The organisers of An Post Rás na mBan, Ireland’s premier stage cycle race for women, have confirmed that the event will move to County Clare next season.

After five years in Kerry, An Post Rás na mBan will be heading north to County Clare for 2013 with the six stage race being based in Ennis, venturing into the picturesque Munster countryside. The event will take place from September 11th to 15th.

We’ve had five great years with Sneem Hotel in Kerry and it’s time to seek out new roads for the race. This event is about exploring the geography of Ireland as well as examining the ability of the riders and I know that Clare will provide a wonderful backdrop to another epic encounter.

says race organiser Valerie Considine.

An Post has confirmed the continuation of its sponsorship of the event along with renewed and extended backing from Cycling Ireland, ensuring the continuation of an event that will mark 27 years of international women’s stage racing in Ireland.

We are delighted with the steadfast support which An Post has given the race and the extended support from Cycling Ireland which, along with help from Clare County Council and Clare Sports Partnership, has allowed us to confirm the important details of the event in plenty of time for riders to include us in their season plans for 2013

Be sure to check out their website (here) it’s one of the best race sites in women’s cycling at any level. Details of the route for 2013 are expected in the new year.