RAS to prove uphill battleCYCLING By Tommy Campbell
THIS year's Ras organiser, Dermot Dignam, is convinced that this edition has all the hallmarks of being one of the toughest in years.
"It is going to be the most challenging course in recent memory," said Dignam.
"There are a huge number of difficult ascents littered throughout the route, and overall it is probably leaning more towards the climber.
"There is something tough in store every single day."
Stage 1: Sunday May 20: Dunboyne -- Kilkenny, 147km.
Stage 2: Kilkenny -- Gort, 158km.
Stage 3: Gort -- Westport, 145km.
Stage 4: Westport -- Bundoran, 135km.
Stage 5: Bundoran -- Buncrana, 149km.
Stage 6: Buncrana -- Killybegs, 134km.
Stage 7: S Donegal -- Cootehill, 161km.
Stage 8: Sunday May 27: Cootehill -- Skerries, 139km.