An Post Rás 2015 - Stage 1

Dé Domhnaig Bealtaine 17 / Sunday May 17

Dunboyne to Carlow, 154.4 km

Stage Summary

  • DUNBOYNE START,
  • Maynooth, Straffan, KOM Category 3 at Sherlock Town (km 23.9), Sallins, Naas An Post Hot Spot Sprint (km 28.7), Brannockstown, Dunlavin, KOM Category 3 at Boherboy (km 50.3), Baltinglass, Kiltegan, KOM Category 3 at Hacketstown (km 80.4), Tinahealy, KOM Category 3 at Kilcommon (km 91.2), Shillelagh, Clonegal An Post Hot Spot Sprint (km 120.8), Ballon An Post Hot Spot Sprint (km 132.5),
  • CARLOW FINISH

Riders Sign‑On

The podium in Dunboyne centre

10 : 30 12 : 00

Assembly

Team formation in Dunboyne centre

12 : 15

Ceremonial Start

Mulvaneys Fingal House, Summerhill Road

12 : 30

Neutralised

To 7.4km

Estimated Time of Arrival at Kilometres per Hour

48

40

32

Km

Mi

Location

Back
wind

Average

Head wind

0.0

0.0

Ceremonial Start

12:30

12:30

12:30





1.0

0.6

Turn left at Roundabout, 1st exit dir Maynooth

12:31

12:31

12:31





2.2

1.4

Turn left at Roundabout, 1st exit dir Dunboyne

12:32

12:33

12:34





3.5

2.2

Turn left at 4xRoads, traffic lights

12:34

12:35

12:36





4.4

2.7

Turn left at Roundabout, 1st exit dir Maynooth

12:35

12:36

12:38





5.7

3.5

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Maynooth, R157

12:37

12:38

12:40





7.4

4.6

Zero kilometers signs to go at junction on LHS, L2218

12:39

12:41

12:43





0.0

0.0

Start of race

12.39

12:41

12:43





2.3

1.4

Keep right, junction on LHS

12:32

12:33

12:34





3.5

2.2

Keep right, junction on LHS

12:34

12:35

12:36





6.0

3.7

Dunboyne Road Roundabout, 1st exit dir Maynooth on R157

12:37

12:39

12:41





6.8

4.2

Turn right at T junction dir Maynooth 1km on R148

12:38

12:40

12:42





7.3

4.5

Entering Maynooth

12:39

12:40

12:43





7.5

4.7

Roundabout at Tesco, 2nd exit

12:39

12:41

12:44





8.0

5.0

Turn left at traffic lights dir Celbridge on R405

12:40

12:42

12:45





9.9

6.2

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Naas, R406

12:42

12:44

12:48





11.8

7.3

Straight through staggered 4Xroads, Taghadoe Cross

12:44

12:47

12:52





14.9

9.3

Barrattstown Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Straffan

12:48

12:52

12:57





15.7

9.8

Entering Straffan











17.5

10.9

Turn sharp right dir Sallins, following wall of K Club

12:51

12:56

13:02





18.8

11.7

Keep right at Y junction

12:53

12:58

13:05





23.9

14.9

Sherlockstown Category 3 KOM

12.59

13.05

13.14





24.5

15.2

Entering Sallins

13:00

13:06

13:15





25.0

15.5

Right hand turn, followed immediately by

13:01

13:07

13:16









Left hand turn dir Naas











26.2

16.3

Sallins Road Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Naas Centre, R407

13:02

13:09

13:19





26.3

16.3

Entering Naas

13:02

13:09

13:19





28.5

17.7

Turn right at T junction into Naas Main Street

13.05

13.12

13.23





28.7

17.8

Naas An Post Prime/Hotspot sprint

13.05

13.12

13.23





29.8

18.5

Kilcullen Road Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Kilcullen on R448

