An Post Ras team roster announced
Written by Velo Staff on 11th May 2017
On Sunday the team will be starting the prestigious 8 day stage race in Ireland. The An Post Ras.
We are excited to announce our 5 man squad for the race.
Jeremy Durrin- USA
Marc Potts- IRL
Director Sportif/Team Manager- Gabby Durrin
Mechanic- Martyn Teece Round
Soigneur- Paul Sinnott
Soigneur- Caolem McCarter
Photographer/Videographer- Alex Duffill
We have a strong team this year and feel that the 5 riders we have selected will work well together and produce some great results.
Our team goals will focus on a 2 pronged attack. Stage wins and vying for overall GC contention.
Team manager Gabby Durrin had this to say-
”I believe I have selected a strong core group of riders for the Ras. This is a very tough stage race, 8 days of epic racing. I selected the team based on the course this year. The race features many more hillier stages and so we needed a team capable of climbing with the best guys. I also wanted to have a group of guys with a good mix of experience. This year I am taking a team that are all Ras veterans! I believe this team will allow us to be multi dimensional in our approach to the race. Each riders has a wealth of experience when it comes to stage racing and in particular the Ras. Our team goals will be to be a GC contender-to be up there in the finish sprints and hopefully standing on the podium! We will be wanting to show a strong team presence so will be aiming to be in the main breakaways of the day. We may be a smaller elite team but we are sure coming to this race with much courage, big hearts and all guns a-blazing! Be prepared to be amazed!!!!”
Here is a little more about the 5 riders selected:
Jeremy is a breakaway specialist and has raced the RAS last 2 years. He can often be found off the front in the breakaway of the day. He is a smart rider with good experience in stage racing. He is from the USA and previously raced for the professional team Optum Pro Cycling (now Rally Pro Cycling) He has played a big support role to his team leaders in the UCI stage race the Tour of Utah and the Tour of Korea where the team won stages. He is also a cyclo cross specialist and competed for Team USA in the World Championships in February.
Marc Potts is our Irish rider. He is a RAS veteran! Marc is a strong rider and during the winter season did a world cup track campaign with Team Ireland. Marc is on some great form and will be coming into the Ras fully focused and motivated. Last week he won the prestigious Shey Elliott Memorial road race, so he is brimming with confidence. Marc will be looking to put in some strong performances on home soil and make some winning moves!
Elliott is a very strong rider and is very much suited to races with plenty of climbing. He has raced the Ras before and will be a great GC contender for the team. Elliott wore the KOM jersey in the UCI Tour of Korea in 2014. This years Ras course features many more mountain climb stages which will play well to Elliott’s strengths. Keep an eye out for him dancing on the pedals up the Irish climbs!
Mike is a very experienced and talented rider. He has previously won the National U23 road championships, he was a stage winner in the Tour of Korea, overall GC winner in the Tour of Korea, took stage in the Mzansi Tour, and has podium’d in Premiere calendars. Mike is a strong climber and will be looking to put in some particularly strong performances on stages 4 and 6. Mike is also a great GC contender. Keep your eyes on him!
Will is a veteran racer and has put in some big performances in the past. He is a tough racer and when the conditions get rough Will can show what he is made of! Will has a wealth of experience and has been one of the top elite riders in the UK. He is coming back after a very nasty cycling accident a near tragic accident. He had to take a lot of time away to recover- he is more determined than ever to be the best!