Cycling Club Isle of Man has announced its five man team for the Cáirde Rás Tailteann in Ireland next week.
The race in Ireland marks the debut for the island based team, a sister club of FC Isle of Man.
With the five day event returning after a four year hiatus, Cycling Club have picked James Harrison, Corrin Leeming, Niall Quiggin, Mark Horsthuis, and Adam Kelly to compete in Ireland, combining youth and experience, with several of the riders have previously raced in multi-day events across Europe.
‘In the opening two stages of the race, I would like to see the team get into or close to one of the classification jerseys. After that, we will see where we are in the general classification and go from there,’ said team manager Conor Davies.
‘In addition to that, I would like to see the team take a top-five finish in at least one stage. Racing in Ireland can be unpredictable so it makes sense to have multiple cards to play early on in the race.’
The 2022 Cáirde Rás Tailteann starts in Dublin on Wednesday, June 15, and will finish in Louth on Sunday, June 19. The five-day race will take the riders across to the west coast of Ireland before moving north and then heading back east
The opening stage from Dublin to the Horse and Jockey Hotel in Tipperary is 140 kilometers and will see the riders take on two classified climbs before a fast run into the finish.
Stage 2 picks up where the race left off on day one starting at Horse and Jockey Hotel and taking the riders 154 kilometres to Castleisland in Kerry. The riders will once again tackle two classified climbs with the final, second category, ascent topping out with six kilometres remaining.
Stage 3 will be the longest of the five days at a massive 172km, starting in Newcastlewest and moving north to Lisdoonvarna. There is another sting in the tail with two classified climbs placed inside the final 20 kilometres of the stage.
The race begins moving back east with a 154km stage from Lisdoonvarna to Kilbeggan with rolling terrain the whole day. Finally, the race will conclude with a fast and furious 135km stage from Kinnegad to Blackrock in Louth.