An Post Rás 2014 - Stage 1

Dé Domhnaig Bealtaine 18 / Sunday May 18

Dunboyne to Roscommon, 149.8 km

Stage Summary

  • DUNBOYNE START,
  • Trim, Athboy Post Office Prime and Hot Spot sprint (km 41.1), Delvin, Drumcree, Collinstown, Castlepollard, Coole Post Office Prime and Hot Spot Sprint (km 76.5), Lismacaffrey, Lisryan, Edgeworthstown Post Office Prime and Hot Spot sprint (km 95.4), KOM Category 3 at Richmount (km 106.1), Ballymahon Post Office Prime and Hot Spot Sprint (km 114), Lanesboro,
  • ROSCOMMON FINISH

 

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

0.9

0.6

Roundabout, 1st exit onto R157 dir Maynooth

12:31

12:31

12:31

2.2

1.4

Roundabout, 1st exit, dir Dunboyne

12:32

12:33

12:34

3.5

2.2

Left at crossroads in Dunboyne Village, back onto Summerhill Road

 

 

 

4.4

2.7

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Summerhill R156

12:35

12:36

12:38

5.1

3.2

End of neutral section at Dunboyne AFC

0.0

0.0

0Km signs for Start of Racing

12:36

12:37

12:39

 

 

Depart on R156, dir Summerhill

 

 

 

 

 

On R156

 

 

 

9.3

5.8

Right at Y junction

 

 

 

17.1

10.6

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Summerhill

12:51

12:55

13:02

17.6

10.9

Summerhill 50 signs

12:52

12:56

13:03

17.9

11.1

Right at Y, dir Trim/Rathmolyon R158

 

 

 

 

 

On R158

 

 

 

27.8

17.3

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Town Centre/Kinnegad

13:04

13:11

13:22

27.8

17.3

Trim 50 signs

13:04

13:11

13:22

28.8

17.9

Right at Y junction at bridge

 

 

29.0

18.0

Left at Trim Furniture Craft, St Loman’s Street (narrow street)

13:06

13:13

13:24

29.3

18.2

Left at T junction at Supervalu, dir Athboy

 

 

Immediately right at Y at the Malt House

29.5

18.3

Caution road narrows, jutting footpath & bollards on RHS

29.6

18.4

Left at T junction, dir Athboy R154

13:07

13:14

13:25

 

 

On R154

 

 

 

40.0

24.9

Athboy 50 signs

13:20

13:30

13:45

 

 

Post Office Prime ahead

 

 

 

40.7

25.3

Left at T, dir Delvin N51

13:20

13:31

13:46

41.1

25.5

Athboy Post Office Prime & Hot Spot Sprint

13:21

13:31

13:47

 

 

Prime Line at Post Office

 

 

 

41.3

25.7

Straight dir Mullingar, Delvin

13:21

13:31

13:47

41.9

26.0

Right at Y to N51

 

 

 

 

 

On N51

 

 

 

43.7

27.2

Caution series of bad bends

13:24

13:35

13:51

46.7

29.0

Caution series of sharp bends

 

 

 

50.0

31.1

50km signs at 60km speed limit signs at Crowenstown pub

13:32

13:45

14:03

53.3

33.1

Delvin 50 signs

13:36

13:49

14:09

54.1

33.6

Right at T & immediately left, dir Castlepollard on R395

 

 

 

 

 

On R395

 

 

 

59.4

36.9

Drumcree 60 signs

13:44

13:59

14:21

63.4

39.4

Collinstown 50 signs

13:49

14:05

14:28

63.8

39.6

Straight at 4rdsX in centre of village

 

 

 

69.6

43.2

Castlepollard 60 signs

13:57

14:14

14:40

70.9

44.1

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir All Routes

 

 

 

71.0

44.1

Left at staggered 4rdsX dir Edgeworthstown R395

13:58

14:16

14:43

71.1

44.2

Ramp on approach to pedestrian crossing

 

 

 

 

 

Ramp after pedestrian crossing

 

 

 

75.6

47.0

Coole 60 signs

14:04

14:23

14:51

 

 

Post Office Prime ahead

 

 

 

76.3

47.4

Coole 50 signs

14:05

14:24

14:53

76.5

47.5

Coole Post Office Prime & Hot Spot Sprint

14:05

14:24

14:53

82.8

51.4

Lismacaffrey 50 signs

14:13

14:34

15:05

85.8

53.3

Lisryan 50 signs

14:17

14:38

15:10

94.5

58.7

Edgeworthstown 50 signs

14:28

14:51

15:27

94.8

58.9

Left at T junction N55 dir Town Centre 1km

14:28

14:52

15:27

95.2

59.2

Right at T junction unsigned

14:29

14:52

15:28

95.6

59.4

Left at traffic lights dir Athlone

 

 

 

95.9

59.6

Goldsmith Roundabout 2nd exit dir Athlone, Ballymahon 19km N55

14:29

14:53

15:29

 

 

On R392

 

 

 

