Breaking News: Rás na mBan is relocating to Kilkenny!!

View across the River Nore to Kilkenny Castle
View across the River Nore to Kilkenny Castle

The 11th edition of Rás na mBan, Ireland’s premier women’s bike race, will be headquartered in the medieval city of Kilkenny with five days of top class stage race action taking place around the Leinster County.

2016 marks the 30th anniversary of the first women’s international stage race in Ireland, from which today’s event can draw its lineage.

An Post Rás na mBan began as a two-day race in Dublin in 2006 and is now comprised of six stages over five days contested by teams from all over the world. The 2015 event included 25 teams from 13 countries.

Medieval Kilkenny

In conjunction with the move to Kilkenny the highly prestigious jersey for the best Irish-based rider will be supported by Kilkenny County Council.

Speaking of the decision to move the event to County Kilkenny, Race Director Valerie Considine said:

“We’ve had three successful years in County Clare and we’re grateful to Clare County Council and everyone in County Clare  for their support during our time there.

“The ‘ethos’ of this event is to move it around the country and the time has come to move to a new location. We’re very excited by the potential of Kilkenny city and county.

“The geography and tourism infrastructure in Kilkenny are second to none and make this a truly wonderful part of Ireland to visit for everyone associated with the race. 

“We’ve already identified several challenging stage routes and the committee will be recceing the various options in the coming weeks.

“We have a number of exciting announcements in the coming months and it’s clear that this is the beginning of another important chapter in the history of Ireland’s leading women’s stage race.”

view from Woodtsock,Inistioge, Co.Kilkenny
view from Woodtsock, Inistioge, Co.Kilkenny

Further details on the relocation to Kilkenny, including naming the Race HQ Hotel, outlining the stage formats etc., will be announced over the coming months. So, start planning for next September riders, An Post Rás na mBan 2016 is only 10 months away!!