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Elite Riders set sights on Skerries

READY FOR ACTION: Axa Bikecare’s Declan Moore (second from left) with Micko Sweeney, Derek McGee, Paul O’Rourke and Andy Farrell
READY FOR ACTION: Axa Bikecare’s Declan Moore (second from left) with Micko Sweeney, Derek McGee, Paul O’Rourke and Andy Farrell

One of the highlights of the Irish road racing season is only weeks away.

The Dunlops will be there, as well as the Pirellis, Michelins, Metzlers and Avons.

More than 250 tyres will be setting down some rubber on the famous Axa Bikecare Skerries 100 circuit on the July 3 and 4, 2015.

The north county Dublin town has had road racing in its veins for nearly 70 years. The Skerries 100 is the oldest and most prestigious of all national road races in Ireland and the event is a magnet for riders who are drawn by its history, real racing atmosphere and technical challenges.

The 2015 event was kicked off last Friday week at Skerries Golf Club. Susan Plunkett takes on the Clerk of the Course position for 2015 and, with assistant Thomas Garry, some changes are planned to benefit the riders and making the event as enjoyable as possible for all involved.

The race weekend begins on the Thursday, July 2, in Skerries Mills, when bikers from all around the country come together to celebrate their machinery and the old circuit. A parade lap takes place and the community come out to line the streets in support.

This year St Michael’s House, Blood Bike East and Camphill Communities of Ireland are the charities that will benefit from entry to the parade lap. Sign on starts at 6.30pm at the Mills and the cost is €10/£10 per entry.

On Friday, July 3, the real business starts, with the practise and qualifying sessions starting from 2pm until 9.30pm. Race day kicks off on Saturday at 9am.

Spectator entry is €20 this year but this price also includes an official race programme for the weekend and all proceeds go to the racing fund.

There’s a fantastic line up of national and overseas riders filling up the grids and the club is also looking forward to seeing many newcomers to the roads this year.