The countdown is on to the Errigal International Youth Tour, which will be held in Churchill and Letterkenny over August Bank Holiday.
The success of last year’s event was due to the welcome received from the community.
At the official launch in Glenveagh, John Watson from the Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce commented on the determination, fun, camaraderie and craic, which was evident in the 2012 tour.
It is estimated that the event, which was held over the three days of the August bank Holiday generated income into the area in excess of €250,000 and with a field of over 270 riders and accompanying parents, family, coaches resulted in thousands of bed nights for local accommodation providers.
Race headquarters will be in Gartan Outdoor Education Centre, where members of the organising team will be on hand to offer help.
Conor McIllwaine showed form prior to his departure for Belgium with the Irish Team by winning the JG Memorial A1-A2 race in Cranford.
Rory Devlin (North Pole) was second with Jason McHugh (Four Masters) in third. The A4 race was won by Rossa Doherty (Four Masters) with Colin Gallagher (North Pole) in second and Peter McGee (Tirconaill Gap) taking third.
Conor McIlwaine smashed the course record on the Foxhall 10-mile TT on Monday evening with a time of 20min 34sec, despite having completed a 100-mile training session earlier in the day.
Errigal’s Ciara Doogan is now on Utrecht, Holland to compete in the Youth Olympics with her time trial on Tuesday and the road race next Thursday.
In addition to Adult (A and B) and U-16 races there will be youth races for U-12 and U-14 on Wednesday as part of the Churchill Fair.
Sign on at McClafferty’s Bar from 5.30pm. Usual weekend club runs - Saturday in Annagry at 10am and 9am Sunday in Termon.