And they're off - An Post Ras na mBan in Kilkenny

And they're off - An Post Ras na mBan in Kilkenny
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The highways, byways and streets of Kilkenny will be broadcast around the world as the An Post Ras na mBan begins today.

Twenty five womens cycling teams are getting set for stage one in Kilkenny which will be followed by five further stages over the next five days of racing in the county.

The racing concludes on Sunday, but on Saturday the record entry of cyclists will race from the Castle, down the Parade and up Patrick Street for one hour of exciting cycling.

This is the 11th staging of this successful event which has attracted hundreds of fans.

Apart from Irish cyclists, the event has riders from The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Britain and the Scandanavian countries.

As part of the Kilkenny routes, on Friday the race will cross in to Carlow and climb Mount Leinster

Eurosport will broadcast the cycling event to up to 14 million cycling fans and the race concludes at the Castle on Sunday, coming in the Kells Road.

The route details are below -

STAGE 1 - Wednesday 7th September

Road Race Kilkenny 60KM

Kilkenny (SHC) – Bennettsbridge –Thomastown - Graiguenamanagh Goresbridge – Gowran – Kilkenny (R712)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14160154

STAGE 2 - Thursday 8th September

Road Race Castlecomer 75KM

Castlecomer (Discovery Park) Ballyraggett – Firoda – Castlecomer – Coolcullen – Rossmore – Castlecomer

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10745923

STAGE 3 - Friday 9th September

Road Race Mount Leinster 112KM

Kilkenny (SHC) – Paulstown - Leighlinbridge – Muine Bheag - Borris – Ballyurphy – Kiltealy – Bunclody – Kildavin – Myshall – Fenagh - Mount Leinster

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/14365451

STAGE 4 - Saturday 10th September

Individual Time Trial 11KM

Start - Waterford Road N10 (Rugby Club) - Out and back

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/13641317

STAGE 5 - Saturday 10th September

'Criterium' Circuit Race 40km

Race Length: One hour

Kilkenny

The Parade – Nuncio Road – Waterford Road – Upper Patrick Street

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/10606367

STAGE 6 - Sunday 11th September

Road Race Kilkenny 85KM

Kilkenny – Kells – Dunamaggin – Knocktopher – Thomastown – Inistioge – Woodstock – Thomastown – Bennettsbridge - Kilkenny

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12207748

Total Stage Mileage - 383km

Six classified climbs - Two Cat 1, two Cat 2 and two Cat 3