Errigal International Youth Tour
4th – 6th August 2018, Churchill & Letterkenny
Further details available on: errigalcyclingclub.com
Errigal Cycling Club are hosting their International Youth Tour over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. There are 250 national and overseas competitors taking part in age categories u12, u14 and u16 with an expected crowd of over 600 people when families and clubs are included. Races are mainly in the Churchill area and the maps are listed below. The Club have asked if the Council could put the routes on their website/facebook page to heighten the awareness of the event. Residents are very familiar with the event as it has been running for the past 5 years and the Club do communicate with them regularly. They are trying to raise the publicity of the event and would appreciate the Council’s support.
The first Stage of the Event starts in Churchill Village on Saturday and races will run from 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.
The second Stage is a time trial event starting at New Mills to Foxhalls on Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
The third Stage of the Event starts in Churchill Village on Sunday afternoon from 2.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.
The final Stage is the Crit in Letterkenny in the area of the Letterkenny Retail Park and it will commence at 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon.
There will be marshals and officials at each of the events and a traffic management plan in place throughout the event.
The event will also be available on the Clubs Facebook & Website page with live updates on the races – errigalcyclingclub.com
The club looks forward to welcoming back old friends to what is now not just the top youth race in the Irish Calendar but a race that attracts the very best in youth cyclists from Ireland the UK, Europe and beyond.
The Errigal International Youth Tour is a festival of competitive cycle racing for boys born 2000 to July 2006 and girls born 1998 to July 2006 and is the premier youth event on the Irish cycling calendar.
Make no mistake this is the one they will all want to win!
The event itself is endorsed by both Cycling Ireland and Cycling Ulster, with each body represented by their own hand-picked teams and with all the thrills, spills and excitement of top class racing, competitions is keen, and never more so than when the cream of Irish talent meet the best from the British Isles.
Last year’s Tour rolled into Churchill Village on the Saturday, set up camp, and for two days provided a vibrant, exciting, colourful spectacle of international class youth bike racing.
For some, the cheers of the crowd would drive them onto victory, for others a multitude of hands helped push them up and over the steepest sections as the heat and exhaustion started to take over.
By Monday lunchtime when the dust had settled, the prizes given out and the plaudits given and received, all that anyone talked about was how next years’ event could not come around quick enough and all agreed that the Youth Tour had stepped up to an altogether different level.
The Errigal International Youth Tour is now without doubt not only a top cycling event for youths in Ireland and the UK but is now arguably one of the top youth events in Europe.
The event has a well-earned reputation for being an amateur youth event that is managed and run at a professional level in terms of organisation, quality of field, up front spectator involvement and top class, combative bike racing from youths at the very top of their game.
As for the racing? Well if it’s anything like last year it will be hard, fast and furious throughout with ecstatic highs and heart-breaking lows as dreams are either shattered or realised on the brutally tough climbs around Churchill.
The importance of this event should not be underestimated, as the children competing here are the lifeblood and future of Irish cycling.
Entries for this year’s Youth Tour are now invited from both individuals and teams, for more information contact James Harkin (Race Director) on +353 876771566 or visit www.errigalcyclingclub.com where you can download an entry form and find out more information on the event itself.
For regular updates on the Tour it is strongly recommended that you join the Errigal Cycling Club Facebook page