Record entry for Cookstown 100 races

LIKE most sports, road racing has been finding it increasingly tough over the last few years. Only one week before the Cookstown 100, news soon filtered through that the world famous Kells International Road Races in Meath was called off.

Despite all the doom and gloom in the sport, the Cookstown 100 Road Races continues to go from strength to strength.

Cookstown clubman Kenny Loughrin confirmed to the Mid Ulster Mail that this years race will have a record number of entrants.

“We have around 190 entries for this years race. We are hoping that around 180 will compete thus making it our largest entry in the history of the races.”

The Cookstown 100 is one of the first road races of the 2012 year and Kenny admitted that he was delighted with the calibre of competitors that had entered this year.

“We have a fantastic array of talented riders competing this year. We are delighted to have world class riders such as Guy Martin, Cameron Donald, Ryan Farquhar and the Dunlop brothers competing.”

“All of the riders love the circuit and they all want a good test prior to the North West and TT. It is brilliant to see the quality of entrants here and we are really looking forward to an enjoyable weekend. Hopefully the weather is kind to us and all the riders and spectators have an enjoyable weekend.”