Defending Rás Tailteann champion, Daire Feeley, has expressed his delight that this year’s race will be passing through his home county.
The fourth stage of this year’s race — a 175.9 kilometres stage between Charlestown and Monaghan — will wind through Tulsk and Strokestown on Saturday, May 20th, where Feeley is sure to receive a warm welcome from the locals.
“It’s a case of so far so good as regards the preparations. My aim is to retain the Rás Tailtenn title. Second place isn’t an option. The only way to better what I did last year is to win it again,” Feeley, who is riding once again for Velo Revolution, told the Roscommon Herald on Thursday afternoon.
“It’s a harder circuit this year, so training will have to be very meticulous. But I’m thrilled the Rás will be passing through my own county on roads that I know very well. It will be a very proud moment for me.”
This year’s Rás Tailteann takes place between May 17th to 21st. Last year, Feeley became the first Irishman since 2008 to win the race.