Womens Criterium – Entry Extended to Thursday 11th

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The Women’s Commission is excited to announce that there will be a women’s only race at the National Criterium Championships in Banbridge at 7pm Friday August 12th this year. If the race is well supported by us ladies, we will be on track to make history and have our own full Womens National Criterium Championships in 2018!

The criterium is on an exciting technical closed 1km closed circuit in the town of Banbridge. There will be a prime lap prize during the race and prizes for the top four finishers. The race itself will be approximately 40 minutes of fast and furious action. Juniors and second year U-16 girls are also eligible to ride the criterium.

Ras na mBan is fast approaching and with its first ever proper Criterium stage, the race in Banbridge will be a unique opportunity for women hoping to ride the stage race to hone their skills. Foreign teams are generally more experienced at this type of racing but there’s no reason why the Irish girls with a bit of practice can’t give them a run for their money!

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Susie Mitchell (Sundrive), winner of the Steven Roche GP (the only other big criterium on the calander for women) wants to encourage as many women as possible to ride in Banbridge:

“There is a unique buzz to riding a criterium race of this calibre – there is nothing to match the excitement of racing in front of a large crowd which we rarely get to do on women’s scene.  As it’s the National Criterium Championships and we are being given the slot of the main support race, we are guaranteed to have the crowds. I really would hope that as many women as possible North and South will come and support the event. If we get decent numbers we’ve been promised our own full National Champs! It is also fantastic that the talented young riders coming through the system are going to be allowed to ride and give us a run for our money. Finally, I have to say the speed and technical aspects of criterium racing are so much fun. I enjoyed every minute of the Steven Roach GP and can’t wait to go to Banbridge!”

As a bonus option for those travelling for Ras na mBan preparation, the John Beggs Memorial A4 race in Dromore is on the following day less than 10 miles away.  It’s a challenging circuit and racing with the men will mean the speed is that bit higher so will be good preparation for Ras na mBan. Two of our top Irish domestic riders, Eileen Burns and Orla Montague, both finished in the top 4 in this race last year! It’s a hard circuit and would be good prep. There will also be prizes for top three ladies (subject to numbers).

The race circuit is approximately 85km.

The entry for the crit will be £10 and entry is via the Cycling Ireland portal below
Open to Senior/Junior/ 2nd Year U16s
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