Riders set for Sunday shift in Rás na mBan
This year's Rás na mBan women's international stage race has broken with tradition.
Formerly a midweek start, this year it begins on Sunday, September 9, for five days, with Sneem in Co Kerry the base. A welcome development last season was the increase in the number of competitive days from three to five. Race director Valerie Considine is excited about this year's event.
"The five-day format was very well received last year and there was great enthusiasm for the challenge presented by stages over hills such as Healy Pass so, rest assured, we'll have similar fare for the riders this year," she said.
"What was particularly heartwarming last year was the strength in depth from the Irish riders coupled with increased interest from teams and riders in the UK and France to go with the usual support from the Netherlands and Germany.
"There really isn't any other race of this length and challenge in these islands and we're keen to further develop our established status as a 'must do' event for Irish and international riders."
Full route details, sponsorship arrangements, participating riders and team selections will be announced in due course.