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Ras Tailteann Still Seeking A New Sponsor For 2018
Eimear Dignam

Having learned earlier this year that An Post was stepping away after many years of backing the race, the organisers of the Rás Tailteann have said that they are still seeking a new backer for the 2018 edition.

“We are still looking for a sponsor,” Eimear Dignam told the Irish Times on Thursday. “We have had talks with a couple of different prospective sponsors, but so far nothing has come from that.

“We are looking for title sponsors, but if we are not successful with that, we are happy with two or three sponsors to come in as a unit.”

The race has been a part of Irish sport since 1953 and is the biggest cycling event in the country. It is a world-ranked event on the UCI calendar and has played an important part in the development of many successful riders, including world champions such as Stephen Roche and Tony Martin. More>>>


Gerry Keogh Stage Winner In His First Rás Tailteann
The Late Gerry Keogh


Ratoath native Gerry Keogh, who died in Dublin recently, was a prominent cyclist at a time when Meath riders were enjoying considerable success nationally, in the 1950’s. A native of Halltown on the Skyrne Road Ratoath, he lived in Clonsilla, and was aged 91 when he passed away at Connolly Memorial Hospital Blanchardstown on the 16th November 2015.

Working in Dublin as a young man, he began his cycling career with The National Cycling Club in his twenties. He worked in Allied Irish Finance alongside Kerry cyclist, Gene Mangan, having earlier worked at construction, including operating what was then Ireland’s biggest crane at the building of the church in Finglas.

He took part in his first Rás Tailteann in 1955, and won the sixth stage, a testing 88 mile spin from Cork to Tralee over mountainous terrain. He was in an eight-man breakaway group for nearly 100 miles before breaking away on his own in the closing stages to win by 10 seconds from Gene Mangan, Kerry who was the outright winner. More>>>


Tony Campbell Resignes As Ras Director
Tony Campbell

Race Organiser of An Post Rás/Rás Tailteann for the past five years Tony Campbell has resigned from the position. Citing “personal reasons” Campbell informed Dermot Dignam, Chairperson of the promoting club, Cumann Rás Tailteann, of his decision.
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Campbell Continues As Rás Chief
Tony Campbell
Cumann Rás Tailteann Cycling Club has confirmed Tony Campbell as organiser of the 2018 8 day international cycle race, An Rás Tailteann. This will be Campbell’s sixth year in charge of the race. Campbell said he’s honoured to be continuing in the position and is looking forward to the challenges ahead. He expects next year’s race to take place from 20th to 27th May, a date to be confirmed by Union Cycliste Internationale,

Club Chairman, Dermot Dignam, heads up a sponsorship committee tasked with attracting a new sponsor to replace An Post which had to end its seven year involvement due to current financial difficulties. The committee includes Tony Campbell, Eimear Dignam and Noel Candon. Dignam thanked An Post for its great sponsorship and current support in seeking a new sponsor More>>>


James Gullen Britain JLT Condor Takes The 2017 An Post Rás Title
James Gullien Britain JLT Condor With The George Plant Trophy After His Victory On The Rás
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An Post Rás 2017 Overall Results
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An Post Rás Stage 8 Pictures Ardee To Skerries
Przemyslaw Kasperkiewich An Post Chain Reaction Wins The Final Stage Of The 2017 An Post Rás In Skerries Wearing The Mountain Leaders Jersey
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James Gullen Britain JLT Condor Is Crowned An Post Rás 2017 Champion
James Gullen Britain JLT Condor Race Winner


The rain stayed away on the final day of An Post Rás 2017 as JLT Condor’s James Gullen secured the general classification. Despite no stage wins, Gullen was very consistent throughout the week, securing the yellow jersey on stage five and defending it right up to the final stage. Przemyslaw Kasperkiewicz was the stage eight winner in Skerries, giving the An Post Chain Reaction team their third stage win of the week. The 22-year-old from Poland added the stage win to his King of the Mountains jersey. Kasperkiewicz came home the strongest from Samuel Jenner (Australia National Team) in second and Jerome Mainard (France Armée de Terre) in third.

After a dismal day of rain yesterday, the riders welcomed the dry weather for what was the shortest route of the week at 129.4 kilometres. The final stage took the riders along similar roads as in recent years; heading through Nobber, Navan, Kentsown, Duleek and over Bellewstown (Cat Three), Snowtown Hill/Harbourtstown (Cat Three) and Ringfort View (Cat Three) before being welcomed by a huge crowd in Skerries. The route took the peloton around the finishing circuit three times, with the riders making three climbs over Black Hills before the ceremonial finish. More>>>


Results Stage 8 Ardee To Skerries 129.4 Km.
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An Post Rás Stage 7 Pictures Donegal To Ardee
Dann Meijers Netherlands Delta Cycling Winning Stage Seven With Team Mate Jan W Van Ship In Second Place
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