The Thatch Bar Drogheda was the venue last Thursday night for the official launch of the 2018 Ras Tailteann as well the Louth Jons SCME Dimplex Ras team. Drogheda Wheelers secretary Gerard Campbell spoke about Drogheda’s strong Ras tradition, acknowledging the presence of several local Ras veterans among the enthusiastic audience. Others who spoke passionately about the event were Drogheda Wheelers chairman Andrew Watters, race director Eimear Dignam and Drogheda Mayor Pio Smith.
While the town has hosted stage finishes on a number of occasions, this will be the first time that Race start will take place in Drogheda. The Louth Jons SCME Dimplex Team includes two Drogheda Wheelers riders, Barry Hughes and Niall Craven. Barry competed in the event two years ago, but suffered appalling luck with two crashes in the first two stages, the injuries sustained forcing his retirement on stage three. This will be Niall’s first Ras. Despite suffering a broken shoulder and collar bone just weeks ago, Niall’s determination meant there was scarcely any doubt about his participation. Niall and Barry are joined by Waterford man Paul Smith. Two Stamullen riders, Cian Delaney and Arek Kluz complete the line-up. Their inclusion is a poignant reminder of the vital part played by the late Gabriel Howard in making this team a reality. Gerard Campbell spoke of Gaybo’s tireless contribution to the Ras over the years and said that the opening stage will be dedicated to his memory.
Details of this years race route can be found here
The Dunsany GP will take place on Sat May 12th. Sign on will be in Dunsany GAA grounds from 9:00 am.
The route will be the usual green sheds circuit with the last lap coming off circuit to finish at the church in Dunsany.
10:3O am A3 race 4 x laps of 17k Total 68km
10:33 am A4 race 3 x laps of 17k Total 51km.
Once again Drogheda Wheelers’ team of race organisers and marshalls have put on what we believe was an exceptionally well run weekend of racing. Well done and huge thanks to all those who contributed.
Those of you who participated in any of our events (or perhaps parents of Rás na nÓg competitors) are invited to give feedback through a Cycling Ireland organised survey. You can do so by clicking on the following link
We are always striving to improve in a any way we can so we do hope as many of you as possible will take part. We look forward to hearing your opinions.
The survey will close on Sunday, 22nd April.
Skoda Ras na nÓg
Saturday April 14th
Race HQ Bellewstown Racecourse
Pre race meeting with parents mentors etc at 9.45am
Stage 1 10:30 am Crit
Sign on opens at 8:45 am at Bellewstown Racecourse
Stage 2 Road Race 2:00 pm
Sign on reopens at 1:00 pm
Sunday April 15th
Saturday April 14th
10th Anniversary Peter Bidwell Memorial Race
– Race starts at 5:30 pm
Sign on at Drogheda Retail Park (Security Offices opposite KFC), Donore Road from 3:30 pm
8 x laps of the 6.4km circuit 51.2km
Handicap Race for all categories i.e. A+,A1,A2,A3,A4,Juniors, Women
Presentation at 1.30pm Sunday in Thatch Bar Donore Road, Drogheda.
Click here for route details.
Sunday April 15thCoombes Connor Memorial Races
Sign on from 10:30 am at Bellewstown Racecourse
A+ / A1 / A2 Race 9 x laps 126k..race departs racecourse at 12.20pm for a 12.30 start on the circuit.This will be a rolling start and will not stop at entrance to circuit
A3 Race 6 x laps 84k//Race departs racecourse at 12.23pm
A4 Race 5 x laps 70k Race departs racecourse at 12.26pm
Final presentation at racecourse with refreshments
Click here for route details.
All further info Ger 086 8192205
This year’s Boyne GP will take place on Sunday 11th March 2018. Racing will be on the usual 12km circuit (see below).
Sign on venue will be Ryan’s Pub Gormalough (5kms from Slane on the R163 Kells Rd). We are currently trying to secure an off road car park 1km from the sign on venue. We will update on progress as soon as possible.
- No one day licences will be available
- Riders must have their full licence and numbers (pdf version on phone not accepted)
- The 110 maximum rider rule will apply in the A4 race. Should A4 entry numbers exceed this limit, two separate races will be held (with the prize fund to be split between both).
Sign on will open at 9:00am. To ensure rider safety it is necessary to stagger the start times.
10.30 A2 race 7 x laps 84km
10.33 A4 race 5 x laps 60km
13.00 A1 race 8x laps 96km
13.03 A3/Jun race 6 x laps 72km
For further info, contact Ger Campbell 086 8192205 firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s event will take place during the weekend April 14th / 15th 2016. Click here to download the entry form.
Further details will be posted here when available.
Drogheda Wheelers’ next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 18th January at 8:00 pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road Drogheda.
We’re delighted to announce that Rás na nÓg has been nominated in the “Best Competitive Event” category in the 2017 Cycling Ireland Membership Awards.
Now in its 10th year, Ireland’s premier youth stage race continues to give our young riders a chance to compete competitively on the road, many of them for the first time. This event is a breeding ground that allows our youth riders to develop, and helps propel them towards the upper echelons of Irish Cycling. The event is run by Ger Campbell in a professional and efficient manner and is a credit to cycling in Ireland.
Voting is now open on the Cycling Ireland Website and is open to all Cycling Ireland members.
And while you’re there, make sure to cast your vote for our neighbours Cuchulainn CC, worthy nominees in the “Club of the Year” category.
Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, Drogheda Wheelers’ Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday October 19th (and not Mon Oct 9th as previously stated). Time and venue remain the same i.e. 8:00 pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road, Drogheda.