Rás 2018 Gets Underway!

Kay Howard wife of the Late Gabriel (Gaybo) Howard with her family drop the flag to officially start the 2018 Rás Taliteann in Drogheda. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Drogheda Wheelers Jons SCME Dimplex Louth Rás Tailteann team, Niall Craven, Cian Delaney, Paul Smith, Barry Hughes and Arek Klus with team manager Andrew Watters, Anthony Connor Logistics and Benner Maguire Mechanic at the race start in Drogheda. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

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Ras 2018 Team and Route Launch

Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex riders Niall Craven, Cian Delaney, Arek Klus, Paul Smith and Barry Hughes with Support crew and members of Drogheda Wheelers at the launch of the 2018 Rás Tailteann in The Thatch. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

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.

Team Louth Jons SCME Dimplex riders Niall Craven, Cian Delaney, Paul Smith, Barry Hughes and Arek Klus with team manager Andrew Watters, Austin Dennis Physio, Anthony Connor Logistics and Benner Maguire Mechanic at the launch of the 2018 Rás Tailteann in The Thatch. Photo:Colin Bell/pressphotos.ie

Details of this years race route can be found here

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Dunsany GP

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.

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Weekend of Racing 2018 Review

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

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BQX68M

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.

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Drogheda Wheelers Weekend of Racing 2018
Full details

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

Stage 3 Road Race 10:00 am
Sign on opens at 8:30 am

For route details click here

Senior Races

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 15th

Coombes 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

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Boyne GP promoted by Drogheda Wheelers CC on Sunday 11th March 2018.

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.

Note

  1. No one day licences will be available
  2. Riders must have their full licence and numbers (pdf version on phone not accepted)
  3. 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.

Race Programme

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 gerry.campbell@droghedawheelers.ie

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Rás na nÓg 2018

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.

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Committee Meeting

Drogheda Wheelers’ next committee meeting will be held on Thursday 18th January at 8:00 pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road Drogheda.

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Vote for Rás na nÓg!

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.

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AGM Date Change

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.

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