause the A4 men an upset.
A full suite of youth races will also be on offer, accommodating our
under 16, 14 and 12 riders. The under 16 event will complete three laps
for a total race distance of 55km.
The under 14s will complete one lap covering 17km, while the under 12s
will be neutralised to their official race start at the Bannville House
Hotel roundabout where they will race to Scarva village, a total race
distance of 9.5km. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 boys and top 3
girls in each youth race.
In a slight change from previous years the event HQ will be based at
Banbridge Rugby Club, just off the Newry Road.
The riders of all races will roll out in a neutralised fashion at
11.45am from the HQ, through Banbridge town, to the race start area at
the Banbridge Academy School, where riders will be held and released in
their respective races for the official race starts commencing at 12pm.
Short delays should be expected for those travelling through Scarva and


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