Cycling in Kilkenny will break new ground when a local club hosts a road race championship in the north of the county this weekend.
The Castlecomer-based Deenside Wheelers will host a championship for all abilities when they launch the inaugural Deenside Cup on Sunday.
The competition, a new addition to the Cycling Ireland race calendar, will see riders follow in the tracks of the An Post Ras event and tackle one of the area’s toughest challenges. The Glenmagoo Hill, which has been used in stages of the Ras for the last few years, is a 5km stretch of terrain linking Castlecomer and Ballyragget that will test the endurance of cyclists in each category. Each lap of the course is just over 34km long, with the Glenmagoo Hill climb coming near the end of each circuit. Riders in the A+, A1 and A2 categories will repeat the lap four times, covering a total of 140km. There is a three-lap course for A3 riders, totalling over 100km, with two-lap 70km events for A4 competitors and women. With a prize-fund of more than €2,200, large crowds are expected to attend.
The races will start from the Erin’s Own GAA club grounds on the Kilkenny Road, with sign-in open from 10.30am to 12 noon. No riders will be allowed to sign on after that time. The A+/A1/A2 races start at 12.15pm, with a 12.20pm start for the A3 event. Cyclists in the A4 category start at 12.25pm, with the women’s race - which doubles as fourth round of the Women’s National League - starting at 12.30pm. Entry fee is €10.
Further information is available from race director Pat Maher, tel 087-2369808.