The first major stage race of the 2014 Irish Cycle Season, the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan will again take place over the 4 days of Easter week-end from April 18th to April 21st 2014. However, the 2014 Race will see some changes to the route details with Easter Saturday’s Stage 2 although still starting and finishing in Kenmare.
Mr. Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group, said: “Kerry Group is delighted to continue sponsorship of this top class international event. This is our fifth year as title sponsors of the race which continues to grow in stature each year and increasingly plays a significant role in promoting cycle racing in Ireland. I would like to commend the hard work and dedication of the local cycling club in Killorglin along with all the clubs in Kerry and further afield, who put their energy and experience behind the race.” He added: “Kerry Group Rás Mumhan is now recognised both home and abroad as one of the top competitive stage races in Ireland & Britain.”
On behalf of the Race Organisation, Race Secretary, Mary Concannon said: “Kerry Group is the top sporting sponsorship brand in this country and the fact that they are continuing their sponsorship and association with the event is a big statement that the race is continuing to go from strength to strength.
Stages 1,3 & 4 are the same as last year’s edition of the race with a new route for Stage 2 on Saturday which starts and finishes in Kenmare as it did last year. The race is once again unapologetically long and hard. The general race plan includes a demanding opening stage, followed by a long hard day two in the mountains. The classic South Kerry stage retains its place as the race centrepiece on day three, followed by a flat stage on the final day with includes ten laps of a circuit around Killorglin town.
Among the 30 teams entered so far are – West Frisia and Noord Ruiter Dakapallen. Both of these Dutch teams have been regular participants in the Race for the last number of years. Joining them from Britain are – BH Solidor, Team Primal, Felt Colbornre, Surrey, Isle of Mann and a Scottish Cycling National Development Team.
Top of the Irish entries is the Irish national Under 23 team which is expected to include some big hitters. Also entered in the competition from Ireland are: Liquidworx, Se.engine, Orwell, Navan, UCD, Comeragh, Cuchullain, DID Dunboyne, Westport, St. Finbarrs, Aidan Crowley’s new Velo Revolution team, South Dublin, Omagh, Western Lakes, Phoenix, Nenagh, Bikeworx, Aqua Blue, IBIKE (a new team from Kerry) and the host club Killorglin.
Altogether the Kerry Group Ras Mumhan accounts for a grand total of 508km and 24 categorized climbs.