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ROAD RACING Last Updated: 3 Aug 2021 - 8:41:10 AM

Cycling Ireland National Road Series returns to Limerick for Round 2
By Scott Graham, Marketing & Communications Manager
29 Jul 2021,

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This weekend sees round two of the Cycling Ireland National Road Series take to the roads with a bumper four-day stage race. The event is back in South Limerick in the picturesque rolling terrain on multiple courses around the town of Newcastle West.

Round one took place on the challenging route around the village of Knockaderry but this outing will see the riders compete in the spectacular Visit Newcastle West Four Day Stage race. The hillside village is fast becoming the home of Irish cycling as local club NCW Wheelers has already played host to last year’s National Championships and the first round of the 2021 National Road Series.

Organiser Liam Collins believes the Visit Newcastle West event, which has a total prize fund of €3,500, will be a race for all riders to shine.

“We’re all looking forward to hosting the elite of Irish cycling here in South Limerick over the August Bank Holiday. I would like to thank gardai and Limerick City and County Council for their support – we wouldn’t be able to put this event on without them.

“It is a varied route with flat, hilly and rolling stages – the four days will offer something for everybody. Opportunities abound to compete for the different classifications with specific competitions for the sprinters and the climbers.

“We look forward to see everyone on the Start line on Friday and there is guaranteed to be great racing,” Liam said.

The August Bank Holiday festival of cycling begins on Friday with an 8.8km prologue around the village. The high-speed course features four highspeed left turns which will bring riders from the start in Knockaderry and back. It is not without it’s challenges with a climb back up to the finish.

The women will take to the road first at 2pm, followed at 3.15pm by the A3s and Junior men. At 5.30pm the A+/A1 and A2 will begin their contest for the general classification jersey. There will be no Time Trial bikes allowed as riders cover the course on road bikes – which will surely make for some exciting racing.

Stage One on Saturday will see the riders head for Broadford, Co Limerick where there will be a circuit fit for the sprinters. The women will again start the day at 9.30am and the A+/A1/A2 along will begin their race at 10am, followed then by the A3 and juniors at 10.05am.

Stage Two on Sunday will be one for the climbers as it traverses a hilly and demanding course racing on a 26km loop which will come through the village of Kilmeedy. There is rolling terrain for Monday’s Stage Three also with a 17.4km loop around Knockaderry with Kilcolman Peak surely a scene for the climbers to take advantage of the terrain.

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Series Ranking see attachment

For more information on the Cycling Ireland National Road Series

Race Schedule

Friday July 30th 2021
Stage Headquarters: Village Hall, Knockaderry Co. Limerick EIRCODE: V42 XR79
Prologue TT: Number & Timing Chip Collection: 12:00am – 4:00pm
TT Start Times: Ladies: 2pm to 2.45pm.
A3/J Start: 3.15pm – 4.45pm.
A+/A1/A2 Start: 5.30pm – 7.00pm
Riders will start at 1 minute intervals.

Saturday July 31st 2021
Stage Headquarters: Broadford FC, Broadford, Co. Limerick Eircode: P56 WC04
Ladies: Assembly: 9.25am. Start 9.30am. Race Distance 75km. (3 * 25km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ 10km. Lap 1 only. QOM @ 20KM. Laps 1,2 & 3.
A+/A1/A2: Assembly: 9.55am. Start 10.00am. Race Distance 150km. (6 * 25km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ 10km. Lap 1 only. KOM @ 20KM. Laps 1,2,3,4,5 & 6.
A3/J: Assembly: 10:00am. Start 10.05am. Race Distance 125km. (5 * 25km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ 10km. Lap 1 only. KOM @ 20KM. Laps 1,2,3,4, & 5.

Sunday August 1st 2021
Race Headquarters: Village Hall, Knockaderry Co. Limerick EIRCODE: V42 XR79
A+/A1/A2: Assembly: 9.55am. Start 10.00am. Race Distance 156km. (6 * 26km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ Finish Line on laps 1,2,3,4&5. KOM @ 13KM. Laps 1,2,3,4,5&6.
A3/J: Assembly: 10:00am. Start 10.05am. Race Distance 130km. (5 * 26km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ Finish Line on laps 1,2,3&4. KOM @ 13KM. Laps 1,2,3,4,&5.
Ladies: Assembly: 10.05am. Start 10.10am. Race Distance 104km. (4 * 26km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ Finish Line on laps 1,2&3. 5 QOM @ 13KM. Laps 1,2,3 & 4.

Monday August 2nd 2021
Race Headquarters: Village Hall, Knockaderry Co. Limerick EIRCODE: V42 XR79
Ladies: Assembly: 8.25am. Start 08.30am. Race Distance 96km. (8 * 12km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ 7.5km on laps 1,2&3. QOM @ 500M laps 6,7&8
A3/J: Assembly: 11:55am. Start 12.00pm. Race Distance 102km. (6 * 17km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ Finish Line on lap 1. KOM @ 16KM. Laps 1,2,3,4,5&6.
A+/A1/A2: Assembly: 12.15pm. Start 12.20pm. Race Distance 153km. (9 * 17km laps) Intermediate Sprint @ Finish Line on lap 1. KOM @ 16KM. Laps 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8&9


Strava Maps for each stage are available on the event website: www.ncwwheelers.com see link


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