The five-day stage race starts on Wednesday 6th September finishing in Kilkenny on Sunday 10th September and will cover a total distance of 400km throughout 6 stages. The 2017 edition will be Ireland’s 31st year holding an annual international stage race for women and the 12th under the name of Ras na mBan, proving what a well organised, committed and established race the ‘Ras’ is.
After a successful 2016 edition, leading Team WNT Pro Cycling to victory with a stage win from Eileen Roe and a 2nd place on general classification, DS Graeme Herd has chosen a team who have a range of different qualities and gel as a unit.
Irish road race champion, Lydia Boylan will be looking to use her fierce sprint on home soil for stage wins after a 2nd place on a stage in 2016 and securing 2nd overall on general classification, in hope to gain selection for Ireland at the upcoming World Road race championships in Bergen, Norway.
Luxembourgish rider, Elise Maes will be back racing with the team for the first time since breaking her wrist at the beginning of July in the Czech Republic. The Ras na mBan will be her last preparation in hope of making the long list for the Luxembourg national team for the World Road Race championships in Bergen, Norway.
Climbers, Anna Badegruber and Natalie Grinczer will be looking at stage 3 with a mountain top finish on Mount Leinster, where Boylan finished 2nd from a breakaway in 2016.
Josie Knight will be looking to her lead out attributes for Irish compatriot, Boylan, as well as her great time-trialling abilities for stage 4, an 11km ‘out and back’ route.
The 6 stages are as follow