Riders ready for An Post 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 19 to May 26.

This is the third 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.

This year’s Rás covers 1180 kilometres over eight stages with 33 categorised climbs, including four category one climbs, Healy Pass, Gorteen, Drumgoff and Wicklow Gap.

The 2013 Rás is the 61st edition of the race, and this year’s route is designed by cyclist, Stephen O’Sullivan. Stephen is a former stage winner and eighteen year veteran of the event.

The action gets underway on Sunday May 19 in Dunboyne, Co. Meath with stage finishes in Longford, Nenagh, Listowel, Glengarriff, Mitchelstown, Carlow, Naas and finishing in Skerries.

Speaking ahead of the Revent, An Post Rás legend Ciarán Power gives his thoughts on the race.

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