CYCLING: Mark Downey has chance to make his mark on Tour

Mark Downey will be in action at the Tour of the North
Mark Downey will be in action at the Tour of the North

The Tour of the North International cycle Stage race takes to the roads of County Antrim and Londonderry over the Easter weekend.

The Northern Ireland Cycling Federation promotions group event has attracted a strong entry from local and visiting teams.

The home based contenders include Mark Downey (Banbridge) who won a junior European silver medal in the track points race last summer. The Belgian Project development team includes Ryan Reilly last years Ulster junior road race champion. The Caldwell Cycles team from Omagh is a mix of experience and youth with Connor Murphy a regular race winner for years, Paul Mulligan the veterans Ulster Road Champion and young up and coming talents like Darnell Moore and Craig McAuley.

Racing begins on Easter Saturday from Ballymena at 12noon.

The 104 kilometre stage into the Glens of Antrim is due to finish on the Frys Road between 2.20pm and 3pm, depending on conditions and race speed.

For specific route details and maps see

Estimated times for the entire route of each stage can also be viewed.