R3 Blair International Red Hand Trophy

R3 Blair International Red Hand Trophy

The Blair International Red Hand Trophy takes the Cycling Ireland National Road Series to Ballymena, County Antrim on Saturday, June 1 hosted by Ballymena Road Club.

First run in 1968, the Red Hand Trophy will start and finish just outside the town of Ballymena, the Men's National Road Series field rolling out at 11am, and the Women's National Road Series field following five minutes later.

Both will race almost 104km in a long hilly loop up to the north of Antrim and around the picturesque, windy coast. Race headquarters will be Ballymena Road Club's Rex Bonnar House on Railway Street in Ballymena, sign-on opening at from 9am.

The winner of the Men's National Road Series race will lift the 123-year-old Red Hand Trophy, given to Ballymena back in 1968 already displaying an illustrious history.


Results - Men's Blair International Red Hand Trophy

  1. Chris McGlinchey - Vitus Pro Cycling
  2. James Curry - Team Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo
  3. Jake Gray - Ribble Pro Cycling
  4. Adam Ward - Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services
  5. Darnell Moore - Team Caldwell Cycles
  6. Lindsay Watson - Powerhouse Sport
  7. Craig MacAuley - Team Caldwell Cycles
  8. Donal Shearer - Phoenix CC
  9. Richard Maybin - Ballymena Road Club
  10. John Butler - Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services
  11. Luke Smith - Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services
  12. David Watson - The Bikehouse Cycling Club
  13. Conor McCann - Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services
  14. Craig Rea - Team Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo
  15. William Brown - Ribble Pro Cycling
  16. David Montgomery - Unattached
  17. Matthew Sparrow - Team Dan Morrissey-MIG.ie-Pactimo
  18. Des Woods - Newry Wheelers
  19. Jody Wright - Phoenix CC
  20. Jon Morton - Harps CC

Results - Women's Blair International Red Hand Trophy Finishers

  1. Eve McCrystal - STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
  2. Ellen McDermott - Team Boompods
  3. Maura Claffey - UCD Cycling Club
  4. Grace Young - STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
  5. Agnieszka Wozniak - STRATA3/VeloRevolution Racing Team
  6. Eileen Burns - Ballymena Road Cycling Club
  7. Katharine Smyth - Ballymena Road Cycling Club
  8. Sharon Bird - Velo Cafe Magasin
  9. Laura Campbell - Ballymena Road Cycling Club
  10. Emma Desmond - Lucan Cycling Road Club
  11. Gabriella Homer - Unattached Leinster
  12. Isobel Oakes - Smugglers CC
  13. Jennifer Bates - Team Bioracer-DHL-FR Services
  14. Ciara Kelly - TC Racing
  15. Julie Rea - Phoenix CC
  16. Beata Golczak - Unattached
  17. Megan Davenport - UCD Cycling Club
  18. Marcia Salvador - Bandon Cycling Club
  19. Catherine Mahoney - UCD Cycling Club
  20. Monica Freiband - Scott Orwell Wheelers


Blair International Red Hand Trophy Details

Date: Saturday, June 1

Venue: Rex Bonnar House, Railway Street, Ballymena

Sign-on: Opens 9am; Closes 10.30am

Start time: Rolling starts from 11am

Route map: Click here for details

Red Hand Trophy 2019 Route

Race distances:


  • Men's National Road Series A1/A2 - 103.5km 
  • Women's National Road Series - 103.5km
  • Supporting A3/Juniors Race - 103.5km




  • National Road Series Points First 20
  • National Road Series Team Classification Points First 20
  • First 6 across line
  • First unplaced A2
  • First unplaced Junior


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