The John Beggs Memorial is back for 2019 and looks set to be a highlight of the Irish cycling calendar on Saturday 10th August. Using the same 30 km circuit as the previous two years which proved to be hugely popular with riders and spectators alike, the event will play host to the 5th round of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series and is sure to once again attract the best of Ireland’s elite men and women.
The circuit takes the riders out of Dromore town, winding and rolling through the villages of Kinallen and Dromara with the Mourne Mountains as a backdrop, making their way toward Hillsborough before they turn back once again in the direction of Dromore. With the climbs of Ballykeel Hill, Kinallen and Ballykeel scattered around the circuit, mass bunch finishes are an unlikely outcome for most races. All races will exit the circuit for the final run into Dromore town before the final climb to the finish line atop Mount St.
There will be 4 races hosted on the day; The Men’s A1/A2 race and the Women’s race will both be part of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series. They will be supported by two separate races, the Sean McGreevy Memorial race accommodating the A3’s and a further support race for the A4 category riders.
The A1/A2 men will complete 4 laps to give them approx. 128km of racing, while the Women and A3 races will both cover 3 laps for total race distance of 98km. The A4 race will complete 2 laps, giving them 68km.
All races will be pre-entry and will open for registration on Monday 29th July on the Cycling Ireland Azolve website at a cost of £15. Riders are asked to pre-enter to assist with event administration and management, including the ever popular live race updates which will be available via the Banbridge CC Twitter stream. Entry on the day, subject to availability, will be at a cost of £20 per rider.
All races will start at 12 noon and will roll out from the Event HQ at Dromore High School
Further detail of the event, including the Race Information Manual, will be made available via the Banbridge CC social media on both Facebook and Twitter in the coming days and weeks in the run up to the registration window and the event itself.