Féile Rás na mBan

Féile Rás na mBan

Welcome to Féile Rás na mBan, a brand new festival to coincide with the final day of Rás na mBan for everyone to enjoy!

The event will be held on Sunday 11th September at The Parade, Kilkenny with activities happening between 10am and 2pm.

Please see a list of activities which will be happening throughout the day.

Some activities will need to be booked in advance (for free) and these can be booked here with Eventmaster.

Start Time Finish Time Activity Info Do I need to book?
Start Time10.00am Finish Time11.00am ActivityBike Check InfoFree Bike Check and Maintenance Tips
Have your bike checked over before cycling on the circuit. Pick up some maintenance tips from our qualified bike mechanics for keeping your bike in good running order.
Do I need to book?No, just turn up!
Start Time10.00am Finish Time11.00am ActivityLearn to Cycle InfoFREE Learn to Cycle
Is your child is struggling to get going on wheels, pop along to our Learn to Cycle and learn in a fun environment, focusing on games and simple challenges! If your child has pedals and/or stabilisers on their bike, please remove them prior to attending to turn them into “balance bikes”. You can view how to do this via this Cycling Ireland video.
Do I need to book?Yes! Please book via Eventmaster.
Start Time11.00am Finish Time12.00pm Activity“Slow Roll” InfoSlow Roll on the Criterium Route
Any and every bike or wheels are welcome. (Please ensure your bike is road worthy and safe to cycle.) Cycle the criterium circuit (2km loop). Start out on The Parade and enjoy the criterium circuit on closed streets prior to the pros taking to the circuit! Cycle out past Kilkenny Castle, turn onto Nuncio Road, continue to Waterford Road and enjoy the lovely downhill finish from Patrick Street. The route will be marshalled.
Do I need to book?Yes! Please book via Eventmaster.
Start Time12.00pm Finish Time1.00pm ActivityCycle on the Circuit InfoCycle the Rás na mBan Circuit on Closed Roads
For this session, you will be put into groups and coached how to ride a criterium circuit, picking up tips from our expert coaches! Meet at The Parade where your coaches will be waiting. The route will be marshalled and is a 2K loop.
Do I need to book?Yes, please book via Eventmaster.
Start Time12.00pm Finish Time2.00pm ActivityPower Cycling Challenge InfoPower Challenge
Who can generate the greatest power? This is a hugely popular challenge amongst friends. Get set up on the stationary power bike and go for it!
Do I need to book?No, just turn up!
Start Time11.30am Finish Time12.15pm ActivityDrumming Workshop InfoDrumming Workshop with Rhythm Makers Group
Drumming is an easy and fun way to express your inner creativity and is proven to reduce stress and help give you a sense of well-being. Join the workshop to explore the different elements used in active music-making using pulse, tempo, tones on prepared instruments and also home-made instruments.
Do I need to book?Yes! Please book via Eventmaster.
Start Time12.00pm Finish Time2.00pm ActivityBike Art InfoUpcycle bike parts with Vicki Yarn
Bomb old bike parts, create some banners and make your own flags to cheer the riders home!
Do I need to book?No, just turn up!
Start Time12.15pm Finish Time1pm ActivityMusic InfoSt. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band
Enjoy music in the build up to the final stage race! Band will be placed in front of Castle
Do I need to book?No, just turn up!
Start Time1.00pm Finish Time2.00pm ActivityLearn to Cycle InfoFREE Learn to Cycle
Is your child is struggling to get going on wheels, pop along to our Learn to Cycle and learn in a fun environment, focusing on games and simple challenges! If your child has pedals and/or stabilisers on their bike, please remove them prior to attending to turn them into “balance bikes”. You can view how to do this via this Cycling Ireland video.
Do I need to book?Yes! Please book via Eventmaster.

If you are taking part in any of the cycling activities and you’re bringing your own bike, please ensure your bike is roadworthy. We are offering free bike checks from 10am – 11am if you’d like to get your bike checked out!

This event would not be possible without funding from Sport Ireland and the support from Kilkenny County Council, Kilkenny Recreation&Sports Partnership and Cycling Ireland, we hope you enjoy this festival!