Rás na mBan 2020 was scheduled to take place in September, however under these difficult time’s we find ourselves in, organisers have decided to postpone the event.
Ireland’s premier women’s stage race was due to take place September 2nd to 6th from a base in Kilkenny. Last year an international field of 121 riders from 25 teams competed for top honours in the premier women’s event on the Irish cycling calendar. Over 400km of racing spread across five days and six stages.
In announcing the delay, Race Director Valerie Considine paid tribute to the volunteers, sponsors and event stakeholders who have continued to support the event in these challenging times.
“We remain committed to running a race in 2020 but unfortunately the current landscape prevents us from running the race as planned in early September,” said Considine.
“We need to give everyone involved at least six weeks to properly prepare for the event and I’d like to thank our riders, teams, volunteers and sponsors for their continued patience and support in these challenging times.”
“Rás na mBan exists as an international outlet for Irish riders and an opportunity for visiting riders to sample the hospitality and beauty of Irish cycling so we will wait a little longer to see if circumstances change and we can run an event.”
Considine and the event committee remain focused on running a race in 2020 should circumstances allow.
“We’ll continue to review the situation and will be in a position to make further announcements in August.”
Rás Tailteann has also decided as of today, to definitively postpone the 2020 Rás Tailteann which was originally due to return to the roads of Ireland last month, until 2021