Saturday 7th March: The “Travers Engineering Annaclone GP 2020” Annaclone GAA Club, 44 Monteith Rd, Katesbridge, Banbridge, race starts at 12 am and promoted by Banbridge CC

On the opening day of the 2020 Irish road racing season, Banbridge CC will once again promote the Travers Engineering Annaclone GP. Taking place on Saturday 7th March, pre-entry will open on Monday 17th February at 7 pm. Two races will be on offer for competitors; a handicapped race catering for A1, A2 and A3 categories and a mass start A4 & Women’s support race. The ‘A’ race for A1, 2 & 3’s will be 6 laps of the traditional circuit for a total race distance of approx. 47.5mi / 76.5km.  The ‘B’ race for A4 men and A3/A4 women will cover 5 laps of the same course giving a total distance of approx. 40mi / 64km.  Please note ‘A3’ women have the choice to enter either the ‘A’ or ‘B’ race.  Both races will be restricted to a maximum of 80 riders. Details of the circuit can be found here. Entry will be via the Cycling Ireland online pre-entry system at a cost of £15 per adult rider & £10 for Junior riders. Generous cash prizes have been reserved for the top 8 finishers, 1st A2 & 1st A3 in the A race and top 6 in the B race which will also have a prize for 1st woman. For the ‘A’ race we will be reserving 30 places for A1 & A2 category riders for a limited time until midnight Monday 2nd March, or until all 30 places have been filled, after which all places will be open to all category riders (A1, A2 & A3). The ‘B’ race will be open to A4 category men and A3/A4 women riders.  Entry for both races will close at midnight on Thursday 5th March.  A reserve list will be operated for both events in the scenario of all places being filled.  Please note refunds will not be available after Both races will start at mid-day, with a roll out from the Event HQ in Annaclone GAA Club at 11:40 am.

Sunday 8th March: The “George Rooney Phoenix GP” Crumlin Leisure Centre (BT29 4UP) Antrim, start first race10.40 am (Nutts Corner Circuit) and promoted by Phoenix CC

Separate Races for A1/2, A3, A4, Masters and Women, there will be 5 races. All races start/finish approx 3 miles from Nutts Corner Roundabout on the A52 Belfast Road. Entry now open. This year sign-on will be in the Crumlin Leisure Centre (BT29 4UP) from 9:00 AM. Sign-on will close 30 min before each race with free spaces being allocated to the reserve list. There will be full changing and showering facilities available as well as refreshments before and after. Entry on the day of the race will be £20/€25. All riders must have the appropriate CI license card or print out from the CI website. No refunds for riders withdrawing will be issued.

This report is sponsored by our new co-sponsor Scribe Cycling which we welcome on board