Rás Dhún na nGall returns to South-West Donegal

Rás Dhún na nGall returns to South-West Donegal

With club cycling very visible around Donegal and local riders becoming well known, the showpiece Rás Dhún na nGall is taking to the roads around Ardara over the coming weekend. Sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Town Traders, this exciting and colorful stage race will see 150 of the country's best young riders take on some of Ireland's most difficult cycling terrain. Riders from the Four Masters CC, Errigal CC, AAA Cycling, Strabane- Lifford CC and Tir Chonaill Gap CC will race against some of the top up and coming riders hoping to make the Ireland team, as well as established riders competing for the love of the sport.

The 2016 Ras Dhun na nGall takes to the roads this coming Friday evening, leaving Ardara and heading through Kilraine, Frosses, Ardaghey and returning to Ardara via Kilraine.

Saturday morning sees the riders leave the Diamond in Ardara for a time- trial. After a short recovery period, the riders leave Ardara again in the afternoon on a 57-mile stage that takes them on three laps of the Ardara- Glenties- Kilclooney circuit to finish at the school in Ardara.

The final stage, at lunchtime on Sunday, is by far the most difficult as the riders race from Ardara through Ardaghey, Frosses, Glenties, Clooney and Ardara again before finishing on the famous Glengesh Pass.

Approximate time schedules:

Friday 3rd June: Stage 1

Depart Ardara: 7.30pm

Kilraine: 7.45

Frosses: 8.11

Ardaghey: 8.19

Kilraine: 8.47

Arrive Ardara 9.00pm

Saturday 4th June: Stage 2

First rider starts Ardara: 9.01am

Last rider finishes: 12.20pm

Stage 3:

Depart Ardara: 3.30pm

Glenties 1st passage: 3.49

Clooney 1st passage: 4.06

Ardara 1st passage: 4.24

Glenties 2nd passage: 4.38

Clooney 2nd passage: 4.55

Ardara 2nd passage: 5.13

Glenties 3rd passage: 5.27

Clooney 3rd passage: 5.44

Finish Ardara: 6.02pm

Sunday 5th June: Stage 4

Depart Ardara: 12.00noon

Ardaghey: 12.30

Frosses: 12.37

Glenties: 1.08

Clooney: 1.25

Ardara 1st passage: 1.40

Ardara 2nd passage: 2.21

Finish Glengesh: 2.37pm