Saint Piran will travel to Ireland in May in order to take on the eight day gruelling stage race, with the ambition of retuning home with stage wins to their name. 

Team manager Steve Lampier explains “I see the Rás as an important stepping stone in our ambition to progress through the pro cycling ranks....only one of our team members had the opportunity to race the Rás before, and in doing so has the advantage and knowledge of doing an eight day race.”

Joe Evans is the rider with past experience in the Rás. He competed twice in the event and was seventh on stage four and 19th overall last year. Lampier, who participated in the Rás multiple times during his career, states that Evans will be the protected rider. 

“He will be our leader and we are hoping to push him into the top ten. As for the two Cornish lads, Jake Alderman and Will Harper, both pack a fast finish. I will let them off the leash and see what they can do on Irish soil.”

The fourth member of the team is Northern Ireland rider and popular blogger Cameron Jeffers. “He is keen to show the Irish public what he can do on and off the bike,” says Lampier. The remaining team rider will be confirmed at a later date. 

Lampier is motivated to help is riders achieve the best possible results. “I rode the race four times in my career, and to be able to pass on my knowledge from the race, and to see the race from the other side is a massive pleasure to me.”

Race director Eimear Dignam welcomes the participation of Saint Piran and explains  "there is a long history of British teams in the Rás Tailteann, and they have contributed to the aggressive racing each year,” she says. “We anticipate the same in May, and look forward to seeing them in action.”

Mike Hammond