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Rás Tailteann

Rás Tailteann
Race details
Datelate May
Nickname(s)The Rás
CompetitionUCI Europe Tour (2005–2018)
National calendar (2022–)
TypeStage race
OrganiserCairde Rás Tailteann
Race directorGerard Campbell
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First edition1953 (1953)
Editions68 (as of 2023)
First winner Colm Christle (IRL)
Most wins Sé O'Hanlon (IRL) (4 wins)
Most recent Dom Jackson (GBR)
Zbigniew Głowaty, pictured after winning the 1963 Rás

Rás Tailteann (pronounced [ˌɾˠaːsˠ ˈt̪ˠal̠ʲtʲən̪ˠ]; "Tailteann Race"), often shortened to the Rás, is an annual international cycling stage race, held in Ireland. Traditionally held in May, the race returned after a hiatus in 2022 as 5 day event held in June. By naming the race Rás Tailteann the original organisers, members of the National Cycling Association (NCA), were associating the cycle race with the Tailteann Games, a Gaelic festival in early medieval Ireland.

The event was founded by Joe Christle in 1953[1] and was organised under the rules of the National Cycling Association (NCA). At that time competitive cycling in Ireland was deeply divided between three cycling organisations, the NCA, Cumann Rothaiochta na hÉireann (CRÉ) and the Northern Ireland Cycling Federation (NICF). The Rás Tailteann was the biggest race that the NCA organised each year.

As a result of a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) motion, the NCA was banned from international races and all teams affiliated with the UCI were banned from competing in races organised by the NCA. Therefore, only teams that were not affiliated with the UCI or who were willing to take the chance of serving a suspension for competing in the Rás Tailteann competed in the Rás Tailteann. During this time the NCA cyclists achieved prominence in the Rás with Gene Mangan, Sé O'Hanlon and Paddy Flanagan being several legends of the race. Mangan won only one Rás but featured in the race throughout the 1960s and early-1970s winning a total of 12 stages while O'Hanlon won the race four times and won 24 stages. Flanagan won the Rás three times and had 11 stage wins.

The NCA and the CRÉ together with NICF began unification talks in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a result, a CRÉ team which included Pat McQuaid, Kieron McQuaid, Peter Morton and Peter Doyle was able to enter the race in 1974. Doyle won the race and the McQuaids won two stages each. The first Rás open to the two associations CRÉ and the NICF was in 1979 and enabled Stephen Roche to compete the event as part of the Ireland team. Roche won the event.

The race developed into a much sought after event by professional and amateur teams from many parts of the world. As part of the elite international calendar it was eligible to award qualifying points that are required for participation in Olympic Games and the UCI Road World Championships.

The first edition was held in 1953 as a two-day event but quickly developed into a week-long event. It ran every year, uninterrupted, until 2018. Following Cumann Rás Tailteann's failure to find a new principal sponsor for the race, it was announced in February 2019 that there would be no Rás that year.[2]

The race was a UCI 2.2 event.

The race returned in 2022.[3]


The official name of the race has been changed many times over the years, usually named after sponsors. An Post were the last title sponsors,[4] although this sponsorship ended after the 2017 event.

Race names

  • 1953 to 1967: Rás Tailteann
  • 1968 to 1972: You Are Better Off Saving Rás Tailteann
  • 1973: Tayto Rás Tailteann
  • 1974 to 1976: Discover Ireland Rás Tailteann
  • 1977 to 1980: The Health Race Rás Tailteann
  • 1981 to 1982: Tirolia Rás Tailteann
  • 1983: Dairy Rás Tailteann
  • 1984 to 2004: FBD Milk Rás
  • 2005 to 2010: FBD Insurance Rás
  • 2011 to 2017: An Post Rás
  • 2018 to date: Rás Tailteann

