Ireland’s premier Youth Cycling Event, the three day ‘Errigal International Youth Tour’ is the first of the big youth races to embrace girls racing and offer our youth their own races and general classification.
Errigal CC have adapted their Race and Prize structure to comply with the new Cycling Ireland rules , after a motion proposed by the Women’s Commission at the 2017 AGM
On each of the two road stages based in Churchill around the iconic Keelogs Circuits, the girls in each age category will have their own races setting off a short period after the boys with a restructuring of the final Crit Stage in Letterkenny to accommodate three girls races.
James Harkin Race Director is in no doubt this will add to the event:
“Over the last 3 or 4 years we have seen an increase in the number of girls participating , and in line with Cycling Ireland rules we felt the time was right to promote separate girls racing, we know that this will provide some really exciting racing and hopefully encourage more girls to participate”
The Cycling Ireland’s Women Commission and Cycling Ulster Youth Commission are completely behind this decision.
Women’s Commission Chair Róisín Kennedy was wholehearted in her congratulations for the host club:
“James and the Errigal Club are to be commended for this decision, I have no doubt our riders will support this event and make this race a memorable one, we are delighted that a race of this stature will give our youth this opportunity”
Shaun Mc Bride from the Cycling Ulster Youth commission adds,
“The Errigal International Youth Tour is the best of its kind in Ireland and for them to take this step is a real boost for girls racing across the island of Ireland, it offers them rightly the opportunity for equality, James and his team are again ahead of the game.
Errigal CC will be leaving their Entries Open for our young riders up to the event.