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1997 Andy Roche Kerry Wins FBD Milk Rás
By Eddie Dawson, Photos By Lorraine O'Sullivan
May 10, 2007, 19:06

FBD Milk Rás

9 Day Cycle Race

17th. - 25th. May 1997


Stage 1:   Dublin To Roscommon,  124 Kms.
O'Connell Street Dublin, Leixlip, Maynooth, Kilcock, On N4, Enfield,Clonard, Kinnegad, Mullingar, On R392, Rathconrath, Moyvore, Ballymahon, Lanesboro, On N63, Roscommon.

Stage 2:   Roscommon  To Clifden,  166 Kms.
Roscommon,  On N63, Athleague, Mount Talbot, Ballygar, Newbridge, On R365, Right At T Junction Direction Of Maylough, On N63, Moylough, On R332 ,Barnaderg, Tuam, On R333, Belclare, Caherlistrane, Headford, On R334, Glencorrib,  Cross, On R346, Cong, On R245, Corr na Mona, Claggan KOM,  Maam  On R336, Na Braonain KOM, Leenane, On N59, Derrynacleigh KOM, Letterfrack, Cliften.

Stage 3:   Clifden To Lisdoonvarna, 159 Kms.
Clifden, On N59, Recess, Maam Cross, Oughterard, Roscahill, Moycullen, Galway, On N6, Oranmore, On N18, Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, On N 67, Ballindereen, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan On R477, Fanore, Ballynalacken KOM, Lisdoonvarna.

Stage 4:   Lisdoonvarna To Tralee,  170 Kms.
Lisdoonvarna, On R476, Kilfenora, Kilnaboy, Corofin, On N85, Ennis, On N18, Clarecastle, Newmarkey-On-Fergus, Limerick, On N20, Patrickswell, On N21, Adare, Newcastlewest, Templeglantine, Abbeyveale, Kilkinlea, Glanaruddery KOM, Reanagown Crossroads, Tralee. 

Stage 5:   Killarney To Kilorglin, 142 Kms. 
Transfer To Killarney,  On N21, Ladies View KOM, Molls Gap KOM, On R568, Gortadown KOM, Sneem, On N70, Caherdaniel. Coomakista Pass KOM, Warerville, Caherciveen, Glenbeigh, Killorglin. 

Stage 6:   Killorglin To Bandon, 136 Kms.
Killorglin, On R562, Fossa, Killarney, On N71, Muckross, Ladies View KOM, Molls Gap KOM, Kenmare, On R569, Kilgarvan, Morleys Bridge, Inchee Mountain KOM, Coolea, Ballyvourney, On N22, Lissarda, Crookstown, On R589, Templemartin KOM, On R589, Bandon. 

Stage 7:   Bandon  To Tramore, 152 Kms.
Bandon, On N71, Innishannon, Coolcullitha KOM, On R613, Ballinahassig, Fivemilebridge, On R600 Cork City, On N25, Glounthane, Midleton, On N25, Castlemartyr, Killeagh, Youghal, Dungarvan On R675, Ballybrittan, Bunmahon, Drumboe KOM, Dunabrattin KOM, Dunabrattin & Boatstand, Annestown, Fenor, Tramore.

Stage 8:   Tramore  To Carlow, 151 Kms.
Tramore, On R675, Waretford, On N25, New Ross, On N79, Enniscorthy, On N11, Direction Carlow, On N80, Bunclody, On R724, Myshall, The Height KOM, Corrabut Gap KOM, Mount Leinster KOM, Borris KOM, Bagenalstown, Leighlinbridge, On N9 Carlow.

Stage 9:   Time Trial, 18 Kms.
Regional College Carlow, On N9, Right Direction Old Leighlin, Old Leighlin.

Stage 10: Criterium Swords Co. Dublin, 35 Kms.
Coach Transfer From Carlow, Swords Main Street, New Road, Church Street, Rathbeale Road, Main Street.

