Ulster Cycling News
1Jun/160

Start List and Race Info For Rás Dhun na nGall 2016- TT Updated

150-metres-to-goOne of Ulster's most prestigious stage races, Rás Dhun na nGall,  takes place this coming weekend based in Ardara, Co Donegal. The event is promoted by Four Masters Cycling Club, Donegal's oldest cycling club. The stage race consists of three road race stages and a time trial and is only open to A2 and A3 riders. A total of one hundred and fifty riders have entered this race and Ardara will be buzzing with riders and their supporters over the weekend.

The first stage is often under-estimated by those new to the race and many a rider has lost valuable time by doing so. Normally the race goes from the gun on Friday  night and although it is only a thirty mile stage it has two categorised climbs. The route for Friday takes riders from Ardara to Frosses, Inver, Bogagh and back to Ardara.

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On Saturday morning there is a 2.4 mile time trial over a hilly course.  This is a change from the original route due to circumstances beyond the club's control.  It now takes place just outside Ardara on the Killybegs Road rather than the Wood Road.

Then it is onto the afternoon's fifty seven mile stage in which the riders will do three laps of  the circuit which takes in Ardara, Glenties, Clooney and Ardara.

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Sunday's stage is sixty miles of hard racing from Ardara to Ardaghey, Narin and Glenties before the final leg back into Ardara to head for the infamous climb of Glengesh where the race will finish at the top.

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There is a top quality field for this year's event with Ulster riders such as Armagh's Kevin McKinney riding for Velo Café Magasin, Jonathan Dooey of Dunloy CC and Marc Heaney of the Cycling Ulster squad all riding well at the minute. Missing from the line up is a team from the Nicholas Roche outfit but some of the riders are guesting for other teams. Jake Grey and Aaron Kearney will be sporting the Errigal CC colours and they could be strong contenders for the overall win.

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Scott Orwell Wheelers have entered three women in this year's event. These are Michelle Geoghan, Beth McCloskey and Emily Brick.

If the current hot spell continues spectators will have a wonderful time while the riders toast. But come rain or shine there is always a warm Donegal welcome from Four Masters CC, The Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Traders who sponsor the event.

See you all there.

Full details of all the stages and the start list can be downloaded below.

Marian Lamb UCN: marianlamb@ulstercyclingnews.com

Ras Dhun na nGall Start List

Stage 1 Map

Stage 1 Details

Stage 2 Revised

Stage 3 Map

Stage 3 Details

Stage 4 Map

Stage 4 Details

 

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