Stena Line Back New Stage Winner’s Jersey

Leading ferry company Stena Line will support the introduction of the new Stage Winner’s jersey to be worn by the each day on this year’s An Post Rás na mBan.

Press release from Stena:

STENA LINE SADDLES UP FOR WHEELY GOOD BIKE EVENT

Leading ferry company Stena Line has lent its support to the international cycling race An Post Rás na mBan – Ireland’s premier stage race for women.

Stena Line, which operates routes from Britain to Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Rosslare and Belfast, is delighted to be continuing its support of the five-day, six stage event which runs from September 11 – 15 in County Clare, as Diane Poole OBE, Stena Line’s Head of PR and Communications explains:  “This event is a wonderful sporting occasion but it’s also a chance for visiting competitors to enjoy the beauty of our country and our world-famous hospitality.

“We hope to welcome many competitors, and their supporters, on board our ships where they will enjoy first class facilities and, crucially, our no baggage restrictions allowing riders to transport their bikes safely, cost effectively and totally hassle-free across the Irish Sea”, said Diane.

The race will be contested by teams from the USA, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, and the UK as well as all the top riders from Ireland and competitors from the burgeoning local racing scene.

Commenting on Stena Line’s support of the Stage Winner’s Jersey, Rás na mBan Race Director, Valerie Considine, said:  “The event has switched to a new base in Ennis, County Clare this year and looks set to be the biggest yet.

“Stena Line has supported this event since I got involved eight years ago and I’m thrilled that they will be helping us to further develop it,” says Considine. “Many of our competitors travel to Ireland across the Irish Sea using Stena Line’s ferry services and there’s set to be even more traffic this year as the event continues to grow in popularity.”

The winner of each day’s individual stage will wear the distinctive Stena Line Stage Winner’s jersey, highlighting their achievement on the road as they continue on to the next stage of the cycle race.

Diane Poole continued:  “On behalf of Stena Line, I would like to wish all of the riders the best of luck and we look forward to welcoming them aboard our ships very soon.”

For further information on Stena Line logo on to www.stenaline.ie or www.stenaline.co.uk.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES: For further information, please contact Michael McCrory of Duffy Rafferty Communications on + 44 28 9073 0880


Michael Byrne from Stena Line met Melanie Späth, the newly crowned, two-time National Road Racing Champion of Ireland, who picked up her second consecutive title at the National Championships in Carlingford at the end of June, to celebrate the partnership.

Michael Byrne from Stena Line met with some of the riders at Dun Laoghaire Port recently – (from left) Rachael Kaye-Mellor of Joe Daly Cycles, Charlotte McDonald from Orwell Wheelers, race organiser, Valerie Considine and Melanie Späth, the newly crowned two-time National Road Racing Champion of Ireland.

Friends

In order to run this race every year, we rely on the help of many sponsors and volunteers. We would like to acknowledge their contribution to the biggest women’s stage race in Ireland.

Sneem Hotel

Since the outset of Rás na mBan in 2003, Louis Moriarty has been an integral part of the organisation, giving selflessly to ensure that there was a proper outlet for Irish women stage racers.

For several years the race was headquartered at Louis’s wonderful hotel in Sneem, County Kerry where riders, helpers and officials enjoyed peerless hospitality of Louis, the hotel manager Nicola Duggan and all the staff.

Now, as the race moves to a new location, we wish to acknowledge the key role Louis has played in the growth of Rás na mBan and, while we’re at it, encourage all bike riders visiting the south west to consider staying in 4 star, bike-friendly luxury at Sneem Hotel.