Riders can get ready for the An Post Rás, which rolls out from Dunboyne on May 22, at a selection of events over Easter.
Options are out there to participate in The Gorey Three Day, Rás Chonamara, Tour of the North and the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan. Those participants in Gorey and Chonamara will be happy enough to put the Rás on hold for a number of years, but the Tour of the North and the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan will have some serious international competitors.
First out of the traps next Friday will be the Munster event.
The defending champion is Timmy Barry of the Edge, but I have a sneaking suspicion that Paudí O'Brien could go on to take the trophy.