Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Rás na mBan September 2013 Ennis, Co. Clare

For the next 5 days (Wed 11th - Sunday 15th Sept) it's all about Rás na mBan, which I don't know how to say properly - but I know means Women's Race.

105 female national and local club cyclists (and support crews/ volunteers) from several countries, making up 21 teams - have made their way over to Ennis, Co Clare for 410km of cycling over 6 stages over 5 days.
The training that goes into being able to cycle such a distance - as a race, must be heart breaking and soul destroying.

They have a 64km stage tonight starting at 5pm (strange time?), 104km tomorrow, Team time trial Friday and Circuit race Friday, 90k round the Cliffs of Moher Saturday finishing in Ennis with the final 88km stage on Sunday.
Sounds like a lovely jaunt doesn't it.
Except for the 16 x Category 1,2 and 3 climbs the route organisers have thrown in, it might be.

Plus in typical fashion it is pouring rain and windy in Dublin - presumed worse over the West of Ireland (usually is) and some of the route has them next to the Atlantic ocean for added wind gusts.
Brave, brave women.

To follow:

Rás na mBan official website
Rás na mBan twitter feed
Caroline Martinez via Women's cycling News and