A hearty welcome for an array of events that host international visitors as they cycle in, take photos, and sing for us here in Inishowen. It all started as the sun shone in Buncrana on Wednesday 24th of May. An Post Rás was welcomed by eager onlookers lining the streets. The race currently in its seventh year began in 1953 and has been held every year since. It is one of Ireland’s top sporting events bringing world class sporting action and a significant economic boost to towns and villages nationwide.
Cyclists From All Over Ireland Approach The Magnificent Mamore Gap Inishowen
It is a huge event to organise and it was a pleasure to meet Tony Campbell back in August 2016 to discuss the race coming to a stage in Inishowen. Tony Campbell and the team work tirelessly to make this event run smoothly and it certainly did. The imagery generated great interest on our social media channels as the Inishowen team were strategically placed to capture the action as they awaited the cyclists approaching on the magnificent Mamore Gap.
Mamore Gap, Inishowen An Post Rás 2017 – 24 MAY 2017
Mamore Gap, Inishowen – ‘that Section of the Race Can Certainly Test You, the Adrenalin is Rushing!’
As the race reached its final destination in the market place in Buncrana I took the opportunity to speak with one of the participants and he stated “that section of the race can certainly test you, the adrenalin is rushing and your enthusiasm is only kept up with the group as you push through the peddles together”. Tony Campbell introduced me to the previous day’s stage three winner, Irishman, Matthew Teggart who just finished on Kneisky’s shoulder, topping the general classification (GC) and becoming the new yellow jersey leader on. I discovered this talented young cyclist from Banbridge, County Down had a legacy of cycling history. Both father and grandfather were also International cyclists whom Tony Campbell knew well. This was one Irishman keeping up the tradition peddling into the record books.
Excitement in the Air with An Post Rás Taking Place in Inishowen
It is heart-warming to see the buzz the excitement in the air with the race taking place here, according to Tony Campbell “the lads were over the moon they would be coming to Donegal this year”. It was surely our pleasure to host them. Local people who attended the event cheered and clapped as the race came to an end and the cyclists rolled over the final line. Councillor Nicholas Crossan who had collaborated with the planning team to make this event happen here in Buncrana was on hand to congratulate the participants along with the Inishowen Tourism representatives.
Inishowen Thanks An Post Rás Team
Our thanks to Tony Campbell and his team for coming to Buncrana; it attracts great attention from all over the world showcasing Inishowen’s great diverse landscape at its best with a warm community welcome.
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