13:07

13:14

13:25





31.1

19.3

Straight at left‑hand junction & traffic lights

13:08

13:16

13:28





35.2

21.9

Turn left at junction dir Dunlavin R412

13:14

13:22

13:36





39.9

24.8

Entering Brannockstown

13:19

13:29

13:44





42.8

26.6

Keep left at Y junction dir Dunlavin

13:23

13:34

13:50





45.8

28.5

Keep left at Y junction, dir Dunlavin 2km

13:27

13:38

13:55





48.0

29.8

CAUTION Traffic, keep to LHS–monument in middle of road

13:30

13:42

14:00





48.1

29.9

Turn left at T junction into Main Street

13:30

13:42

14:00





48.3

30.0

Keep right at Y junction, dir Donard, Baltinglass N81

13:30

13:42

14:00









Total 6 x ramps











50.0

31.1

50km raced at Tornant House

13:32

13:45

14:03





50.3

31.3

Boherboy Category 3 KOM

13:32

13:45

14:04





















51.6

32.1

Straight at 4XRoads

13:34

13:47

14:06



54.7

34.0

Turn right at T junction dir Baltinglass 10km, Enniscorthy on N81

13:38

13:52

14:12



63.4

39.4

Entering Baltinglass

13:49

14:05

14:28



65.0

40.4

Turn left at 4Xroads into Main Street

13:51

14:07

14:31







Continue over bridge









65.2

40.5

Keep right at Y junction

13:51

14:07

14:32



73.2

45.5

Entering Kiltegan

14:01

14:19

14:47



73.7

45.8

Turn right at 4XRoads in centre of village

14:02

14:20

14:48



76.4

47.5

Keep left at Y junction

14:05

14:24

14:53







followed immediately by









76.6

47.6

Right at Y junction









78.8

49.0

Entering Hacketstown

14:08

14:28

14:57



79.5

49.4

Keep left at Y junction

14:09

14:29

14:59



79.7

49.5

Turn right onto Main Street

14:09

14:29

14:59



80.2

49.8

Keep right at Y junction

14:10

14:30

15:00



80.4

50.0

Hacketstown Category 3 KOM

14:10

14:30

15:00







KOM line at 80 speed signs leaving town, metal gate RHS









89.5

55.6

Entering Tinahely & Ramp

14:21

14:44

15:17



90.1

56.0

Turn right at T junction into Barton Street R749

14:22

14:45

15:18



91.2

56.7

Kilcommon Category 3 KOM

14:24

14:46

15:21



97.3

60.5

Entering Shillelagh, 2nd ramp

14:31

14:55

15:32



98.2

61.0

Turn left at T junction dir Gorey, Carnew, Bunclody on R725

14:32

14:57

15:34



98.3

61.1

Humpback bridge

14:32

14:57

15:34







Turn right at Y junction, dir Carnew R725









99.5

61.8

Keep right at Y junction

14:34

14:59

15:36







Continuing on R725









104.1

64.7

Turn right dir Bunclody onto R746

14:40

15:06

15:45



104.2

64.7

Feeding for 1km

14:40

15:06

15:45



105.2

65.4

Feeding finish at derelict house with rusty gate on LHS

14:41

15:07

15:47



114.0

70.8

Turn right onto L2001 dir Clonegal 7km

14:52

15:21

16:03



117.8

73.2

Entering Clonegal

14:57

15:26

16:10



120.4

74.8

Turn left at 4Xroads into Clonegal

15:00

15:30

16:15



120.7

75.0

Humpback bridge on right hand bend

15:00

15:31

16:16



120.8

75.1

Clonegal An Post Prime/Hotspot Sprint

15:01

15:31

16:16



121.1

75.2

Turn left at Y junction

15:01

15:31

16:17







followed immediately by left turn at Y junction, Sean O’Duinn pub, dir Altamount Gardens









