Ulster Cycling News

Details of the Newry 3 day

Newry Wheelers are delighted to promote the 27th edition of their 3 day stage race on the weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th August 2014. This stage race, which is one of the most popular on the Irish cycling calendar, will see over 80 riders compete to add their name to the list of previous winners which is no mean feat.

The racing kicks off on Friday night at 7:00 pm in Warrenpoint where the riders will tackle the flat dual carriageway before hitting a stinger of a hill in the form of Grinan Road. They then return to Warrenpoint again for 3 short laps which should entertain the local crowds who will also be out watching the Maiden of Mourne festival. The ChainReaction Cycles point’s jersey is also up for grabs on this stage and is one a lot of riders want, especially the sprinters. Finishing time approximately 8:15/8:30 pm. The 1st stage is generously sponsored by JC Campbell Citroen/Honda in Rostrevor.

After the fast stage on Friday night the riders will head to the hills on Saturday morning to take on the roads around Hilltown to test the riders climbing skills. This stage will go a long way in deciding the outcome of the Spin 11 Yellow Jersey as well as the FPM Polka Dot jersey for best climber. Reed Hall is the last big hill of the day before the bunch descends into Hilltown with the race finishing outside the INF hall at 11:45/12 noon approximately.

Saturday afternoon sees the race of truth where riders will test themselves against the clock. This will split the riders up and see them settle in their positions for the fight for overall glory. The time trial takes place at 3:30 pm from the Narrow Water Castle. This stage will also be a big factor in the destination of the blue youth riders jersey kindly sponsored by Felix O’Hare building contractors.

Sunday is the final and perhaps the Queen stage sponsored by Haldane Fisher. This is usually the name given to the hardest stage of the race and longest and at 70 mile with 4 King of the hills included it will be tough. Last year seen the yellow jersey change hands in the final 10 miles which proves how hard this route is. The riders will start from Newry Sports Centre at 10.30 before heading to Banbridge, Castlewellan, Rathfriland, Newry, Hilltown, Rathfriland and the finish in Newry at the Mot centre at 1.30 pm approx.

3day promo

More details of the race including route maps can be downloaded from the link below (PDF file)

The competion will be tough and especially from Mark Downey and Matthew Teggart from the Nicholas Roche performance team but last years winner Derek Cunningham will want to do well also.

The race organising committee are grateful to the sponsors on board and thanked Newry and Mourne District Council for their help with the race. The committee also wish to praise the members of Newry Wheelers Cycling Club who give up their weekend to make the race run smoothly and as safely as possible.

By Drew McKinley

If any rider is unable to ride the race please let Drew know asap as there is an extensive start list (drewmckinley77@gmail.com)

Posted by Martin Grimley (martin@ulsterxc.com)

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