Foyle GP hitting the roads this Sunday

Some of the action from last year's Foyle GP.
Some of the action from last year's Foyle GP.

Following the success of the Maiden City Criterium the Foyle Cycling Club are looking forward to more exciting racing on Sunday July 19, when the energetic club runs the Foyle GP for the third time.

Starting off at the border town of Killea, the course, which uses both Derry and Donegal roads, has already attracted strong interest with a pre-entry approaching 100 riders from all over Ulster and even further a field.

The 11 mile rolling course will be lapped three times by ladies and over 50s and six times by competitors taking part in the main A1/A2/A3 race.

Each lap will see riders tested as they tackle Carrigans’ Brae before the long drag past the boxing club towards Nixon’s Corner before once again turning for Killea.

Foyle’s own Ronan McLoughlin will be looking to add to his achievements after a strong showing in the An Post Ras and Tour of Ulster and to add to his win at the Donegal Potato Harvesters’ Race on St.Patrick’s Day.

The club is also excited to see a return to racing for Culmore man, Daniel Logue, as well as support from regulars Eamonn Doherty, David Doherty and Lawrence Watson.

The A4 support race will be hotly contested with up to 80 riders, notably FCC members Niall McElhinney, Richie Sheerin and Gavin O’Neill, who at just 16 is already beating the more experienced men and the race also presents an opportunity on home turf to Conrad Wynne, John Quigley and Diarmuid O’Donnell to gain a good result and gain promotion to the faster A3 classification

The club wants to encourage the public to come out and support the race with excellent viewing points at the Trucker’s Café, Carrigans, Nixon’s Corner and Killea village itself.

First race is at 11.30am with racing expected to last for up to three hours.