Gorey 3-Day race hits the road this weekend
Published 23/03/2016 | 00:00
This Easter weekend sees the 50th edition of the Gorey 3-Day cycle race.
Stage one on Easter Saturday is 103km, following the route from St Kevin's Community Centre, Blessington, Co. Wicklow, to Gorey and finishing in Craanford.
There is a change to this year's format with only one longer stage on the Sunday, 120km comprising of 5 laps of a loop between Gorey, Craanford and Camolin. Monday will see the riders depart Gorey for the return trip back to Blessington, a journey of 91km.
Gorey Cycling Club is proud to have two of its members, John Whyte and Darren Davitt, taking part in this year's event. Barrow Wheelers members taking part are Gerald Byrne, Liam Cullen and Sean Moore.
Enniscorthy's Slaney Cycling Club will be represented by Fionn Jordan, Reece Young and Ryan Byrne.
The cyclists have been busy training on the roads around Wexford and honing their skills at races nationwide over the last couple of months, hoping to put in a strong performance on the day in a very competitive field.
The Irish Road Club has been running the the Gorey 3-Day since 1966. It was originally a two day race, first held on St Patrick's weekend of that year. Back then it was a case of entering on the line with 67 riders braving it out that first weekend.
Since then it has grown to be one of the most prominent races on the Irish calendar, developing into a three day race with some now famous riders and winners such as Sean Kelly and Stephen Roche and attracting entrants from the UK and Europe. IRC's chief club member Alice Sherratt has been organising the race in its current format for several years now.
Gorey Cycling Club was founded by Gorey people who saw the need for a local club to help and promote cycling in the community. The club has a wide range of expertise and qualified cycling coaches to help cyclists from all ages and standards to achieve their goals, be it for leisure or sport.
They meet every Saturday and Sunday at 9.30am at Revolve Bike Shop. Anyone interested in becoming a member is more than welcome to come along and join on one of the group spins.