Rás na mBan 2014

Lakeside Wheelers Rás na mBan Team 2014
The countdown is finally over and the 2014 Rá na mBan is now in full swing.  Lets hope over the next few days that all the training and preparation bythe racing team and support crew has paid off. 

This is a five day, six stage race, based in Co. Clare and is the premier race in Ireland for female cyclists and a first for the newly formed Wheelers squad. Not to be taken lightly, this race attracts competitors from as far afield as America and always has a strong European contingent.
The Team
With Aisling Flanagan out of action, a team was put together around Mullingar girls Sonja O'Mahony and Michelle O' Halloran. To make up the squad to the required five girls, we have Navan resident and Richies Cycles rider Karen Robinson. Karen has a few Rás's under her belt but is also a keen triathlete, competing at Ironman level. Also coming on board are two experienced riders from the UK. Jessie Walker a young and upcoming rider from Sheffield is joined by Julie Erskine from Scotland.  In the background is a four strong team beavering away preparing all the logistics, which has been a serious task in itself. Paul Daley, Stuart Cox, Colin Robinson and Steve Franzoni have all been working very hard to get everything organised.

We'll keep you posted on this page of the progress of the squad throughout the race.  Best of luck to everyone concerned.

Race Updates

  • Rás Day Five - The End (By Steve Franzoni)   The final day arrived with a bit of a sledge hammer.  The morning after   the night before is always heavy on the head.  With the addition of yet   more support crew we decided it was best to head out and give the racing   girls a bit of "me" time, anyway that's our excuse and we're sticking   to it.  The support crew headed out for a few social ones joined by the new roadside cheer leaders, Aisling, Elle and local girl Suzanne who was guide for the night.  Not that we really needed a guide because we   all knew the venue, Yolo's had been talked about for weeks especially by   a certain mister Billy Cunnane ...
    Posted 15 Sep 2014, 05:40 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Beast Of The Burren Tamed As Wheelers Take 5th on Day 4 (By Steve Franzoni)   Day four of this year's Rás na mBan seems to have arrived very quickly. Time always flies when your having fun and I think generally speaking this years Rás has been great Craic. At dinner tonight, as even more support crew arrived, our party now numbers fifteen. We realised that every other team staying in the hostel sit quietly contemplating life over food, we however just take the mick and laugh way too loud. Some of today's particular gems included as usual Colin (Colombo) Robinson's stories which get ever more random and confuse poor Jessie, our star sprinter. Some new made-up names included grapping, which translates to eating grapes while being fanned as ...
    Posted 13 Sep 2014, 13:52 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Busy Day Three With Two Stages Stuart Cox's assessment of stage two at breakfast this morning was somewhat unusual and at first glance when seen in writing might sound dodgy - "She kept giving me the horn".  As we sat eating this morning at 7:15am, Stuart gave us his thoughts of yesterday's stage. Three and a half hours sitting with a crazy horn bleeping follow car behind us had sent him slightly mad. I did point out the many times he had followed suit but this fell on deaf ears. As we hit the middle day of this years Rás, the jokes and banter are beginning to fly round with ever increasing regularity. Our English and Scottish guests seem to be getting used to ...
    Posted 12 Sep 2014, 15:15 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Wild Atlantic Way - Epic Rás na mBan Day 2 (By Steve Franzoni)   Another day of glorious sunshine in Co Clare and our holiday... Sorry start again... Waking up at six this morning, today's nearly two hour transfer required an early start. All hands to the deck straight out of bed. Breakfast needed preparing, bikes, race food and spare equipment packed. Our four man crew worked hard for the 8:15 departure to the furthest west point of Clare - Loop head. On arrival the Atlantic greeted us with glorious views of the spectacular cliffs and sea. Approaching the cliffs we were greeted by a very cow poo covered road (the same one we needed to ride back out on later). The obligatory walk out to the edge made most ...
    Posted 11 Sep 2014, 14:47 by Kevin Monaghan
  • Mixed Bag for Wheelers on Stage One (Joe Wogan Memorial) (By Steve Franzoni 10th September 2014)   Day one of Ras na mBan ended up being a mixed bag of luck for the Lakeside Wheelers. The short stage covering just 61km turned out to be a bigger test than expected as the category two climb cut the peleton into small groups. Our girls fared well until half way down the descent Michelle O'Halloran took a tumble, quick to recover and get on her bike she made her way into a group after a roadside check from the race doctor.After the climb it was a relatively straightforward lead in to the finish on good roads and time to reduce any time lost on the climb. The lead group held a ...
    Posted 11 Sep 2014, 07:07 by Kevin Monaghan
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