Race Director:    Dermot Dignam

Stage Winners:

Jeff Wright England NE Hardisty Wins Stage 1

Stage 1:   Dublin To Roscommon,  124 Kms.   J. Wright England (NE Hardisty)   2-39-34

Stage 2:   Roscommon  To Clifden,  166 Kms.  J. Slagter (Holland Tegeltoko)  3-53-11

Stage 3:   Clifden To Lisdoonvarna, 159 Kms.  G. Gwiazdowski (France ACBB)  3-44-27

Stage 4:   Lisdoonvarna To Tralee,  170 Kms.  M. McKay (Stoke Clarke Ambrosia)  3-49-41

Stage 5:   Killarney To Kilorglin, 142 Kms.  M. Fitzgerald, (Tipperary Premier)  3-29-38 

Stage 6:   Killorglin To Bandon, 136 Kms.  I. Gilkes, (Great Britain)  3-21-20 

Stage 7:   Bandon  To Tramore, 152 Kms.  S. Calvez (France ACBB)  4-06-02

Stage 8:   Tramore  To Carlow, 151 Kms.  M. Smith (Antrim UCF)  3-50-01

Stage 9:   Time Trial, 18 Kms.  M. McKay (Stoke Clarke Ambrosia)  26-34

Stage 10: Criterium Swords Co. Dublin, 35 Kms.  M. Fitzgerald (Tipperary Premier)  40-57

Double Stage Winner Michael Fitzgerald Ireland Supermilk Outsprints Mark McKay In Killorglin

General Classification











A. Roche, Kerry Baltic Trading
M. McKay, Stoke Clarke Ambrosia

K. Dawson, Great Britain

C. Power, Ireland Supermilk

K. Donnelly, Dublin I.R.C.

T. Evans, Ireland Supermilk
P. Daly, Ireland Supermilk

I. Gilkes, Great Britain
G. Butler, England NE Hardisty Cycles
L. Davis, Great Britain

 30-09-11       00-05







M. Fitzgerald, Tipperary Premier

B. Smith Stoke. Clarke Ambrosia

International Winning Team Great Britain
K. Dawson, L. Davis, P.West, I. Gilkes, B. Flemming

County Team Winners Dublin Hillebrand
D. Peelo, D. Healy, W. Byrne, C. Lynch, K. O'Sullivan

Ben McKenna Trophy Best Young Rider Under 23
C. Power, Ireland Supermilk

Tommy Evans, Ireland Supermilk Leads On Molls Gap Tommy Finished 6th. Overall @1-59

