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Wheelers make history with first team to “Race the Ras”

posted 15 May 2012, 10:58 by Kevin Monaghan   [ updated 15 May 2012, 11:20 ]

Dermot Hogan
Literally, this headline is 100% accurate, but technically, it requires some explanation. As most of you are aware, the An Post Ràs is Ireland’s premier international cycle race and is due to start from Dunboyne on May 20th and finish in the north county Dublin town of Skerries, eight days later.

Last year saw the launch of “Race the Ràs”, a charity cycle event which is the brainchild of Eamon O’Muircheartaigh, son of well-known TV commentator Michael, and is run in tandem with the official race. “Race the Ràs” riders will cycle each and every stage of the An Post Ràs, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary and in doing so takes a predominately westerly/northerly route to take in some of the most hilly roads around Galway, Mayo and especially Donegal. The nominated charities for the 2012 event are The National Breast Cancer Research Institute, and Aware, the organisation supporting people with depression.

The Lakeside Wheelers “team” comprises of four experienced club members, Padraic Devine, Jack Nugent, club Chairman Dermot Hogan and Shay O’Toole. All four are no strangers to endurance cycling with each of them having at least one Marmotte under their belts as well as several other long distance events, both at home and abroad. The training for “Race the Ràs” started last February and will hopefully pay dividends as the lads go into unknown territory with daily rides of 90 and 100 miles through thirteen counties, covering 1,168kms over the 8 days. With fellow Wheeler, Joe Duffy being one of the main organisers of this year’s event, the lads can be assured of good back-up and with other members promising to show up for one and two day stages, there should be a big Lakeside Wheelers contingent on the road each day.

Best of luck to all involved and we hope to have more reports from the Ràs next week.

Route
Stage 1 – Dunboyne to Kilkenny – May 20th – 147K
Stage 2 - Kilkenny to Gort - May 21st - 158K
Stage 3 – Gort to Westport - May 22nd - 145K
Stage 4 – Westport to Bundoran - May 23rd, - 135K
Stage 5 – Bundoran to Buncrana - May 24th, - 149K
Stage 6 – Buncrana to KiIlybegs - May 25th - 134K
Stage 7 – Donegal Town to Cootehill - May 26th, - 161K
Stage 8 - Cootehill  to  Skerries - May 27th, - 139K

 

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