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Reist in Control on Day Two

28/08/2017

RAI 2017 Day 2 Update - Reist in Control

Nicole Reist, Switzerland, at the start of Race Around Ireland in Trim, County Meath. Photo: Ronnie Russell

As the light began to fade on day two of Race Around Ireland, Nicole Reist held the lead in the solo class of Ireland’s toughest bike race.

Riding without sleep and virtually non-stop for 28 hours save two short interludes to change support crew, the Swiss rider stretched her lead over Dutchman Henk Verouden to almost an hour by the time the latter had left time station five at Lifford in County Donegal with former champion Valerio Zamboni in a secure third place.

Reist continued to press home her advantage as the riders moved through Leitrim into Sligo as the first mist and rain of the ninth edition of Race Around Ireland fell on the riders. Headwind for much of the ride through Ulster had also taken its toll but still the leading riders pushed on into the night.

As dusk approached, Reist was controlling a lead of almost 30km over Verouden as leading Irishman Pat Doocey moved into a podium spot ahead of Zamboni.

Meanwhile, further ahead, the leading competitors on the road were the four-man crew of Team Aspect who enjoyed a half hour lead over St Tiernan’s CC who were locked in combat with Veloroos. The latter named team had recovered from a brief off route excursion in Donegal and are well on course for a new record time for a four-woman squad.

Leading eight-rider team Team Outmates had stretched their lead to almost an hour and a half over Meath Fireblazers as the teams left Castlebar heading for Galway and the epic delights of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Last rider on the road Dan Fallon, the popular psychiatrist from Chicago, was forced to retire as evening approached on day two. The popular psychiatrist was bidding to become the first rider of a recumbent to complete Race Around Ireland. Fallon, a vertean of US Ultra Cycling, won many friends on his first acquaintance with the world of Irish ultra cycling.

Valerio Zamboni (Monaco), during his winning ride in Race Around Ireland last year. The Monaco rider got his title defence under way in Trim, Meath, today.

About Race Around Ireland

On Sunday 27th of August 2017, cyclists from all over the world will line up in Trim, County Meath, to take on the ninth Race Around Ireland and the Irish Ultra Challenge.

Race Around Ireland is regarded as one of the toughest cycling challenges in the world and will take the racers on a 2,151km journey past some of the most stunning scenery in Ireland. The route takes in Newgrange, The Causeway Coast, Malin Head, The Cliffs of Moher, The Ring of Kerry, Mizen Head, the Garden County (Wicklow) and back to Moynalty in County Meath and ALL within a week.

The Irish Ultra Challenge is a 1,100km race and is seen as being the perfect stepping-stone into the world of ultra-cycling. Solo riders have 68 hours to finish. There is no team devision in the Irish Ultra Challenge.

For more information, please visit: www.racearoundireland.com

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