Ras na mBan 2016 team

£3,645 of £4,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 20 months
Hello there,

A year is a long time in cycling, after the Race around Ireland last year, I drove down to Dromoland to take on a support role for Wattcycle at the Ras na mBan. I had so much fun doing that, I said at the end of the race, that it would be my dream to take my own team over at some point.

Well....roll on 2016, quite a number of riders were asking me about how they could get into a Ras team, so many, that it led me to thinking about how I could go about putting a team in.

A few conversations later, a number of riders committed to joining me and a plan was formulated.

The team looks like this

Steph Mottram (Cliff Pratt Racing)
Grace Garner (Podium Ambition Pro Cycling powered by Club La Santa)
Corinne Clark (Team WNT)
Jen George (Drops Cycling)
Alicia Speake (London CC)

Now comes the reason for this post, getting a team to Ireland is the easy part, booking accommodation, ferries and entry into the race doesn't come cheap. The race distance over six stages in five days is 383km.

So a simple calculation. 383km times the maximum riders in a team (5) is 1915...Not a kick in the butt off the estimated cost of race entry, ferries and accommodation.

So my brain started to tick away. All riders are committed to paying for it themselves, plus the three crew members who are going to put in the same money as the riders. What would be a novel way of raising some funds to make it cheaper for the riders though?

Ding Ding....sell every kilometre the riders will race. So if each of the five riders makes the finish on day five, they will have completed 383km of racing each, not to mention all the travelling between stages and training.

I'm not looking to raise money for the crew members, just the riders to try and make it a bit easier on their wallets, as womens racing does suffer from a lack of funding.

So I'm launching this fund raising to "sell" 1915km at £1 each....If we were to raise that full amount, that would cover all riders costs for the race. Crew members would still pay their own way.
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Five days until we leave for Ireland, things are starting to fall into a place now. Roof rack borrowed, house booked, flights and ferries sorted. Thank you for everyone who has donated thus far.
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WOW, thank you so much to everyone who has already donated, we've now hit our second goal. I'm not going to discourage any donations. As all money goes towards helping the riders have a trouble free and more importantly, expenses free race. So in that light, I have extended the goal to encourage donations after discussions with some of the team
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Having reached our £2000, which was our very basic goal of paying for riders entry, travel and accommodation. We have stretched our goal to £3000, anything on top of the initial goal will be used for feeding the team, fuel for the team car, some race spares and anything else that pops up out of the planned budget
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Sadly, EJay Harris has had to withdraw from the team as we wish her all the best.

Her place will be taken by Corinne Clark of Team WNT.
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£3,645 of £4,000 goal

Raised by 26 people in 20 months
Created August 1, 2016
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