One of Ireland’s biggest cycling events is coming to Donegal.

The third Errigal International Youth Tour will again take place this year over the three days of the August Bank Holiday weekend – with over 200 competitors from all over Ireland, the UK and as far away as South Africa.

The Errigal International Youth Tour is a festival of competitive cycle racing for boys born between 1998 and July 2004 and girls born 1996 and July 2004.

This is the premier youth event on the Irish cycling calendar.

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.

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.

The first two days of the event will see a return to the picturesque village of Churchill.

Race headquarters will, once again, be in Gartan Outdoor Education Centre where members of the organising team will be on hand to offer help and provide information.

More details on www.errigalcyclingclub.com

SATURDAY DAY 1 PROGRAMME (PROVISIONAL)

Stage 1: This is a Road Race that will roll out from Churchill and will be neutralised for approximately 1km, Category 3/3a race (U12’s) will be held over a 9.5 km circuit with the finish on the main street in Churchill. Category 2/2a (U14’s) will follow with 3 laps of the same 9.5 km circuit and Category 1/1a (U16’s) completing 5 laps of the same.

SUNDAY DAY 2 PROGRAMME (PROVISIONAL)

Stage 2: This is a challenging 1.6 km hilly time trial that will start from the race headquarters at Gartan Outdoor Centre and finish on the main street in Churchill. This stage will apply to all competitor categories with a starting order that will be the reverse of GC.

Stage 3: This is the famous (or infamous!) Keelogues Stage that everyone looks forward to, a Road Race that takes the riders around a 9.5 km circuit that ends with the climb up Keelogues onto the main street in Churchill with the U12’s completing 1 lap, the U14’S completing 3 laps and the U16’S completing 5 laps.

MONDAY DAY 3 PROGRAMME (PROVISIONAL)

Stage 4: On Monday Morning the competitors will roll out on to a Criterium circuit in the town of Letterkenny. This promises to again be a great spectacle.

 All stages are routed through hilly terrain and as this is a youth tour are of a lap nature, thus making it more spectator friendly for the following support, mentors and parents alike.

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