Tandragee 100 Road Races
I had the pleasure of attending the Tandragee 100 Road Races in County Armagh last weekend.
This was the second Road Race of 2016 in Ireland, but my first, after a long winter off-season.
A dry and sunny but cold day saw plenty of good racing and action around the 5.4 mile course, which is renowned as one of the most technical but popular road circuits for riders and fans alike.
The winding roads, majestic trees and lush green fields provide a perfect backdrop for photos and on a sunny day. There is nothing to equal it.
There was a full card of racing throughout the day but one of the highlights was the great battle in the Supertwin race between Tandragee 100 Veteran, 40-year old Ryan Farquhar, and 20-year old young gun, Malachi Mitchell-Thomas.
Experience won out on this occasion in a closely contested race, but Malachi is without a doubt one to watch in the coming years.
I also spent a good bit of time around the start/finish line, soaking up some of the atmosphere of riders and team members as they prepared the bikes on the grid and sent the riders off on their warm-up lap with some words of encouragement and a tap for luck on the shoulder or helmet.
All-in-all it was a great day out and well organised by Anne Forsythe and the whole team at the North Armagh Motorcycle and Car Club.
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