DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 IRISH ROAD RACING SEASON
The full list of dates for the 2019 Irish national and international road racing season has been announced.
Racing gets underway with the traditional season opener, the Cookstown 100, taking place on Friday 26th - Saturday 27th April. One week later it’s the turn of the North Armagh club who play host to the popular Tandragee 100 on Friday 3rd - Saturday 4th May.
Following the first two national meetings of the year is the FonaCAB International North West 200 in association with Nicholl Oils. Bike week is Tues 14th - Sat 18th May and a who’s who of top class riders will contest the racing around the famous triangle circuit.
Next up is the main event, the Isle of Man TT. Last year saw a new lap record in each class and a new outright lap record taken in the Senior TT by Peter Hickman. The festival gets underway on May 25th and runs until June 7th.
June and July are very busy months as the national season in Ireland hots up with no less than 7 meetings coming inside of 8 weeks, the last of which being the Munster 100 which sees a welcome return to road racing in County Cork.
Nestling in the middle of all the national meetings is the hugely popular Southern 100 at Billown. That gets underway on July 8th - 11th.
The world famous Ulster Grand Prix was somewhat overshadowed by inclement weather in 2018, but few would argue that when the sun is shining, Dundrod is quite simply the ultimate test in all of road racing. When the best riders in the world descend on the 7.4 mile circuit and race wheel-to-wheel it is the purest form of the sport. 2019 Bike Week takes place August 7th - 10th.
We then go back to the island for the Manx Grand Prix and Classic TT on August 17th - 26th before the East Coast Racing Festival brings down the curtain to the season. Formerly known as Killalane, the ECRF will be held on Sep 7th - 8th.