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Boys with the black stuff. Happy #StPatricksDay from Rouleur. Photo @rastailteann by the late, great Robert Wyatt
Rás Tailteann is an eight-day, international stage race around Ireland – commonly known as “The Rás”. This is the official site of Rás Tailteann.
The race is Ireland’s number one cycling event and takes place each year in May.
This year the event will start on Sunday 20th May and finish in Skerries, Co Dublin on Sunday 27th May 2018.
For the past 7 years the Rás Tailteann was sponsored by the national postal service An Post, and although no title sponsor is currently in place the Race Director, Eimear Dignam recently confirmed that the race would proceed as normal.
“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. It is a major event on the national and international calendar” said Dignam, “and it is going to happen as normal under my watch”.
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 route is finalised and our hard working organising committee were out ironing out the last few details over the festive season.
We will be having a press release very soon to announce the route.
“Just because we don’t yet have a sponsor this won’t make the route any easier, I promise the Rás will be as tough as ever” Dignam confirmed recently.
The 2017 Winner interview:
Past Rás Winners 1953 – 2015
|1953||Colm Christle||Gate C.C.|
|1954||Joe O’Brien||National C.C.|
|1962||Sé O Hanlon||Dublin|
|1965||Sé O Hanlon||Dublin|
|1966||Sé O Hanlon||Dublin|
|1967||Sé O Hanlon||Dublin|
|1972||John Mangan||Setanta C.C.|
Scroll through images of each winner of the Rás along with pictures from various stages dating back to the very beginning.
Here you can also find details of all the towns and villages that each stage passed through as well as the competitors and their respective teams that took on the legendary race.
Every rider, stage and year has its own story to tell… read through some special stories from the Rás in years gone by.
Find out about the ‘iron man’ of Irish cycling, Jimmy Curran, read how 4 times Rás winner Shay O’Hanlon ‘rode alone’ and find out some tips on how to become a road champion from Gene Mangan, all in this section of great Rás tales.