Ardee Cycling Club embark on a new era on Tuesday when they host their first ever cycling league in the town, a competition which will run for eight consecutive weeks through the summer.
Taking place every Tuesday evening from May 30th to July 18th, the races will get underway at 7pm at the former McCabe’s Garage at Glebe and they follow two laps of the designated route.
Cyclists – who must have a minimum of a limited competition license to enter – will start at McCabes and follow the old Dundalk road to Cluskey’s Pub at Duffy’s Cross before heading to Tallanstown, Pepperstown and back to McCabe’s.
The two-lap circuit is mainly flat and fast taking the riders from the start to the finish line, which will be at Pepperstown Hill on the second lap. Sign on will take place between 6.15pm and 6.45pm at Ardee Parish Centre each Tuesday night. The entry fee is €5 per week, per rider. Ardee CC hope to see a big home contingent of riders out taking part, as well as riders from other club’s across the North East.
On Thursday last, the latest round of The Bike Station 2017 League came to Ardee and followed the same route Ardee Cycling Club will be hosting their eight-week league on.
It’s been a very, very busy week of cycling in Ardee. On Saturday, stage 7 of the An Post Ras finished up in the town before 173 remaining cyclists took off from Castle Street on Sunday afternoon on the final stage to Skerries. Britain’s James Gullen of the JLT Condor team was crowned An Post Ras champion 2017.