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Offline emtroche

Race Around Ireland update
« on: June 18, 2009, 07:59:53 am »
With less than 3 months to go, things are moving along well with the first ever Race Around Ireland.

So far we’ve had entries from all over Ireland, along with the UK, USA, Canada and Germany. The racers are quite a mixed bag of individuals with everything from road racers to mountain bikers to marathon runners to adventure racers to leisure cyclists and everything in between.

So far there are 17 solo riders entered. Amongst these are
•   Caroline van den Bulk who is ranked World No. 1. She recently won the 1185km Race Around Slovenia.
•   British rider Mark Pattinson who last year finished 2nd in RAAM.
•   Stephen Bugbee from the US who also competed in RAAM last year. (His photos from RAAM have to be seen to be believed!) Stephen recently set a new record for North to South in the State of Maine. Read his account of this on our website.
•   There’s also the director of the Kelloggs Tour of Ireland Sportive, Joe Barr who rides for Team Merckx-Tuttosport. He is the former holder of a number of records in Ireland, including the End to End.

We also have 12 4-person teams and 2 8-person teams. Among these there are
•   Team Geoff Thomas Foundation which is representing the former England players charity
•   Team No Prior Experience which is led by Sky Sports presenter Graham Little. Graham has previously represented Ireland at Elephant Polo, Sumo Wrestling, Synchronized Swimming and Nettle Eating to name but a few!
•   We also have a team led by one of Ireland top coaches Padraig Marrey

Our website has been updated with a page dedicated to the charities supported by the racers and some articles written by Race Director Alan Heary discussing preparation for an event like this

The route has been finalised and there’s a link on the website to our mapmyride page which has maps for the majority of the sections.

The Time Stations are:
   TS01 Ballymascanlon, Co. Louth
   TS02 Belfast, Co. Antrim
   TS03 Giants Causeway, Co. Antrim
   TS04 Malin Head, Co. Donegal
   TS05 Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
   TS06 Sligo Town
   TS07 Westport, Co. Mayo
   TS08 Clifden, Co. Galway
   TS09 Oranmore, Co. Galway
   TS10 Limerick City
   TS11 Tralee, Co. Kerry
   TS12 Sneem, Co. Kerry
   TS13 Mizen Head, Co. Cork
   TS14 Kinsale, Co. Cork
   TS15 Cobh, Co. Cork
   TS16 Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary
   TS17 Aughrim, Co. Wicklow
   TS18 Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow
   TS19(Incorporating the Penalty Box) TBC

Finally, one of the most exciting aspects of the race is the alliance we’ve made with Dublin City University. They will be working very closely with us before, during and after the race, on some seriously ground breaking research. Details of this will be published in the next two weeks.

Visit our website for information on all the above and more

www.racearoundireland.com