Former international cyclist Moriarty on eve of his 20th Rás

Posted on: May 19th, 2017

Former international cyclist Moriarty on eve of his 20th Rás

Eugene Moriarty is one the real Rás warriors and will compete in the race for the 20th time this year. He will be 43 years old this year but is still able to mix it up with the best guys on the hardest of days. Above, leading the field in the Phoenix Park in 2004 on the day fellow Team Ireland rider David McCann won the race (Photo: Phil O’Connor)


By Brian Canty

One of the country’s best domestic riders for the last two decades is set to compete in the An Post Rás for an incredible 20th time next week.

Eugene Moriarty, from Listowel, first took part in the Rás back in 1994 at the age of 20 years. And in that time-frame he has amassed some amazing achievements.

He has been on seven winning teams; twice while on the national team in 2004 and 2005.

He was also a key player in the all-conquering team in the mid-noughties – 2002, 03, 05, 07 and 09).

On a personal level he has notched some excellent results too, with 9th overall in 1999 his best general classification results.


Moriarty has been on the podium at the Rás on countless occasions and has been a best-county rider a staggering 14 times in his career. Above, with good mate and Rás route director Stephen O’Sullivan visiting a school in Oughterard during Rás 2010.


Having ridden 20 Rásanna; that’s over 150 stages. But Moriarty has doesn’t like to think the end of his amazing career is anywhere near close.

Though he has never won a stage, he was second twice and third three times.

He has also taken many top 10s and consequently, he has a record number of county rider prizes as well as time spent in the KOM and points jerseys.

“I can’t wait to get going, although I never think about it in terms of how many Rásanna I have done,” he said.

“I’m in pretty good shape. I have had a chest infection since Easter which has impacted my preparation a little.But I’m eager to get on the start-line Sunday.”

It’s an ironic turn of events that he will ride for the Down Newry Wheelers team that will be managed by another top rider in his, turned coach, Barry Monaghan.

It’s almost 30 years to the day that Moriarty was on the support team for the Kerry Rás team when Monaghan guested as a rider in 1989.

And it was Moriarty’s dad Tadhg who managed that team.

Memories of racing in Donegal are plenty for the younger Moriarty, such as screaming down descents a few years ago.

“I have so many memories of really hard, spectacular, edge-of-your-saddle racing,” he says looking back at his Rás rides.

“But I think the descent off of the Gap of Mamore is one that stands out.

“I recall quickly spinning out in my 54×11 and hitting over 110 km/h. That will always stay with me.”