Though still only a relative newbie on the Cycling Ireland race calendar, the Visit Nenagh Classic has quickly established itself as a firm favourite, and once again it features as a part of the Joe Daly Cycles Women’s National League.
Victory at last year’s Visit Nenagh Classic went to Rás na mBan and track star Eve McCrystal of Garda CC. This race is always a popular event on our National League calendar, and a big turnout, as well as some great racing, will be expected at Round 2 on Sunday 17th April.
Following her victory in National League Round 1, the Des Hanlon Memorial, Claire McIlwaine of Phoenix CC will wear the Joe Daly Cycles league leader jersey at the Visit Nenagh Classic.
To commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising, an interesting prime has been included in this year’s Visit Nenagh Classic… at exactly 19.16km, in the village of Cloughjordan, a prime prize will be awarded to the first rider to pass the Thomas McDonagh Heritage Centre. The winner of this sprint prime will also take home an impressive-looking commemorative jersey for their efforts!
The promoters proudly market the Visit Nenagh Classic as:
“The toughest and longest one day race in Ireland”
And at 81km in length, and with several leg-testing climbs, National League Round 2, will present a proper challenge to all comers.
The circuit starts and finishes in Nenagh town centre, and will take riders across the county border into Co. Offaly, including a quick visit to Moneygall (no coffee stop at Barack Obama Plaza though!), before crossing back into Co. Tipperary again.
Essential Race Details
Date: Sunday 17th April
Race HQ: Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary (all races will start at Race HQ, and will be neutralised until the start line)
Sign-on (at Race HQ): 08:30am – 10am
Race Start Time: National League Round 2 starts at 11am
Pre-register online at the reduced fee of €16, or register on the day for €20.
National League trivia: NL Round 2, the Visit Nenagh Classic passes through the home village of not one, but two current members of Cycling Ireland’s Women’s Commission!!