List Of Competitors 1997


1.          P. Daly

2.          L. McKay

3.          B. Moore

4.          T. Evans

5.          C. Power



6.          R. Dolosa

7.          C. Guieb

8.          P. Valdez

9.          F. Celeste

10.       B. Luzon


Japan Cycle-ways
Usher Insulations

11.       A. Kakinuma

12.       W. Sekiguchi

13.       M. Nakata

14.       D. Hioki

15.       Y. Hirose


France ACBB

16.       S. Calvez

17.       T. Du Garle

18.       G. Gwiazdowski

19.       P. Griffin

20.       P. Touchefeu


Germany Bayer







Holland Tegeltoko

26.       B. Brentjens

27.       P. kill

28.       J. Slagter

29.       W. Van Riel

30.       R. Van De Wal



31.       G. Van Crombruggen

32.       G. Cuylits

33.       D. De Bremaeker

34.       R. De Smet

35.       M. L’Hoir



36.       K. Dawson

37.       L. Davis

38.       P. West

39.       I. Gilkes

40.       B. Fleming



41.       G. Patterson

42.       R. Denoon

43.       R. Moore

44.       A. Mathieson

45.       J. McIntyre



46.       J. Winn

47.       M. Postle

48.       S. Evans

49.       D. Rand

50.       A. N. Other


Scotland West


52.       S. Campbell

53.       J. Cusick

54.       D. McAuley

55.       S. Daisley


Stoke Clarke Contracts

56.       F. Wilson

57.       M. McKay

58.       T. Hall

59.       A. Naylor

60.       B. Smith


England North East

61.       D. Buchan

62.       G. Stirzaher

63.       C. Proud

64.       S. Bailey

65.       S. Gibson


England NE
Hardisty Cycles

66.       G. Butler

67.       J. Wright

68.       J. Cosgrove

69.       A. N. Other

70.       E. Nicoll


Perth Durham Pine

71.       A. N. Other

72.       C. Newton

73.       B. Hart

74.       M. laing

75.       J. Marshall


England NW
Centre Of Excellence

76.       R. Clough

77.       D. Mulroy

78.       P. Hey

79.       S. Small

80.       M. Harrison



81.       M. Davys

82.       R. Vail

83.       M. Miller

84.       R. Wade

85.       M. Illingworth



86.       S. Howells

87.       A. N. Other

88.       S. Bridal

89.       S. Hindman

90.       N. Blanford


Yorkshire Planet X

91.       R. Eden

92.       D. Foy

93.       J. Eyre

94.       D. Berkely

95.       W. Fotheringham



96.       M. Smith

97.       N. Smith

98.       B. Harwood

99.       A. N. Other

100.     D. Tudor


Hampshire Radford

101.     A. N. Other

102.     A. N. Other

103.     K. Stuart

104.     R. McGough

105.     K. Russell


Antrim UCF

106.     I. Chivers

107.     A. N. Other

108.     M. Smith

109.     B. Doherty

110.     A. N. Other


Carlow Dan Morrissey

111.     J. O’Brien

112.     A. Doyle

113.     M. Maguire

114.     D. McVeigh

115.     J. Carroll



116.     A. Crowley

117.     S. Sheehan

118.     R. Cahill

119.     D. Twomey

120.     E. Sugrue



121.     J. Blackwell

122.     D. O’Shea

123.     F. O’Sullivan

124.     J. McCarthy

125.     A. Roche


Cork Kanturk

126.     S. McIlroy

127.     A. N. Other

128.     P. Roland

129.     A. N. Other


Dublin Ravens

130.     M. Wall

131.     P. Reid

132.     K. Brannigan

133.     T. McGowan

134.     G. Thomas


Dublin West Tallaght

135.     A. Yeates

136.     S. Bracken

137.     M. Kiernan

138.     P. Healion


Dublin IRC

139.     C. Bracken

140.     K. Donnelly

141.     S. Baker

142.     M. Sutcliffe


Dublin North

143.     A. N. Other

144.     D. Tansey

145.     J. Crowe

146.     A. N. Other

147.     M. Hamilton


Dublin Sorrento

148.     D. Peelo

149.     D. Healy

150.     W. Byrne

151.     C. Lynch

152.     K. O’Sullivan



153.     D. Hourigan

154.     K. McMahon

155.     O. McHutchin

156.     V. Gleeson

157.     M. Butler



158.     A. N. Other

159.     A. N. Other

160.     I. Adams

161.     A. N. Other

162.     S. Furley


Meath Avonmore

163.     R. Whelan

164.     A. N. Other

165.     M. Fox

166.     J. Nolan

167.     D. Finnegan



168.     C. Kimmage

169.     L. Murphy

170.     D. Mulkern

171.     J. O’Halloran

172.     D. O’Loughlin


Tipperary Premier

173.     A. N. Other

174.     R. Clarke

175.     M. Fitzgerald

176.     D. Hanrahan

177.     A. Hederman



178.     B. Mulhare

179.     J. Dobbs

180.     M. Somers

181.     E. Crory

182.     T. Lavery


Wicklow Coors

183.     K. Bannon

184.     M. Kiely

185.     C. Greene

186.     S. O’Sullivan

187.     M. O’Donnell


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Mehall Fitzgerald,Tipperary Premier In the Points leaders Jersey
Keith Bannon & Mark Kiely Of The Coors Light Wicklow Team
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