The race manual for next weekend’s Rás na nÓg is now available. Click here to view or download.
Click here for the start lists for all Rás na nÓg stages.
As well as Rás na nÓg, we are also hosting 2 Senior Races. The first is on Saturday Evening which remembers Peter Bidwell, the clubs former Chairman and dearly missed founding figure of Rás na nÓg.Sunday is the Coombes Connor Memorial Races, which remembers two important figures into the formation of our club!
Saturday 13th April – Peter Bidwell Memorial Start Time: 5:30PMHandicap Race – 8 x laps of the donore circuit (52km) Sign on from 3.30pm in Drogheda Retail Park. Donore Road, Droghed (1 minute from M1 Exit 9)
Sunday 14th April – Coombes Connor Memorial Races Sign on from 10am at Bellewstown Racecourse
Race departs racecourse for neutralised 5k section to circuit A1/A2 race departs at 12.20 (9 x Laps – 126km)A3 race departs at 12.23 (7 x Laps – 98km)A4 race departs at 12.26 (5 x Laps – 70km)
For more details contact 0862739808/0868192205.
1st. Luke Smith (Bioracer DHL)
2nd. Fintan Ryan (Kingspan)
3rd. Sean McKenna (Pactimo Dan Morrissey)
4th. Harry Sweeney (Evo Pro Racing)
5th. Green Swinard (Pactimo Dan Morrissey)
6th. Daragh Feeley (Evo Pro Racing)
7th. Cormac McGough (Evo Pro Racing)
8th. Sean Feeney (South Dublin)
1st. Darren Davitt (Slipstream)
2nd. Ciaran Hallihan (Dunboyne)
3rd. Niall Whelan (Laois)
4th. Paul Woods (Carlow)
5th. John James McInerney (Armagh)
6th. Brian McNally (Scott Orwell)
7th. Shane Quinn (Longford)
8th. Jamie Busher (Scott Orwell)
9th. David Casserly (Longford)
10th. Anthony Mulholland (Scott Orwell)
1st. Cathal Clarke (Armagh-Down)
2nd. Shane Murphy (Dublin Wheelers)
3rd. Sean Heaslip Owens (DUCC)
4th. Eoin Ferriter (Drogheda Wheelers)
5th. Michael J McCotty (Lucan CRC)
6th. Mark Kiernan (Kilcullen)
7th. John Priest (Lucan CRC)
8th. Colm Bracken (Kilcullen)
9th. Brian Cullen (Dublin Wheelers)
10th. Michael Greene (Phoenix CC)
1st UN/P Jun. Conor Murphy Rogers (Scott Orwell)
1st UN/P Woman. Sophie Loscher (Sundrive Track Team)
1st. Donal Byrne (Unattached)
2nd. Aaron Henry (Usher IRC)
3rd. Pat Downing (Naas)
4th. Laurence McCabe (Newry)
5th. Shane Coll (Drogheda Wheelers)
6th. Daniel Lockly (Clontarf)
7th. Tom Keane (Ardee)
8th. Francis McGee (Ratoath)
Riders please note that the sign on venue for next weekend’s Boyne GP is now Stackallen Pitch ‘n’ Putt/ Tennis club (and not Ryan’s Pub as previously stated below). The club is situated on the N51 (about half way round the race circuit). Parking will also be available at the club.
The start / finish area and circuit all remain the same and presentation will still be back at Ryan’s pub.
Drogheda Wheelers Cycling Club are proud to announce that Rás na nÓg 2019 will take place on April 13 th and 14 th . This will be the 12th edition of Ireland’s premier youth stage race event which was established in 2007 by late Chairman Peter Bidwell and long serving secretary Gerard Campbell.
For the fifth year now, the race will be based at Bellewstown Racecourse which is a fantastic amenity, allowing parents and supporters to see the participants every few minutes without them having to travel to different locations. Again, there will be three stages – made up of a Crit on Saturday Morning, a road-race on Saturday Afternoon and a final road stage on Sunday Morning.
Škoda Ireland have very fortunately backed our event for the third consecutive year, allowing us to develop the youth cyclists of Ireland and encourage them to reach their full potential. A great deal of gratitude is owed to them for their commitment to our race and the entire sport in general, and we thank them for their very generous support. A huge thanks also to Cycling Ireland for funding through their stage race grant aid program as well as all the club sponsors, supporters and volunteers.
