The CX begins to get momentum as road racing coming to an end, this with his penultimate race for A4’s in Armagh on Sunday (only West Down Wheelers GP to come next weekend ) and some hill racing to finish the road for 2018 over the next few weekends. Saturday 22nd September  “The Dromara Hill Climb Challenge”  at Slieve Croob (Mourne Mountains County Down) Dromara CC is hosting the Slieve Croob Hill Climb Challenge.  Now in its third year the riders start in Finnis beside the Peter Morgan Cottage, cycle up Drew Hill then on up to the top of Slieve Croob. Timing for all riders.  Spot prizes and overall male and female prize (open to all category’s)   Sunday 23rd September ” The Armagh Road Race”  is 40 miles in total. Riders will complete 4 laps of a 10 mile circuit. Each lap covers a mix of terrain with the first half starting out on the undulating Battleford Road before turning left onto the Knappagh Road and then the Elm Park Road. From here riders will turn left onto the flat, fast Killylea road for the final few miles back to the start/finish. This is an A4 race open to A4’s, ladies and masters riders. £ 15.00 entry online or £20.00 on the day  https://www.racepass.co.uk/Registration/Show/1148
Date: 23/09/2018 -Sign-on: 08:30-09:30 -Race start: 10:00
Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/11190656Leaves us on Sunday with the Lakeland Wheelers CX at Irvinestown (round 2 of the Ulster League) in the beautiful surroundings of Necarne Castle in Fermanagh.  A return to the country estate of Necarne near Irvinestown which was last used by the host club in 2015.  The 16th century castle with round turrets and battlements is now lying empty but still overlooking a wide expanse of fields as well as its front lawn.

The venue had been used for horse trails.  The start/finish line will be in front of the abandoned castle with both youth and seniors using part of the grass lawn for the run into the finish.  The senior course heads away to the left of the castle across open field, onto a tarmac road before turning left up a gravel road climb.  This climb then continues onto grass for a steep push up over the rise onto a ridge.  Riders will then drop down the slope for a sharp turn and dismount run up.  This will then lead back to the tarmac road for a fast spin back up towards the castle but then heading off to the right and onto the grass in front of the castle. (report Martin Grimley ) Entry https://fs27.formsite.com/CUORC/form23/index.html

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