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Coom An Easpaigh jewel in crown of hilly Rás Mumhan route

Posted on: March 12th, 2019

Rás Mumhan 2019 route

Rás Mumhan 2019 will be run over a very challenging route. The four-stage Easter showdown looks set to produce some great racing between the Irish riders and foreign visitors (Photo; George Doyle)

 

Rás Mumhan 2019 is backed by Kerry Group again and the organisers have put in place a very challenging route.

While Coom An Easpaigh must be tackled on the penultimate stage, it is only one of seven hills that day.

And with the cat 1 coming 130km into the 155km stage route, it should hit the riders hard.

It will, however, leave some time for those distanced to get back on once they are not too far back over the top.

There is also a short sharp incline towards the end of the opening stage, on a new stretch of road, into Killorglin.

And coming as it does just 5km from the finish, it may cause some splits as the field hurtles towards the chequered flag.

Conor Hennebry took the title last year and he will be back with his Dan Morrissey-MIG-Pactimo team. It also includes another former winner in Sean McKenna.

However, other teams will also look to make an impression; Bio-DHL-FR Services looking like they are capable of winning it outright too.

And those who put the race on every year also have a habit of inviting Dutch and UK opposition that should put it up to the domestic men for stage and overall honours.

 


Kerry Group Rás Mumhan 2019 route


 

Stage 1 Good Friday: Killorglin-Killorglin (100km)
Starting at 2:50pm, the stage takes in Killarney, Kilcummin, Scartaglin, Castleisland, Currans, Ballyfinnane, Firies, Castlemaine and Milltown. The route to the finish is on the new road to Killorglin after Milltown. A cat 2 Climb at Knocknaboul at the half way point on narrow winding roads is the feature of the stage. With the final climbers’ prime, on a stiff short incline, only 5km from the finish, it may impact the outcome.

 

Stage 2 Easter Saturday: Listowel-Athea (130km)
The undulating stage starting in Listowel, north Kerry, features several cat 2 and cat 3 climbs. From Listowel the riders race to Ballylongford and Tarbert before going along the coast road to Glin. Then it’s up the hill out of Athea for the first of three passages. The riders then go through Carrigkerry and turn left at Ardagh. The race will again turn left before Shanagolden and go through Ballyhahill to Glin. From there it is on to Athea followed by a 40km finishing circuit through Carrigkerry, Ballyhahill and Glin for the third time before finishing up the hill out of Athea.

 

Stage 3 Easter Sunday: Waterville-Waterville (155km)
The south Kerry stage route leaves Waterville for Ballinskelligs, Valentia, Cahirsiveen, Dromid, New Chapel Cross and Portmagee before the testing Coom An Easpaigh climb, then The Glen and back to Waterville. The cat 1 Coom An Easpaigh comes at the 130km point and it is just one of seven climbs; the ascent on Valentia Island another. When the race sprints into the finish the destination of the final yellow jersey for the 2019 edition should be in large part decided.

 

Stage 4 Easter Monday: Killorglin-Killorglin (115km)
The final day is mostly a flat stage starting and finishing in Killorglin and with the terrain varied enough for the stronger riders to make life difficult on this, the final, stage. The 25km loop through Beaufort is covered three times and then it is on to the usual finale; ten laps of the town’s Donal McKenna finishing circuit and up the hill each time to add a further 40km for a total of 115km. Riders 3:30 down on the leaders will be withdrawn from the circuit as a safety measure. They will be credited with a finishing time appropriate to the lap they were removed at.

 

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