The Iveagh Spring Classic


In 2016 velo club IVEAGH gave life to the “Iveagh Spring Classic” with its inaugural outing, limited to invitation only. The aim on this occasion was to trial what was to be a difficult and testing, parcour. This year using that same route, the event has been opened to all and we have no doubt that this short and sharp test is equal to the very best.

This year’s event is again in aid of local charity (to be confirmed) and as would be expected, full rider support will be provided throughout the event. This includes an on call support vehicle, emergency first aid advice, static and motorcycle marshals, with food and liquids available at the finish and a hydration point on route around mid-point.  Sign On and administration along with post ride hosting will be provided at the Banbridge Rugby Club, with doors open for Sign on between 08.30 and 09.15.

The ride starts with a collective roll out at 09.30. Riders are asked not to pass a lead vehicle which will be used to get everyone out of the town centre.

Entry can be gained using Entry Central at a cost of £12. Alternatively £15 may be paid on the day. For insurance purposes, a Cycling Ireland Licence is required by all participants. With entry everyone is eligible for an on route KOM and free entry to win a prize donated gratefully by club sponsor Chain Reaction Cycles.


The route has been constructed with similarity to a Hilly Belgian Classic, with a blend of rolling terrain and steep inclines. The route extends to 72km and is beautifully balanced with 24km of climbing, 24 km of flat and 24km of downhill. Overall entrants will ascent over 1080m, taking in three central challenges along the route.


The first noted challenge is Boiling Well. Its ascent gain is 134m, over a distance of 2.5km, with the average gradient of around 4.5% and a max grade of 10%.

The second noted challenge is Windy Gap. Its ascent is 1.1km with an elevation gain of 100m. It has a max gradient of 16% and an overall average of 9.5%.

The final noted challenge on our route is the Iveagh Spring Classic KOM. The start and finish of which will be well marked and easily recognised by entrants. Those taking part and wishing to be eligible for the KOM and QOM titles will be asked to download their rides on to Strava. The winners of both KOM and QOM will be notified in due course. Rated as a category 3, this test is set over 5.5km with 81% of those 5.5km ascending. Its average gradient is 4.5% with the max gradient 15% and a total elevation gain of 234m.

With the hills all done at Kilkinamurray, it’s a fast 10 km  run for home (if you’ve the legs), along the B2 Castlewellan Rd and into Banbridge


Once again we would like to thank in advance our Club members for the hard work behind the scenes, our sponsors for their continued support, and to Chain Reaction Cycles in particular for the additional event sponsorship.

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