ENTRY forms are now available online for Kerry Group Rás Mumhan which will be held on the roads of Kerry and Cork over the Easter weekend, starting on Good Friday, March 29 and finishing on Easter Monday, April 1. Carrying a prize fund of €6000, the entry deadline for the 4-day International cycle race is March 18.
Good Friday's opening stage is the same as last year in East Kerry. Easter Saturday will see a new stage, starting and finishing in Kenmare, and will feature a challenging mountain climb up the famous Healy Pass. Easter Sunday is on the roads of South Kerry. Easter Monday's stage is on the Beaufort circuit, with the final laps up the famous hill in Killorglin town centre. With a total race distance of 500km, the race will visit east, south and mid Kerry and west Cork. It is also worth noting that the first two days of racing are prior to the clocks being put back for summer time.
Stage 1: Good Friday, March 29, the Sliabh Luachra Stage, will start at 3.30pm and will consist of 100 km that will take riders to the Sliabh Luachra area of East Kerry, starting in Killorglin, onto Killarney, Kilcummin, Scartaglin, Castleisland, Firies, Castlemaine, Milltown and finishing in Killorglin at approx 6pm. This is the same route as last year.
Stage 2: Easter Saturday, March 30, the Kenmare, Beara & Healy Pass Stage will start at 12pm & will take riders on a 150km loop through the Beara Peninsula in West Cork. After starting in Kenmare the race will head out the Tunnell road to Glengarriffe, swing left here to Adrigole, Castletownbere, Eyries, Ardgroom, followed by a right turn at Lauragh up to the Healy Pass, then back down to Adrigole. The race turns left here and retraces the outward section back to Glengarriffe and onto the Tunnell road to finish in Kenmare at 4pm. The Tunnell road also has the Caha Pass Climb both times.
Stage 3: Easter Sunday, March 31, the Waterville and Valentia Island Stage is in South Kerry which has proved to be a huge success over the last few years. There is a noon start again with the same route as last year, starting and finishing in Waterville. The route will take riders from the start at Waterville to the Glen, onto Cahirciveen, Dromid, back to within 3km of the start before the trip to Valentia Island, St. Finian's Bay and back to finish in Waterville at approximately 3.30pm after a distance of 142km.
Stage 4: Easter Monday, April 1, the Beaufort & Killorglin Stage takes place in the Mid Kerry area and has an early start of 10am in order to give everybody with long journeys home an early finish at 1pm. The route will be familiar to many as it has been used on the final day many times. There are three laps of the Beaufort /Killorglin circuit and then onto the shorter Donal McKenna lap to be covered 10 times before the final chequered flag, after a total of 114km.
Already teams from Holland, England, Isle of Man, Luxembourg and Italy have signaled their intentions to compete in the race.
Clubs, teams or individuals interested in taking part should contact Race Secretary, Mary Concannon at 064 44396 / 087 2802071, or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full route details available at www.rasmumhan.com