Bishopscourt Road Race

Dromara Cycling Club is hosting a series of races at the Bishopscourt Motorcycling Circuit near Downpatrick County Down on Saturday 3 June 2017. The location boasts a 2.1 mile circuit on 12 metre wide smooth tarmac. There are toilets, showers on site as well as ample parking. The circuit has its own website with plenty of photos.

There is a full race schedule planned with each of the 6 races running separately on the course.

Sign on opens at 8:00
Race 1: Under 12s Start time: 09:00 – Fee: £5
Race 2: Under 14s Start time: 09:45 – Fee: £5
Race 3: Under 16s Start time: 09:45 – Fee: £5
Race 4: Masters M50, Women & Hand Cyclists Start time: 11:15 – Fee: £15
Race 5: A4 riders Start time: 12:45 – Fee £15
Race 6: A2/A3 riders Start time: 14:15 – Fee £15 (Juniors £10)

Maximum of 80 riders in the A4 race
Maximum of 80 riders in the A2/A3 race

The races will be run under Cycling Ireland rules. This race will NOT be treated as a Crit race, therefore laps cannot be skipped.
Chip timing will be provided.
Youth gearing will be checked on the day.

Sign on closes 15 minutes before the start of each race.
Food supplied after each race.
Cycling Ireland licences must be presented at sign on. Both race numbers must be attached to your race jersey.

The Masters M50 and Women’s races are considered to be a non-open race.  Effectively this means that having a Cycling Ireland Limited Competition licence is sufficient to take part.

For those hand-cyclists who do not have a Limited Competition licence or Full competition licence an event licence (one-day licence) will be available on the day.

Members of a Cycling Ireland affiliated club holding a limited competition licence may participate in open races promoted by the club of which they are a member, excluding National Championships. It is the responsibility of the promoting club to assess the ability of the rider to compete in such an event and in consultation with the race Commissaire agree an ability category for the rider.

The facility has toilet facilities on site. Any rider caught using ‘other’ means will not be allowed to race.

Top 3 boys and girls in the U12, U14 and U16 races along with an award for first 11, 13 and 15
Top 3 Masters M50
Top 3 Women
Top 3 Hand cyclists
Top 6 A4 riders – the winner will also receive the Ronnie Smyth Cup
Top 6 A2/A3 riders – 1st unplaced A3, 1st unplaced veteran, 1st unplaced junior – the winner will also receive the Emma McMullan Cup

Under 12s – 3 laps
Under 14s – 7 laps
Under 16s – 10 laps
Masters M50 & Women – 10 laps
Hand Cyclists – TBC laps
A4 riders – 15 laps
A2/A3 riders – 15 laps




Pre-registration is open until close of play on Thursday 1 June 2017

Reports for the last races below:

Watson Shines at Bishopscourt, Gran Fondo comes to town and Armstrong conquers Ras


Bishopscourt produces festival of racing with Ambrose taking the Main Race Victory