Derry’s ‘Night at the Races’

The cyclists make the climb up Slipquay Street during last year's Criterium Cycle Race.
The cyclists make the climb up Slipquay Street during last year's Criterium Cycle Race.

For the fourth year running, Derry’s streets will hum from the spin of carbon wheels on Tuesday, June 7th as Foyle Cycling Club’s annual Maiden City Criterium takes place. With a strong field expected, including top Rás rider Ronan McLaughlin and last year’s A1 race winner, Angus Fyffe, a super ‘Night at the Races’ is anticipated. Drawing crowds of hundreds of spectators since 2012, the race is one of Ulster’s blue ribbon cycling events and this year the total prize fund exceeds £1,000 for the first time. Forming an integral part of the local Council’s Big Bike Festival, this year’s event is supported by Tourism NI. Ronan Gallagher, Foyle Cycling PRO said: ‘this is a fantastic event being hosted in the city and we’re delighted that Tourism NI recognises its importance to the city”. The adult races will be preceded by a junior Sprocket Rocket race, which will be held in Foyle Street.

With the first race set to commence at 8pm sharp, spectators are being asked to get to the circuit for 7.50pm. Cyclists with the appropriate race licence can sign on at: http://www.entrycentral.com/Maiden_City_criterium