Full details for the 2017 edition of An Post Rás na mBan will be released in due course. For reference, here are the route details for the 2016 edition of the race, won in fine style by Rikke Lønne of Denmark.

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This year’s route for the eleventh edition of An Post Rás na mBan includes six stages and five days of racing on the roads of picturesque County Kilkenny for the riders in early September. Details with map links below.

For full technical details with stage start and estimated finish times see here.

STAGE 1 – Wednesday 7th September

Road Race Kilkenny 60KM

Kilkenny (SHC) – Bennettsbridge –Thomastown – Graiguenamanagh Goresbridge – Gowran – Kilkenny (R712)


STAGE 2 – Thursday 8th September

Road Race Castlecomer 75KM

Castlecomer (Discovery Park) Ballyraggett – Firoda – Castlecomer – Coolcullen – Rossmore – Castlecomer


STAGE 3 – Friday 9th September

Road Race Mount Leinster 112KM

Kilkenny (SHC) – Paulstown – Leighlinbridge – Muine Bheag – Borris – Ballyurphy – Kiltealy – Bunclody – Kildavin – Myshall – Fenagh – Mount Leinster


STAGE 4 – Saturday 10th September

Individual Time Trial 11KM

Start – Waterford Road N10 (Rugby Club) – Out and back


STAGE 5 – Saturday 10th September

‘Criterium’ Circuit Race 40km

Race Length: One hour

The Parade – Nuncio Road – Waterford Road – Upper Patrick Street


STAGE 6 – Sunday 11th September

Road Race Kilkenny 85KM

Kilkenny – Kells – Dunamaggin – Knocktopher – Thomastown – Inistioge – Woodstock – Thomastown – Bennettsbridge – Kilkenny


Total Stage Mileage – 383km

Six classified climbs – Two Cat 1, two Cat 2 and two Cat 3