An Post Rás 2014 - Stage 2

Dé Luain Bealtaine 19 / Monday May 19

Roscommon to Lisdoonvarna, 159.2 km:

Stage Summary

  • ROSCOMMON START,
  • Athleague, Mount Talbot, Ballygar Post Office Sprint (km 15), Newbridge, Mountbellow, Moylough, Abbeyknockmoy, Athenry, Craughwell, Ardrahan, Kinvara, Ballyvaughan, Creggagh Post Office Prime (km 135.2), KOM Category 3 at Ballinalacken (km 144.6), KOM Category 1 at Doonagore (km 151.5),
  • LISDOONVARNA 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 – Main Street

11:00

11:00

11:00

0.1

0.1

Right at O’Brien’s Pharmacy onto Lanesborough Street

 

 

0.8

0.5

Roundabout at KFC, 4th exit dir Dublin

 

 

 

1.5

0.9

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Galway N63

 

 

 

1.6

1.0

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Galway N63

 

 

 

 

Caution for traffic island

 

 

2.1

1.3

Roundabout, 1st exit dir Athleague N63

 

 

 

 

 

Caution for 8 traffic islands

 

 

 

3.8

2.4

End of neutral section at black & yellow sign for junction right & left

0.0

0.0

0km signs for start of racing

11:04

11:05

11:07

 

 

On N63

 

 

 

6.2

3.9

Athleague 50 signs

11:07

11:09

11:11

7.7

4.8

Right at Y junction

 

 

 

11.0

6.8

Mount Talbot 60 signs

11:13

11:16

11:20

14.3

8.9

Ballygar 50 signs

11:17

11:21

11:26

 

 

Post Office Prime ahead

 

 

 

14.3

8.9

Ballygar Post Office Sprint

11:17

11:21

11:26

22.2

13.8

Newbridge 50 signs

11:27

11:33

11:41

22.5

14.0

Caution narrow bridge for oncoming traffic

 

 

27.9

17.3

Left at Y junction dir Mountbellew 2km

11:34

11:41

11:52

29.0

18.0

Mountbellew 50 signs

11:36

11:43

11:54

29.7

18.5

Right curve at the Square

 

 

 

 

Immediately right at T junction Stop sign, dir Moylough 5km

 

 

34.3

21.3

Moylough 50 signs

11:42

11:51

12:04

42.0

26.1

Left at 4rdsX, dir Galway N63

11:52

12:03

12:18

47.2

29.3

Caution for left turn across narrow bridge

 

 

 

47.3

29.4

Sharp right curve at junction at Abbeyknockmoy GAA club, dir Galway N63

 

 

48.6

30.2

50 signs Abbeyknockmoy

12:00

12:12

12:31

50.0

31.1

50km signs to go at black & white sign ‘Warning Low Bridge Ahead’

12:15

12:33

54.0

33.6

Left dir Athenry on R347, Athenry 13km

12:07

12:21

12:41

 

 

On R347

 

 

 

57.7

35.9

Left at Y junction dir Athenry

12:12

12:26

12:48

67.0

41.6

Roundabout, 2nd exit dir Athenry R347

12:23

12:40

13:05

67.2

41.8

Athenry 50 signs

12:24

12:40

13:06

68.4

42.5

Right at T junction dir Town Centre

 

 

 

 

 

Caution for ramp on turn

 

 

 

 

 

Immediately left before arch onto Court Lane

 

 

 

68.6

42.6

Left at T junction dir Galway

12:25

12:42

13:08

68.8

42.8

Right at Y junction to pass Topaz Garage

12:26

12:43

13:09

69.4

43.1

Baunmore Roundabout, 1st exit dir Craughwell

12:26

12:44

13:10

69.7

43.3

Straight at 4rdsX dir Craughwell R347

12:27

12:44

13:10

76.3

47.4

Left at T junction dir Craughwell R446

12:35

12:54

13:23

76.6

47.6

Caution for rail lines at level crossing XE194

12:35

12:54

13:23

76.8

47.7

Craughwell 50 signs

12:36

12:55

13:24

77.6

48.2

Right dir Ardrahan R347

12:37

12:56

13:25

77.9

48.4

Roundabout 1st exit dir Ardrahan

12:37

12:56

13:26

82.9

51.5

Right curve at T junction

 

 

 

87.0

54.1

Right at 4rdsX dir Ardrahan 2km, R347

12:48

13:10

13:43

87.6

54.4

Ardrahan 50 signs

12:49

13:11

13:44

88.9

55.2

Right at T junction dir Galway N18

 

 

 

 

