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Kerry Group Rás Mumhan 2013

The first major stage race of the 2013 Irish Cycle Season, the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan will again take place over the 4 days of Easter week-end from 29th March 2013 until the 1st April 2013. However, the 2013 Race will see some changes to the route details with Easter Saturday’s Stage 2 now starting and finishing in Kenmare. This 145km stage, which also takes in the Healy Pass, the biggest climb of the race, will mainly take place on the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork which includes Castletownbere, Eyries, Lauragh, Adrigole and Glengarriffe.

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Mr. Frank Hayes, Director of Corporate Affairs, Kerry Group, said: “Kerry Group is delighted to continue sponsorship of this top class international event. This is our fifth year as title sponsors of the race which continues to grow in stature each year and increasingly plays a significant role in promoting cycle racing in Ireland. I would like to commend the hard work and dedication of the local cycling club in Killorglin along with all the clubs in Kerry and further afield, who put their energy and experience behind the race.” He added: “Kerry Group Rás Mumhan is now recognised both home and abroad as one of the top competitive stage races in Ireland & Britain.”

On behalf of the Race Organisation, Race Secretary, Mary Concannon said: “Kerry Group is the top sporting sponsorship brand in this country and the fact that they are continuing their sponsorship and association with the event is a big statement that the race is continuing to go from strength to strength.”

The other 3 stages remain the same as 2012. Day 1 on Good Friday will start & finish in Killorglin and will take in Killarney, Kilcummin, Scartaglin, Castleisland & Milltown, a total of 100km. Easter Sunday’s 140km stage 3 will again take place in South Kerry, starting and finishing in Waterville and will also include a trip to Valentia Island. The final day which takes place on Easter Monday encompasses the traditional 3 laps of the Beaufort circuit, followed by 9 laps of the Killorglin town circuit, totaling 115km. With a total race distance of 500 km the 2013 Kerry Group Rás Mumhan will visit East, South and Mid Kerry and West Cork.

Clubs, teams or individuals interested in taking part in the race should contact the Race Secretary, Mary Concannon: Tel: 00 353 64 44396 / 00 353 87 2802071, maryconcannon@eircom.net.

Full details of the route will be available on the website shortly at www.rasmumhan.com

For further information please contact:

Tadhg Moriarty Race Director/Press Officer Rás Mumhan 00353 87 2443360 genemoriarty@eircom.net

Aoife OBrien Kerry Group 00353 66 7182309 aoife.obrien@kerry.ie

Photo by Pat Doherty

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