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STAGE RACING : Rás Tailteann Last Updated: 3 Apr 2018 - 8:58:00 AM

Reminder The Rás starts on 20th May 2018
By Peter Purfield
27 Mar 2018,

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Rás Tailteann is an eight-day, international stage race around Ireland – commonly known as “The Rás”. This is the official site of Rás Tailteann.

The race is Ireland’s number one cycling event and takes place each year in May.

This year the event will start on Sunday 20th May and finish in Skerries, Co Dublin on Sunday 27th May 2018.

For the past 7 years the Rás Tailteann was sponsored by the national postal service An Post, and although no title sponsor is currently in place the Race Director, Eimear Dignam recently confirmed that the race would proceed as normal.

“The epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide. It is a major event on the national and international calendar” said Dignam, “and it is going to happen as normal under my watch”.

The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite, International calendar. The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals.

“The route is finalised and our hard working organising committee were out ironing out the last few details over the festive season.

We will be having a press release very soon to announce the route.

“Just because we don’t yet have a sponsor this won’t make the route any easier, I promise the Rás will be as tough as ever” Dignam confirmed recently.

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Rás Tailteann route 2018 (UCI 2.2 race):

Stage 1, Sunday May 20: Drogheda to Athlone, 136 kms:
Stage 2, Monday May 21: Athlone to Tipperary, 148.7 kms:
Stage 3, Tuesday May 22: Tipperary to Listowel, 140.4 kms:
Stage 4, Wednesday May 23: Listowel to Glengariff, 153 kms:
Stage 5, Thursday May 24: Glengarriff to Mitchelstown, 150.2 kms:
Stage 6, Friday May 25: Mitchelstown to Carlow, 154.6 kms:
Stage 7, Saturday May 26: Carlow to Naas, 141.2 kms:
Stage 8, Sunday May 27: Naas to Skerries, 144.6 kms:

Total: 1180.5 kms

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