The 2011 An Post Rás route was revealed at the GPO on the 7th February and it looks certain to provide a challenging test to all competitors taking part. It covers 1247 kilometres over the eight stages with 28 categorised climbs, three of which are first category ascents.
This year's Rás is the 59th in its history, and this year's route was planned by cyclist, Stephen O'Sullivan, a former stage winner and seventeen year veteran of the race.
The action gets underway on Sunday May 22nd in Dunboyne, Co. Meath. It will then move counter-clockwise around the country, with stage finishes in Portumna, Kilrush, Castleisland, Castletownbere, Blarney, Tramore, Kildare, and Skerries, North County Dublin.
2011 An Post Route
- Stage 1, Sunday May 22: Dunboyne – Portumna, 148 kms
- Stage 2, Monday May 23: Portumna – Kilrush, 164kms
- Stage 3, Tuesday May 24: Kilrush – Castleisland, 175kms
- Stage 4, Wednesday May 25: Castleisland – Castletownbere, 142kms
- Stage 5, Thursday May 26: Castletownbere – Blarney, 156kms
- Stage 6, Friday May 27: Blarney – Tramore, 172kms
- Stage 7, Saturday May 28: Tramore – Kildare, 157kms
- Stage 8, Sunday May 29: Kildare – Skerries, 133kms