This is the first year that Rás na mBan was held in County Kilkenny. Twenty five teams and 125 riders were on the entry list for the 11th edition of Ireland’s premier stage race. Last year’s runner-up Eileen Roe returned with the hope of going one better this year.
This year’s race was the last to be based in County Clare before moving to Kilkenny. The 10th edition of Rás na mBan featured the popular Wild Atlantic Way stage along the Clare coast and a challenging ‘Beast of the East’ Stage 3 on tough, rolling roads.
Tayler Wiles was the runaway winner in this year’s edition of Rás na mBan. Once again based in County Clare, the race included the ‘Beast of the Burren’ stage along the Wild Atlantic Way won by Ireland’s own Olivia Dillon.
A total of 105 riders from ten nations entered this year’s edition of An Post Rás na mBan. The race featured three current and two recent elite national champions and took place on the roads of County Clare – one of Ireland’s most scenic counties. Britain’s Hannah Barnes and Ireland’s own Olivia Dillon fought it out for the top prize.
The 2012 An Post Rás na mBan race ran the expanded 5 day, 6 stage format for the second time following overwhelmingly positive feedback from the previous year. Danish and British riders featured heavily in this year’s edition racing around some of the most challenging and beautiful scenery around the Ring of Kerry.
The 2011 An Post Rás na mBan was the first year running the 5 day, 6 stage format. The race was headquartered in Sneem, County Kerry, in the southwest of Ireland. Irish rider Olivia Dillon was the stand-out clinching the overall victory for a second year in a row.