Past winners

No. Year GC Winner Nationality Team Points class KOM U23
1 1953 Colm Christle  Ireland James' Gate C.C.
2 1954 Joe O'Brien  Ireland National C.C.
3 1955 Gene Mangan  Ireland Kerry
4 1956 Paudie Fitzgerald  Ireland Kerry
5 1957 Frank Ward  Ireland Dublin
6 1958 Mick Murphy  Ireland Kerry
7 1959 Ben McKenna  Ireland Meath
8 1960 Paddy Flanagan  Ireland Kildare
9 1961[5] Tom Finn  Ireland Dublin Team Seán Dillon Republic of Ireland
10 1962 Sé O'Hanlon  Ireland Dublin
11 1963 Zbigniew Głowaty  Poland Poland
12 1964 Paddy Flanagan (2)  Ireland Kildare
13 1965 Sé O'Hanlon (2)  Ireland Dublin
14 1966 Sé O'Hanlon (3)  Ireland Dublin
15 1967 Sé O'Hanlon (4)  Ireland Dublin
16 1968 Milan Hrazdíra  Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia
17 1969 Brian Connaughton  Ireland Meath
18 1970 Aleksandr Gusyatnikov  Soviet Union U.S.S.R.
19 1971 Colm Nulty  Ireland Meath
20 1972 John Mangan  Ireland Kerry
21 1973 Mike O'Donaghue  Ireland Carlow
22 1974 Peter Doyle  Ireland I.C.F.
23 1975 Paddy Flanagan (3)  Ireland Kildare
24 1976 Fons Steuten  Netherlands Netherlands
25 1977 Yuri Lavrushkin  Soviet Union U.S.S.R.
26 1978 Séamus Kennedy  Ireland Kerry
27 1979 Stephen Roche  Ireland Ireland
28 1980 Billy Kerr  Ireland Ireland
29 1981 Jamie McGahan  United Kingdom Scotland
30 1982 Dermot Gilleran  Ireland Ireland
31 1983 Philip Cassidy  Ireland Ireland
32 1984 Stephen Delaney  Ireland Dublin
33 1985 Nikolay Kosyakov  Soviet Union
34 1986 Stephen Spratt  Ireland Ireland
35 1987 Paul McCormack  Ireland Longford
36 1988 Paul McCormack (2)  Ireland Ireland
37 1989 Dainis Ozols  Soviet Union
38 1990 Ian Chivers  Ireland Ireland
39 1991 Kevin Kimmage  Ireland Meath
40 1992 Stephen Spratt (2)  Ireland Dublin
41 1993 Éamonn Byrne  Ireland Dublin Wheelers
42 1994 Declan Lonergan  Ireland Ireland
43 1995 Paul McQuaid  Ireland Ireland
44 1996 Tommy Evans  Ireland Armagh
45 1997 Andrew Roche  Isle of Man Kerry
46 1998 Ciarán Power  Ireland Team Ireland
47 1999 Philip Cassidy (2)  Ireland Team Ireland
48 2000 Julian Winn  United Kingdom Wales team David McCann Republic of Ireland David McCann Republic of Ireland
49 2001 Paul Manning  United Kingdom Great Britain team David KoppGermany Nicholas White South Africa
50 2002 Ciarán Power (2)  Ireland Team Ireland-Stena Line Chris Newton United Kingdom Julian Winn United Kingdom
51 2003 Chris Newton  United Kingdom Great Britain team Jonas Holmkvist Sweden Maxim Iglinsky Kazakhstan
52 2004 David McCann  Ireland Ireland-Thornton's Recycling Team Malcolm Elliott United Kingdom Tobias Lergard Sweden
53 2005 Chris Newton (2)  United Kingdom Malcolm Elliott United Kingdom Mark Lovatt United Kingdom
54 2006 Kristian House  United Kingdom Morten Hegreberg Norway Ciarán Power Republic of Ireland
55 2007 Tony Martin  Germany Thüringer Energie Team Dominique Rollin Canada Ricardo Van der Velde Netherlands
56 2008 Stephen Gallagher  Ireland An Post–Sean Kelly Dean Downing United Kingdom Kit Gilham United Kingdom
57 2009[6] Simon Richardson  United Kingdom Rapha Condor– Niko Eeckhout Belgium David O'Loughlin Republic of Ireland Mark McNally United Kingdom
58 2010 Alexander Wetterhall  Sweden Team Sprocket Pro John Degenkolb Germany Mark Cassidy Republic of Ireland Connor McConvey Republic of Ireland
59 2011 Gediminas Bagdonas  Lithuania An Post–Sean Kelly Shane Archbold New Zealand Oleksandr Sheydyk Ukraine Aaron Gate New Zealand
60 2012 Nicolas Baldo  France Atlas Personal–Jakroo Gediminas Bagdonas Lithuania David Clarke United Kingdom Richard Handley United Kingdom
61 2013 Marcin Białobłocki  Poland Team UK Youth Owain Doull United Kingdom Martin Hunal Czech Republic Simon Yates United Kingdom
62 2014 Clemens Fankhauser  Austria Tirol Cycling Team Patrick Bevin New Zealand Markus Eibegger Austria Alex Peters United Kingdom
63 2015 Lukas Pöstlberger[7]  Austria Tirol Cycling Team Aaron Gate New Zealand Aidis Kruopis Lithuania Ryan Mullen Republic of Ireland
64 2016 Clemens Fankhauser (2)  Austria Tirol Cycling Team Aaron Gate New Zealand Nikodemus Holler Germany Jai Hindley Australia
65 2017 James Gullen  United Kingdom JLT–Condor Daan Meijers Netherlands Przemysław Kasperkiewicz Poland Michael O'Loughlin Republic of Ireland
66 2018 Luuc Bugter  Netherlands Delta Cycling Rotterdam Luuc Bugter Netherlands Lukas Rüegg Switzerland Robbe Ghys Belgium
67 2022[8] Daire Feeley  Ireland All Human–VeloRevolution Rory Townsend Republic of Ireland Dean Harvey Republic of Ireland Louis Sutton United Kingdom
68 2023[9] Dillon Corkery  Ireland Team Ireland (CC Étupes) Matthew Fox Australia Conor McGoldrick United Kingdom Aaron Wade Republic of Ireland
69 2024[10] Dom Jackson  United Kingdom Foran CT Tim Shoreman United Kingdom Dean Harvey Republic of Ireland Liam O'Brien Republic of Ireland


