Last Round of National Road Series: Friends First Laragh Classic 3rd September

THE Cycling Ireland National Road Series closes with a thrilling double points race in the heart of Wicklow this Sunday.

After a challenging summer of action across the four provinces the race for the podiums in both men and women’s races will be decided on Wicklow Gap in the Friends First Laragh Classic.

Strata3 Velo Revolution rider Mark Dowling leads the men’s standings, taking that spot with an emptying win in the Gas Networks Ireland Nenagh Classic.

Dowling already has his name on etched on the Laragh Classic’s Wicklow granite cobble, and will be relishing the introduction of the Laragh Classic to the route.

Garda CC’s Eve McCrystal has been a thorough Champion throughout the women’s series, winning all but three rounds and finishing no worse than second.

Away on international duty, the Rio 2016 medallist will miss Sunday’s final round though, leaving the door open for Katharine Smyth – 80 points being on offer for first place.

With Ras na mBan, Ireland’s premier international women’s stage race beginning next Wednesday, Sunday’s race is expected to be the biggest and strongest of the series so far.

A test for the riders, the race route up the mighty Wicklow Gap will be a spectacle for all, the Tour De France having taken that route back in 1998.

Races commence at 10.30am. Sign on will open at 8.30am in The Brockagh Resource Centre, Laragh, Co. Wicklow.


For Further Information:

Jessica Lamb, National Road Series Media Releases

Ph: 087 942 7870

Heather Boyle, Communications Officer, Cycling Ireland

Ph: 086 021 1146

Issued by Cycling Ireland in partnership with the Cycling Ireland Road Commission

Notes to editors:

The National Road Series is a seven race series, with points counting for each race. Double points will be awarded for the last event on the calendar.

Rankings will be updated at this link within a week of each round:

Points Allocation

Place 2017 Points
1st 40
2nd 35
3rd 30
4th 25
5th 20
6th 19
7th 18
8th 17
9th 16
10th 15
11th 13
12th 11
13th 10
14th 9
15th 8
16th 7
17th 6
18th 5
19th 4
20th 3

Events in Series

Date Event Name Location
March 19th Des Hanlon Carlow
April 2nd Visit Nenagh Nenagh, Tipperary
May 7th (W) Deenside Cup Castlecomer, Kilkenny
May 14th (M) Shay Elliot Bray, Wicklow
June 11th Brian MacNamara Galway
July 16th Mullingar GP Mullingar, Westmeath
August 12th John Beggs Memorial Banbridge, Down
September 2nd Laragh Classic Wicklow

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