Tandragee 100 revs up for 60th anniversary as Ireland’s top road race returns for 2022

Tandragee 100 race director Anne Forsythe has said Irish road racing will have a chance to “re-energize” in 2022 after a barren period for the sport due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Co Armagh race is set to mark its 60th anniversary this spring as the event returns for the first time since 2019 around the spectacular 5.3-mile course from April 29-30.

Expectations are high for a return to a full calendar this year and in addition to the Tandragee 100, recent announcements confirming that the North West 200, Ulster Grand Prix and Mid Antrim 150 will continue along with the Cookstown 100 and Armoy have given to fans and competitors as a massive boost.

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Adam McLean (56) and Derek McGee (86) during practice for the Tandragee 100 in 2019.

“It looks a lot more positive for the sport this year, not only for the competitors who haven’t had the chance to do a lot of racing, but also for the spectators, who have missed the Irish road races over these two years,” Forsythe said. , who is also Honorary Secretary of the North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club.

“We really hope it will re-energize the sport for the future and it is fabulous to see the Ulster Grand Prix return this year as well as Mid Antrim.

“We are in the business of promoting our own event, but we are very grateful to all the clubs who work tirelessly to keep their races going because that is what makes the sport viable.

“All the clubs have worked hard behind the scenes to get their racing back on track in 2022 and I have to thank all of our sponsors as they have stood by us and despite the pressure they have had on their own businesses during the pandemic, all of our sponsors are on board again this year,” she added.

“That’s why I love our sport: we have these amazing heroes who throw their legs over the bikes, but we have just as amazing small businesses across the country that put their money in their pockets year after year, and also the spectators as well, who turn out to support the events, and of course the volunteers who work all year round to try to make it work.

As part of the Tandragee 100 60th anniversary celebrations, the club has reduced the entry fee for competitors from £90 to £60, and has also added a second classic race to the programme.

“To mark our 60th anniversary, we have reduced our entry fee this year from £90 to £60 and are delighted to be able to offer this at all levels in association with our Tandragee 100 Supporters Club,” said Forsythe.

“It’s about giving something back to all the competitors who have come to support us over the years, even when times were tough.

“We are also hosting a second classic race this year to celebrate the history of the Tandragee 100, but also to give these competitors a second opportunity to race – many of whom travel from afar and have come to our event religiously over the years. to support us.

“Previously, all four machine classes would have been used simultaneously in the classic race, but this year we will have a junior race for the two smaller classes and a senior race. This will be an additional race on the program, and it gives competitors who come to run at Tandragee at great expense for themselves a second opportunity.

A new website for the Tandragee 100 is expected to go live soon, providing details on how fans can get back to one of the nation’s top road racing events in April.

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