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From : George Boyd - Organiser

Danny Boy 2 Day Stage Race - Novices and Experienced Riders Welcomed

Limavady, Northern Ireland, July 5th & 6th 2003

 Having welcomed the final stage of the Norse Irish Ferries Womens 2 Day in 2000, Limavady is now looking forward to welcoming a major womens stage race to the town again in 2003.

 Why Danny Boy?

 A blind fiddler called James McCurry sat in the street of Limavady many years ago playing a tune which was overheard and recorded on paper by Jane Ross.  This tune is now famed the world over as Danny Boy.  This is a very important part of Limavady’s history.  This is why this is the Danny Boy race! 

 Location

 Limavady is set in a very scenic location between the Sperrin mountains and the north coast of Northern Ireland.  We are close to both mountains and sea and are lucky enough to have some of the best cycling roads and mountain biking you can find.  The area also has a very strong cycling background and boasts three current N Ireland Road Race Champions and the terrific support of our local council and traders.  

 Stages

 Stage 1 – 5th July 11.00             69km Road Race – Feeny Curcuit

 Three circuits of the course, which was used for the N Ireland Championship Road Race in 2002, presents a rolling course with a sting in the tail just before the finish line on each lap.  Despite the “sting” fields tend to stay together quite well and riders have 12.5 miles to recover between the climbs each time.

 Stage 2 – 5th July 15.00            Short Time Trial

 A two mile time trial which is included to give the speed merchants a chance to shine.

 Stage 3 – 6th July 11.00            70km Road Race – Limavady Town

 Uniquely this stage will start and finish in the center of Limavady’s main street, directly outside a sponsors hotel.  You will be completing four laps of a flat circuit which loops from Limavady towards the sea and back through the main street each lap before testing the sprinters. 

 Getting Here

 Not too difficult!  Please contact the race organiser for advice and help.

  Ferries

 We are currently negotiating with a ferry company who are suggesting favourable rates, which we will be able to pass on to team cars.

 Air 

We are approximately 15 minutes drive from City of Derry Airport, which has a very good service from Stansted Airport.  We are also just over an hour from Belfast International Airport. 

 The race will attempt to help competitors to and from airports if at all possible.

 Accommodation – Centre of town

 As part of their sponsorship The Alexander Arms Hotel is providing B&B at less than 20 pounds per person per night.  Places limited by the size of the hotel. 

 There is also good value, quality student accommodation less than 100 metres from the hotel.  

 These both need to be booked through the organizer.

 As an area which caters for tourists there is also a wide choice of good quality B&Bs for approx 25 pounds per night.

 Competitors

 As a  WomensCycling.net Team Series event composite teams are very welcome, as are clubs and individuals.  We hope to attract riders from all over the UK, Ireland and expect to have an average ability continental team or two.  I promise Farm Frites will not be here, so don’t be put off!

 Prizes

 Prizes will be for individual stage placings and overall, first three teams, first junior and first vet.  We will also honour the lanterne rouge.

 Race Organiser

 George Boyd

e-mail mg.boyd@tiscali.co.uk   

 

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