Rás tough task for home team
Last Monday the big guns came into play with the news of the Rás itinerary for its eight day extravaganza which starts on May 22 in Dunboyne, Co Meath. Irish cyclists have their work cut out if the George Plant Trophy is to stay on home soil.
The guest list for the inaugural An Post Rás launch was made up of personnel that have been attached to the unique event that started in the early 50s and stands resolutely at the forefront of Irish cycling.
The route covers 1,247 kilometres over eight days with 28 categorised climbs, three of which are first category ascents.
An Post Chief Executive Donal Connell said: "We are delighted to support this world renowned race which, like An Post, is deeply ingrained in local communities throughout Ireland.
"Over the past four years An Post has been the biggest supporter of Irish cycling at both elite and grass roots level through our association with the An Post Sean Kelly team, the Tour of Ireland and the An Post Cycle Series.
"We all have a role to play in ensuring the success of the Rás; in building an event celebrating the very best of Ireland; in focusing our efforts on recovery and on a determined route back to prosperity and positivity."