Tour of Omagh, ideal prep for Rás na mBan!

 

Tour of Omagh 2015 saw a significant turnout for the womens race

Tour of Omagh 2015 saw a significant turnout for the womens race

Omagh Wheelers, Cycling Ireland Club of the Year in 2013, are gearing up for the 2016 Spar Tour of Omagh stage race, which will take place over the weekend of 5th – 7th August, in and around Omagh, County Tyrone.

While the men’s Tour of Omagh stage race is confined to those with an A4 licence only, the separate women’s event is open to all CI open racing licence holders, from A4 to A1.

Coming, as it does, just one month beforehand, the Tour of Omagh women’s stage race stands out as ideal preparation for this year’s An Post Rás na mBan. In that regard, Cycling Ulster have entered a strong team, including last year’s Tour of Ulster winner, Eileen Burns of Ballymena CC.

Eileen Burns, Tour of Omagh 2015

Eileen Burns on her way to winning Tour of Omagh 2015

Omagh Wheelers are employing an online registration system to allow competitors to pre-enter for this year’s 7th edition of the Tour of Omagh, and we recommend you submit your details as soon as possible, to allow the race organisers every opportunity to manage numbers etc., and so that your Race Pack will arrive in plenty of time.

The Tour of Omagh Women’s Stage Race is open to both individual riders and to club teams. Teams must have a minimum of 3, and a maximum of 5 riders signing on. Composite teams are also permitted, please notify the Race Organiser (details below) if you are entering a composite team.

Omagh Wheelers

Omagh Wheelers

Race Details

Dates: 5th – 7th August

Pre-entry: https://www.entrycentral.com/tourofomagh

Sign on: Friday 5th August, from 4pm – 5:30pm

Race HQ: St Enda’s GAA Club, Gortin Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT79 7HX

Start Time: Each stage of the separate women’s race will start in advance of each stage of the men’s race.

Race Format: 3 road stages, and 1 Time Trial.

Stage Details: Stage 1 will take place at 6:30pm on Fri 5th August. Stage 2 and Stage 3 will be on Sat 6th August. Stage 4 will be on Sunday 7th August. Full stage details will be posted on the dedicated race website.

Time Trial: Full TT bike, and TT equipment will be permitted for the TT.

Prizes: A generous prize fund of £800 has been allocated for the women’s stage race.This will cover prizes for each of the stages, prizes for the final overall results, team prizes, and prizes for Unplaced Master, and Unplaced Junior.

Further Details: check out the race website, and Omagh Wheelers FB page, and Women’s Cycling Ulster. Race Director Stevie McKenna can be contacted at 07725 260741 or via omaghwheelerscc@gmail.com

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