  • Daly, Tom (2003). The Rás – The Story of Ireland's Unique Bike Race. The Collins Press. ISBN 1-903464-37-4.
  • Daly, Tom (2012). The Rás – The Story of Ireland's Unique Bike Race – paperback edition. The Collins Press. ISBN 978-1-84889-148-7.
  • Traynor, Jim (2008). The Rás – A Day by Day Diary of Ireland's Great Bike Race. The Collins Press. ISBN 978-1-905451-71-5.
  • Riordan, Christy (2009). A Special tribute to Mick Murphy: Winner of 1958 Rás Tailteann. C.R. DVD & Video production.


  1. ^ "Death of former cycling supremo Joe Christle" Irish Independent Accessed date: 30 May 2009
  2. ^ "No UCI-ranked Ras Tailteann to take place in 2019". 15 February 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Rás Tailteann 2022 Route Details". 21 March 2022. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  4. ^ "An Post Takes over Title Sponsorship of Rás". Irish Archived from the original on 1 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  5. ^ "1961 Rás Tailteann results". Retrieved 28 June 2009.
  6. ^ "2009 FBD Insurance Rás results". Archived from the original on 27 May 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2009.
  7. ^ "Lukas Postlberger finally strikesit lucky in Ras". Irish Examiner. 25 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Men of the Rás 2022: Stage 5 results and final classifications". 15 June 2022.
  9. ^ "Full & Final Results & Photos: Stage 5 Rás Tailteann 2023". Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  10. ^ "Results & Photos : Stage 5 Rás Tailteann 2024". Retrieved 30 May 2024.
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