Josie Knight took her second stage win in as many days as she led in a group of eight at the end of the second stage of Rás na mBan in Piltown Co Kilkenny today.
Team GB One-Three Finish on Day One
Stage one of Rás na mBan 2019 got under way at Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny with the first of five days of racing action taking the riders through 70km in Ireland’s Ancient East to the town of Gowran.
21 teams of five riders assembled for the 14th edition of the event, the fourth to take place in Kilkenny with Britain’s Natalie Grinczer (Brother UK Fusion RT) and her compatriot Jo Tindley (Velo Performance) going clear in the first meaningful attack of the week along with Amalie Lutro of (Team Region Sør).
Lutro lost her place at the front as they climbed the single Wicklow 200 Queen of the Mountains climb of Coppanagh near Graiguenamanagh where Tindley led over the top to secure the first Wicklow 200 jersey of the week.
The lead duo built a maximum lead of just over a minute over the bunch as crosswinds cost many riders their place in the main group.
Team Ireland, with national road race champion Alice Sharpe directing affairs, and Team GB took responsibility for much of the chasing in the main bunch behind.
When they were eventually brought back it paved the way for Grinczer’s team mate Claire Steels to attack with less than 10km remaining and she was soon joined by Josie Knight of Team GB.
With the pack clipping at their heels, Knight and Steels hung on to contest a famous win. Into the finishing straight in Gowran, Knight powered clear to take her first victory in Rás na mBan from former world champion duathlete Steels.
“I can’t believe it,” said Knight afterwards. “I came here wanting to do well but to win today, I didn’t expect this. Claire went up the road and I know she’s strong, she’s beaten me a couple of times before and I knew she was a wheel to follow and no one was really chasing her so I thought, even if I just get to her and we get caught but to go all the way to the line, I can’t believe it.
“We never really had more than ten seconds. It was touch and go and I thought ‘ooh, do I commit fully and if we get caught do I possibly get dropped’ but we were pretty good and we just kept telling each other ‘we can do it, we can do it’ and we made it to the line so it’s unbelievable.”
Jenny Holl made it a great day for Team GB by leading the bunch home for third place, just 15 seconds behind.
Limerick’s Velo Performance Lucy O’Donnell was best of the Irish in 13th place and will wear the Kilkenny County Council Best Irish Rider Jersey
Tindley is the leader of the Wicklow 200 Queen of the Mountains, while Knight bagged the Just-Print.ie Stage Winners Jersey.
She also leads the Women’s Cycling.ie Young Rider category, the Points Classification and will wear the Magenta jersey of overall leader of Rás na mBan into Thursday’s second stage, an 89km ride from Kilkenny to Piltown.
trong national line-ups from Ireland, Great Britain, Slovakia and the Isle of Man join the trade and club teams entered for the 14th edition of Rás na mBan which starts in Kilkenny tomorrow. Continue reading “Ireland Team Set to Challenge Strong International Field as Rás na mBan Gets Under Way”
Ireland’s top International Stage Race for Women Supported Once Again by Multinational Logistics Partner
The international vehicle rental company Europcar has announced that it will supply vans and large vehicles to Rás na mBan to meet the Irish international stage race’s logistics needs for a second year. Continue reading “Europcar Supply Vehicles to Rás na mBan”
The 2019 Race Manual including the latest updated rules, daily schedules and maps is now available to download here: 2019_Ras_na_mBan_Race_ManualWEB
Stage Three of Ireland’s Top Cycle Race To Finish in the Slieve Blooms
World Class Women Racers Head to Laois for Tough Mountain Stage
Rás na mBan international cycle race is getting set to visit County Laois for the first time this year when top international riders from all over the world head to The Cut in the Slieve Blooms on Friday September 6th. Continue reading “Laois Gets Set To Welcome Rás na mBan”
Event Logistics Partner to be Represented in the Bunch
Leading Irish Print Firm Back Ireland’s Top Stage Race for Second Successive Year
For the second successive year Rás na mBan international cycle race has teamed up with top Irish print supplier Just-Print.ie to brand the leading international stage race for women. Continue reading “Just-Print.ie Support Stage Winners Jersey”
For Reference and planning, here are the basic details of start times and expected finish times for each of the stages in Rás na mBan 2019. Continue reading “Brief Stage Details”
Team entries for Rás na mBan international cycle 2019 close today, August 14th. Team managers are reminded to complete the entry process online via the official entry system.
Team managers can add their specific team name to the system after which they, or team riders, can add up to five riders to the roster.
Team officials are asked to ensure that they use the same team name for each rider added to the squad and avoid team duplication.
Closing date for team entry is 14th August while rider names can be changed after entry and before the final rider confirmation date on September 2nd.