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Rás Tailteann (pronounced [ˌɾˠaːsˠ ˈt̪ˠalʲtʲən̪ˠ]; "Tailteann Race"), known for sponsorship reasons as the An Post Rás or the Rás for short, is an annual 8-day international cycling stage race, held in Ireland in May. Around Ireland, the race is referred to as The Rás. By naming the race Rás Tailteann the original organisers, members of the National Cycling Association (NCA), were associating the cycle race with the Tailteann Games, a Gaelic festival in early medieval Ireland.
The event was founded by Joe Christle in 1953 and was organised under the rules of the National Cycling Association (NCA). At that time competitive cycling in Ireland was deeply divided between three cycling organisations, the NCA, Cumann Rothaiochta na hÉireann (CRÉ) and the Northern Ireland Cycling Federation (NICF). The Rás Tailteann was the biggest race that the NCA organised each year.
As a result of a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) motion, the NCA was banned from international races and all teams affiliated with the UCI were banned from competing in races organised by the NCA. Therefore, only teams that were not affiliated with the UCI or who were willing to take the chance of serving a suspension for competing in the Rás Tailteann competed in the Rás Tailteann. During this time the NCA cyclists achieved prominence in the Rás with Gene Mangan, Sé O'Hanlon and Paddy Flanagan being several legends of the race. Mangan won only one Rás but featured in the race throughout the 1960s and early-1970s winning a total of 12 stages while O'Hanlon won the race four times and won 24 stages. Flanagan won the Rás three times and had 11 stage wins.
The NCA and the CRÉ together with NICF began unification talks in the late 1960s and early 1970s. As a result, a CRÉ team which included Pat McQuaid, Kieron McQuaid Peter Morton and Peter Doyle was able to enter the race in 1974. Doyle won the race and the McQuaids won two stages each. The first Rás open to the two associations CRÉ and the NICF was in 1979 and enabled Stephen Roche to compete the event as part of the Ireland team. Roche won the event.
The race developed into a much sought after event by professional and amateur teams from many parts of the world.
As part of the elite international calendar it was eligible to award qualifying points that are required for participation in Olympic Games and the UCI Road World Championships.
The first edition was held in 1953 as a two-day event but quickly developed into a week-long event. It ran every year, uninterrupted, until 2018. Following Cumann Rás Tailteann's failure to find a new principal sponsor for the race, it was announced in February 2019 that there would be no Rás that year.The race was a UCI 2.2 event.
I have a RAS-47, bought brand new in 2016 or so. Only ~500 rounds through it. It has normal, minimal wear on trunnion etc. I will post pics later or upon request. Asking for $500. Will include one 30 round mag with sale. Transfer somewhere in Hillsboro area, several good choices.
Hello I have a very lightly used Century arms RAS47 possibly 300 rounds down the pipe if that. Comes with 3 pmags and 1,000 rounds of Tula steel case ammo. What you see if what you get plus the ammo thats not pictured it comes in 20 round boxes.$900 for everything. NO TRADES
RAS47 w/Magpul furniture. On the high end it has 400rds through it. Runs great, no rust around the rivets, and the front sight post is pretty straight. Asking $675 OBO.
Also have a Sig 1911 TacOps chambered in 45acp. Comes with the 2 mags and Sig holster, box may be floating around somewhere as...
Brand New in the Box CIA RAS 47 with Magpul furniture.
Comes in the original padded cardboard box with 1 - 30 rd Magpul magazine.
Sorry for the stock pictures (didn't get a chance to take my own)
$650 Firm (Buyer covers the FFL Transfer Fee)
NO TRADES PLEASE!!!
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I am selling my century arms RAS 47. Only have about 500 rounds thru it. I love the rifle but i want to get another ar for my wife. Rifle has a quad rail system. Magpul furniture. Also has the RAS Side mount. May come with the sparc 2 red dot. Im looking to trade for a ar-15 or ar-10. I also...
I am selling my Century Arms ras47. It has the new Midwest Industries generation 2 m-lok rail. Midwest industries chamber break. Zhukov telescoping and folding buttstock. Midwest industries gas tube. Magpul grip/ heat panels. Mag pul Moe grip. Bolt hold open/ open safety lever. Magpul QD sling...