The Rás. A race to strike fear in the strongest heart; huge fields, big hills and mad uncontrollable stages with fearless Irishmen continually firing off the front in death or glory bids.
The winners include: ’10’ and ’25’ record holder, Polish strong man, Marcin Bialoblocki; AG2R’s Lithuanian beast Gediminas Bagdonas, multi-World Time Trial Champion Tony Martin, and … Jamie McGahan of Scotland. Not only did he win it in 1981 he finished second in 1982 and third in 1983.
He also won the 1983 The Tour of Scotland ‘Health Race’ – beating a certain Teun Van Vliet in the process. Van Vliet would go on to a successful pro career with Dries-Verandalux and Panasonic.
High times VeloVeritas ‘had a word’ with Mr. McGahan…