Rás na nÓg 2017 Results

Drogheda Wheelers would like to thank all the riders (and their families) who took part in this year’s Rás na nÓg. We hope all who participated enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing you all again next year. Special congratulations go to Shane Galvin (Killarney), Darren Foy (Covey) and Shay Donley (Ballymoney) who took overall victory in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 categories respectively. For a full list of results click on the links below:

Under 12 Results

Under 14 Results

Under 16 Results

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Drogheda Wheelers Weekend of Racing
Full details

Ras na nÓg

Saturday April 1st

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 1:15 pm

Sunday April 2nd

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

Final presentation at Bellewstown Racecourse at approx. 1:30 pm
For route details click here

Senior Races

Saturday April 1st

Peter Bidwell Memorial – Race starts at 5:30 pm
Sign on at Drogheda Retail Pk 3:30-5:15 pm

8 x laps of the 6.4km circuit 51.2km
Handicap Race for all categories
Presentation in Thatch Bar Donore Road, Drogheda.

Sunday April 2nd

Coombes Connor Memorial
Sign on from 9:30 am at Bellewstown Racecourse

Race 1 A4 at 11:30 am 4 x laps of the 14k circuit 56km

The A1, A2 and A3 races will roll from the racecourse at 1:00 pm in race order for 1:10 pm start on the circuit.
A1 race 9 x laps 126km
A2 race 7 x laps 98km
A3 race 6 x laps 84km

Final presentation at Bellewstown racecourse
A4 presentation after completion of A4 race

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Boyne GP promoted by Drogheda Wheelers C C on Sunday 12th March 2017.

This year’s Boyne GP will take place on Sunday 12th March 2017.

Sign on venue will be Ryan’s Pub Gormalough (6kms from Slane on the R163 Kells Rd). Sign on will open at 9:00am and will remain open until 12:30 pm. To ensure rider safety it is necessary to stagger the start times. Racing will be on the usual 12km circuit.

Race Programme

10.30 A2 race 7 x laps 84km
10.33 A4 race 5 x laps 60km
12.45 A1 race 8x laps 96km
12.48 A3/Jun race 6 x laps 72km

Riders wishing to avail of one day licences are advised to come early to ensure a timely start. Presentation for the earlier events will take place as soon as the later events are on the road.

For further info, contact Ger Campbell 086 8192205 gerry.campbell@droghedawheelers.ie

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SKODA Ireland to Sponsor the 2017 Rás na nÓg

SKODA Ireland are delighted to sponsor the 2017 Rás na nÓg. The annual cycle event, aimed at junior cyclists, was first established in 2007 by the late Chairman of the Drogheda Wheelers, Peter Bidwell and current long serving secretary Gerard Campbell.

Rás na nÓg 2017 launch

The 2017 Rás na nÓg will take place on Saturday April 1st and Sunday 2nd at Bellewstown Racecourse for the third year in a row and is expected to draw large crowds to soak up the carnival atmosphere on the day.

Speaking ahead of the 2017 Rás na nÓg, event organiser Gerard Campbell said: “Rás na nÓg is hugely popular and continues to grow each year. It kicks off the cycling season and cyclists from all corners of the country flock to Bellewstown to take part. We’re very proud to list a number of top cycling talent among our stable of previous participants and winners, including: Ryan Mullen who now cycles for Cannondale team at World Tour level; Eddie Dunbar, who rides for the Axeon team in the USA; and Michael O’Loughlin, who is the current under 23 road race champion and is riding with the Wiggins team in the UK.”

Also commenting, Cathal Kealey, PR and Sponsorship Manager at SKODA Ireland, said: “We’re delighted to be getting behind the 2017 Rás na nÓg, a key event in the Irish cycling calendar. The Rás alumni reads like a who’s who of Irish cycling talent so we are excited to be lending our support this year.”

Click on the link below to download the entry form

Rás na nÓg 2017 Entry Form

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Youth Training Day

There will be a training day for all the youth cyclists in the club. It will be held on Saturday, 25th of February, from 10am – 2pm in Corkagh Park! If interested please contact: youth@droghedawheelers.ie

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Meeting For Youth Riders

There will be a meeting for all Drogheda Wheelers Youth Cyclists (under 16) on Thursday January 19th at 8pm in the Thatch Bar, Donore Road, Drogheda. We will be discussing structures and plans for our youth riders for the coming season so it is very important that all attend. All riders attending must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.

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Committee Meeting

Our first committee meeting of 2017 will be held at 8:00 pm on Monday next January 9th in Thatch Bar Donore Rd., Drogheda. Draft agenda includes:

  • Mentoring progrmme / assiatance for all our youth cyclists
  • Castlebar training weekend
  • Ongoing clothing order etc
  • Plans for our 2017 promotions
  • Racing plans as a club
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Drogheda Wheelers Winter Training Camp

A quick reminder to all our race licence holders that our annual winter training camp will take place in Castlebar on Saturday 18th February to Sunday 19th February. The camp entails two training spins and is a great way to prepare for the coming season.

As usual, the weekend includes

  • 2 Nights B & B in a cycling friendly guesthouse
  • Evening dinner on Saturday night in a local restaurant
  • Soup and sambos on return from training on Saturday afternoon.
  • Support car for weekend.

There are a limited number of places available and anyone interested should contact Gerry Campbell.

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Well done Gerard!

Gerard at the Cycling Ireland awards ceremony.

Gerard at the Cycling Ireland awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Gerard Campbell, long serving secretary of Drogheda Wheelers on his recent induction into Cycling Ireland’s Hall of Fame at the annual Cycling Ireland awards. Gerard is a hugely popular figure in Irish cycling and this honour is recognition of his dedication and commitment to the sport over the last number of decades. Gerard has worked tirelessly not only for his club but also at provincial and national level, not least through his 40 year involvement in the Rás – Ireland’s international cycling race. Gerard has also recently been appointed to the newly established Cycling Ireland road commission. He now joins a very exclusive list of Hall of Fame inductees. Well done on this tremendous personal achievement!

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Louth Coastal Tour 2016

This year’s Louth Coastal Tour will go ahead on Sunday November 20th with a start time of 10:30 am.

Sign on venue and parking, if required, will be at Scoil Naomh Mhuire in Donore Village from 9:00 am. All proceeds will go to the school who are making huge improvements and have made their facilities available to us every year free of charge for the Brendan Campbell Memorial Race. There will be hot refreshments on return at the school.

The route (approx 83 km) will be similar to last year’s but with a couple of alterations. There will be about 3 km extra at the start as we are out in Donore this year. Also, since part of the N2 outside Ardee is closed at present, we will have a new return section from Ardee to the finish.

Pace will be controlled by selected riders at 25 kph (to the best of our ability).

It’s always a great day out. Entry is just €20.

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