This week we're competing in our big end of season stage race, the Ras na mBan. This five day international event race includes six stages and every year draws teams from all over the world to compete.
Notable winners in previous editions include Taylor Wiles and Emma Trott and this year, amongst many top level club teams, there are also several national squads in attendance including a Great Britain squad headlined by Olympian Elinor Barker. In total 19 nationalities will be represented at the race as it enters its 12th year.
Team RGB Building Supplies are supporting a full squad of five riders:
Jenny Bolsom: Jenny has made a fantastic progression, starting this season as a novice. Through hard work and dedication she has taken full advantage of Team RGB Building Supplies’ support and this week will be starting her first international stage race.
Maddie Gammons: Budding junior rider, Maddie has a string of international and junior successes to her name, including a stage win at the Junior Tour of Assen and Silver in the British Junior Road Race Championships.
Margriet Kloppenburg: Ex Danish National Cyclocross champion, Margriet brings extensive experience of racing at UCI level to the squad and will be invaluable on the road.
Tasha Reddy: Another young rider who has had a great season on the road in 2017 including 4th at the Dave Peck Memorial.
Alice Staniford: Focusing on road and crits this season after regional success in cyclocross, Alice is looking to improve on last year's performance at the Ras and support her team mates.
Team Manager: Tom Staniford
Directeur Sportif: James Spragg
Soigneur: Tom Smith
Mascot: Badger (absent, apols)
Based around the city of Kilkenny, we will race six stages between Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th of September, covering a total of 398km.
- Racing kicks off with Stage 1’s 70km road race on Wednesday evening.
- Stage 2 is a further 75km road race based around Castle Comer on Thursday.
- Friday sees the challenging queen stage of 112km road race with a mountain top finish on Mount Leinster in Stage 3.
- Saturday is a double day: starting off with Stage 4’s 11km individual time trial.
- The afternoon is fast and furious with a city centre crit race in Kilkenny centre for Stage 5.
- The Ras na mBan wraps up with a final road race on Sunday of 90km on Stage 6 with the winners sprinting to victory in front of historic Kilkenny Castle.
Wednesday 6th September
70km Road Race
Thursday 7th September
75km Road Race
Friday 8th September
112km Road Race
Saturday 9th September
First riders starts 10:00
11km Individual Time Trial
Saturday 9th September
40km Circuit Race
Sunday 10th September
90km Road Race
Main image Laura Morgan | Grigson Photogrpahy