Race The Rás

Jack Paraic Shay and Dermot
As most of you are aware, the An Post Ràs is Ireland’s premier international cycle race and started from Dunboyne on Sunday 20th May, destined to finish in the north county Dublin town of Skerries, eight days later.

Last year saw the launch of “Race the Rás”, 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 Rás, 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 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.

Shay will be keeping a diary of the event, which he intends to post online, stage by stage.  As the stages progress, you'll be able to monitor the progress of Shay and his three team-mates below.

Stage By Stage Blog

  • Stage 1 – Dunboyne to Kilkenny – May 20th – 147K (By Shay O'Toole)   Today was nice and sunny as we left Dunboyne in a group of 60 riders, with the pace well controlled by the lead car driver. All ...
    Posted 22 May 2012, 13:45 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Stage 2 - Kilkenny to Gort - May 21st - 158K Day 2 saw the peloton depart at 8am from Kilkenny bound for Gort in South Galway. This was a handy 154km spin which took in some fabulous scenery and 5 ...
    Posted 24 May 2012, 01:01 by Mark Monaghan
  • Stage 3 – Gort to Westport - May 22nd - 145K Gort to Westport left us staring 145km in the face and a journey through Galway city which proved to be troublesome due to road works and traffic. Once past this ...
    Posted 26 May 2012, 04:52 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Stage 4 – Westport to Bundoran - May 23rd - 135K Today was meant to be a "Rest" day with only 80 miles between us and Bundoran but with ex Ràs riders in the bunch we covered the first 20 miles ...
    Posted 26 May 2012, 04:48 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Stage 5 – Bundoran to Buncrana - May 24th - 149K Ah here lads this Pro Cycling is an unbelievable life, sure where would you get a job giving you a 2 bedroom bungalow for six lads with two sinks and ...
    Posted 24 May 2012, 15:42 by Mark Monaghan
  • Stage 6 – Buncrana to KiIlybegs - May 25th - 134K (By Shay O'Toole)   Today was another very early start as we had to transfer back from our overnight hotel to Buncrana for a start time of 7.30am to ...
    Posted 26 May 2012, 04:43 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Stage 7 – Donegal Town to Cootehill - May 26th - 161K More stunning scenery on Stage 7 (Photo: Stephen McCarthy – Sportsfile) What a day from hell we had today on the longest stage of this year's Race the Rás. As ...
    Posted 28 May 2012, 08:52 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Stage 8 – Cootehill to Skerries - May 27th - 139K Although we all arrived down to breakfast once again weary and tired, we knew it was as good as over with the organisers having decided on a leisurely/ceremonial ride ...
    Posted 28 May 2012, 08:49 by Kevin Monaghan
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