Routes

Stage 1

The first stage of this year’s Victus Tour of Ulster departs from Banbridge in County Down at Midday, covering over 90 miles and 5 categorised climbs. The race makes its way towards the coast firstly passing through Rathfriland and Hilltown and picking the first two early KOH points. The race moves briefly along the exposed County Down coastline before heading north to Attical and the Silent Valley , picking up another KOH before descending in towards Bryansford and tackling the steep climb on the outskirts of the town. The race moves inland towards Ballynahinch and Dromara before starting the Boiling Well, the final climb of the day. From there making the fast approach into Banbridge finishing on the Newry Road at around 3.30pm.

Stage 2

Stage 2 departs at the earlier time of 10am for almost 100 miles heading towards Donaghcloney and Clonvaraghan taking in the first Cat 1 climb of a day at Sleive Croob. The next 20 mile of racing takes in 4 categorised finishing with Cat 1 climb at Spelga – a 2.1 mile long climb to the top before descending back towards Bryansford. The riders will then make their way to Castlewellan before eventually hitting the final and probably the most difficult climb of the race, the Cat 1 at the Windy Gap. The races then picks up speed on the approach into Banbridge finishing on the Newry Road at around 1.30pm.

Stage 3

Stage 3 departs at the earlier time of 10am and is a 10 mile circuit covered 7 times. The circuit itself starts along the Newry Road and takes a right onto Tullyear Avenue left onto Old Newry Road and right onto Ringsend Road and moving onto Ballygowan Road, Coolnacran Road and Legananny Road before entering the town of Loughbricklad. The race then takes a left onto the Grovehill Road, followed by another left onto the Ballynanny Road and them onto the Brague Road before returning onto Rathfriland for a fast finish into Banbridge. The KOH will be in the Newry Road each time but not on the finish line.