May 16

Antrim Festival crit

Angus Fyffe raises his arms in victory - winning the 2015 Antrim Festival critOld Bleach is delighted and excited to help our friends at Antrim Festival in bringing the Antrim Festival Crit to Antrim town centre, on Tuesday the 14th of June, for the second year ‘running’; or perhaps that should be ‘cycling’? 

basic info

The event itself will be taking place Tuesday the 14th of June in and around the centre of Antrim town.

The circuit for the race starts on High Street before turning onto Railway Street, followed by another left onto Castle Way, down to the A6/Antrim Road and in the bus lane back to High Street.


You can see a map of the circuit here.


6-30pm – Sign on opens
7-00pm – Youth boys/Junior girls race
7-30pm – A4 race
8-15pm – ‘Elite’ (A1 to A3) race
9-00pm – Podiums

It promises to be an unforgettable night of entertainment for all those who come along. What’s more, it costs literally nothing to watch!


Pre-entry for events was run through EntryCentral.com and closed on Monday the 13th of June.

Those who have not pre-entered can enter on the night. It costs £10 per person for the ‘Elite’ and A4 races and £5 per person for the Youth race. Please bring exact change.

sign on

The sign on area will be located in Market Square – at the back of The Old Courthouse – opening at 6-30pm and closing at 7-30pm.


We request those in attendance keep children, dogs (in our experience dogs aren’t particularly interested in cycle racing anyway) and themselves off the circuit while the races are taking place, especially if taking photos.

Cycling makes for a great spectacle where one can get closer to the action than many activities can offer. Please make sure ‘close’ does not become ‘too close’.

traffic disruption

For obvious reasons all motorists are advised to park outside the crit circuit confines on the evening of Tuesday the 16th of June. Those wishing to watch or take part can park in one of the free car parks at Castle Street, Lough Road or Bridge Street.

There will also be a few ‘quick stop’ spaces available at Ulster Bar Corner for those taking advantage of the local businesses.


A couple of our chums from Maghera are making their way to our crit.

The Auction Room will be there to ply you with coffee and buns (which we can heartily endorse from plenty of personal experience) and Victory Chimp shall provide a selection of cycling related art.

local businesses

All local businesses are operating as normal. The crit is put on to promote Antrim so please come along and help support the businesses in the town centre as well as our visiting stallholders.

Short stop parking will be made available at Ulster Bar Corner for those wishing to visit retailers.


Thanks must go to our friends in Antrim Festival without whom hosting this race would not be possible.

We better not forget the kindness of Chain Reaction Cycles either, who have again helped us out immensely.

further details

For further details please look here, our calendar, on our Facebook and Twitter pages and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions whatsoever.