Ballinamore will see some of the world’s top cyclists racing down it’s roads when it plays host to the stage six finish and stage seven start of this year’s An Post Rás.
Organisers of the 2015 An Post Rás have unveiled a fast and tactical route which totals almost 1,200 kilometres, deliberately omitting some of the tough first category climbs that have featured in recent years to open up the possibility of attacks at any point in the race.
The 2015 edition of the race will see Ballinamore play host to the stage six finish, with the next day’s racing beginning from there the following morning.
The action kicks off in Dunboyne on Sunday, May 17, and takes a clockwise route around Ireland with Carlow, Tipperary, Bearna, Newport, Ballina, Ballinamore, Drogheda and Skerries all hosting stage end finishes.
Announcing the route for the May 17 to 24 event, An Post Rás Race Director, Tony Campbell anticipates a gripping contest - “This stage is the longest and includes the first of two category two climbs in the race, Altinure. While it is not that steep, it is a long one and could break things up”.
“I think a group will get away and there could be a small bunch coming into Ballinamore.”