Rás na mBan deadline looms; “overwhelming” overseas interest

Posted on: August 11th, 2016

The An Post Rás na mBan is a little over a month away and those interested in racing have been asked to get their entries in as soon as possible to avoid missing out. (Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan)


The organisers of the An Post Rás na mBan have warned those interested in riding the event this year to get their entries in by the August 17th closing date or risk missing out.

To date, 18 teams of five riders have confirmed their participation and more enquiries have been handled in recent days for the five-day contest that gets underway from Kilkenny on September 7th.

So far a whopping 14 different countries are represented in the provisional start-list with riders coming  from five continents to take part.

Race Director Valerie Considine is greatly encouraged by the increased interest from overseas for an event that continues to grow in stature internationally.

“The response from abroad has been overwhelming and we’re particularly encouraged by the entry numbers,” she said.

“The closing date is the 17th of August by which time local teams will have confirmed their line-ups to challenge for the Kilkenny County Council Best Irish Rider jersey as well as the overall classification.

“The Irish entry often lags a little and we would encourage local squads to confirm their plans as soon as possible.”

An Post Rás na mBan runs from September 7th to 11th and comprises four road race stages, a Kilkenny city centre criterium and an 11-kilometre individual time trial for a total of just under 400 kilometres.