Since 2007, Rás na nÓg has grown into Ireland’s largest and most popular stage race event for Irish youths, attracting competitors from every corner of the country – North, East, South and West. Participants and winners have gone on to become renowned international cyclists, world tour riders, European and World medallists. Although there must be winners (and losers!), Rás na nÓg aims to develop every youth cyclist and allow them the opportunity to challenge themselves during the weekend. New Race Director, Gearóid Campbell said at the launch of Rás na nÓg 2019, “It’s not about the winners, or the losers, Rás na nÓg focuses on keeping our youths interested in the sport and making sure they progress to junior and senior with the same interest that they have now!”. Along with the tremendous task of running a 3-stage youth event, the tremendous team at Drogheda Wheelers offer a full set of senior events also, on Saturday evening with the ‘Peter Bidwell Memorial’ which remembers the sorely missed founding figure of the race and again on Sunday afternoon with the ‘Coombes Connor Memorial’, remembering two important figures in the formation of the club.
Speaking ahead of this year’s event, Gearóid said that he “can’t wait to welcome everyone to the hill in Bellewstown for the 2019 edition” and to keep a close eye on updates and information about the race which will be rolling out in the next few weeks”.
Raymond Leddy from chief sponsor, Škoda Ireland, added “We are delighted to be involved for the third consecutive year with this event and welcome all the young cyclists to the North East for what promises to be an excellent weekend of racing”.
While former winner, Mark Downey, a recent world track medallist spoke with the Rás na nÓg team last week and said that “This race is what it’s all about – inspiring kids at this age for the future” and that he still holds it to be one of his biggest successes at youth level.
Eddie Dunbar from Team Sky who won several stages at RNÓ echoed Downey’s remarks, noting “this race brings not only a competitive atmosphere but also a social aspect, allowing people from all over the country get together for an entertaining weekends racing!”.
All information required (including entry forms and routes) can be found on droghedawheelers.ie, @RASNANOG on Twitter, Drogheda Wheelers Facebook Page or from Race Director, Gearóid Campbell on +353862739808 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you at Rás na nÓg (Sponsored by Škoda Ireland) for 2019, April 13th and 14th in Bellewstown Racecourse.
The Boyne GP will take place on Sunday, 24th March. Deta6 are as follows:
Sign on from 9.00am in Ryan’s Pub Gormanlough (6kms from Slane on the R163 Kells Road)
10.30 – A2 race 7 x laps (84km)
10.33 – A4 race 5 x laps (60km)
12.45 – A1 race 8 x laps (96km)
12.48 – A3/Jun race 6 x laps (72km)
For further information contact Gerard on email@example.com.
Rás na nÓg 2019 will take place this year on April 13th & 14th from our home at Bellewstown Race Course.
The event comprises three stages:
- Saturday Stage 1 : Bellewstown Short Crit Circuit.
- Saturday Stage 2 : Bellewstown Circuit.
- Sunday Stage 3 : Cooperhill / Crufty / R150 Circuit.
For route maps click here
Entry forms can be downloaded by clicking on the link below.
Further details will appear here when available.
Drogheda Wheelers’ annual membership night takes place on Wednesday 28th November from 7:00 pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road, Drogheda. The club membership fee will once again be waived for existing members – the fee for new members is €20. Cycling Ireland licence fees, which are unchanged from 2018, can also be paid on the night.
Club gear will also be available for sale on the night.
The club’s Annual Coastal Tour will take place this Sunday 4th November. The route will be our normal 80km spin along the beautiful Louth coast (see route map below).
The event will begin at 10:30am from the sign venue at Donore National School and refreshments will be provided afterwards. Entry fee is €20 with all proceeds going towards the school.
Drogheda Wheelers are excited to announce that we have been nominated for Cycling Ireland Club of the Year! Voting ends November 9th!
Get sharing, get voting – let’s bring this home to a club that deserves it!
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Drogheda Wheelers’ AGM will take place on Wednesday September 26th at 8:00 pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road, Drogheda. The Agenda is as follows:
- Officers reports
Election of committee.
- Child Protection Officer
- Road captain
- Membership Officer
- Public Relations Officer