Irish National Team Announced for Rás na mBan 2022

A strong team of five riders have been selected for the upcoming Rás na mBan which takes place from 7th to 11th September in County Kilkenny. 

The team is made up of experienced riders who have all recently competed for Ireland, including tandem pilots Eve McCrystal and Linda Kelly fresh from their medal winning performances at the Paracycling Road World Championships with Katie-George Dunlevy and Josephine Healion. Emily Kay, Kelly Murphy and Lara Gillespie completes the team. 

The 2022 international stage race features four road race stages of varying length and difficulty, a time trial and a circuit race around Kilkenny City. Full route details can be found here.

With top riders and teams from near and far expected, the team have high ambitions for being competitive and contesting the General Classification. 

Head Coach of Cycling Ireland, Neill Delahaye said:

"We are excited to once again select a strong and experienced team for Rás na mBan. The parcours and race format this year should lend itself to very exciting and close racing. The combination of tandem pilots & track squad riders is a composition of complimentary skills and ability which we believe has the potential to make a big impact on the race. The team is under expert guidance with Barry Monaghan as DS and I know Barry intends to deliver a strategy to be competitive for both Stages and General Classification. The riders are really looking forward to taking on the challenge from more established road teams and delivering their best on home roads."

Team Ireland:

Eve McCrystal

Lara Gillespie

Linda Kelly

Emily Kay

Kelly Murphy

DS: Barry Monaghan