If you’re not familiar with Irish racing then the Rás Tailteann may be new to you, but it is an event that has spawned legend in Ireland.
Better known as simply The Rás — pronounced raw-s due to the accent over the A — the race has been a staple of the Irish calendar since 1953.
It still draws big crowds of on-lookers and strikes fear into prospective starters and brings admiration for those who have completed it. The race claims the likes of Tony Martin, Jai Hindley, Sam Bennett, Simon Yates, and John Degenkolb, to name just a few, amongst its competitors. Bora-Hansgrohe’s Lukas Pöstlberger is a former winner of the race after taking the overall victory in 2015 the year before he stepped up to professional level. He beat Josh Edmondson and Ryan Mullen, who would also become pros soon after.
“It was one of the hardest races I ever did in my cycling career. It’s really unpredictable and you go with only five riders, and to control the county riders it’s very hard. Every day is full bloc racing, it’s long, hard, with the weather and the road conditions,” Pöstlberger told VeloNews .
“It’s kind of like racing in Belgium a bit. There is always the rain and the wind, and the road conditions are always difficult.”
Those that finish the race have the honor of being able to call themselves a “Man of the Rás” and there is a deep pride in earning that name. Past competitors and winners are […]