The newly launched academy will compete in the eight day 1168.km Rás Tailteann; begining in Drogheda on May 20th and ending at Skerries on May 28th
The route features four gruelling category one climbs, 10 category two ascents plus 20 third category slopes, and pitch specialist climbers against all-rounders.
Academy Coach Rob Partridge said: “This race will be the first time that the riders will have competed in a competition of this length before, so it’ll be a great challenge for them.
“The academy have been training hard since late last year, and have made great progress in high level competitions, such as the spring cup series, which has seen many of the riders in breakaways.
“They have put in the hard miles, and train together as a group a couple of times a week.
“8 stages brings 8 opportunity to show what they can do, both physically and mentally and I’m looking forward to supporting them along the way and seeing how they get on”.
The academy recently competed in round 1 of the Tour Series at Redditch, as well as Lincoln Grand Prix.
Stage 1, Sunday May 20: Drogheda to Athlone, 136 kms:
Stage 2, Monday May 21: Athlone to Tipperary, 148.7 kms:
Stage 3, Tuesday May 22: Tipperary to Listowel, 140.4 kms:
Stage 4, Wednesday May 23: Listowel to Glengariff, 153 kms:
Stage 5, Thursday May 24: Glengarriff to Mitchelstown, 150.2 kms:
Stage 6, Friday May 25: Mitchelstown to Carlow, 154.6 kms:
Stage 7, Saturday May 26: Carlow to Naas, 141.2 kms:
Stage 8, Sunday May 27: Naas to Skerries, 144.6 kms:
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