Comeraghcc will for the 5th time in the last 10 years have a team on the start line of the An Post Ras 2016. Starting this Sunday May 22nd the team will line out at Dublin Castle for an 8 day gruelling stage race that will see them do a total of 1235 KM over 8 days.
ABOUT THE RAS
The An Post Rás is an annual, eight-day, stage race around Ireland. The race is Ireland’s number one cycling event and will take place from May 22 – 29, 2016.
This is the sixth year of An Post’s sponsorship of the celebrated Rás Tailteann, which is more commonly known as The Rás. The epic race began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide.
The Rás has a worldwide reputation of being a gruelling challenge in the elite, international calendar. The open racing style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against domestic and international professionals.
The 2016 An Post Rás route was revealed at the GPO on February 17and looks certain to provide a challenging test. This year’s Rás covers 1,235 kilometres over eight stages with 25 categorised climbs, including three category one climbs, Conor Pass, Ballaghisheen Pass and Mount Leinster.
The 2016 Rás is the 64th edition of the race, and this year’s route is designed by cyclist, Stephen O’Sullivan. Stephen is a former stage winner and twenty one year veteran of the event.
The action gets underway on Sunday May 22 from Dublin Castle, Dublin City, with stage finishes in Multyfarnham, Charleville, Dingle, Sneem, Clonakilty, Dungarvan, Baltinglass and finishing in Skerries.
- Stage 1, Sunday May 22: Dublin Castle to Multyfarnham, 144.6 km
- Stage 2, Monday May 23: Mullingar to Charleville, 183.7 km
- Stage 3, Tuesday May 24: Charleville to Dingle, 133.2 km
- Stage 4, Wednesday May 25: Dingle to Sneem, 162.8 km
- Stage 5, Thursday May 26: Sneem to Clonakilty, 148.3 km
- Stage 6, Friday May 27: Clonakilty to Dungarvan, 159.1 km
- Stage 7, Saturday May 28: Dungarvan to Baltinglass, 155 km
- Stage 8, Sunday May 29: Kildare to Skerries, 148.4 km