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OTHER CYCLING : Women's Cycling : Ras na mBan Last Updated: 9 Jun 2020 - 1:29:34 PM

2020 Rás na mBan Latest News & Updates
By Declan Quigley, InForm Sport Media
2 Jun 2020,

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+ 2020 EVENT UPDATE+

Plans for Rás na mBan 2020 continue apace despite the current lockdown. While any chance of the race taking place are entirely contingent on the opening up of sporting activity in Ireland, the Organising Committee have continued to hold virtual meetings during the current restrictions and are continuing to operate on the basis that the 15th edition of the race will take place from September 2nd to 6th.

Cycling Ireland are currently preparing a strategy for a return to organised outdoor activity in line with the Irish government’s phased easing of lockdown restrictions.

The committee is also preparing contingency plans should the return to racing be delayed beyond September and we’ll advise of any alterations to the schedule should they be required. We recognise that it’s tough to make plans in these uncertain times and we’ll aim to give at least a month’s notice of the race’s go/no-go situation.

Rest assured, we’re committed to the continuity of Ireland’s top international stage race and we’ll be back racing when it’s safe to do so. Stay tuned!

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+THROWBACK+ REMEMBERING 2014

Trek Segafredo World Tour star Tayler Wiles is just one of many Rás na mBan ‘alumni’ who have written of the challenges of lockdown lately. Many will have seen her blog on Cyclingtips.com detailing the beginning of the lockdown in Spain.

In these days when many of us are remembering wistfully the heady days of ‘outdoor’ racing, it’s a good time to recall Rás na mBan 2014 when Wiles and her partner Olivia Dillon came to Ireland’s international stage race in County Clare just under six years ago.

Dillon, the defending champion, led the Irish national team while Wiles, who had finished second in Tour de l’Ardeche just a few days previously, was co-opted onto the DID Cycle 4 Life composite team and she made an immediate impact with second place to Dutchwoman Femke Van Kessel of WV Breda on stage one in Ennis.

Wiles went one better when she led in Frida Knuttsson (currently a frontline health worker in Sweden) at the front of a select group contesting the victory after a tough and beautiful day’s racing on the Wild Atlantic Way.

She doubled up by confirming her favourite’s status in the 8km stage three time trial at Barefield to open up a lead of over half a minute on Mathilde Matthijsse and was safely in the bunch when Fiona Meade won the stage four circuit race at Barefield.

While Dillon was not able to add to her three Rás na mBan titles in 2014, there can have been few prouder than the Mayowoman at Wiles’s success. Dillon herself had something to celebrate with her win on the penultimate stage in Ballyvaghan before Wiles finished the week by joining stage winner Anne Ewing in the winning break to deliver her fourth podium finish of the week and a first overall title for the US.

Wiles has since established herself as one of the most valuable team workers on the Trek Segafredo squad and has scored many notable victories of her own in a storied career. Everyone involved in Rás na mBan remembers with fondness the week when she displayed her prodigious talent on the roads of Ireland and charmed everyone along the way.


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