Rás Tailteann Route 2020
Mar 4, 2020, 13:17
Rás Tailteann Route 2020
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, Co.Tipperary, 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.
Teams will comprise of 5 riders as in the past. However, in addition for 2020, teams will be allowed to submit up to a maximum of two A3 riders, to compliment A1 and A2 riders. However, the organisers
recommend that any A3 riders intending to race should be competing in and completing in either the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan/Tour of the North and/or Tour of Ulster over Easter and May bank holiday weekends.
Final decisions on entries will remain with the organisers.
Detailed Route Analysis:
Stage 1 Dublin to Horse and Jockey - 140.1 kilometres
After a ceremonial start in Dublin, the start proper will be in Jobstown Tallaght on the N81 and will ramp up straight away over the embankment and make its way through Blessington, Dunlavin and
Athy. The first climb of the race comes at 75.5km, the Glosna Cat 3 KOM before dropping into Castlecomer. The riders will then attack the 4km Cat 2 climb out of Castlecomer at 93.3km which will
be another sting in the tail.
The race then continues through Ballyragget, Freshford and Urlingford, with a fast and flat run in tothe finish in the well known village of Horse and Jockey. There will be Hot Spot sprints en-route in Blessington, Athy and Urlingford for vital bonus seconds.
|Stage 1 Dublin To Horse And Jockey|
Stage 2 Horse and Jockey to Castleisland - 154.8 kilometres
After a neutralised section which will take the race through Thurles it’s on to Dundrum, Tipperary Town, Kilmallock, Charleville and on to the Cat 3 climb at Freemount at 99km. Continuing through Newmarket and Ballydesmond, the race will then enter Castleisland where the riders will start a 10km finishing loop which will take in the Cat 2 climb of Crags Cave. This will offer a springboard for stage victory into Castleisland and where the overall contenders will show their form in the yellow jersey competition.
|Stage 2 Horse And Jockey To Castleisland|
Stage 3 Castleisland to Lisdoonvarna - 173.8 kilometres
The longest stage of the race at over 170km. The early part of the stage will be on mostly fast flat roads through Abbeyfeale and Templeglantine, up along the Shannon through Limerick city and onto to Ennis.
The riders will then head out into the rugged Clare countryside through Corofin and at 140km take on the hard wide open roads of the beautiful karst landscape of the Burren. Similar to the previous day,the riders will tackle the Cat 2 ascent of the Corkscrew KOH, just 10km from the finish. With over150km of racing in their legs at that stage, the climb could again play a big part in the race for the coveted yellow jersey.
|Stage 3 Castleisland To Lisdoonvarna|