An Post Rás na mBan is over for another year and it’s time to pay tribute to the people and companies that helped make Ireland’s biggest women’s bike race possible.

Our event continues to flourish in spite of difficult economic conditions and made it 26 years of international stage racing for women in Ireland in 2012 with increased entry numbers and a demanding parcours over five challenging days in Kerry.

The event goes from strength to strength thanks to the efforts of all associated with it.

Thank you again and take a bow, one and all!

Best regards,

Valerie Considine, Louis Moriarty


Overall Sponsor: An Post – Aileen Mooney, Barney Whelan

Classification Sponsors:

Sneem Hotel – County Rider Classification, Louis Moriarty

Irish Veterans Cycling Association IVCA – QOM Classification

Stage Sponsors

Bracken Clinic – GP and Physiotherapy Clinic – Conor Mc Grane

Fixx Coffee House – Rob Keogh

Women’s Commission – Orla McEvoy

Star Outdoors Kenmare

County Rider , Team Trophies and Finisher’s Medals

Karl Dolan – Trend Trophies

The Bracaragh Trophy presented by Joseph White, former All Ireland Cycling Champion


Cycling Ireland – Sports Council


Lead Car                                                               Skoda Cars Ireland

Other Race Vehicles                                       Eurocycles

South Dublin CC

Black Rose CC

Race officials

Chief Commissaire                                          Phil O’Brien

Motorbike Commissaire                                               Mark Kavanagh

Time Keeper                                                      Tom Keenan

Recorder                                                             Alice Sherratt

Chief Judge                                                        Gary McIlroy

Race Announcer & Radios                            Oliver McKenna

Health & Safety Officer                                 Gearbhan Kavanagh

Lead Cars                                                             Vincent Cronin

Peter Flanagan

Neutral Service Crews                                   Scott Kinsella, Paddy Moriarty; Ian Gourlay

Photo finish operator                                     Frank Gibson

Motorbike Marshals                                       John Ryan; Chris Toner; Mark Corcoran;                                                                                                                James McNally; Darragh Staunton

Broom Wagon                                                   Mick Lawless

Signage                                                                                An Post

Collections and delivery                                                All American Launderette – Susy

Marshal Crews


Valentia Island

Motorbike Gardai

Race Medical Support

Race Doctor                                                        Dr Conor McGrane

Race Doc Driver                                                                Paul Deans

Ambulance Service                                         Kerry Civil Defence

Press & Photography

Website Design and Maintenance            Julia Phillips

Photographers/Video                                    Black Umbrella – Jill Leonard, Adrian O’Connor

Kerry Radio                                                         Padraig Harnett                                               Peter Purfield                                              Conor Lally, Caroline Martinez

Irish Independent                                           Tommy Campbell

Irish Times                                                          Shane Stokes                                                         Larry Hickmott                                                  Sean Robinson

Race Programme layout & design             Louise Moriarty

Race Programme printing                             Stephen Mangan – An Post

An Post Social Media                                      Angus Laverty

Quiz Master                                                       Eddie Lynch

Quiz Sponsor                                                     Sneem Hotel / Nicola Duggan

Village PA                                                            Tony Mulcahy

PR and Race Commentary                            Declan Quigley

All the riders and team officials who blogged during the race. Congratulations to Fiona Cooke and Orwell Wheelers for their wins in the Hashtag Hero and Hashtag Hotspot competitions, and a special mention to Sarah Maidment, a very close second in Hashtag Hero.

Sneem Hotel Staff

Nicola Duggan – Hotel Manager


Chef and Kitchen Staff

Waiting Staff



To all the managers, mechanics and masseurs who gave their time to support the riders and the race.

Finally, I’d like to thank and congratulate all the riders in An Post Rás na mBan 2012 for their commitment, talent and fortitude throughout what was probably the toughest ever edition of the event.