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Ras Dhun na nGall 2017

Ras Dhun na nGall 2017

The Four Masters Cycling Club, in conjunction with the Nesbitt Arms Hotel and the Ardara Town Traders, will be hosting the 2017 Ras Dhun na nGall three-day stage race that takes place in Ardara, Co. Donegal on the 2nd,3rd & 4th June. This year is the 27th anniversary of the first running of the event and look forward to celebrate this with a great competitive race over the weekend. Information about the race is available will be updated over the next few weeks on the club website, and club Facebook page. The race is open to A2 and A3, Ladies and Veteran riders with a minimum of an A3 competition licence and is limited to 200 riders this year. Entry fee is €80 with an early bird 12% discount for entries received before 1st May. There is no limit to the number of riders per team or club. Entries are only being accepted via and cannot accept phone or email entries.

Stages are similar to last years event which proved to be good for spectator viewing.

Stage 1, on Friday evening, is a 52 km loop from Ardara towards Glenties, then through Frosses, Then briefly onto the N56 before turning right onto the L1515 over the KOM at Leagans Hill. The stage then heads towards Glenties again, turning left onto the N56 with a fast run towards the finish at Ardara National School This will be a fast stage that with two minor climbs may cause a few splits.

Stage 2, on Saturday morning, is a 3.9km hilly time trial starting at the N56 Filling Station just outside Ardara on the Killybegs Road. It finishes at the top of the Nick. This is returning this year after being out of bounds last year due to road works.

Stage 3, This 90 km stage will consist of 3 loops of the Ardara, Glenties, Clooney, Kilclooney, Ardara circuit starting and finishing at Ardara National School. Riders will need to be in top form on this fast stage to keep themselves in contention for the GC.

Stage 4, on Sunday morning, is a 98.7km route that returns to the traditional Sunday stage route. Leaving Ardara on the Killybegs Road over the KOM at the Nick heading towards Killybegs, then joining the N56 through Bruckless and Dunkineely before turning off left heading north towards Ardaghy, Kilrane, through Glenties, Maas, Ardara, culminating on a mountain finish at the top of Glengesh. This finish has proved to be very exciting since its introduction a few years ago and will again this year will be the last battleground to sort out the eventual General Classification.

For accommodation details contact the Nesbitt Arms Hotel on 074 9541103/ or altermatively, Nora Molloy on 0872828793/

The racing will be hard and fast on the Donegal roads with plenty of spectacular scenery and good Ardara hospitality as a bonus. As this event is taking place on public roads, we advise that all participants, marshals, race vehicles and non-race vehicles proceed with caution and take heed of any advice given by Gardai. There may be some traffic delays in the Ardara area over the weekend due to the race. We hope that everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend and that the weather will be kind to us for the 27th anniversary. So come to Ardara and enjoy an excellent and challenging stage race.

Four Masters Cycling Club

GC After Stage 1
GC After Stage 2
GC After Stage 3
Final GC and stage 4 results
Stage Details 2017
Race Personnel
Start List 2017
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List of Attendees