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Premier cycle race visiting Fermanagh this weekend

An Post Ras set for brief Fermanagh encounter INPHO/Ryan Byrne

 
THE biggest event in Irish cycling is coming to Fermanagh this weekend, the An Post Ras, and with fine weather forecast it’s expected to bring hundreds out on to the streets across the county. 
The only UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) event to be held in Ireland, the epic race has been going since 1953 and attracts some of the biggest names in world cycling to Ireland each year, with Mark Cavendish among the household names to take part in the past. 
With an international reputation as a gruelling yet rewarding race, taking in some of Ireland’s most spectacular but challenging terrain, An Ras’s open style allows amateur county and club riders to pit themselves against some of the world’s top professionals. So don’t be surprised to see the odd local face among the 195 riders taking part in this year’s event. 
The eight-day, 1,200km race began on May 21 and will run until May 28. 
The penultimate day of racing, stage seven which takes place tomorrow (Saturday, May 27) will see the riders travel from Donegal to Ardee, taking in various location in Fermanagh throughout the day. 
Depending on back or head winds, race is expected to be in Pettigo at approximately 11.35am, riding into Kesh for approximately 11.50am, Lisnarick at around 12 midday, passing St Angelo for 12.15, and entering Enniskillen at 12.20.
Again, depending on conditions, the race will then move on to Lisnaskea, expected to enter the town sometime around 12.50. From there it will travel to Newtownbutler, for approximately 1.05pm, before heading on to Clones. 
For more information on the route and times, visit www.anpost.ie 

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