Rás na mBan: The Race

Rás na mBan is the premier women’s cycling event in Ireland. In its current format it runs for five days with a total of six stages to a total of over 400km of racing action.

For 2017 the event will be headquartered for the second time in County Kilkenny in south Leinster.

The event is promoted by the Rás na mBan organisers under the auspices of Cycling Ireland.

The 2016 edition of the race was the 11th under the title of Rás na mBan and the 30th annual international stage race for women in Ireland.

A total of 114 riders from 24 teams representing 13 different nations took the start in Kilkenny for an event that has become established as one of the toughest and friendliest autumn stage races on the calendar.

For a more detailed history of the event and a list of winners see history.