96.4

59.9

Level crossing Nr. XS37

14:30

14:54

15:30

103.8

64.5

KOM Climb Start signs at junction L5190

14:39

15:05

15:44

104.6

65.0

Carrickboy 60 signs

14:40

15:06

15:46

 

 

Straight at 4rdsX in Carrickboy

 

 

 

106.1

65.9

Richmond KOM Category 3

14:42

15:09

15:48

109.6

68.1

Start of Feed Zone at start of hard shoulder on left at sign for Colehill

14:47

15:14

15:55

110.5

68.7

End of feeding zone at large green sign N55 on top

14:48

15:15

15:57

114.0

70.8

Ballymahon 50 signs

14:52

15:21

16:03

 

 

An Post Prime ahead

 

 

 

114.7

71.3

Right at T junction onto Main Street dir Lanesboro R392

 

 

 

114.9

71.4

An Post Prime & Hot Spot Sprint

14:53

15:22

16:05

124.9

77.6

25km signs at block grey shed on LHS

15:06

15:37

16:24

126.2

78.4

Caution for a bog level crossing Nr 05/23

15:07

15:39

16:26

127.0

78.9

Derraghan 60 signs

15:08

15:40

16:28

130.6

81.2

20K signs at Xrds for Killashee before bridge (yellow/black Xroads sign)

15:13

15:45

16:34

133.6

83.0

Lanesboro 60 signs

15:17

15:50

16:40

 

 

On N63

 

 

 

140.0

87.0

10K signs at start of hard shoulder/road widens at Xroads

15:25

16:00

16:52

144.8

90.0

5K signs at Xroads (signed Kilteevan 2km/Knockcroghery left)

15:31

16:07

17:01

145.9

90.7

4K signs at yellow house/red barn on LHS

15:32

16:08

17:03

146.8

91.2

3K signs at blue/grey house on RHS, Rosville/corrugated barn opposite

15:33

16:10

17:05

147.8

91.8

2K signs at ‘Do Not Pass’ signs (400mtrs)

15:34

16:11

17:07

147.9

91.9

Roscommon 60 signs

15:34

16:11

17:07

148.0

92.0

Roscommon 50 signs

15:35

16:12

17:07

 

 

Caution central reservations x5 between 50 signs & Garveys Builders Merchants on right.

 

 

 

148.5

92.3

1K signs at start of Lidl Building on left before roundabout

 

 

 

148.6

92.3

Roundabout at KFC, 2nd exit dir Dublin

15:35

16:12

17:08

148.9

92.5

Straight at Roundabout

15:36

16:13

17:09

 

 

500m signs at yellow/black sign, pedestrian crossing after roundabout

 

 

 

149.2

92.7

Steward Pedestrian Crossing & Central Reservation,
Fire Station on LHS

Divert team cars to right into Cattle Mart Car Park

15:36

16:13

17:09

 

 

450m signs at Pedestrian crossing at fire station on LHS

 

 

 

 

 

400m signs at John Gillooly Joinery Works on left

 

 

 

 

 

300m signs at entrance to Topaz station on left

 

 

 

 

 

250m signs at entrance to Athlone road at roundabout

 

 

 

149.6

93.0

Roundabout, 3rd exit dir Town Centre

15:37

16:14

17:10

 

 

200m signs at Roscommon Windows on right

 

 

 

 

 

150m signs at Bruen Insurance Broker on left

 

 

 

149.7

93.0

Right at T junction

15:37

16:14

17:10

 

 

130m at T-Steward junction Athlone Road & Goff Street

 

 

 

 

 

100m signs at Brogans Lane on RHS

 

 

 

 

 

75m signs at carpark entrance for AIB Bank on LHS

 

 

 

 

 

50m signs Chapel Lane RHS

 

 

 

 

 

25m signs at end of Donnellys & Co store on RHS (double timber doors)

 

 

 

149.8

93.1

Finish line at front door of Flemings SuperValu supermarket on RHS of road, just before pedestrian crossing

15:37

16:14

17:10

Spotlight on Dunboyne and Roscommon

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.

Roscommon

Ros Comáin means "Saint Coman's wood". The name stems from the Irish word 'Ros' meaning a gentle terrain with plenty of trees and 'Comáin', the name of the county's famous Irish saint and the first bishop of the See.


Bound by the extensive waterways of the River Shannon and Lough Ree to the east, the River Suck in the west and Lough Key in the north, County Roscommon is a haven for lovers of boats, water-sports, and of course cycling. Cruising on the water in Roscommon is one of the most enjoyable ways to discover this unspoiled pocket of Ireland.

Visitors can also discover a rich heritage of early colonization in Roscommon with many burial grounds, megalithic tombs and ring forts. Why not visit the royal burial site at Rathcroghan? This was home to the kings of Connaught and later become home to the high kings of Ireland.

Another place which might be of interest is the Douglas Hyde Interpretive centre; exhibition and information centre dedicated to this remarkable man – the first President of Ireland. His contribution to modern Ireland is traced through the medium of information charts, books of his poems and prose, personal items, letters, maps and photography.

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