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Dates announced for Ireland’s Rás na mBan women’s stage race
 
By Staff
Date: 1/12/2012
Dates announced for Ireland’s Rás na mBan women’s stage race
 
Weekend start for top women’s international stage race

Ireland’s Rás na mBan women’s international bicycle racing stage race will begin on a Sunday, September 9th, and run to Thursday, September 13th.

In a break with tradition, this year’s Rás na mBan women’s international bicycle racing stage race will begin on a Sunday, September 9th, and run to Thursday, September 13th .

The 2012 running of Ireland’s premier stage race for women racers will be the seventh edition of Ireland’s top stage race for women professional bicycle racers and the 26th anniversary of the start of international women’s stage racing in Ireland.

Following overwhelmingly positive feedback after last year’s successful expansion from three days to five, the event will again be a five-day tour of some of the most challenging and beautiful scenery on the Ring of Kerry.

Race director Valerie Considine takes the reins of the event for the seventh year and believes that the weekend start will provide a logistical boost to teams and riders.

“Rás na mBan is now firmly established on the international calendar and we were keen to give teams travelling long distance the maximum time to recover ahead of the first stage.

“Coupled with the central accommodation at Louis Moriarty’s four-star Sneem Hotel and the Sunday start, the riders should be well settled in by the time the first stage gets under way on Sunday.

“The five-day format was very well received last year and there was great enthusiasm for the challenge presented by stages over hills such as Healy Pass so, rest assured, we’ll have similar fare for the riders this year.

“Plans are well advanced for this year’s race and, I have to say, we’re better prepared at this time than any previous year.

“What was particularly heart warming last year was the strength in depth from the Irish riders coupled with increased interest from teams and riders in the UK and France to go with the usual support from the Netherlands and Germany.

“There really isn’t any other race of this length and challenge in these islands and we’re keen to further develop our established status as a ‘must do’ event for Irish and international riders alike. The Sneem-based event will again enjoy support from An Post and Sneem Hotel. Full route details, sponsorship arrangements, participating riders and team selections will be announced in due course.

Rás na mBan takes place from September 9th to 13th. The event is centered on Sneem and carries the support of Sneem Hotel for a fifth year in 2012. Full race details are available on the official race website at Rás na mBan.

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PAST Ras na mBan OVERALL WINNERS

2011 Olivia Dillon, Ireland
2009 Emma Trott, England
2008 Louise Moriarty, Ireland
2007 Marit Huisman, Netherlands
2006 Stephenie Gronow, Germany

HONOR ROLL FOR PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL STAGE RACES IN IRELAND

2005 Elisabeth Braam, Netherlands
2004 Louise Moriarty, Ireland
2003 Angela Hunter, England
2002 Esther van der Helm, Netherlands
2001 Esther van der Helm, Netherlands
2000 Julie Hooper, England
1999 Louise Jones, England
1998 Claire Moore, Ireland
1997 Susan O’Mara, Ireland
1996 Angela Hunter, England
1995 Helena Kinsella, Ireland
1994 Marie Purvis, Isle of Man
1993 Claire Moore, Ireland
1992 Claire Moore, Ireland
1990 Kim Staff, England
1989 Patricia Anderson, Ireland
1988 Claire Moore, Ireland
1987 Fiona Madden, Ireland
1986 Marie O’Donoghue, Ireland

Source: Ras na mBan promoters

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