No pre-registration. Sign on on the morning at the Clubhouse on Schools Road, Bray from 8.30am, Sunday 12th May.
The one-day race is the toughest and one of the longest running events on the domestic calendar and Bray Wheelers C.C. have been working hard in recent years to cement its status as the race that everyone wants to win. A field of 200 riders are expected to compete in the prestigious event on Sunday, May 14th with a 165km km route for A1/A2 riders, and a new 95 km route for A3/Junior riders, with both routes including the decisive climb over Glenmalure.
Over 100 volunteers from Bray Wheelers are involved in organising the two races and the return of the race to the traditional Sunday slot is also expected to have a significant bearing on the number of riders and spectators turning out on the day.
The Shay Elliott was first organised by Bray Wheelers in 1958 having been devised by Joe Loughman. It was known as the Route de Chill Mhantáin at the time but later changed its name to celebrate the memory of Elliott, a prolific one-day rider, renowned for becoming the first Irishman to wear the Tour de France race leader’s yellow jersey. While Sean Kelly remains the only rider to have won the race as a junior, the performance of Eddie Dunbar in finishing second to Damien Shaw in 2014 and his impressive performances for his new NFTO team is already a talking point among those who have set their sights on winning this year’s race. With the race boasting an illustrious list of previous winners including Peter Crinnion, Peter Doyle, Pat McQuaid, Sean Kelly, Martin Early, Philip Cassidy, David McCann, Ciaran Power, Malcom Elliott, Dan Craven, Tim Barry, Philip Lavery, Damien Shaw and Martyn Irvine it is clear that it takes an exceptionally talented rider to secure victory.
The Shay Elliott Memorial for A1/A2 riders starts from the race HQ at Bray Wheelers clubhouse at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 12th, with the 95km race for A3/Junior riders starting five minutes later. The clubhouse will be open from 8.30 a.m. on the day.
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Shay Elliott Memorial 2019