Tour of Ulster preview 2018

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This May Bank Holiday weekend will see NDCC’s top riders compete in the prestigious Tour of Ulster road race. This is one of Ireland’s most long established races (1957), with this year’s event attracting elite riders from across Ireland and the UK.

From a base in Banbridge Co Down, the organisers have put together a really tough 3 stage race. Stage One is a 111-mile anticlockwise loop of Lough Neagh, taking in 4 categorised climbs, including a final KOH in Rathfriland. Stage Two really is one for the climbers with 100 miles of racing taking in Sleive Croob, Spelga, Castlewellan and the most difficult climb of the race, the Cat 1 at the Windy Gap. Stage 3 is a fast 10-mile circuit covered 7 times – starting and finishing in Banbridge

Best of luck to our talented five-man team – Keith Phillips, Javan Nulty, Andrew Chivers, Stuart Henry and Timmy Burns. NDCC rider David Hamilton will also be racing as he guest rides for Carn Wheelers.

Hopefully many members will take time over the holiday weekend to support the guys, so look out for further details about the race on Facebook.

Participation in these high profile events is made possible by the volunteering effort of numerous club members and the support from our loyal sponsors – Reid Black Solicitors, Chain Reaction Cycles, The Independent Group of Companies, Bow Bells Restaurant Donaghadee, Bokhara Restaurant Bangor, Downeys KIA Newtownards and Powerhouse Sport.