123.8

76.9

Humpback bridge with Y junction, keep left

15:04

15:35

16:22



126.0

78.3

Turn right at T junction onto N80 dir Carlow, Ballon 6km

15:07

15:39

16:26



130.3

81.0

25km to go at Malone Farm Shop sign on LHS

15:12

15:45

16:34



131.1

81.5

Entering Ballon

15:13

15:46

16:35



131.6

81.8

Central traffic island followed by mini‑Roundabout, 2nd exit

15:14

15:47

16:36



131.8

81.9

Traffic islands

15:14

15:47

16:37







Central reservation followed immediately by pedestrian crossing













7 x further central reservations









132.5

82.3

Ballon An Post Prime/Hotspot Sprint

15:15

15:48

16:38



134.7

83.7

20km to go at Celtic Stone Monumental Works

15:18

15:52

16:42



138.9

86.3

Straight at staggered 4Xroads

15:23

15:58

16:50



143.6

89.2

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Carlow, Portlaoise

15:29

16:05

16:59



143.8

89.4

Roundabout, 1st exit dir Carlow

15:29

16:05

16:59



145.3

90.3

10km to go at 2nd sign for Tinryland L1023 on LHS

15:31

16:07

17:02



146.4

91.0

Entering Carlow

15:33

16:09

17:04



147.1

91.4

Wallsfort Roundabout, turn left dir Town Centre

15:33

16:10

17:05

147.3

91.5

Turn right directly after Roundabout, into

Inner Relief Road to Chapelstown

15:34

16:10

17:06

147.5

91.7

Straight at 4XRoads

15:34

16:11

17:06

148.6

92.3

Turn right at traffic lights, T junction, dir Rathvilly on R726

15:35

16:12

17:08

149.1

92.6

Turn left onto R448 dir Castledermot

15:36

16:13

17:09

149.5

92.9

5km to go at break in chevrons on LHS/lay‑by on RHS

15:36

16:14

17:10

150.5

93.5

4km to go

15:38

16:15

17:12

150.6

93.6

Roundabout, 2nd exit followed immediately by Roundabout

15:38

16:15

17:12

150.8

93.7

Roundabout, 1st exit dir Waterford

15:38

16:16

17:12

151.5

94.1

3km to go at sign for Carlow Golf Club

15:39

16:17

17:14

152.4

94.7

Roundabout at retail park, 2nd exit

15:40

16:18

17:15

152.5

94.8

2km to go before Bolands Garage on RHS

15:40

16:18

17:15

152.9

95.0

Deerpark Roundabout & pedestrian crossing,

2nd exit dir Town Centre on R448

15:41

16:19

17:16

153.1

95.1

Dr Cullen Road Roundabout, 2nd exit (1st exit not in use)

15:41

16:19

17:17

153.5

95.4

1km to go at Avon House B&B

15:41

16:20

17:17





900m at sign on left for Hillview Drive











800m at end of wall Carlow Guest House B&B on left hand side, just before junction on right, Glendale Avenue











700m at centre of wall at Topaz Service Station











600m at far side of Sheehy Motors, between Sheey Motors & ESB office







154.0

95.7

Pedestrian crossing

15:42

16:21

17:18





400m at overhead railway bridge











350m at ramp **CAUTION riders**







154.2

95.8

Straight through 4rdsX outside Fire Station

15:42

16:21

17:19





followed by ramp











300m at red/white sign outside fire station

‘Fire Station Entrance No Parking’











200m outside Permanent TSB











Divert team cars to right into Barrack Street

170m from finish line, car park on right











150m outside Eddie Rockets at far side of junction











4rdsX & pedestrian crossing







154.4

95.9

Finish line outside Rattlebag Café opposite

Carpenters Pub. Platform on RHS

15:43

16:21

17:19

Spotlight on Dunboyne

Dunboyne

‘Dún Búinne’ meaning Búinne’s stronghold

Dunboyne is situated on the crossroads of the R156 and R157 which meet in the centre of the village. The town is considered to possess the features of both a village and a town.  With a population of over 6,900 Dunboyne is steeped in history that stretches back to the middle ages.

The only access into and out of the town is over bridges therefore suggesting that Dunboyne is the only town in the country that could be an inland island.

In the twelfth century, with the arrival of the Normans, the town became the territory of the Petit family. In the thirteenth century an heiress of Sir William Petit, 6th Lord of Dunboyne, married Thomas Butler, the brother of the first Earl of Ormond, meaning that all titles and properties passed to the Butlers, and with it the Butler’s long association with the area.

Why not visit Dunboyne Castle, which dates back to the Butler dynasty.  The castle was destroyed by Cromwell but was rebuilt in the 1700s.  The mansion which replaced the original building is now Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa. 

Interesting fact: In the 1970s the town became famous as the backdrop for the fictional village of Leestown in the successful television series called The Riordans.

 

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