This week we get spoiled in the North …and it would be a sin not to be there… let’s start with The Banbridge Crit (including the 2019 Ulster Crit champs) this Wednesday 5th June 7 Pm in Banbridge Town Center.

Banbridge CC are pleased to once again promote the Banbridge Criterium for 2019 on Wednesday 5th June.  For this year we’re delighted to once again host championship status with the Ulster Criterium Championship incorporated into the event.
Following the success of the event in previous years, including 2016 when it hosted the Irish National Championships, the club have confirmed that the event will use the same popular 1km circuit, starting and finishing on Banbridge town’s main high street – Newry St – to bring the fast-paced action of crit racing to the town centre where it belongs.
Also confirmed as a support race is an exciting new Elimination Race for the local Banbridge Interclub Race League clubs. Competition in the league has already been fierce in the opening rounds this year and with the format of the support race based on the track style elimination races, it should guarantee non-stop action for the duration.
The main feature Ulster Criterium Championship race will cater for A1, A2 & A3 categories and will be an Open Championships, so non-Ulster riders are welcomed and encouraged to participate also.
Winner by a half an inch James Curry (left) from his friend John Buller last year…they both entered again this year and I bet they will figure again to try to get the Ulster Title.

Saturday 8th June: “The Draynes Farm Bobby Crilly Classic” with Divis Mountain Finish 10.30 Am

The Draynes Farms Bobby Crilly Classic. (A1/2 & A3 races)
The course will be the same as last year with the iconic Divis mountaintop finish. However, as with last year due to a course alteration over safety fears, we can only run 2 concurrent races on the day.
This year we are pleased to be able to run a combined A1/2 race and a separate A3 race.
There will be NO race for A4 this year.
Details of the races are:
1. The A1/2 race will be six laps of the circuit (which will be familiar to anyone who has ridden the Phoenix GP) then up the climb, approximately 59 miles.
2. The A3 race will be four laps of the circuit then up the climb, approximately 42 miles.
Prizes will be awarded down to the sixth place.
The key details are:
• Pre-entry via Entrycentral close at midnight on Wednesday 5th June.
• Entry fee via EntryCentral is £15 for senior riders and £10 for juniors (please note juniors will have to pay £15 on Entrycentral and can get the £5 difference back at sign-on due to difficulties with two prices on Entrycentral, sorry for the hassle). Entry fee on the day is £20, £10 for juniors, subject to spaces being available. No refunds to riders withdrawing will be issued.
• Sign on in the Lamh Dhearg centre on the Hannahstown Rd, Belfast. BT17 0LZ. Paste 54.5877,-6.036258 into google maps for a location. No one-day licenses will be issued.
• Sign-on opens at 9:00 and will close at 10:00. The neutralized roll out to Nutts Corner will begin at 10:05, with the racing starting at Nutts Corner at 10:30.
Maps of the rollout and race route are as follows:
Map of the sign on location to the race start location
Map of the circuit:
The final map shows the climb from Nutts Corner to the top of Divis mountain
Good luck and I hope you enjoy the event.
Giving it all was Chris Mc Cann in 2018, and totally choco (done) at the finish

Sunday 9th May: The Canal Crit in Strabane (including full youth program and senior races including ladies) Town Centre Strabane with start at 9.45 am and 12 am . The Belgian Project will be present for tunes, race commentary and photo’s

Marc Potts winner 2018