Etape Rás Mumhan

Easter Saturday 26th March 2016 – Waterville County Kerry

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The Kerry Group Rás Mumhan is renowned as one of the top cycle races on the Irish domestic calendar.  Etape Ras Mumhan gives the sportive rider the rare opportunity to ride a classic stage of this great race.

The route has been released for the Ras Mumhan and the Etape will take place on the stage 3 route but on Easter Saturday.This will be a hardday of cycling iin South Kerry , with a series of loops once described by Irish Cycling Legend Phillip Cassidy as “the finest road racing stage in Ireland”. The fact that it includes the Category 1 Climb at Coom An Easpaig only adds to the intrigue. This will come at the 100km point of a 135 km route that also includes 5 other climbs.

The Etape starts and finishes in Waterville.

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The route is Waterville, Ballinskelligs, , Cahirsiveen, Dromid, New Chapel Cross, Portmagee, Coom An Easpaigh, The Glen, , and on to the Finish in Waterville.

The route for the Etape can be viewed at,
http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/954096933/

Sign-on: Sign-on will take place at the Waterville GAA Club grounds in Waterville. The clubhouse is located approximately 400metres from the Sea Lodge Hotel. It is signposted from the hotel. For more info log onto www.watervillegaa.com Sign-on will take place between 8.30am and 10.30am sharp. The Etape will start at 11am sharp.


Parking: parking is available in the GAA grounds. Showers/changing facilities: these are available in the clubhouse.


The route: see the attached map http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/954096933/


The speed: There will be 2 groups on the road. The first will travel at 34km/h and the second at 24km/h. The lead cars will stick strictly to these speeds. Anybody who feels they want to go faster is free to do so but will then be without a lead car or backup.


Signage: Every entrant will be issued with a map on the morning at sign-on. The route will also be signposted at the main junctions and there will be motorcycle marshalls on the route. Ambulance cover: This will be provided by the Red Cross with ambulances positioned along the route. Broom wagon: this will travel approximately 10minutes behind the 24km/h group.


Neutral service: while neutral service is available it is compulsory that everyone carry a spare tube, a pump and basic tools of their own. Bring the necessary equipment that you would take on a long training spin. Due to the length of the course and the time gap between cyclists there will be no guarantee of neutral service getting to you on time. There will be a pump and some basic tools at each food/hydration stop. Hydration/food stops: there will be a food/hydration stop at Anagar bridge which is at approximately 25miles on the way out and at 55miles on the way back. At these stops there will be water, sandwiches, chocolate, brack and bananas.


After the event: showers will be available at the clubhouse and everyone is entitled to a hot meal at one of the following restaurants: 1) An Corcan Restaurant 2) O’Dwyers/The Villa 3) The Butler Arms Hotel 4) The Lobster Bar. You will be given a voucher for this meal at sign-on. Please don’t lose this voucher as without it you’ll go hungry. For any other queries call Alan on 087 6259892

The route is Waterville, Ballinskelligs, , Cahirsiveen, Dromid, New Chapel Cross, Portmagee, Coom An Easpaigh, The Glen, , and on to the Finish in Waterville.


The route for the Etape can be viewed at http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/fullscreen/954096933/

Alan Ryan


Phone: +353 (0)87 6259892


email alan@hardmanevents.com

 

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