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County Team Entry Is Now Open
The 2018 Dublin Orwell Scott Team
Cáirde Rás Tailteann announces opening of entries for domestic Irish club and county riders only.

Effective immediately, entries are open.

Entries are per team only. The event is not open to individuals, though individual riders will be catered for as part of composite, regional or provincial teams.

One person, can enter a team of 5 riders.

The manager doing the entries will need to complete the entry for the team in one sitting.

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Rás Tailteann 2022 Route Details
Overall Route Rás Tailteann 2022

Continuing with its commitment to provide more communications about the 2022 event. Cáirde Rás Tailteann has some more detailed news regarding the 2022 route.

During the last weeks an intensive review of the physical route was carried out. The route stage ends will all stay the same as the previously published route for 2020/21, but there is one significant change relating to stage 3.
Instead of starting from Castleisland in County Kerry. The race will now transfer to Newcastle West and begin stage 3 from there, still finishing in Lisdoonvarna.

This change has been decided upon in the interest of avoiding traversing Limerick City and instead follows a route east and north around the city. This will have the effect of making for a more interesting and challenging stage as the riders’ approach Lisdoonvarna for what is sure to be another exciting finale and longest stage of the 2022 event.

L To R. Sean Lenehan,Meath, Gerard Campbell Race Director, Denis Devin Double Stage Winner Ras Tailteann, Noel Clarke 8 Stage Wins and Kevin Leech, Louth
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Rás Tailteann 2022
Luuc Bugter. Delta Team Netherlands Overall Winner Rás Tailteann 2018 With The George Plant Trophy

Cáirde Rás Tailteann is excited to announce that plans are moving ahead regarding the return of An Rás Tailteann to the roads of Ireland this year.

As of today, the committee is reaffirming its commitment to staging An Rás Tailteann 2022, one of Irelands most Iconic and beloved sporting events. The intention remains to stage it in a 5-day format from Wednesday 15th. to Sunday 19th. June next, using the same planned route as previously published for 2020 / 2021. More>>>


Ras Tailteann Postponed Until 2022

Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided to definitively postpone the 2021 Rás Tailteann slated for June this year and focus instead on running the event in 2022.

This has been done in consultation with our many stakeholders and crucially our valued volunteers,without whom this event could not proceed. In the past months Cáirde Rás Tailteann continuously assessed options to safely put 2020s postponed event back on the road in June 2021 but current circumstances have prevailed to force this decision. More>>>


Cancellation Of Ras 2020
Connor McConvey Shows The Cyclist He Is On Pinch Mountain
In the past weeks Cáirde Rás Tailteann has expended significant energy to safely put An Rás on the road in September/October 2020. The group has monitored the evolving situation daily and digested publicly available roadmaps, health guidance, sporting and crucially, Rás volunteer stakeholder input. More>>>


Rás Tailteann 2020 Update
The Big Bunch passing the Rock Of Cashel

Having assessed the most recent guidance issued by the WHO, the HSE, Sport Ireland and the Government of Ireland and considering the measures in place in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided to extend the postponement of the 2020 Rás Tailteann which was originally due to return to the roads of Ireland this week.
With a clearer and increasingly positive outlook emerging week by week in the battle against Covid- 19 and with the government plan for easing restrictions according to the published road map accelerating. The indications suggest that a window of opportunity could open to potentially put the race on the road before the end of the 2020 road cycling season.

‘’It was agreed this week that the most prudent course of action at this time would be to extend our decision of April last and aim to set a very tentative start date toward the latter end of September next, using the same published route. All of this is of course still very heavily contingent upon any restrictions that may still be in place, the availability and support of the Gardai, county councils, the health services, accommodation and the many volunteers upon whom the Rás relies so heavily and which we cannot realistically know for some time yet’’ said Race Director Eugene Moriarty More>>>


Rás 2020 Posponed Due To Covid 19 Virus
Race Director Eugene Moriarty
Following the recent developments and recommendations from Cycling Ireland, the UCI, the HSE, Sport Ireland and the Government of Ireland.

Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided to postpone the 2020 Rás Tailteann which was due to return to the roads of Ireland in June 2020 after a hiatus in 2019. This is directly as a result of accelerating developments relating to the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

"Considering the nature of the public health emergency Ireland and the world is currently dealing with and the progressive evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cáirde Rás Tailteann has decided that it is in the best interests of everyone associated with the event and the wider public to temporarily postpone the 2020 event from its planned start date on June 10th next" said Eugene Moriarty, the 2020 Race Director.

He added “The decision to postpone has not been taken lightly, but when we consider the on-going restrictions that are in place, the current workload of An Garda Síochána, County Councils and the Health Service, all of whom play integral roles in an event of this stature, we feel it is only appropriate that planning for the 2020 Rás does not add to the immediate burden faced by our critical frontline public servants” More>>>


Rás Tailteann Route 2020
Eugene Moriarty Race Organiser
The much-anticipated return to the Irish Cycling calendar of the Rás Tailteann after a year’s absence in 2019 took another step forward with the announcement of the route of the 2020 Rás Tailteann

The 67th. edition of the race will travel clockwise around Ireland with stage finishes in Horse and Jockey, Castleisland, Lisdoonvarna, Kilbeggan, before starting the final stage in Kinnegad to the finishing circuit in seaside town of Blackrock, Co. Louth. The new 5-day event will cover 758km with 7 categorised climbs which will act as a platform for attacking riders to battle it out for the coveted Rás yellow jersey.

Cáirde Rás Tailteann, the new committee established to run the new look Rás Tailteann have also announced that Eugene Moriarty from the group will be the Race Director for the 2020 event. Eugene who hails from Kerry, is a well-known figure from past Rás Tailteann believes that the 2020 route will make for some interesting racing. With no major climbs in this year’s event, it will make for open racing in which Ireland’s finest amateur riders will compete against at least eight International teams.
Eugene went on to say “the route expertly designed by Ger Campbell, will allow the riders to race every day, with undulating roads and deliberately stays away from multiple big first category mountains of recent editions, this will open up the race for aggressive racing”

Team registration and entry is expected to open before the end of March via the website and this will be announced nearer the time.



Route Of THe 2020 Ras Tailteann

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Cáirde Rás Tailteann 2020 Announce Race Details
Robert John McCarthy, Ireland National Team winning stage two Athlone to Tipperary 2018 Rás Tilteann

While up to eight teams from abroad will likely ride Rás Tailteann next June the race will be refocused on domestic riders, new route planner Ger Campbell has said.

The Drogheda Wheelers stalwart is among a six-man group that has assumed control of the race which will run Wednesday to Sunday in June.

Campbell and five others are part of a newly-formed promotions group, Cáirde Rás Tailteann. It has taken over the running of Rás Tailteann from Cumann Rás Tailteann. More>>>


Ras Tailteann Back For 2020
Colm Christle, Dublin First Rás Winner 1953
The Rás will find its rightful place back on the Cycling Ireland calendar in 2020, promoted and run next year by a newly-formed promotions group, Cáirde Rás Tailteann, and thanks in huge part to significant collaboration with its historical organising club, Cumann Rás Tailteann.

Cumann Rás Tailteann have this week shown huge support to the promotions group, which compromises a number of long-time volunteers on the Rás, to run the race next year.

Following a long and committed search for sponsorship for Rás Tailteann, 8 Day International Race in 2019, the race
Luuc Bugter Netherlands Rás Winner 2018
ultimately fell victim of insufficient financial support and dropped off the calendar. Today the historical organisers confirmed that they will not themselves run an event in 2020, but are delighted to see the race go ahead under new organisers, with Cumann Rás Tailteann’s full support.

The promotions group will continue to follow the historical identity of the Rás Tailteann in the ethos of County and International teams. The 2020 edition of the Rás is likely to be over fewer days, possibly five, but the new organisers endeavour to promote this unique Irish race back to its UCI status in the coming years over eight days. More>>>


Last Updated: Apr 27th, 2022 - 10:35:37

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