Charles Moore announced the team he's taking to Ireland for the 2005 FBD Insurance Ras stage race. This eight-day race is the 53rd staging of the event, which will take place from May 22nd - 29th. The race will cover over 1,100 kilometers, counter-clockwise around the country, and at least 10 countries will have teams competing. It is Ireland?s premier cycling event. ?I feel very good about our chances of winning a stage or two,? said Charles Moore, the sponsor of the Ireland-bound group. ?We have a lot of horsepower on this team; I like our chances for success.?
For more information on the race, visit the FBD Insurance Ras website.
Dan O?Sullivan, 25
Dan began racing on the road just last year and won enough races to upgrade to category 2 in just a matter of months. Dan?s most notable win came as a category 3, when he won the Cascade Cycling Classic?without any teammates. This year Dan is off to a strong start, having set his third time trial course record in February.
Emmet Hogan, 26
Emmet is an Irish National from Galway. Emmet has represented Ireland, both nationally and internationally, on several occasions. For the 2005 season, he will be racing for McGuire Cycling in California. After competing in the 2004 Ras, Emmet is looking forward to a strong showing in 2005.
Max Spirin, 18
Max is a talented climber, yet he also has the ability to win flat endurance events. In 1994, he had 5 victories and 11 podium appearances. Max also successfully worked as a domestique in the 2004 Junior National Championships.
Aaron Beardsley, 28
Aaron is an all-arounder who has enjoyed years of great success balancing school with racing as a category 3. After winning the Northern California Superprestige Cyclocross series, Aaron is ready to extend his success to racing at the Elite level.
Fred Stamm, 19
Fred has been racing competitively for 5 years now. Along the way, he has gained valuable experience racing in national and international multi-day stage races. Fred is looking forward to combining this experience with his great strength to help bring McGuire Cycling to the podium at the Ras.
Akira Wong, 25
Akira has been racing as a domestique for a club team in France for the last few seasons. He moved up through the ranks with McGuire Cycling in San Francisco, and we look forward to the possibility of having the pleasure to race with him again.