Sat June 18, Sun June 19
Crossakiel, just outside Kells in County Meath
Kells rues the rain as race day cancelled
A rain soaked weekend put a dampener on Carole Nash Kells Road Races between 18-19 June, but there was still plenty of fun for die-hard bikers to enjoy.
As ever, the glorious countryside of County Meath formed the backdrop for this hugely popular racing event, taking place over two days set around the 2.2 mile Crossakiel circuit.The Kells Road Races have become one of the most popular events on the Irish biking circuit in recent years, with up to 10,000 people expected to show up for some spectacular racing.
Sure enough, the action got off to a fantastic start, kicked off by the Charity Classic Run on the Friday evening, which saw Carole Nash donating €100!
Saturday was practice day and there was plenty of action around the circuit to keep the crowds entertained. The paddock was packed with bikers, teams and race fans eager to immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of a truly great road race event.
At the Carole Nash tent, the Carole Nash Crew were kept busy handing out goodie bags, and there was a lot of interest in our free prize draw to win €250 off your motorbike insurance. The centrepiece(s) of the stand were the William Dunlop replica bikes, which went down a storm with all the bikers who’d made the journey to Crossakiel.
Unfortunately, on Sunday the rain came down a storm too! Heavy rain fell all morning and the races, which were due to start at 11.30, were put back to the afternoon. A few hours later, however, with no let-up in the downpour, the races were cancelled due to safety fears caused by the amount of water on the circuit and the spray that the thundering machines would inevitably throw up.
Although we had an unlucky end to a great weekend we are looking forward to returning in 2017, see you there!