Ireland’s biggest stage race forced to downsize due to lack of sponsorship

Organisers of the UCI-ranked race have been forced to scale back the event

Ireland's biggest stage race is under threat (Picture: Chris Catchpole)

(Image credit: chris catchpole)

Ireland’s biggest stage race Rás Tailteann will be downsized in 2019 due to a lack of sponsorship.

The eight-day race, formerly known as An Post Rás, has been part of the UCI calendar since 2000, attracting plenty of young riders who have gone on to ride at the highest level.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.