Sponsorship in place for Rás Mumhan early season battle

Posted on: January 13th, 2018

Rás Mumhan cycling Kerry

The Easter battle in Kerry that is Rás Mumhan will come earlier in the season than usual. The fact riders will have raced less in the lead up to it will add to how challenging the race is (Photo: John Coleman – Dc Images)


Sponsorship for Rás Mumhan cycling battle in Kerry


Rás Mumhan will once again be sponsored by Kerry Group. And this year the race takes place just four weeks into the season.

It is being run over the Easter weekend, which falls between the end of March and beginning of April this year.

The start of the domestic road racing season has also been put back this year.

A rule change agreed at the Cycling Ireland AGM stipulates racing cannot begin until the first weekend in March.

It means instead of having at least six weeks racing in their legs, and sometimes more; the Rás Mumhan riders will have a shorter preparation time this time around.

However, that should only add to the challenge of the race. It has become a fantastic fixture on the home scene down the years.

It had been erroneously reported elsewhere that the race had lost its sponsorship, but that is not the case.

And race director Tadhg Moriarty told stickybottle he was looking to an intense battle in Kerry over Easter.

Moriarty and event organiser Kieran Doherty said they were delighted with Kerry Group’s loyalty and generosity.

The director of corporate affairs at Kerry Group, Frank Hayes, said the race was a boost to Kerry.

“We are pleased to continue our association with Kerry Group Rás Mumhan,” he said.

“Events such as this, which encourage community activation, volunteering and that, bring an economic benefit to the area, fit well with the profile of community activities that we continue to support.”


Kerry Group Rás Mumhan entries

The race will take place from March 30th to April 2nd. It will be open to entries from 35 teams of five riders.

The remaining five slots will be filled by teams invited by the race organisation. Foreign teams are invited to add extra competition to the proceedings.

Entries will be open soon and details of the four stages will also been unveiled imminently.