Links to reports of Daley’s visits to the Tandragee 100 since 2013 are at the bottom of the page.
Tandragee is a village on the Cusher River in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. The village is overlooked by Tandragee Castle and has a population of about 3,000. Its name is derived from the Irish Tóin re Gaoith, having the meaning “backside to the wind” and referring to the hillside on which the village is built.
The circuit for the Tandragee 100 National Road Races is located between Tandragee, Markethill and Armagh. Claiming to be the largest National Road Racing event in Northern Ireland, the event routinely attracts about 120 competitors from around the world with spectators numbering around 10,000-15,000.
Promoted by the North Armagh Motorcycle & Car Club the Tandragee 100 was first held on Saturday 19th April 1958 and is still held on the original course. It was originally a 100 mile handicap race (hence the name) and it has run each year since with the exceptions of 1972, 2001 and 2010.
The 2-day Tandragee 100 is billed as “The Best National Road Race in Ireland”. It has been likened to a “mini TT” by riders with its fast flowing sections combined with narrow technical and bumpy sections and the fast 180 mph Cabragh Straight. Some riders consider the event to be an opportunity set up their bikes for the North West 200 and the Isle of Man TT races.
The farmer’s field which serves as the paddock at Tandragee has a reputation for being muddy as the clay-heavy soil is relatively soft and does not always drain well. Added to that the field is quite sloped, which makes for a genuine Irish National “Real Road Racing” experience! The bikes have to be pushed over the grass to get to the hardstanding by the road which in wet and muddy conditions means tyres can get cold, wet and mud-covered. Wise riders often take the precaution of wrapping the bike’s tyres in clingfilm!
Daley’s racing at the Tandragee 100 since 2013. Click on the date to view a meeting report:-