The Banbridge CC promoted Noel Teggart Memorial returns for 2022 on Sunday 12th June, but with a slightly different look this year. The organising committee have been working hard to investigate alternative circuits worthy of the long standing event which is held in memory of a household name in Banbridge CC.
We believe we have been successful in designing a testing circuit that winds in the shadows of the Mourne Mountains on the outskirts of Banbridge and Rathfriland. With a healthy mix of challenging rises in the road and fast flowing smooth paved tarmac the 19 mile circuit should encourage some great racing.
If the circuit looks familiar to some, it may be because it was due to be used for Stage 1 of the Tour of Ulster which unfortunately will not be taking place in 2022. The Club have also been able to secure a one-way road closure on multiple parts of the course to minimise oncoming traffic for the riders and cavalcade.
As in previous years, a full compliment of senior and youth races will be promoted on the day. The feature A1/A2 race will be the last opportunity for some race miles ahead of the Ras Tailteann which is due to make a welcome return to Irish roads the week after. The A3 ‘ will have their own dedicated race as will the A4’s.
As per other Banbridge CC events, we will be permitting women to ‘ride down’ a category, so A2 women can ride in the A3 race and A3 women can ride in the A4 race. This has also proven to be popular in the past and has offered women competitive larger bunch racing ahead of key season targets such as the National Road Championship which take place in June. Women’s prizes will be offered in both races.
All races, including youth, will commence at 12 noon.
Further details will be announced along with event registration which is due to open this week via the Cycling Ireland EventMaster entry portal.