ON SUNDAY March 13, Limerick Cycling Club will host its annual Rás Luimní cycle race.
The race, which is sponsored by The Bike Shop of O’Connell Avenue is one of the longest running and most significant races on the national calendar.
Once again Rás Luimní has the added spice of being the opening round of the prestigious National League Series run by Cycling Ireland.
This event attracts the top amateur cyclists from all over the country which sets the scene for a great spectacle on the roads around the Caherconlish, Ballyneety, and Herberstown area.
The race headquarters once again is at The Millennium Centre Caherconlish. The riders will leave the centre at 12 noon
The race circuit travels to Ballyneety, turning left at the village taking the main road to Holycross then turning left at the next junction to Herberstown passing the Honey Fitz pub, and turning left again back to Caherconlish.
The race finish line is just past the Tennis court grounds outside the village, so this uphill finish as ever should provide a really exciting finale.
Last year’s race was won in inspiring fashion by Limerick Team Mego’s Simon Ryan with a tactical breakaway with little over a half a lap to go on the final loop. Runner up was the 2014 winner, former Pro Páidí O’Brien. Always a fan of this race, who is to say O’Brien will not regain the title this year?
The club race committee are expecting a record 350 competitors from clubs around the country, especially from Munster. With the 4-day Rás Mumhan and Gorey 3-day races coming up at Easter time, riders will be looking at Rás Luimni as an opportunity to prepare themselves and test their metal on a race circuit that offers no hiding place for the competitors.
The races will start at 12.30pm. Three separate races will run in parallel catering for all competitive levels. First off will be A+/A1/A2 category riders, the top level in the country. These will race four laps of the 31Km circuit. Next, the A3 category which is made up Senior, Junior, Veteran and Lady racing cyclists, will race three laps of the circuit. The third race will be the A4 category and they will race two laps of the circuit.
The buzz will build from an early start with sign on commencing at 9:00 in the morning. Limerick CC are presently erecting signs in the locality advising locals of the event as everyone’s safety is the first priority. The organising committee are very grateful to the local community who are so cooperative each year and turn out along the circuit in great numbers to cheer the riders on.
More information at http://www.limerickcc.com