Lydia Boylan talks Rás mBan: “I’m sure we’ll take on the race”

Posted on: September 7th, 2016

National champion Lydia Boylan will start An Post Rás na mBan as one of the favourites but is expecting a massive battle from the overseas contingent. The Team WNT rider reckons Friday’s summit finish atop Mount Leinster will be decisive (Photo:, homepage photo by Sean Rowe)


By Brian Canty

Lydia Boylan starts An Post Rás na mBan today as one of the strongest Irish contenders for general classification or stage wins.

The national champion was sixth overall last year and after coming out of the seven-day UCI-ranked Thuringen in Germany in July she’s optimistic about a good showing again this year.

“The Rás is always a great attacking race with lots of opportunities,” she said.

“I think there are quite a few strong teams but I definitely think WNT is one of the strongest and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can pull off.

“My form is good; my last race was Thuringen and I’ve had a little break since then so I’m hoping to feel fresh this week.”

It’s a serious field the organisers have assembled this year and with that comes the unpredictability the race is known for.

“I haven’t spent too much time looking at the stages,” Boylan continued of the race ahead in Kilkenny.

“I generally take stages day by day but Friday’s stage three finish up Mount Leinster is going to be pretty fun.

“I’ve never really been results-focused but we do have a pretty good team this year and I’m sure we’ll take on the race.

“Most of all I’m just excited to show off my national jersey on home soil. I can’t believe I’m getting to do that two years in-a-row.”