The 2017 An Post Rás route is returning to Donegal for the first time in five years, the organisers of An Post Rás have unveiled a challenging route. It features several stages of tough climbing, including two of the most difficult ascents in the country – Mamore Gap and Glengesh Pass.
The Race Is 1,200 Kilometres & includes Inishowen & Donegal
The 65th edition of the race will travel clockwise around Ireland with stage finishes in Longford, Newport, Bundoran, Buncrana, Dungloe, Donegal town and Ardee before the customary finale in Skerries. Starting in the historic settings of Dublin Castle for the second consecutive year, the race will total just under 1,200 kilometres, and will act as a platform for climbers, sprinters and attacking riders to battle it out for the coveted Rás yellow jersey.
Stage 4 – Bundoran to Buncrana, 151.8 km – Dé Céadaoin Bealtaine 24 / Wednesday May 24
- BUNDORAN START,
- Ballyshannon, Laghey, Donegal, Ballybofey, Stranorlar, Drumkeen, Letterkenny, KOM Category 3 at Maghera Beg (km 79.7), Burt, Burnfoot, Fahan, Buncrana, KOM Category 3 at Slavery Hill (km 112.8), KOM Category 2 at Old Mountain (km 119.5), KOM Category 2 at Pinch Mountain (km 122.7), KOM Category 1 at Mamore Gap (km 137.4),
- BUNCRANA FINISH.
|Riders Sign‑On||Allingham Arms Hotel||9:30–10:30|
|Assembly||Allingham Arms Hotel||10:45|
|Ceremonial Start||Tourist Office, Main Street||11:00|
Stage 5 – Buncrana to Dungloe, 181.2 km – Dé Deardaoin Bealtaine 25 / Thursday May 25
- BUNCRANA START,
- Tooban, Burnfoot, Bridgend, Burt, Letterkenny, Ramelton, KOM Category 3 at Anny Far and Near/Carnagarrow (km 69.7), KOM Category 3 at Ballymastocker Strand Climb (km 75.0), Leat Beg, Carraig Airt, Creeslough, Dunfanaghy An Post Prime (km 124.0), Falcarragh (An Fál Carrach) An Post Prime (km 136.0), Gortahork (Gort na Choirce), Meenacung (Min Na Cuinge), Gweedore (Gaoth Dobhair), Crolly (Croithlí), Annagry (Anagaire), Kincasslagh (Cionn Caslach),
- DUNGLOE FINISH.
|Riders Sign‑On||Buncrana Leisure Centre||9:30–10:30|
|Assembly||Outside Post Office on Upper Main Street||10:45|
|Ceremonial Start||McGinleys Post Office, Upper Main Street||11:00|
As ever, the race will see Ireland’s finest amateur riders compete against top professional teams and seasoned internationals from around the world, making it a thrilling eight-day spectacle.
Announcing the route for the May 21st to 28th event in Dublin’s GPO, An Post Rás Race Director, Tony Campbell believes that the race will be a test to every style of rider.
“Overall, the race is hillier than it has been in these past couple of years but you can expect that when it is in Donegal. I think that it will be very fast in the first three days and I think the Irish boys will be well prepared for the speed. After that, it is in the lap of the Gods for the climbing.”
— An Post Rás (@anpostras) April 19, 2017
For More Details on the Stages:
Details of the international teams set to join this year’s An Post Rás will be released over the coming final weeks.
- Stage 1, Sunday May 21: Dublin to Longford (146.1 kilometres)
- Stage 2, Monday May 22: Longford to Newport (142.9 kilometres)
- Stage 3, Tuesday May 23: Newport to Bundoran (149 kilometres)
- Stage 4, Wednesday May 24: Bundoran to Buncrana (151.8 kilometres)
- Stage 5, Thursday May 25: Buncrana to Dungloe (181.2 kilometres)
- Stage 6, Friday May 26: Dungloe to Donegal (132.1 kilometres)
- Stage 7, Saturday May 27: Donegal to Ardee (167.3 kilometres)
- Stage 8, Sunday May 28: Ardee to Skerries (129.4 kilometres)