Immediately left at Joyce’s Pub, dir Kinvara

 

 

89.7

55.7

Caution for sharp right hand bend & bridge

 

 

 

92.0

57.2

Straight at 4rdsX, dir Kinvara 6km

12:55

13:18

13:52

97.6

60.6

Left at T junction, dir Kinvara 2km N67

13:02

13:26

14:03

 

 

On N67

 

 

 

98.0

60.9

Kinvara 50 signs

13:02

13:27

14:03

99.2

61.6

Start feeding zone at Kinvara Medical Centre for 300km

13:04

13:28

14:06

112.1

69.7

Bell Harbour

13:20

13:48

14:30

119.0

73.9

Ballyvaughan 50 signs

13:28

13:58

14:43

119.4

74.2

Right at T junction dir Fanore, R477

 

 

133.6

83.0

25km signs at National School on left

13:47

14:20

15:10

134.5

83.6

An Post Prime ahead

 

 

 

135.2

84.0

Creggagh Post Office Prime

13:49

14:22

15:13

139.0

86.4

20km to go signs at cottage with 3 x watermain stones outside

13:53

14:28

15:20

142.5

88.5

KOM Climb start signs at dip in road, gate to a field on left

13:58

14:33

15:27

144.6

89.9

Ballinalacken KOM Category 3

 

 

 

144.7

89.9

Right dir Doolin 5km R479

14:00

14:37

15:31

 

 

On R479

 

 

 

148.2

92.1

Doolin 50 signs

14:05

14:42

15:37

149.2

92.7

10km to go signs at Hotel Doolin on left

14:06

14:43

15:39

149.8

93.1

Straight at Y junction just after Doolin Hostel

 

 

 

 

KOM Climb Start signs

 

 

 

151.5

94.1

Doonagore KOM Category 1

14:09

14:47

15:44

151.6

94.2

Left at 4rdsX, dir Lisdoonvarna 8km on R478

14:09

14:47

15:44

 

 

On R478

 

 

 

154.4

95.9

5km signs at brown sign on left for Doolin Holiday Cottages

14:13

14:51

15:49

155.2

96.4

4km signs at pebble dash cottage on left number of farm buildings on left

14:14

14:52

15:51

156.3

97.1

3km signs at farm buildings on RHS, red corrugated roof, grey barn behind that

14:15

14:54

15:53

157.2

97.7

Right at T junction

14:16

14:55

15:54

 

 

Immediately left dir Lisdoonvarna

 

 

 

 

2km signs at staggered 4rdsX

 

 

 

158.3

98.4

1km signs at 50 signs

 

 

158.3

98.4

Lisdoonvarna 50 signs

14:17

14:57

15:56

158.6

98.5

Left to cross Sulphor Bridge 600m before finish, dir Town Centre

 

 

 

 

500m – pedestrian steps to Hydro Hotel

 

 

 

 

470m Hydro Hotel on left

 

 

 

 

Divert team cars left to car park immediately after Hydro Hotel

 

 

 

 

Imperial Hotel on right

 

 

 

 

300m – Matchmaker Bar

 

 

 

 

200m – level with the bus stop on the Square

 

 

 

 

150m – entrance door to Ravine B&B

 

 

 

 

100m – door to gift/haberdashery shop on right opposite church

 

 

 

 

50m – entrance door to Mace supermarket

 

 

 

 

25m – entrance gate to Credit Union office

 

 

159.2

98.9

Finish line at Post Office

14:19

14:58

15:58


Spotlight on Lisdoonvarna

 

Lisdoonvarna

"Lios Dhuin Bharna" “meaning the lios” or “enclosure of the fort in the gap”.

Lisdoovarna is situated in the heart of the Burren region about twenty miles north west of Ennis. There is plenty of archaeological interest surrounding Lisdoonvarna with many ring forts dating back to the Iron Age and Christian era to be found in the area. However, Lisdoonvarna is best known for its Spa Centre and its festivals.

Lisdoonvarna developed into a tourist centre as early as the mid 18th century when a top Limerick surgeon discovered the beneficial effects of its mineral waters. People travelled from near and far to bathe in and drink the mineral waters which are rich in iron, sulphur, magnesium and calcium and were said to provide relief for certain diseases. The world-renowned Spa Wells Health Centre is the only spa in Ireland. As well as the healing sulphur and chalybeate springs, the Spa has a Victorian pump house, sauna, a massage room and mineral baths all in beautiful woodland surroundings. It was because of the popularity of these mineral springs and the huge amount of people coming here that led to the Lisdoonvarna "matchmaking tradition". The tradition is still celebrated with a festival throughout the month of September.

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