These are great days for Irish cycling. This coming week, with the An Post Rás going around the country, you can see the action. An Post is one of the main supporters of the sport.
The 'Grand Depart' is again in Dunboyne, Co Meath, at 12.30 tomorrow. The competitors will be competing for the various jerseys in the different categories. On offer are six categories, the Lease Plan Stage Jersey for the best-placed rider on each stage, who is not a recipient of a Classification or County jersey.
One Direct County Jersey is awarded to the best rider overall from an Irish county team. The Irish Sports Council Under-23 White Jersey Classification is awarded to the best-placed competitor on accumulated time.
The Orange Bike4work King of the Mountains Jersey is for the most mountain prime points. The Post Office Sprints Points Jersey is for the most points at the finish of each stage. And of course the most important jersey is that of the race leader.
Connor McConvey looks to have the credentials for the overall win. He has previously finished fourth and seventh. An Post Rás route 2013
Stage 1: Sunday May 19: Dunboyne to Longford, 135.4 kms.
Stage 2: Monday May 20: Longford to Nenagh, 160.4 kms.
Stage 3: Tuesday May 21: Nenagh to Listowel, 141.1 kms.
Stage 4: Wednesday May 22: Listowel to Glengariff, 153 kms.
Stage 5: Thursday May 23: Glengarriff to Mitchelstown, 150.2 kms.
Stage 6: Friday May 24: Mitchelstown to Carlow, 154.6 kms.
Stage 7: Saturday May 25: Carlow to Naas, 141.2 kms.
Stage 8: Sunday May 26: Naas to Skerries, 144.6 kms.